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JRCRS. 2013; 1(1): 13-16


Awareness about the Role of Physical Therapy among Medical Practitioners Working in Burn Units

Sara Ijaz; Furqan Ahmed Siddiqi; Muhammad Asad Ullah.

Abstract
ABSTRACT:
Background: Physical therapy is now a key component of health sciences across the world and it has many developed sub-specialties. The wound care is one of them, and physical therapists working in wound care always play a key role in patient management.
Objective: This survey was conducted to find out the awareness about the role of physical therapy among medical practitioners working in burn units.
Methodology: A sample of 50 surgeons treating burn patients was selected from August 20, 2012 to November 20, 2012. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data about the opinion of surgeons. The attitude of the surgeons was also observed during the study.
Results: Majority 92% of the surgeons have at least some knowledge about the role of physical therapy through literature. 74% refer their patients for physical therapy. 78% of the surgeon’s state that negative outcomes are either due to improperly performed physical therapy or the physical therapist’s incompetence.
Conclusion: It is concluded that the surgeons are aware and encouraging in their attitude towards the physical therapy. The therapists who are better qualified show much better results thus more qualified professionals especially DPT who have knowledge about basic sciences equivalent to those of the graduate medical practitioners should be preferred who can work as a member of multidisciplinary team for the rehabilitation of the burn patients.

Key words: Burn Rehabilitation;Awareness;Physical Therapy (JRCRS 2013;1(1):13-16)



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