Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Health promotion and wellness: Knowledge, beliefs, and practices of physical therapists and physical therapy students
by Johnson, Stephanie, Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2006, 139; 3367014
Abstract (Summary)

The problem this applied dissertation addressed was that physical therapy students had limited opportunities to demonstrate competencies in health promotion and wellness. The purpose was to describe the self-reported knowledge, beliefs, and practices of physical therapists in health promotion and wellness and the extent to which they incorporated these into their practice, using the following 6 research questions: (a) What is an appropriate instrument to assess the knowledge, beliefs, and practices of physical therapists with respect to health promotion and wellness, (b) to what extent are physical therapists addressing health promotion and wellness in their practice, (c) what barriers and facilitators exist to incorporating health promotion and wellness into practice, (d) what relationships exist between personal beliefs and the extent physical therapists incorporate health promotion and wellness activities into practice, (e) what relationships exist between demographic characteristics or practice setting and the extent to which physical therapists incorporate health promotion and wellness activities into practice, and (f) what gaps exist in physical therapists’ knowledge in health promotion and wellness?

Procedures included reviewing the literature, identifying committee members, developing a valid data collection instrument, administering the instrument, and analyzing the data to respond to the research questions. Of the surveys sent to 41 physical therapy students and a random sample of 1,000 physical therapists, 216 were returned (21%). Respondents agreed physical therapists play a role in health promotion and wellness but lacked consistent awareness and incorporation of public health priorities and professional guidelines in their practices. Most respondents identified the need for additional training and professional updates and perceived barriers of time commitment, uncertainty as to where to start, and lack of reimbursement for health promotion and wellness. No consistent trends emerged regarding personal beliefs or demographic characteristics and their impact on practice. There were a few significant relationships with respect to academic degree and recent service as a clinical instructor and isolated questions about physical therapy practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thompson, Thomas J.
Commitee:
School: Nova Southeastern University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-B 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Health education, Physical therapy, Public health, Higher education
Keywords: Health promotion, Physical therapist, Physical therapy, Prevention, Wellness
Publication Number: 3367014
ISBN: 9781109270693
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