A survey investigation of UK physiotherapists' use of online search engines for continuing professional development.
The purpose of this study was to discover the frequency and type of use of online resources for continuing professional development (CPD) displayed by physiotherapists in the UK. Therapists’ skills, needs and frustrations using these resources were explored. With the relatively recent release and saturated use of the internet the potential presence of a skills gap between therapists at different stages of their career was also investigated through a national online survey. 774 Physiotherapists from students to band 8c completed the survey, which was advertised through Frontline, the Interactive Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Journal of Physiotherapy, Pain Association and cascade email through research and other networks.
Most physiotherapists reported using the internet for professional purposes daily (40%) or 2 to 4 times a week (37%), with only 8% of respondents using it less than once a week. Overall, the results suggest band 6 and 7 physiotherapists had the least skills and most frustrations when using online search engines.
History and the nature of rapid technological advancement, specifically of the internet, appears to have created a generational skills gap within the largest group of the physiotherapy workforce, band 6 and 7 therapists. Students, band 5 and band 8a therapists appear to most successfully use online resources and the reasons for this are explored > From Harland et al. Physiotherapy (2013) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Elsevier Ltd.
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