PUBLICATION: Journal of Physical Therapy
Mbada, C.E., Ajayi, O.A., Agbeja, O.B., Mbada, K.A., Awotidebe, T.O., & Oghumu, S.N.
Non-attendance constitutes significant challenge at outpatient physiotherapy clinics. This study sought to estimate the rate of non-attendance for out-patient physiotherapy, to identify patients at risk of missing an appointment using a prediction model and to assess the perceptions of physiotherapists on factors influencing patient’s non-attendance. Materials and Methods: A 3-year retrospective audit of a Nigerian teaching hospital out-patient physiotherapy clinic was carried out. 1069 case charts were reviewed but only 930 were found valid for analysis. Data were gleaned on socio-demographic variables (age, sex, month of appointment and location of residence), referrer and diagnosis. The cross-sectional part of the study involved 60 consenting physiotherapists from selected hospitals from south-west, Nigeria. An adapted questionnaire was used to elicit perceived factors for patients’ non-attendance. Descriptive statistics of percentages were used to summarize data. Inferential statistics of logistic regression was used to obtain the predictive model for non-attendance at 0.05 alpha level.