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Title: Self-perceived competency of entry level physiotherapists in Hong Kong
Authors: Cheung, RTH 
Chong, YKD
Ngai, SPC 
Mak, MKY 
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Hong Kong physiotherapy journal, Dec. 2015, v. 33, no. 2, p. 97 (Abstracts) How to cite?
Journal: Hong Kong physiotherapy journal 
Abstract: Background and purpose: Standards for entry-level physiotherapy knowledge, skills, and attributes have been well established and are assessed via self-administered competency checklists in many western countries. Such tools aim to promote students’ self-awareness of knowledge gaps and provide insights on continuous learning. They may also help to improve curriculum design. To date, no such tool is available in any Asian countries. The purposes of this project were to: (1) formulate a self-perceived competency checklist for entry-level physiotherapists in Hong Kong; and (2) preliminarily assess the self-perceived competency level of physiotherapy graduates.
Methods: An expert panel consisted of four faculty staff from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and six clinicians specialize in musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological, and pediatric physiotherapy was formed. A checklist with 77 items was developed by the panel. For each item, respondents have to rate their perceived competency level as “quite competent”, “competent”, “very competent” or “I am not sure”. The competency checklist was distributed to the graduates in May 2014 to assess their self-perceived competency level.
Results: Fifty-two out of 58 graduates completed the checklist. Most of them found this checklist useful for identifying their ‘weak’ areas. Overall, 92.7% of respondents perceived themselves as competent entry level physiotherapists. Nevertheless, five areas (out of 77 areas) were perceived as consistently weak across respondents. The result may indicate a need for curriculum improvement.
Conclusion: A competency checklist for entry level physiotherapist in Hong Kong is established. Generally, the graduates in Hong Kong perceived themselves as competent entry level physiotherapists.
Description: Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association Conference 2015 : Technology & Role Advancement, Hong Kong, 3-4 October 2015
ISSN: 1013-7025
EISSN: 1876-441X
DOI: 10.1016/j.hkpj.2015.09.010
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