Physical therapists' perspectives on the role and effectiveness of continuing education

Tricia M. Austin, Kim C. Graber

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-223
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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