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Physical Therapists' Perspectives on the Role and Effectiveness of Continuing Education

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Research addressing the perspectives of physical therapists recently mandated to engage in continuing education (CE) is limited. The purpose of this investigation, therefore, was to identify physical therapy clinicians' and managers' views on its role and effectiveness. Participants were 23 physical therapists practicing at six different hospitals in Illinois. Qualitative methodology included participant interviews, document analysis, and field journals. Three major themes were identified: (1) attitudes toward CE and mandatory CE, (2) variables contributing to effective CE experiences, and (3) cautious optimism regarding the role of mandatory CE in the promotion of professional competence. This investigation details the need for evidence-based, clinically relevant, interactive CE presentations; ongoing discussion regarding the plausibility of increased national involvement in CE; and focused attention on overcoming obstacles associated with ineffective CE.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-12-01

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  • The Journal of Allied Health is the official publication of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The Journal is the only interdisciplinary allied health periodical, publishing scholarly works related to research and development, feature articles, research abstracts and book reviews. Readers of the Journal comprise allied health leaders, educators, faculty and students.
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