Gangata, H, Porter, S, Artz, N and Major, K (2023) A proposed anatomy syllabus for entry-level physiotherapists in the United Kingdom: A modified Delphi methodology by physiotherapists who teach anatomy. Clinical Anatomy, 36 (3). pp. 503-526. ISSN 1098-2353

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The ever-increasing scope of physiotherapy practice is raising questions on what anatomical knowledge and skills ought to be taught within qualifying physiotherapy degree programmes in the United Kingdom (UK). The aim of the study was to create core anatomical knowledge and skills learning objectives to inform knowledge and skills for entry-level physiotherapists in the UK. A two phased modified Delphi methodology created a consensual anatomy curriculum. A Research-Team-Expert-Panel of four physiotherapists who teach anatomy proposed Anatomy Learning Objectives (Anat-LOs) and accompanying clinical rationales relevant for newly qualified entry-level physiotherapists. A Teacher-Expert-Panel of nine physiotherapists who taught anatomy to physiotherapy students in the UK reviewed Anat-LOs in two consecutive Delphi Rounds, and rated and commented on each Anat-LO. After each Delphi Round, the Research-Team-Expert-Panel reviewed the ratings and comments from the Teacher-Expert-Panel and banked Anat-LOs that passed the 85% acceptance threshold. There were 182 banked Anat-LOs that spanned all eight areas: Introductory Concepts, Principles and Basic Histology; Head and Neck; Thorax; Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum; Upper Limb; Lower Limb; Spine; and Neuroanatomy regions/systems. The Anat-LOs develop both anatomical knowledge and key anatomical skills, such as palpation and conducting manual tests on model patients. A first ever core anatomy curriculum for entry-level physiotherapists has been created for entry-level physiotherapists, typically Band-5 NHS physiotherapists, and takes an integrated learning approach. The anatomy curriculum brings clarity to students, teachers, clinical supervisors and future employers on the expected anatomical standards for entry-level physiotherapists.

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Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivsLicense, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.© 2023 The Authors. Clinical Anatomy published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Association of Clinical Anatomists and British Association of Clinical Anatomists.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > Physical medicine. Physical therapy. Including massage, exercise, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, phototherapy, radiotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Allied Health Professions
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Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2023 12:04
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2023 12:04

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