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Title: The perception of the physiotherapy service within the emergency department at Mater Dei hospital, amongst emergency physicians
Authors: Micallef, Adrian
Keywords: Hospitals -- Emergency services -- Malta
Mater Dei Hospital (Msida, Malta)
Emergency physicians -- Malta
Physical therapy -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Micallef, A. (2019). The perception of the physiotherapy service within the emergency department at Mater Dei hospital, amongst emergency physicians (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: Emergency Departments are busy environments where rapid clinical decision making undertaken by skilled healthcare and medical professionals is required in order to provide quality care to patients in crisis. These departments face human, infrastructural and financial constraints and in response to this situation, physiotherapists are increasingly being required to form part of the respective multidisciplinary teams, lending their expertise to provide assessment and management of patients requiring emergency intervention. The success of any Emergency Department physiotherapy service hinges on the creation of strong interdisciplinary collaboration. Knowledge of the perception of the Emergency Department physicians is necessary in fostering such interdisciplinary collaboration, given that they are gatekeepers to healthcare in such an environment. The objectives of the study was to investigate, through a self-designed written questionnaire, involving numerical and Likert-type questions, what the Emergency Department physicians at Mater Dei Hospital, in Malta, think of the physiotherapy service in terms of its impact on the operation of the Emergency Department and its accomplishments, as well as investigating use of the referral system, the perceived efficiency of the service and, the perception of the competencies and capabilities of the Emergency Department physiotherapists. It was also the intention of the study to identify any possible improvements of the physiotherapy service from the Emergency Department physicians’ perspective. The relevant survey was carried out during the month of July 2018, and involved 58 respondents out of a total of 73 Emergency Department physicians at Mater Dei Hospital; a sample representing 79.5% of the total relevant population. Following data collection, statistical analysis showed that when asked about the importance of Emergency Department physiotherapy in their personal work, the ease of use of the service and the need for further interdisciplinary collaboration, responses varied significantly amongst the respondents i.e. Emergency Department physicians holding various appointments/positions. The study revealed that while the Emergency Department physiotherapy service is viewed as an important part of the functioning of the Emergency Department, addresses patients’ needs, relieves work pressure and is a beneficial addition to the patient care pathway, as well as the healthcare system in general, the Emergency Department physiotherapy referral form can afford to be more physician-friendly and easier to use, with greater flexibility, and needs to be more concise. The Emergency Department physicians agree that this can be achieved through further interdisciplinary collaboration between them and the Emergency Department physiotherapists, and that expansion of the service in terms of the time during which the service is offered and the number of Emergency Department physiotherapists available during any one time, is merited.
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