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Table 1 Practice context (percentage of responders in each profession and results of logistic regression (odds ratio)). Statistically significant difference with p < 0.05, * with Chi squared and # with Fischer’s test. p values for each significant comparison are included in the Additional file 1: Table S1

From: National profile of foot orthotic provision in the United Kingdom, part 2: podiatrist, orthotist and physiotherapy practices

  Professional registration Odds ratio
Pod Orth Physio Pod versus orth Pod versus physio Physio versus orth
Main working context NHS 55.2% 45.2% 51.0%
Self-employed* 28.9% 5.4% 18.4% 6.8 2.3 2.9
PC* 2.8% 4.3% 14.3% 0.1 0.2 0.7
PC providing NHS service# 1.1% 36.6% 2.0% 0.04 0.5 0.1
University 2.0% 1.1% 0.0%
Other# 1.1% 0.0% 6.1% 0.1
50–50 NHS-PP 1.4% 1.1% 2.0%
60–40 NHS-PP 1.1% 1.1% 0.0%
70–30 NHS-PP 4.8% 5.4% 4.1%
60–40 PP-NHS 0.6% 0.0% 0.0%
70–30 PP-NHS 1.1% 0.0% 2.0%
Department Podiatry* 82.4% 10.8% 2.0% 38.7 224 0.2
Physiotherapy* 1.4% 9.7% 75.5% 0.1 0.005 28.8
Orthotics* 7.6% 95.7% 6.1% 0.004 1.2 0.003
Musculoskeletal* 32.2% 21.5% 40.8% 1.7 0.7 2.5
Surgical appliances* 6.2% 18.3% 4.1% 0.3 1.5 0.2
Occupational therapy 0.3% 0.0% 2.0%
Rheumatology 5.6% 5.4% 2.0%
CATS 4.2% 1.1% 0.0%
Diabetes 2.2% 2.2% 4.1%
Other 2.2% 2.2% 4.1%
Training undertaken since qualification Biomechanics* 82.4% 79.6% 63.3% 1.2 2.7 0.4
Gait analysis 57.7% 69.9% 59.2%
Orthopaedics* 26.6% 38.7% 44.9% 0.6 0.4 1.3
Footwear* 25.2% 54.8% 14.3% 0.3 2 0.1
Podopaediatrics* 39.2% 14.0% 8.2% 3.9 7.3 0.5
Sports* 45.7% 22.6% 55.1% 2.9 0.7 4.2
Strength & core training* 18.5% 5.4% 38.8% 3.9 0.4 11.1
Neurology* 16.2% 36.6% 26.5% 0.3 0.5 0.6
Orthoses prescription* 56.0% 76.3% 32.7% 0.4 2.6 0.2
Manipulation* 28.0% 9.7% 44.9% 3.6 0.5 7.6
Steroid injections* 36.4% 0.0% 6.1% 8.8
High-risk population 3.4% 2.2% 0.0%
Alternative therapies 3.6% 2.2% 4.1%
Diagnosis techniques 1.4% 1.1% 0.0%
Surgery 3.4% 0.0% 0.0%
No training 7.3% 6.5% 12.2%
Other training 2.2% 2.2% 2.0%
  1. Pod podiatrist, physio physiotherapist, orth orthotist, NHS National Health Service, PC private company, PP private practice, CATS clinical assessment and treatment service