What does high value care mean to you?

You’ve watched our video here, which explains that our priority research areas are to:

  • Understand more about our patients’ perception of their musculoskeletal pain and what is effective to manage it
  • Tackle the lack of preventive focus in health systems
  • Tackle the poor quality of care that patients with musculoskeletal conditions receive

Our first step:

To tackle care quality, we first need to know what high quality care is.

What is the problem?

Physiotherapists are increasingly expected to provide ‘high value’ care. But there is a lot of variability in the existing literature on what ‘high value care’ means. High value care is also used synonymously with high quality care, or even evidence-based care. This variability can be confusing for clinicians.


We performed a rapid review to: 1) Describe the definitions currently used for a) high value care and b) high quality care; and 2) Identify common themes across these definitions. The attached infographic is a summary of this work.

What’s next?

This work will eventually form RIPN’s statement on high value care; our definition of what high value care for musculoskeletal conditions should be, from clinicians with the experience of delivering it every day (rather than from a health system, or a researcher). This will give clinicians a voice in defining high value care and establish a common standard within our community.

We are currently collaborating with our members to find out what they think about high value care. We’d love to hear your thoughts as well – so, what does high value care mean to you?

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