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Title: Continuing education for advanced manual and manipulative physiotherapists in Canada: A survey of perceived needs
Authors: Chau, Joyce
Chadbourn, Pamela
Mok, Sherman
Robles, Bradley
Stehouwer, Rebecca
Advisor: Yeung, Euson
Chan, Lianne
Cott, Cheryl
Department: Physical Therapy
Keywords: continuing education
manual therapy
advanced manual and manipulative therapists
perceived needs
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Purpose: Our purpose was to determine Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapists (AMPTs) current use and awareness of continuing education (CE) opportunities; to establish their perceived CE needs by identifying facilitators and barriers to participation; and to explore the association of demographics to CE needs. Methods: A questionnaire was emailed to 456 registered members of the Canadian Academy of Manual Physical Therapy (CAMPT). Data analysis, using frequencies and percentages of total responses, and t-tests for group comparison were performed. Results: 133 participants responded (29.2%). Most lived in an urban region and predominantly worked in direct patient care. More respondents reported engaging in informal CE than formal CE. Hands-on/practical workshops were the preferred CE format. Common barriers to CE include professional commitments and cost and time of travel, whereas facilitators include interest in the topic and increasing knowledge and competency. AMPTs with less PT experience found cost to be a greater barrier, and were more interested in mentorship programs and means to obtain credentials. Conclusions: AMPTs preferred CE formats are inconsistent with the CE opportunities they participate in. CE initiatives for AMPTs should include hands-on training, and account for time and cost to make CE opportunities more readily available to them.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: University of Toronto (E. Yeung, L. Chan, C. Cott)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29457
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