In this section, you will find a broad range of resources and information on the quality agenda, split into 4 sections:
The resources in this section explain the background to MSKPN’s quality recommendations and provide wider context to the value of standardising quality metrics in MSK healthcare. Patient software templates to support the collection of MSKPN’s recommended quality standards are also included in this section.
Patient Specific Functional Scale
- The Patient-Specific Functional Scale: Psychometrics, Clinimetrics, and Application as a Clinical Outcome Measure – https://www.jospt.org/doi/10.2519/jospt.2012.3727
- Evaluative measurement properties of the patient-specific functional scale for primary shoulder complaints in physical therapy practice – https://www.jospt.org/doi/10.2519/jospt.2014.5133
- Mapping Patient-Specific Functional Scale (PSFS) Items to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) – https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/92/2/310/2703186 / https://doi.org/10.2522/ptj.20090382
The Value of Creating a Consistent Industry Approach to Data Collection
- Leveraging healthcare utilisation to explore outcomes from musculoskeletal disorders: methodology for defining relevant variables from a health services data repository – https://bmcmedinformdecismak.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12911-018-0588-8 / https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-018-0588-8
- Bupa commentary – Lower costs on their own are not enough; we also need to clearly demonstrate better quality and service. 2015
- Bupa Communications – A PROM for private MSK. 2020.
C3c3 BUPA Communications – A PROM for private MSK
Cliniko MSKPN resources
The templates provided below have been produced by Cliniko in partnership with MSKPN. They enable any MSKPN member to upload pre-formatted templates to their organisations Cliniko system. This ensures all recommended quality data can be easily captured and reported on. Two approaches have been provided by Cliniko:
- One single form where half the data is completed at each patient’s first appointment, at which time the template is saved as a draft template. When the patient comes to the end of their episode of care, this template is reopened and the second half is completed. At this stage the template is saved as a final version. This approach makes reporting very straight forward but leaves incomplete templates on each patient’s record.
G3.4a MSKPN SINGLE Data Collection Template.json
- Two separate forms. One to complete and save as a final version at each patient’s initial appointment. Then a second to complete and save as a final version when the patient comes to the end of their episode of care. This approach ensures no incomplete templates are left on patients records but does require matching template 1 with template 2 for each patient to allow for reporting.
G3.4b MSKPN TWO PART Data Collection First Visit.json
G3.4b MSKPN TWO PART Data Collection – START OF CARE EPISODE.json
- Exploring what patients with musculoskeletal conditions want from first point-of-contact health practitioners – https://academic.oup.com/rheumap/article/4/1/rkz048/5697928 / https://doi.org/10.1093/rap/rkz048
- InPublic 2025: The future of physiotherapy in the health system. Australian Physiotherapy Association. 2015 – https://australian.physio/tools/clinical-practice/inpractice-2025
Further links and resources
Summary of MSKPN approach to quality standards & data collection
MSKPN’s recommended approach to establishing a MSK quality standard is provided in this section. The key document ‘Establishing a MSK Quality Standard – MSKPN Recommendations for data collection_FINAL’ explains the full data sets required and the rationale behind these. The recommended approach to analysing this data is also included in this document. Further resources are provided where these recommendations have been presented to various MSK stakeholders.
Link to Therapies Live Handout (June 2021)
MSKPN Quality Data Collection Tutorial & FAQ’s – Cliniko Focus
This resource explains how to use the Cliniko templates available to MSKPN members to capture the recommended quality standards data. Frequently asked questions about this process are included which will help members when starting out on collecting this data.
ICD / OSIICS Coding Tool
This resource can be used by members to search all MSK OSSICS and ICD codes when entering the clinical presentation on their data collection template. Ensuring a consistent approach to identifying MSK clinical presentation will add considerable value and insight for data analysis.
Example Data Set and Analysis
An example full data set and approach to analysis is provided in this section. This will allow members to ensure the data they are capturing meets all the essential requirements. It will also ensure members adopt a consistent approach to data reporting.
Example presentation of Quality Standards Results
This is the first full data sample collected and analysed. This resource is intended to showcase what results each clinic will be able to present following successful collection and analysis of the MSKPN recommended quality standards.