ATTITUDE AND PERCEPTIONS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS TOWARDS THEIR CHOSEN CAREER

Nafisa Shabbir Motiwala, Seemi Retharekar, Savita Rairikar, Ashok Shyam

Abstract


Background: Physiotherapy is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.[3] In this study, attitudes & perceptions of students pursuing their Bachelors in Physiotherapy in two urban cities of Maharashtra have been studied and their views regarding choosing physiotherapy as a career highlighted; as they are the best ones to judge this rather than other professionals doing it for them. There is no doubt that Physiotherapy as a course, career and even as a profession is scaling new heights to reaching peaks.

Aims & Objectives: This study sought to assess the attitude and beliefs of Bachelors of PT students regarding the future of their profession in India.

Study design: Questionnaire based survey

Methodology: A self prepared questionnaire & Google docs format of the questionnaire was distributed to 5 colleges in Pune & 4 in Bombay. The sample size was 737. The questionnaire consisted of 14single best response MCQs.

Results: After analyzing the data received, it was seen that 87% students decided to study physiotherapy after their low medical entrance exam scores. 76% also sought advice from professional career counselors before choosing PT. Students also believed that this field has its disadvantages and not many were aware about the job opportunities in & around their state. Students appeared to have a mixed opinion about whether licensing exam should be compulsory before practicing physiotherapy in India.

Conclusion: Awareness about physiotherapy as a career is increasing but still needs to be worked upon mainly at school levels and amongst the general population. Job opportunities in the private, as well as the government sectors, need a boost. The disadvantages of this field have to considered and rectified.

 

 

Background: Physiotherapy is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.[3] In this study, attitudes & perceptions of students pursuing their Bachelors in Physiotherapy in two urban cities of Maharashtra have been studied and their views regarding choosing physiotherapy as a career highlighted; as they are the best ones to judge this rather than other professionals doing it for them. There is no doubt that Physiotherapy as a course, career and even as a profession is scaling new heights to reaching peaks.

Aims & Objectives: This study sought to assess the attitude and beliefs of Bachelors of PT students regarding the future of their profession in India.

Study design: Questionnaire based survey

Methodology: A self prepared questionnaire & Google docs format of the questionnaire was distributed to 5 colleges in Pune & 4 in Bombay. The sample size was 737. The questionnaire consisted of 14single best response MCQs.

Results: After analyzing the data received, it was seen that 87% students decided to study physiotherapy after their low medical entrance exam scores. 76% also sought advice from professional career counselors before choosing PT. Students also believed that this field has its disadvantages and not many were aware about the job opportunities in & around their state. Students appeared to have a mixed opinion about whether licensing exam should be compulsory before practicing physiotherapy in India.

Conclusion: Awareness about physiotherapy as a career is increasing but still needs to be worked upon mainly at school levels and amongst the general population. Job opportunities in the private, as well as the government sectors, need a boost. The disadvantages of this field have to considered and rectified.

 

Key words: attitude, physiotherapy students, perception, career.


Keywords


attitude; physiotherapy students; perception; career

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