Pathway of continuous professional development among physiotherapists

A qualitative study

Ayiesah Ramli, Marzzatul Farhana Maslan

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    Continuous professional development (CPD) has gained prominence in the last decade to meet improved self-development and health care services among health professionals. Being practitioners serving clients in health care, therefore, necessitates the importance of the physiotherapist’s participation in activities of CPD. This paper aims to identify how physiotherapists view CPD, barriers to its progress and its impact on healthcare practice. This is a qualitative study with one-to-one interview sessions involving open-ended questions to facilitate free flow of idea that are rich with information. Twentytwo physiotherapist (17 females and 5 males) participated. Four main themes were generated following analysis: (i) comprehension of what is CPD (ii) outcome of CPD (iii) barriers to undertaking CPD and (iv) strategies to improve participation in CPD. Further sub-themes were generated from the themes suggestive of physiotherapists’ awareness and concerns related to CPD activities and problems encountered when embarking on CPD participation. In conclusion, physiotherapists should recognise the importance of participation in CPD activities either for self-development or to provide effective health care services. The main barrier to CPD activities that was identified was a support system that facilitates enhancement in such activities. This has major implication such as mandatory participation in CPD among staff and for managers to ensure that an effective mechanism is in place such as funding, schedule events and moral support.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)271-285
    Number of pages15
    JournalPertanika Journal of Science and Technology
    Volume23
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015

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    professional development
    Physical Therapists
    Health care
    health care
    Delivery of Health Care
    Health Services
    health services
    Staff Development
    Managers
    Health
    Self Care
    Appointments and Schedules
    participation
    Interviews
    support systems
    health care workers
    funding
    interviews

    Keywords

    • Barriers
    • Clinical competency
    • Continuous professional development
    • Perception
    • Physiotherapist
    • Strategies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
    • Chemical Engineering(all)
    • Computer Science(all)
    • Environmental Science(all)

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    Pathway of continuous professional development among physiotherapists : A qualitative study. / Ramli, Ayiesah; Maslan, Marzzatul Farhana.

    In: Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 23, No. 2, 01.07.2015, p. 271-285.

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