ERIC Number: ED399440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Physical Therapy Needs Assessment Survey.
Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, MD.
To ensure that the new physical therapist assistant (PTA) curriculum at Allegany Community College (Maryland) met current professional needs, a survey was undertaken of establishments likely to employ PTAs. An employer needs questionnaire was returned by 272 establishments (of 1,250 surveyed). Findings indicated that more than half of the respondents were hospitals or private practice. The typical respondent had 10 employees, of whom 1 was a PTA. Nearly 4 in 10 respondents did not hire PTAs. Hospitals were more frequent users of PTAs in the skill areas covered by the survey than were other facilities. Each of the general skill areas surveyed was performed frequently by PTAs. Patient documentation and recognizing indications/contraindications were performed most often. PTAs needed to have a good command of medical terms and anatomy. PTAs were frequently called upon to assist patients in recognizing/practicing proper gait patterns and using assistive devices. They were also called upon to perform a variety of exercise techniques. With the exception of volume measurements, PTAs were actively used in measuring patient functions. The generally nontechnical areas of practice listed on the survey were among the most frequently needed PTA skills. In response to open-ended questions, respondents offered suggestions for additional skills and improvement of clinical training; reiterated the importance of communication and interpersonal skills. (The survey and responses to open-ended questions are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland