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A Survey of the activity of members of the Irish society of chartered physiotherapists at branch Level

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Donnell, Marie Hinch, Aideen 2011-10-19T10:04:34Z 2011-10-19T10:04:34Z 2011
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Eight geographical branches exist within the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) and their role is to serve the purpose of the Society. Engaging at branch level is an informal Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activity. Barriers to CPD include cost (time and financial) and attitude to CPD, while facilitators include enjoyment, satisfaction and importance in professional practice (French and Dowds 2008). No previous research exists on ISCP members’ participation at branch level. Members’ perceptions of the future role of the branch within the new governance structure are required to inform the society. Objectives: To assess ISCP members’ attendance at opinions of ISCP branch activities. Methods: An online questionnaire seeking data on attendance at ISCP branch level and opinions on branch activities was distributed to over 2464 ISCP members. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics. Analysis of qualitative data was performed through theoretical thematic analysis. Results: A valid response rate of 13.3% was observed (n=327). A lack of interest/no clinical relevance was the main reason for non-attendance (28.3%) at branch level. Communication/two-way decision making was cited (43.1%) as the primary purpose of branches. 23.5% of respondents felt that no changes should be made to how branches currently function while 12.9% felt that ISCP branches should be dismembered. Conclusions: ISCP members feel there is a future role for branches but significant changes to the activities that are in place are required in order for them to function more efficiently within the new governance structure. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Department of Physiotherapy, University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject physiotherapy en_US
dc.subject CPD en_US
dc.subject participation en_US
dc.title A Survey of the activity of members of the Irish society of chartered physiotherapists at branch Level en_US
dc.type Bachelor thesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
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