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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
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Mary Gunn. 1998. Relationship of Physical Therapists' Reflective Practitioner Skill Characteristics. Master's thesis. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, College of Health Care Sciences - Physical Therapy Department. (119)
Purpose: To determine the degree and relationship to which physical therapists in various clinical settings value the importance of reflective skills and how frequently these skills are used.
Method: Descriptive research using a self-designed validated survey was used to determine importance and frequency of use for the reflective skills. A Likert-scale point value was assigned to the variables for both sections of the survey. Content validity was determined through review by experts and a pilot study was performed. Revisions in terminology and deletion of an item were then made. Fifty-seven out of 200 subjects responded to the survey. Mean and standard deviation for the items were calculated and Pearson-product Moment Correlation Coefficient was used to determine the relationship between the variables of importance and frequency of use.
Results: The reflective skills for importance ranged from 3.77 to 4.64 on a scale of 1 to 5. Frequency ranged from 1.40 to 1.74 on a scale of 0 to 2. Pearson correlation (r = .029 to .595) between importance and frequency of use demonstrated to a positive relationship of all the skills, with the exception of critical analysis.
Discussion: The respondents did appear to place a high value on the importance and use of the reflective skills. There was a positive relationship between them, although the skills were not statistically strong, in particular the skill of critical analysis. Further research is needed to determine this relationship of the reflective skills.