Preparing novice occupational therapists and physiotherapists for work-related practice

What attributes are required?

K. Adam, J. Strong, E. Gibson, A. Lyle, L. Chipchase

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Background. Understanding attributes required by occupational therapy and physiotherapy novice practitioners in work-related practice is limited. The first study aim was to identify the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required by occupational therapy and physiotherapy novice practitioners from stakeholders in work-related practice. The study also aimed to identify stakeholders' perceptions of novice practitioners' competency in these domains. Method. Stakeholders (197) in work-related practice were invited to complete a self-report survey. Descriptive statistics evaluated participants' perceptions of the importance of attributes and competence of novice practitioners. Findings. Respondents (n = 105) included employers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other stakeholders in work-related practice. Descriptive statistics identified participants' ratings of attributes. Most important attributes were; knowledge, anatomy and human function, skills, interpersonal communication, and professional behaviours, confidentiality. Novice practitioners were rated competent in the most important attributes but not competent in less important attributes. Conclusions. Understanding novice practitioners' preparedness for work practice should assist in planning post-graduate training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-202
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health, Safety and Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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