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Community-based Physiotherapy in Western India: Some Findings from Surveys

Author:

Pavithra Rajan

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, IN
About Pavithra

The author has seven years experience as a clinical and research physiotherapist. She is a kinesiology graduate with specialization in community based rehabilitation from Canada.

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this seven-year project was to understand the perceptions of different client populations (including physiotherapists) towards community health and rehabilitation methods and identify the "gaps" in the existing system.

Method: A series of surveys were conducted on several populations with functional disabilities in different parts of western India.

Results: It was found that community physiotherapists with adequate motivation, knowledge and skills are insufficient in number. It appears that the community at large is in need of cost-effective preventive strategies to deal with the health problems. Future research should identify the interests of community physiotherapists, and provide adequate resources to increase their existing numbers.

How to Cite: Rajan, P., 2013. Community-based Physiotherapy in Western India: Some Findings from Surveys. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23(4), pp.90–96. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v23i4.155
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Published on 05 Feb 2013.
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