Impact of living (Surface) anatomy module as continuous professional development program for practicing physiotherapists

George, Bincy M and Nayak, Satheesha B and Prem, V and Marpalli, Sapna and Rao, Mohandas KG (2019) Impact of living (Surface) anatomy module as continuous professional development program for practicing physiotherapists. Journal of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, 14 (1). pp. 16-21. ISSN 0974-3901

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Background: It is often presumed that physiotherapists need to be thorough in their knowledge in gross anatomy prior to learning new skills or therapeutic techniques. We implemented a Living (Surface) Anatomy module for physiotherapists, prior to the teaching of therapeutic techniques, in one of the continuous professional development (CPD) programs as a supportive venture for their clinical practice. The present study intended to evaluate the impact of a CPD program on reinforcing practicing physiotherapists’ knowledge, skills, and attitude for their clinical practice. Methods: A 1‑day workshop was conducted on living (surface) anatomy for practicing physiotherapists (n = 27) through a CPD program. This training included manual muscle testing and body painting of selected muscles of trunk and limbs. Pre‑ and post‑tests were conducted to analyze the impact of the module on improvement in participants’ knowledge and skills. In addition, participants were requested to respond to a questionnaire (15 items) on a 5‑point Likert scale. Results: Analysis of the pre‑ and post‑test scores revealed a significant increase (34.6%) in surface anatomy knowledge. Majority of the participants opined that the workshop was organized effectively (100%) and the modules helped them to become aware of the lacunae in their knowledge (100%). They also echoed that they realized the need for continuous self‑directed learning (100%) and responded that they would attempt to apply whatever they learned through the workshop in their clinical practice (96%). The overall satisfaction score reported by the participants was 9, on a rating scale ranging from 1 to 10 (1 = very poor; 10 = excellent). Conclusion: The CPD was well received by the participants, as evident from their feedback. The present study results demonstrated that the CPD had a positive impact on the participants’ knowledge, skills, and attitude.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body painting; continuous professional development; living anatomy; manual muscle testing.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Anatomy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 04:24
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 04:24

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