IJPR.2016.203

Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 1 (February 2017)

Page No.: 1846-1851

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2016.203

AWARENESS AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS PHYSIOTHERAPY AMONG HIGHER SECONDARY STUDENTS: A PILOT SURVEY STUDY

Harikrishnan R *1, Kamalambal H 2.

*1 MPT (Orthopaedics), Deputy Dean/Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Therapeutic Science, Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia.

2 M.Sc., (Mathematics), M.Ed.

Address to Correspondence: Dr. Harikrishnan R, MPT (Orthopaedics), Deputy Dean/Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Therapeutic Science, Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia. E-Mail: editor_physiotherapy@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT

Background: Physiotherapy is a health care profession. Physiotherapy plays a significant role in all levels of health. The higher secondary students are potential students for Bachelor of Physiotherapy programme. It is important to have good awareness and positive attitude about various occupation and professions that are related to his/her field of study. This study aimed at identifying the awareness level and their attitude about the profession which may provide adequate information to strategize   the measures to enhance it further.

Objective: To study the awareness and attitude about Physiotherapy among higher secondary students.

Materials and Methods: A survey was conducted using a questionnaire that was modified and adapted with permission from a similar study done by Thusharike D. Dissanyaka. Forty five higher secondary students with science group from Sakthi tuition center, Thanjavur participated in this study. The questionnaire was analyzed and interpreted.

Results: Only 9% aware of all four (Manual therapy, Ice/heat therapy, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy & exercise therapy) components of Physiotherapy. The most commonly known treatment means of Physiotherapy is manual therapy followed by exercise therapy and electrotherapy and the least awareness is about hydrotherapy technique. The highest number of respondents (80%) replied Physiotherapy is used in musculoskeletal conditions, and only 17% replied Physiotherapy is used in peadiatrics.

Conclusion and Clinical Implication: The awareness about the profession is less satisfactory. Appropriate measures have to be taken to increase the awareness and create a good attitude towards the Physiotherapy profession.

KEY WORDS: Physiotherapy, Awareness, Attitude, Higher secondary students.

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Cite this article: Harikrishnan R, Kamalambal H. AWARENESS AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS PHYSIOTHERAPY AMONG HIGHER SECONDARY STUDENTS: A PILOT SURVEY STUDY. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(1):1846-1851. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2016.203
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