Learning Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy students' ways of experiencing the patient encounter
1998 (English)In: Physiotherapy Research International, ISSN 1358-2267, Vol. 36, no 4, 257-273 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background and PurposeThe aim of this paper was to describe and analyse the impact of formal education and professional experience on physiotherapy students' ways of experiencing interaction within a patient encounter.MethodTwo groups of physiotherapy students were interviewed on two occasions; during the second and last term of their formal education programme, and during the last term and after 18 months' professional experience. Data were subjected to a qualitative analysis. Changes in conceptions between the two interview occasions were described quantitatively.ResultsSubjects' ways of experiencing interaction within a patient encounter could be described in four main categories: Mutuality; Technicalism; Authority and Juxtaposition. Mutuality and Technicalism denoted an integration of the communicative and problem-solving processes involved in the encounter, the former category from a patient-centred and the latter from a physiotherapist-centred perspective. Authority and Juxtaposition denoted a separation of the processes, the former from a physiotherapist-centred perspective and the latter from a patient-centred one.ConclusionsThe results show a trend as regards direction of change in conceptions from separated to integrated perspectives on the communicative and problem-solving processes after the formal education programme. After 18 months' professional practice the Mutuality category dominated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1998. Vol. 36, no 4, 257-273 p.
physiotherapy • learning • interaction • conceptions • qualitative analysis • contextual analysis • phenomenography
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-39167DOI: 10.1002/pri.149Local ID: 47030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-39167DiVA: diva2:260016
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Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Learning Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy students' ways of experiencing the patient encounter, 1998, Physiotherapy Research International, (36), 4, 257-273.
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