Journal article

More options and better job security required in career paths of physiotherapist researchers: an observational study

Julie Bernhardt, Lili Tang Shyn-Li

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY | AUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOC | Published : 2008

Abstract

QUESTION: What career paths have physiotherapist researchers taken? What should career paths for physiotherapist researchers look like? DESIGN: Observational study with questionnaire. PARTICIPANTS: Australian physiotherapists who had a completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree by 2006. RESULTS: Fifty-six of 87 physiotherapists with a doctorate degree (response rate 64%) completed the questionnaire. Over half had completed the doctorate since 2000. An interest in clinical research was the strongest driver for undertaking a doctorate degree. Of the respondents, 52% worked in traditional academic roles while those who pursued other mixed clinical/research or pure research paths reported a lack of..

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