Professional development after specialization? A qualitative interview study of professional development after specialization in psychomotor physiotherapy

Scientific article in Fysioterapeuten 7/2015. 


Hildegunn Nyre, spesialist i psykomotorisk fysioterapi (MNFF), MSc. helsefag, Institutt for psykomotorisk fysioterapi Stjørdal,

Kari Steinsvik, Førsteamanuensis, PhD., Profesjonshøgskolen, Universitetet i Nordland.


Purpose: To establish knowledge of the professional development physiotherapists specializing psychomotor physiotherapy are going through after completed studies. Which factors stimulate professional development? What conditions does private practice provide for this development?

Design, material and method: The study is based on a phenomenological and hermeneutic science tradition. Semi-structured qualitative interview was used and a strategically selection of three experienced psychomotor physiotherapists were interviewed. The interviews were taped, transcribed and analyzed.

Findings: Professional development is a gradual process where knowledge over time becomes integrated with experience from practice into an increasingly confident competence. Experience from patients practice and contact with colleagues are the most significant sources of development. Counseling and attending therapy have also been important. Theoretical studies seem to be of less importance. Private practice gives inadequate conditions for professional development. Lack of appropriate counseling and multidisciplinary co-work contribute to this.

Conclusion: Professional development must be given attention by practitioners and when organizing primary health care. Further studies on this subject are recommended.

Keywords: Psychomotor physiotherapy. Professional development. Qualitative interview study.

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