Perceptions of physiotherapy as a possible career choice among prospective university students in Nigeria

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Akodu, A.K
Akinfeleye, A.M
Nwajueboe, A,C
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Journal of Taibah University medical sciences, Elsevier
Objectives: This study was carried out to determine the preferences of students in selecting physiotherapy as a career choice and the factors that play key roles in their selection. Methods: A cross-sectional study involving 297 subjects ranging from 14 to 21 years of age was conducted among prospective university students. They were recruited from seven secondary schools in selected local government areas of Lagos state using a purposive sampling technique. A 14-item questionnaire, comparing physiotherapy to 11 selected occupations on six dimensions, that is, level of physical stress, salary, usefulness to society, responsibility, social status, and personal recognition as well as investigating factors considered important in selecting a career, was adapted from relevant literature. The data was analysed using mean, standard deviation, and Kendall’s coefficient of concordance. Results and discussion: The responses of 184 males (62.0%) and 113 females (38.0%) were used in the data analysis of this study. Physiotherapy was ranked fourth in terms of level of physical stress, third in terms of salary, fifth in terms of usefulness, fourth in terms of responsibility, fourth in terms of social status, and fourth in terms of personal recognition. Overall, physiotherapy was rated as the fourth-most preferred occupation. Prospective university students perceived physiotherapy as having a high level of occupational prestige, rating it fourth after medicine, engineering, and law. Conclusions: The profession of physiotherapy is held in high esteem and is seen as a desirable career choice among Nigerian high school students.
Occupational prestige , Physiotherapy , Prospective university students
Akodu, A. K., Akinfeleye, A. M., & Nwajueboe, A. C. (2018). Perceptions of physiotherapy as a possible career choice among prospective university students in Nigeria. Journal of Taibah University medical sciences, 13(4), 355-363.