Background: Understanding attributes required by occupational therapy and physiotherapy novice practitioners in work-related practice is limited. The first study aim was to identify the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required by occupational therapy and physiotherapy novice practitioners from stakeholders in work-related practice. The study also aimed to identify stakeholders' perceptions of novice practitioners' competency in these domains.
Method. Stakeholders (197) in work-related practice were invited to complete a self-report survey. Descriptive statistics evaluated participants' perceptions of the importance of attributes and competence of novice practitioners.
Findings: Respondents (n = 105) included employers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other stakeholders in work-related practice. Descriptive statistics identified participants' ratings of attributes. Most important attributes were; knowledge, anatomy and human function, skills, interpersonal communication, and professional behaviours, confidentiality. Novice practitioners were rated competent in the most important attributes but not competent in less important attributes.
Conclusions: Understanding novice practitioners' preparedness for work practice should assist in planning post-graduate training.
|Journal||Journal of Health, Safety and Environment|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|