Type of Article : Original Research
Year: 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 2 | Page No. 1468-1475
Date of Publication: 11-04-2016
PERCEPTION OF RECENT PHYSIOTHERAPY GRADUATES REGARDING ELECTROTHERAPY IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM CONTENT
Shivani Chowdhury Salian *1, Jyoti Singh 2.
1 Professor and HOD, Department of Electrotherapy and Electrodiagnosis, School of Physiotherapy, D.Y.Patil University, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India.
*2 Physiotherapy Intern, School of Physiotherapy, D.Y.Patil University, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India.
Corresponding author: Prof. Dr. Shivani Chowdhury Salian (PT), Professor and HOD, Department of Electrotherapy and Electrodiagnosis, School of Physiotherapy, 6th floor, Medical College building, D.Y.Patil University, Nerul- sector 5, Navi Mumbai-400706, India. Contact no.: +919167015833
Background: Electrotherapy like other area of physiotherapy is a rapidly advancing field. To keep abreast of changes, curricula need regular evaluation and updating. The curriculum consists of many components that may vary from content to time tabling.
Methodology: The aim of the present study was to determine the perception of the graduate students for electrotherapy curriculum with regards to content, teaching method and clinical learning. This information will contribute to an overall evaluation of the present electrotherapy curriculum. A cross-sectional survey was conducted amongst graduates (BPT) passed out in the year 2013 until 2015. Validated Questionnaire was used to gather the information. The questionnaire was validated in the School of Physiotherapy, D.Y.Patil University, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. Data was collected and tabulated and statistical analysis was done using SPSS and Microsoft Excel software.
Results: Results indicated that 52 % found that more information should be included on the machines like Laser, EMG, NCS and magnetic field. Almost every respondent felt that they would have like more information about electrotherapy and electro diagnosis related alternative technique e.g. Acupuncture TENS, Shock wave diathermy, EMG, NCS and Dry needling etc. 48% disagreed that the third and fourth year curriculum content was adequate for clinical practice. 50% disagreed that the third and fourth year curriculum content was relevant to clinical practice. Most of the respondents felt that Ultrasound, Hot packs, Cryotherapy, SWD, Paraffin Wax bath, TENS, IFT, Direct current, Iontophorosis, EMG, NCS were very important topics being taught in entry level training for beginning level practice. IR, UVR, Static magnets and Micro current were not important topics while biofeedback, laser therapy were somewhat important.
Conclusions: It was evident from the survey that the BPT curriculum of Electrotherapy was relevant to current practice but inadequate in certain specific areas for example hands on practice of newer equipments, clinical practice in EMG, NCS, Laser and Micro current.
Key Words: Undergraduate Curriculum, Electrotherapy, Relevance.
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Shivani Chowdhury Salian, Jyoti Singh. PERCEPTION OF RECENT PHYSIOTHERAPY GRADUATES REGARDING ELECTROTHERAPY IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM CONTENT. Int J Physiother Res 2016;4(2):1468-1475. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2016.119