Education and training in the use of physical agent modalities by occupational therapists practicing in the physical disabilities area

Andreea Cristina Kugel, Florida International University

Abstract

This study was conducted to examine how occupational therapists (OTs) practicing in the physical disabilities area received their training in the use of physical agent modalities (PAMs); to determine the frequency of PAMs usage by those therapists; and to obtain their opinions regarding the training of OTs and OT students in the administration of PAMs. Three hundred OTs practicing in physical diabilities (n = 194 returned) were surveyed. The most frequently used modalities were hot and cold packs, paraffin, and ultrasound. The least frequently used modalities were transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) and whirlpool. On-the-job training was the most common educational method received by the respondents for PAMs usage. The respondents considered a combination of undergraduate education, fieldwork, continuing education and on-the-job training as the most appropriate educational setting for training in modalities. While few of the respondents received preparation in PAMs during entry-level academic programs, the majority felt that OT students should be trained in PAMs usage as part of their education curriculum. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Education|Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy

Recommended Citation

Andreea Cristina Kugel, "Education and training in the use of physical agent modalities by occupational therapists practicing in the physical disabilities area" (January 1, 1998). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1391310.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1391310

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