The impact of COVID-19 on professional development for physiotherapists in Lagos, Nigeria

South African Journal of Physiotherapy

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Title The impact of COVID-19 on professional development for physiotherapists in Lagos, Nigeria
Creator Obileye, Atirola A. Chamberlain, M. Anne O'Connor, Rory J.
Subject medicine; physiotherapy; rehabilitation rehabilitation; physiotherapy; Nigeria; continuous professional development; COVID-19.
Description Background: Continuous professional development is important to maintain standards of care in the healthcare sector. However, in Lagos, Nigeria, the additional burden of COVID-19 and limited resources may provide separate challenges for physiotherapists’ continuous professional development (CPD).Objectives: To examine the availability and perceived quality of continuous professional development opportunities for physiotherapists working before and during the pandemic in Lagos, Nigeria.Method: A qualitative study was conducted with 10 conveniently sampled physiotherapists, recruited via email. Interviews took place via Zoom, and the video function was utilised. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews using a pilot tested interview, and was transcribed and analysed thematically.Results: The main method of workplace teaching pre-COVID-19 and during COVID-19 was bedside teaching (BT), which most participants received. Pre-COVID-19, the main barrier to receiving teaching was a lack of national guidelines providing specific details on CPD. During COVID-19, the main barrier was the difficulty of increased online teaching instead of teaching on real life patients. The main barriers for non-workplace CPD pre-COVID-19 were a lack of availability of learning opportunities and monetary cost of conferences. This was partially combatted by the increasing trend of online learning events during the pandemic, which increased access to non-workplace learning opportunities.Conclusion: Because of COVID-19, most CPD learning opportunities for physiotherapists in Lagos, Nigeria, were online, increasing overall accessibility. Adequate training to improve utilising online learning resources as well as specific guidelines for workplace physiotherapists CPD in Nigeria should be implemented and promoted to improve confidence and quality of care.Clinical implications: Key insight into the CPD experiences of physiotherapists currently working in Lagos, Nigeria, which can guide policies and improve clinical outcomes.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Wellpath Clinic, First Cardiology Clinic
Date 2023-11-06
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — qualitative; semi-structured interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajp.v79i1.1892
Source South African Journal of Physiotherapy; Vol 79, No 1 (2023); 9 pages 2410-8219 0379-6175
Language eng
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Coverage Lagos; Nigeria COVID-19 pandemic —
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Atirola A. Obileye, M. Anne Chamberlain, Rory J. O’Connor