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Attitudes and beliefs of physical therapy students and physical therapists about the system of physical therapy specialists in Korea

  • Journal of the Korean Society of Physical Medicine
  • Abbr : J Korean Soc Phys Med
  • 2010, 5(1), pp.101-112
  • Publisher : The Korean Society of Physical Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Physical Therapy > Other physical therapy

박혜진 1 정경옥 1 경성훈 1 Haejung Lee 1

1신라대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Purpose:The purpose of this study is to know the attitude and beliefs of physical therapists (PTs) and students (Ss) who major in physical therapy about the system of physical therapy specialists in Korea. Methods:Data were collected from 74 clinical physical therapists who work for hospitalsand clinics and 151physical therapy students who had finished their clinical trainings. A questionnaire was used, and consisted of a general survey part, 4 items on the necessity of the system, 11 items on the operation of the system, and 2items on the expected effect of the system. The composed items were Korean physical therapists' attitudes towards the system, such as the necessity and the reasons, the standard of qualification, the preferred professional areas,and expected effects of the system. Results:The affirmative response to the items, the necessity of the system of physical therapy specialists,showed 87.9% in physical therapists and 87.5% in students. The responded PTs believed that the system could improve the standard treatment (67.6%) and expanding fields of physical therapy (22.1%). However, students did not quite agree to them with 43.6% and 31.1% responded respectively. The most needed specific areas of physical therapy specialty were the musculoskeletal occupied 95.6% with PTs and 87.2% with students, neurology 95.6% in PTs(students: 92.6), pediatrics 89.1% in PTs(students: 85.8%), geriatrics 75.4% in PTs(students: 73.6%),cardiopulmonary 75.0%in PTs (students: 71.6%). 76.8% of respondents commenced that it could be possible to open a center independently and 94.2% of respondents expected to improve the condition of patients by executing the system of physical therapy specialists. Conclusion:Korean PTs and students believed to improve the patient’s condition and expand areas of physical therapy by execution of the system of physical therapy specialists.

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