African Journal of
Health Sciences and Technology

FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY, COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA
  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Health Sci. Technol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2805-4202
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHST
  • Start Year: 2019
  • Published Articles: 26

Full Length Research Paper

Attitudes and Barriers towards Continuing Professional Development among Physiotherapists in South-Eastern Nigeria

Anwara SU
  • Anwara SU
  • Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
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Nmecha CE
  • Nmecha CE
  • Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
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Moses EA
  • Moses EA
  • Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
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Okarekpe E
  • Okarekpe E
  • Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
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Mgbeojedo UG
  • Mgbeojedo UG
  • Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
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Ekechukwu END
  • Ekechukwu END
  • Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
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Ezeukwu OA
  • Ezeukwu OA
  • Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
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  • Article Number - 0849BA768880
  • Vol.2(1), pp. 97 - 105 , June 2020
  •  Received: 06 March 2020
  •  Accepted: 26 April 2020
  •  Published: 30 June 2020

Abstract

Continuing professional development (CPD) programmes are important components of professional training to maintain competence. There is insufficient information regarding physiotherapists’ participation in CPD activities in South-Eastern Nigeria. This study aimed to determine the attitude and barriers towards CPD among Physiotherapists in South-Eastern Nigeria. A cross-sectional survey involving 104 clinical Physiotherapists. A self-developed, content validated (CVI = 4.21) and reliable questionnaire (Split Half = 0.83) with 5 domains and 46 items that assessed the types of CPD activities, attitudes, barriers and benefits of physiotherapists towards continuing professional development (CPD) was used. Ethical approval was sought and obtained from the Health and Research Review Board of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and Chi-square at α = 0.05. A total 104 Physiotherapist, mostly male (53.8%), and aged ≤ 40years (81.7%) participated in this study. They were most likely to attend seminars, congress or scientific meetings/conferences (92.3%), and take part in a research work/ journal publication (76.0%) as CPDs. Majority of them disagreed that topics/subjects of specialization (72.1%) and professional burnout (66.3%) were the barriers to CPDs. Primary place of work was significantly associated with each of CPD activities (X2 = 17.77, p < 0.001), CPD benefits (X2 = 7.48, p = 0.024), and CPD barriers (X2 = 8.23, p = 0.016).There was also a significant association between gender and CPD benefits (X2 = 6.34, p = 0.042), and CPD barriers (X2 = 7.43, p =0.006). Physiotherapists in the Southeastern region of Nigeria have a good attitude towards CPDs. Primary place of work and gender are significantly associated with some measures of CPD activities, benefits of CPD and barriers to CPDs.

 

       Key words: Continuing Professional Development, Attitudes, Barriers, Benefits, Southeastern Nigeria.