Acta Scientific Orthopaedics (ISSN: 2581-8635)

Research Article Volume 5 Issue 11

Awareness about Physiotherapy among General Public - A Cross Sectional Survey Analysis

Shubham Menaria, Tittu Thomas James, Jarapla Srinivas Nayak*, Shubhi Saxena and Pradnya Dhargave

Department of Physiotherapy Center, NIHMANS, India

*Corresponding Author: Jarapla Srinivas Nayak, Department of Physiotherapy Center, NIHMANS, India.

Received: September 27, 2022; Published: October 18, 2022

Abstract

Background and Objectives: Physiotherapy is a field of medicine which deals with maximizing human functioning by treating structural and functional impairments. Although there is an increased knowledge about physiotherapy among healthcare providers, there is still lack of awareness evident among the general public. It is found that the quack practitioners and fake courses utilize this gap for malpractice. This cross-sectional survey analysis tries to identify the level of awareness among physiotherapy in general public.

Methods: People above 20 years of age and has the access to internet facility are provided with online survey questions. The answers were collected from them on the same day. The data collected from the online survey was collected and documented in spreadsheet. The data was analysed descriptively and analysed accordingly.

Result: A total of 346 people participated the study. It was found that more than 60% of the respondents are aware of the profession and treatments provided by the therapists. There is a lack of awareness in the public regarding physiotherapy because 4.6% of the respondents consider it as massage therapy whereas 9.1% consider physiotherapists as yoga trainers. 70 participants responded that physiotherapists are eligible to prescribe medications. 10.2% of them are unaware of the preventive aspect of diseases with physiotherapy.

Conclusion: We suggest the use of available resources including social media to increase the awareness among the general public, living in both in rural and urban areas. It is imperative to take measures by professional bodies to initiate the formation of a central regulatory body in controlling malpractice in this professional field.

Keywords: Physiotherapy; Awareness of General Public; Physiotherapist; Malpractice in Physiotherapy

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Citation

Citation: Jarapla Srinivas Nayak., et al. “Awareness about Physiotherapy among General Public - A Cross Sectional Survey Analysis". Acta Scientific Orthopaedics 5.11 (2022): 111-114.

Copyright

Copyright: © 2022 Jarapla Srinivas Nayak., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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