Colleges For Physiotherapy
Introduction: The Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19), has caused disruptions in clinical services and postgraduate education around the globe. Hence, this survey was conducted to understand the impact of pandemic on Physiotherapy post-graduate (PG) education.
Methods The snowball sampling of Physiotherapy college physiotherapy PGs across Maharashtra resulted in 254 trainees. Based on literature available, a structured questionnaire with 34 questions was designed to measure the impact of COVID-19. Six academicians evaluated this questionnaire for its validity, then their recommendations were made. Following that it was administered to five PG trainees. This validated questionnaire was circulated through various social media platforms as well as personal contacts via Google form. Descriptive statistics were summarized as frequencies/ percentages. McNemar’s test was used to determine the differences on a dichotomous dependent variable between the two related groups using SPSS software.
These results were obtained from 131 total trainees. Almost 67% of respondents (n=101), however, disagreed with the claim that they were able to complete their learning objectives. A vast majority (91%, n=119) of them felt that their specialty related practical training was severely affected, and 98% (n=129) reported that reduced caseload had impacted their clinical learning. 70% of final-year PGs reported difficulty finding new candidates for their dissertation. Their concerns included spreading of infection to relatives (98%), travel in public transport (98%), unpredictability about exam dates (91%), as well as competency development within specialty areas (96%).
COVID-19 has impacted several domains in Physiotherapy PG program including academic, clinical and research. The issue should be taken seriously by regulatory agencies and strategies developed to address it.
Keywords: COVID-19; Education; Pandemic; Survey.
Copyright: (c). Journal of Advances in Medical Education & Professionalism.
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