|Ennion, L. & Hess, D., 2020, ‘Recommendations of behavioural facilitators for success in a physiotherapy clinical practice module: Successful students’ perspectives’, South African Journal of Physiotherapy 76(1)
|Background: Students struggle to bridge the gap between theory and application thereof in
clinical settings. Exploring the behaviours of students who have been shown to be successful
in the clinical practice module of physiotherapy could provide an insight into what facilitated
their success. Sharing this information with other students could assist with decreasing anxiety
and improving student success.
Objectives: The objective of this study was to explore behaviours that facilitate student success
in a physiotherapy clinical practice module from the perspective of high-achieving students.
Method: Data were collected at the University of the Western Cape’s physiotherapy department
in South Africa. Ten students with the highest marks in clinical practice from the 2016 and 2017
final-year cohorts were purposively selected and invited to participate in two different
Nominal Group Technique (NGT) discussions. In total, 14 students consented to participate in
the study. A demographic and socio-economic status questionnaire and an NGT discussion
were used to collect data. Participants analysed the NGT discussion data themselves by
ranking facilitators in order of priority.
Results: Doing pre-block preparation, self-reflection and having a good rapport with
patients as well as personal motivation and coping strategies were identified as the most
important behavioural facilitators for physiotherapy students’ success in a clinical practice
|Recommendations of behavioural facilitators for success in a physiotherapy clinical practice module: Successful students’ perspectives