Clinical specialization in Physiotherapy practice in Nigeria: perception of Nigerian physiotherapists and recommendations for adequate implementation

Petrronilla Ojukwu, Ifeanyi Williams Okolo, Ezinne Ekediegwu, Rita Nkechi Ativie, Stephen Sunday Ede, Chioma Onuchukwu
2022 Physiotherapy Review  
Nigeria needs more physiotherapists to be able to meet Nigeria's growing demand. However, as much as there is a need to increase the number of practicing physiotherapists in Nigeria, more important issue to be tackled is the quality of care offered by these professionals. The ripple effect of these deficiencies and misconceptions about physiotherapy specialization in Nigeria is expected to have a negative impact on professional development, clinical and academic practice, as well as patient
more » ... and satisfaction. Aims: This study aimed to evaluate the perception of Nigerian physiotherapists on the physiotherapy specialization process and practice, as well as their recommendations for adequate implementation. Material and methods: Using a modified Dillman Approach, a cross-sectional survey was conducted with 235 physiotherapists. The questionnaires were tailored to the specific issues addressed in the study. Data were collected and summarized using descriptive statistics such as mean, standard deviation, frequencies, and percentages. Results: Respondents indicated that physiotherapy specialization in Nigeria will positively impact healthcare delivery (32.2%) and the general outlook of the profession (32.3%). Respondents appeared to agree on the involvement of academic institutions (13.2%) and residency programs (11.9%) in the process of becoming a clinical specialist. They believed that increased awareness
doi:10.5114/phr.2022.123157 fatcat:snrtkcgevvaajenc5yp4ji4cj4