Professionalism In Physiotherapy

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The concept of professionalism is a highly contextual construct that varies from individual to individual, influenced by many factors. However, professionalism may be generally defined as a “habitual and judicious use of communication, knowledge, technical skills, clinical reasoning, emotions, values, and reflection in daily practice for the benefit of the individual and community being served.” (Epstein and Hundert, 2002). Professional attributes describes a set of behaviours that encompasses professionalism, such as competence, commitment, confidentiality, autonomy, altruism, integrity and honesty, morality and ethical conduct, and trustworthiness (Cruess, Cruess, and Steinert, 2009). Hence, to exhibit professionalism means to possess professional …show more content…
It is reflected through dressing, handling and communication. The therapist in this observation was dressed formally and was in control of the treatment at all times. Communication was clear and direct, and the usage of formal terms during the treatment was discouraged for patient’s clear understanding. A study done by Kidd, Bond and Bell (2011) showed that good communication between therapist and patient was a precursor to confidence in the therapist. Thirdly, professionalism in physiotherapy care places the patient at the centre of care, where the therapist is patient, compassionate, empathic, and works for the benefit of the patient. The therapist was aware and focused on the response of the patient throughout treatment and his constant encouragement created a positive environment in the centre. By teaching the patient’s husband how to perform several exercises that could be repeated at home, the patient receives additional support from her husband. As suggested by Kalra et al. (2004), stroke patients whose caregivers were involved in their rehabilitation reported improved quality of life and mood …show more content…
Certain impacts include safe patient care, evidence-based practice, empowerment of patients, and patient-centred care. In physiotherapy care, professionalism is important to ensure respect for the patients rights, inspire patient’s trust in the therapist, and promote patient-centred care. Likewise, a student’s understanding of what encompasses professionalism and its importance is enhanced through reflection upon professional experiences and subsequent experiential learning. As stated by Boud, Keogh and Walker (1985, p.19), "it is only when we bring our ideas to our consciousness (i.e. reflection) that we can evaluate them and begin to make choices about what we will and will not

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