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JRCRS. 2015; 3(2): 72-75

Satisfaction among Physical Therapy Educators about Current Physical Therapy Education in Pakistan

Ibad Ullah, Asghar Khan, Abdul Ghafoor Sajjad, Aamer Naeem.

Background: Physical therapy is a growing profession with emphasis on continuous improvement of knowledge and skills. Physical therapy educators have to be vigilant enough to stay up to date as they are the role models of the students. These educators also face certain hurdles which can affect their performance badly.
Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the level of satisfaction among educators about current physical therapy education in Pakistan.
Methodology: A cross sectional survey was designed to carry out the study from October 2013 to April 2014. Purposive sampling technique was used to recruit sample. A self structured pre tested questionnaire was distributed among 150 educators working in various teaching institutes in Federal Capital Islamabad, and four provincial capitals. Out of 150 educators, 123 educators filled and returned the questionnaire.
Results: According to the results of the study, 105 (86%) participants were dissatisfied because they believed that physical therapy institutes should be affiliated by health universities only, 120 (98%) participants were dissatisfied because of the non availability of certified faculty in the teaching institutes. All the physical therapy educators showed dissatisfaction due to the absence of physical therapy council to set standards for physical therapy education.
Conclusion: It is evident from the results of study that physical therapy educators are not currently satisfied with education system due to not certified faculty available in the physical therapy institutes and an absence of licensing and regulatory authority to set standards for physical therapy education and clinical practice. Improvement is needed in current physical therapy education standards in the country.

Key words: Satisfaction Level, Physical Therapy Educators, Physical Therapy Education

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