Work experiences of recent physiotherapy graduates

M. Westbrook

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Eighteen months after the completion of their training in 1978, 62 per cent of B App Sc (Cumb) graduates in physiotherapy responded to a questionnaire investigating their work experiences, attitudes and plans. All except 8 per cent were currently employed, and 15 per cent had experienced involuntary unemployment. Satisfaction with the job and career choice was high but there was least gratification regarding work aspects considered the most important. The most frequently cited work stressors were feelings of inadequacy, depression and irritation regarding patients and work overload. The majority of graduates planned to specialize and undertake further study. Many were undecided in their attitudes toward their profession and 39 per cent had not joined the Association. Some attitude changes had occurred since graduation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-24
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Physiotherapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes


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