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An exploratory study of veterinary physiotherapist’s within Ireland

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dc.contributor.advisor Clifford, Amanda M. O'Sullivan, Stephanie 2011-10-20T14:44:38Z 2011-10-20T14:44:38Z 2011
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Recently, there is a growing interest in the role of veterinary physiotherapy; however the concept of this speciality is still in its infancy in Ireland (Doyle and Horgan 2006). The apparent paucity of evidence within this unique profession warrants further investigation. Objectives: To explore factors influencing both the transitions from human to veterinary physiotherapy and the use of evidence based Practice (EBP); among the clinical interest group, within the ISCP, Chartered Physiotherapist in Veterinary Practice (CPVP). Methods: A multidimensional questionnaire was developed using SurveyMonkey®™ and sent to the members of the CPVP group via email, ensuring anonymity and confidentiality. It was piloted and modified to ensure clarity prior to distribution. A reminder email was sent to maximise responses. Descriptive, frequency and thematic content analysis was carried out to ensure accurate interpretation of the data. Results: A 50% (n=10) response rate was obtained. A variety of positive and negative influencing factors were identified. Common to both objectives, barriers such as use of human based research and facilitators such as animal experience were highlighted. Musculoskeletal experience was deemed significant for both transitioning and use of EBP, with 80% of participants experienced in the area. Conclusion: A variety of modifiable facilitators and barriers, which influence the way in which practitioner’s transition to veterinary physiotherapy and use EBP were highlighted. Hence, they should be addressed appropriately to aid and promote the veterinary physiotherapy profession among prospective and current graduates. The need for further animal research by veterinary physiotherapist’s is also warranted.
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Department of Physiotherapy, University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject physiotherapy en_US
dc.subject veterinary physiotherapy en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject EBP en_US
dc.subject transition en_US
dc.title An exploratory study of veterinary physiotherapist’s within Ireland en_US
dc.type Bachelor thesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.type.restriction none en

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