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MEDICAL EDUCATION
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 171-177

Quality assurance system in Indian physiotherapy education: A missing link?


College of Physiotherapy, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Deemed University, Loni, Taluka: Rahata, District: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra State, India

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Saloni Deorukhkar
College of Physiotherapy, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Deemed University, Loni, Taluka: Rahata, District: Ahmednagar - 413 736, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2321-4848.123044

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Objectives: To investigate the quality assurance system in Indian physiotherapy education. Design: A cross-sectional survey with mixed method was employed in this research. Participants: Forty two participants were involved in the study and responded to a questionnaire. Seven participants out of the 42 were selected for video interview. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire and an audio or video interview technique were used for the data collection. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze the questionnaire. A qualitative method was analyzed with content analysis. Results: The questionnaire result showed that hardly one-third of participants were aware about quality in general in the physiotherapy education. In the analysis of the interviews, four categories emerged: They indicated that awareness, skills, rating, and requirements related to quality seem to be important in developing quality assurance in physiotherapy. Conclusion: As a small scale study of quality assurance system, this study can contribute to develop an overall awareness of quality system in the Indian physiotherapy education. It can also contribute to the educational and professional life ahead by developing experience and updating the upcoming new physiotherapy researches. However, affirmative effects can also extend physiotherapists in advance.


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