Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor's Name

Leonard Elbaum

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Jennifer Lander

Third Advisor's Name

Carlos Alvarez


Physical therapy, Study and teaching, Telecommunication

Date of Defense



The purpose of this study was to assess and enhance the attitudes and knowledge of physical therapy students toward telecommunication technology. A questionnaire was given to appraise the attitudes and knowledge of 156 physical therapy students toward telecommunication technology. The intervention was a one hour presentation on applications relevant to physical therapy practice. The majority of students expressed interest in telecommunication before the presentation, and felt that expanded use of telecommunication was important to the profession. However, only a minority of students demonstrated knowledge about specific medical telecommunication applications. The post-intervention questionnaire showed the presentation to be effective in changing students' attitudes toward telecommunication, and increasing their knowledge relevant to the practice of physical therapy. If physical therapy curricula were to include exposure to telecommunication, perhaps physical therapists will be more inclined to use the technology in the future.




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