Publication Date

2012

Abstract

Background: Understanding attributes required by occupational therapy and physiotherapy novice practitioners in work-related practice is limited. The first study aim was to identify the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required by occupational therapy and physiotherapy novice practitioners from stakeholders in work-related practice. The study also aimed to identify stakeholders' perceptions of novice practitioners' competency in these domains. Method: Stakeholders (197) in work-related practice were invited to complete a self-report survey. Descriptive statistics evaluated participants' perceptions of the importance of attributes and competence of novice practtttoners. Findings: Respondents (n 105) included employers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other stakeholders in workrelated practice. Descriptive statistics identified participants' ratings of attributes. Most important attributes were; knowledge, anatomy and human function, skills, interpersonal communication, and professional behaviours, confidentiality. Novice practitioners were rated competent in the most Preparation for practice: occupational therapists and physiotherapists important attributes but not competent in less important attributes. Conclusions: Understanding novice practitioners' preparedness for work practice should assist in planning post-graduate training.

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