‘I am the educator and the learner at the same time’: a qualitative survey of the knowledge and use of adult learning theory in UK musculoskeletal physiotherapists' patient education

Boland, K, Pigott, TMC and Forbes, R 2022, '‘I am the educator and the learner at the same time’: a qualitative survey of the knowledge and use of adult learning theory in UK musculoskeletal physiotherapists' patient education' , International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 29 (7) , pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

Background/Aims Patient education is a core component of musculoskeletal care, yet broad definitions exist and effective delivery methods are unclear. Musculoskeletal physiotherapists' use of patient education has been described as individualised and collaborative, reflecting a person-centred model of care. However, discrepancies between perceived and actual practice, and therapist-centred approaches to education, have been observed. Little is known about the theoretical basis of musculoskeletal physiotherapists' patient education practice, yet the adult learning theory frames how adults interact with education and echoes the principles of person-centred care. The aim of this study was to analyse the use of adult learning theory to inform patient education practice among UK musculoskeletal physiotherapists. Methods This study used a novel, online questionnaire to collect quantitative and qualitative data from a self-selecting sample of UK musculoskeletal physiotherapists, using a multimodal recruitment strategy. Complete responses were provided by 66 participants. Categorical and narrative data were collected and descriptive and thematic analyses undertaken. Results Participants generally self-rated their educational competencies highly, with the exception of evaluating patient education. Participants were more familiar with reflective and self-directed learning than with other adult learning theories. Two main themes were described: implicit adult learning theory knowledge and challenges in applying adult learning theory. Conclusions The results suggest that musculoskeletal physiotherapists may have implicit knowledge of adult learning theory, yet challenges exist in applying them. This finding supports the establishment of ongoing training in educational skills for physiotherapists and could be used as a catalyst for musculoskeletal physiotherapists to reflect on their knowledge and use of adult learning theory.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
ISSN: 1759-779X
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2022 09:30
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2022 09:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/64512

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