Physiotherapy Barometer | gfs.bern

Physiotherapy Barometer

28.04.2022 | gfs.bern on behalf of Physioswiss

On behalf of Physioswiss, the Swiss physiotherapy association, we conducted a survey in 2021 on what Switzerland’s population thinks about physiotherapy.

The study shows that the population in general has an excellent impression of physiotherapy and a high degree of trust in physiotherapists.

The Swiss population generally has an excellent impression of physiotherapy. A total of 87 percent of the population have a good impression of physiotherapy. At 31%, almost a third of the population even have a very good impression. Only 3 and 1 percent of the population respectively have a rather bad or very bad impression of physiotherapy.

A central aspect for the assessment of physiotherapy is one’s own experience: those who have been to physiotherapy themselves also express their (positive) opinion. Among those who have already received treatment from a physiotherapist, the good impression is particularly high at 91 percent (35% very good; 56% rather good).
Even among people who “only” have experience via a person in their close environment, the opinion is fairly solid and positive. However, as many as one in five people (21%) do not want to or cannot make any clear statements about the impression they have received. On the other hand, those who have no experience whatsoever with physiotherapy also express only a minority of opinions about their impression of the profession.

You can find all the results of these studies in our final report (in German).


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Urs Bieri

Urs Bieri

Co-director