Res Dev Med Educ. 2013;2(1): 41-42.
doi: 10.5681/rdme.2013.009
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The Effect of Teaching Practical Physical Modalities on the Ordering Skills of Residents in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Bina Eftekhar Sadat, Arash Babaei-Ghazani * , Mahasti Alizadeh, Morteza Ghojazadeh, Ghader Ghaffari


Introduction: Physical modalities are performed by physiotherapists based on physiatrists’ orders, so the residents pay less attention to the need and importance of learning the practical modalities. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of teaching the practical aspects of modalities to residents of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in order to improve their skills and attitudes toward ordering and doing physical modalities. Methods: In an interventional, before after study, all residents of physical medicine and rehabilitation, took the medical history of the patients willingly participatedand performed physical examinationand ordered physical modalities. They were also assessed by performing the modalities on the patient. Following the primary assessment, an experienced physiotherapist taught the residents how to do physical modalities. After the practical education, residents were assessed by ordering the modalities and performing them on simulated patients. Their satisfaction of the educational program was evaluated after the intervention. Results: The mean scores of using modalities before and after the education were 23.08± 5.50 and 52±10.18 respectively (p=0.0001). The mean scores of ordering the modalities before and after the education were 1 and 1.66 (p=0.038). The mean score of satisfaction was 91.66±8.74 out of 100. Conclusion: Since physical medicine and rehabilitation residents and specialists who order physical modalities for patients do not perform it on their own patients, teaching the practical physical modalities can improve their skills. The satisfaction rate of residents with the course was very high. 
Keywords: Physical Medicine and rehabilitation, Physical modalities, Skills, Educational program
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Submitted: 10 Apr 2013
Revision: 28 Apr 2013
ePublished: 30 May 2013
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