Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable: The tale of adaptability

South African Journal of Physiotherapy

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Title Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable: The tale of adaptability
Creator van der Merwe, Anke Barnes, Roline Nel, Mariette
Subject Healthcare Education; Physiotherapy adaptive performance; undergraduate physiotherapy; I-ADAPT measurement; healthcare education; graduate attributes
Description Background: With the ever-changing healthcare environment and impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on tertiary education, healthcare students need to constantly adapt their approach to learning, clinical practice and well-being. Adaptive performance is therefore vital.Objectives: To investigate the adaptive performance of final year physiotherapy students at the University of the Free State.Method: A quantitative descriptive study was performed. All consenting final year undergraduate physiotherapy students registered at the University of the Free State in 2021 were approached for inclusion. The short 55-item I-ADAPT measurement was distributed electronically to all possible participants.Results: The response rate was 28.5% (n = 8). Descriptive statistics, namely frequencies and percentages for categorical data and medians and percentages for numerical data were calculated. The dimensions related to handling work stress (50%), uncertainty (62.2%) and creativity (64.0%) scored the lowest. Emotional response to stress (62.5%) and frustration in response to unpredictable situations (62.5%) was reported.Conclusion: Uncertainty and unpredictability are inevitable for healthcare students. Stress management and emotional intelligence development are advised for inclusion in undergraduate physiotherapy programmes.Clinical implications: A need for curricular evaluation to ensure students are equipped with stress management and emotional intelligence skills is proposed. 
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor NA
Date 2023-06-13
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajp.v79i1.1889
Source South African Journal of Physiotherapy; Vol 79, No 1 (2023); 7 pages 2410-8219 0379-6175
Language eng
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Coverage — — 21-25; male and female; no restriction regarding ethnicity
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Anke van der Merwe, Roline Barnes, Mariette Nel