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Translating policy into practice for community-based management of rheumatoid arthritis: Targeting professional development needs among physiotherapists

RE Fary, H Slater, J Chua, AM Briggs

International Journal of Rheumatology | Published : 2012

Abstract

Introduction. Contemporary health policy promotes delivery of community-based health services to people with musculoskeletal conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This emphasis requires a skilled workforce to deliver safe, effective care. We aimed to explore physiotherapy workforce readiness to co-manage consumers with RA by determining the RA-specific professional development (PD) needs in relation to work and educational characteristics of physiotherapists in Western Australia (WA).Methods. An e-survey was sent to physiotherapists regarding their confidence in co-managing people with RA and their PD needs. Data including years of clinical experience, current RA clinical caseload..

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