A framework for determining curricular content of entry level physiotherapy programs – using electrophysical agents as a case in point

Chipchase, Lucy S., Williams, Marie T. and Robertson, Val J. (2008) A framework for determining curricular content of entry level physiotherapy programs – using electrophysical agents as a case in point. Physical Therapy Reviews, 13 6: 386-394.


Author Chipchase, Lucy S.
Williams, Marie T.
Robertson, Val J.
Title A framework for determining curricular content of entry level physiotherapy programs – using electrophysical agents as a case in point
Journal name Physical Therapy Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1083-3196
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1179/174328808X309269
Volume 13
Issue 6
Start page 386
End page 394
Total pages 9
Place of publication London ; Philadelphia
Publisher W.B. Saunders
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
110317 Physiotherapy
Abstract Electrophysical agents have been a core part of physiotherapy practice since the establishment of the profession. However, significant changes in the health arena over the last 20 years have challenged the place of electrophysical agents as a core aspect of physiotherapy practice. The development of manual techniques and a greater focus on exercise therapies and evidence based practice have led to a shift in the way physiotherapists view and use electrophysical agents. At the same time, the types and complexity of electrophysical equipment has increased considerably. These changes create difficulties in determining which electrophysical agents should be included in entry level physiotherapy curricula. Using electrophysical agents as an example, this paper presents the challenges facing the profession in terms of what and how decisions concerning entry-level physiotherapy curricula may be made. A framework for integrating both clinical practice trends and research evidence is presented as a means for determining entry level physiotherapy curricula in the next ten years. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Keyword Curriculum
Electrophysical agents
Evidence
Physiotherapy practice
Q-Index Code C1

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