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|Title: ||A land of opportunity: a SWOT analysis of physiotherapy in Kuwait|
|Authors: ||MacPherson, Meghan|
|Advisor: ||Landry, Michel|
|Department: ||Physical Therapy|
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Abstract: ||Background and Purpose: Since the liberation of Kuwait after the Gulf War in 1991, this country has become among the most wealthy in the world. Kuwait has a highly socialized health care system which is funded completely from oil reserves. However, this rapid growth and socioeconomic development has had a negative impact on the health of its people. As such, the profession of physiotherapy is in a unique position to fill this gap by providing health behaviour interventions and promoting healthy lifestyles. The purpose of this study is to explore the current state of physiotherapy in Kuwait and provide recommendations for future development and growth. Methods: Interviews of 17 key-informants (clinicians, administration, and other key-stakeholders) were completed in Kuwait throughout April 2007. The SWOT framework (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) was applied to categorize the emerging themes and provide a strategic direction for the profession. Results: Informants reported that strengths included funding for services and motivation of the professionals. Weaknesses included education and professional resources, professional advocacy, lack of standardization and regulation of practice. Opportunities were untapped demand for physiotherapy services, ongoing development of the physiotherapy association/internal development, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Threats included public awareness of physiotherapy, interprofessional practice/communication, and cultural perspectives. Conclusions: Our research indicates that many unique opportunities exist for physiotherapists in Kuwait. Specifically, further development of the professional association could help with advocacy efforts for the profession, help to initiate standards of practice, and provide opportunities for professional collaboration.|
|Description: ||Affiliated institutions include: University of Toronto (M. Landry)|
|Appears in Collections:||Student Research and Publications|
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