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The Paediatric Physiotherapy curricula landscape: a survey of United Kingdom entry-level programs

Chesterton, Paul and Chesterton, Jennifer (2023) The Paediatric Physiotherapy curricula landscape: a survey of United Kingdom entry-level programs. Physiotherapy Research International, 28 (4). ISSN 1471-2865

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Background and Purpose: To identify the paediatric curriculum content covered in entry-level physiotherapy programs within the United Kingdom (UK), and report faculties perceived importance. Strengths, weaknesses, barriers and facilitators, to the implementation of paediatric content were explored.
Methods: A cross-sectional online questionnaire captured entry-level physiotherapy program leaders’ perceptions of paediatric programs.
Results: 55 responses were submitted, providing a 67% completion rate. Faculty perceived that students’ felt the inclusion of paediatric content within the curricula was ‘Important’ (Mean 3.60 ± SD 0.74). Of 30 diagnoses surveyed only two were covered ‘Well’ within curriculums, despite 23 rated at least ‘Important’ by respondents. Of the 18 assessment/examination components 13 were covered ‘Well’ with five ‘Somewhat’. All were considered to be at least ‘Important’. Perceived strengths were grouped into three main categories 1) integrated/lifespan approach, 2) links to clinical specialists and, 3) a broad/detailed curriculum. Perceived weaknesses included curriculum time pressures and paediatric placement availability.
Discussion: The majority of paediatric conditions were only somewhat covered by UK curriculums, despite respondents in the main believing they should be an important element of the entry-level syllabus. Some UK physiotherapy entry-level students may not be exposed to any paediatric teaching or clinical placements.

Keywords: Physiotherapy, paediatric, Curriculum, Entry-level, University

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Physiotherapy, paediatric, Curriculum, Entry-level, University
Depositing User: Jen Chesterton


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Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2023 14:03
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2024 09:00


Author: Paul Chesterton ORCID iD
Author: Jennifer Chesterton

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences


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