Perceptions of physiotherapists towards research: a mixed methods study.

Perceptions of physiotherapists towards research: a mixed methods study.

The objective of this study was to explore the perceptions of physiotherapists towards the use of and participation in research. This was achieved through concurrent mixed methods research, combining in-depth interviews with three questionnaires (demographics, Edmonton Research Orientation Survey, visual analogue scales for confidence and motivation to participate in research). Twenty-five subjects {four men and 21 women, mean age 38 [standard deviation (SD) 11] years} who had been registered as a physiotherapist for a mean period of 15 (SD 10) years participated in this study. They were registered with the New Zealand Board of Physiotherapy, held a current practising certificate, and were working as a physiotherapist or physiotherapy/allied health manager at the hospital. Physiotherapists were generally positive towards research, but struggled with the concept of research, the available literature and the time to commit to research. Individual confidence and orientation towards research seemed to influence how these barriers were perceived.

This study showed that physiotherapists struggle to implement research in their daily practice and become involved in research. Changing physiotherapists’ conceptions of research, making it more accessible and providing dedicated research time could facilitate increased involvement in the physiotherapy profession.

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Scott BuxtonResearch article posted by: Scott Buxton

Scott is editor of Physiospot so expect to see his work popping up frequently. Away from the keyboard he is a physiotherapist specialising in geriatrics.

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