Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, Karnataka, IN
The author has seven years experience as a clinical and research physiotherapist. She is a silver medallist in physiotherapy from India and a kinesiology graduate with specialization in community based rehabilitation from Canada. She worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer - Research with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Currently, she works as a Research Associate with Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.
Despite the urgent need for physiotherapy services for underprivileged communities, Community Physiotherapy is not a sought-after specialisation in India. Physiotherapists tend to serve in institutions rather than at community level, as a result of which this field of healthcare has stagnated. This article, based on an interview with one of the country’s eminent community physiotherapists, gives a first person account of the evolution of community physiotherapy in India and provides qualitative inputs to deal with the prevalent issues. While the need for services has increased, there has been no matching growth in the pool of physiotherapists willing to work in the community. Several recommendations have been made, including changes in approach to community physiotherapy by both physiotherapists as well as community organisations in India.