A survey investigation of UK physiotherapists’ use of online search engines for continuing professional development

Harland, Nicholas and Drew, Benjamin T. (2013) A survey investigation of UK physiotherapists’ use of online search engines for continuing professional development. Physiotherapy, 99 (3). pp. 201-206. ISSN 0031-9406

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The purpose of this study was to discover the frequency and type of use of online resources for continuing professional development displayed by physiotherapists in the UK. Therapists’ skills, needs and frustrations using these resources were explored. With the relatively recent release and saturated use of the internet the potential presence of a skills gap between therapists at different stages of their career was also investigated.
National online survey study.
The online survey was carried out using the international online service ‘Survey Monkey’.
774 physiotherapists from students to band 8c completed the survey.
The online survey was advertised through Frontline, the Interactive Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Journal of Physiotherapy Pain Association and cascade email through research and other networks.
Most physiotherapists reported using the internet for professional purposes daily (40%) or 2 to 4 times a week (37%), with only 8% of respondents using it less than once a week. Overall the results suggest band 6 and 7 physiotherapists had the least skills and most frustrations when using online search engines.
History and the nature of rapid technological advancement, specifically of the internet, appears to have created a generational skills gap within the largest group of the physiotherapy workforce band 6 and 7 therapists. Students, band 5 and band 8a therapists appear to most successfully use online resources and the reasons for this are explored.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Sciences > Health Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Nicholas Harland
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 15:54
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 15:54
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12393
ORCID for Nicholas Harland: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3402-3457

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