Title
The degree to which physiotherapy literature includes physical activity as a component of health promotion in practice and entry level education : a scoping systematic review
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Hove ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Physiotherapy: theory and practice. - Hove
Volume/pages
30(2014) :1 , p. 12-19
ISSN
0959-3985
ISI
000328150600003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Introduction: Physiotherapists are well positioned to use physical activity as a health promotion (HP) strategy. This review examines the degree to which physiotherapy literature includes physical activity as a component of HP in practice and education. Methods: Databases PubMed, Science Direct, CINAHL, Amed and Pedro were searched using a combination of keywords. If title, abstract or keywords were relevant, we proceeded to do a complete review. Only peer reviewed English work covering original research was included. Discussion and opinion papers, reviews, epidemiological studies, case studies or work not specifically addressing integration of HP were excluded. Results: The information from 29 source articles was synthesized under the headings of acceptability of the HP role to physiotherapists and physiotherapy students; integration of HP into physiotherapy practice; HP interventions in physiotherapy practice; and HP in physiotherapy education and training. The findings were heterogenous, thereby limiting this review study to a scoping review. Conclusion: More interventional research is needed to develop efficacious strategies integrating physical activity as a HP strategy in physiotherapy practice. Contemporary physiotherapy entry-level education curricula need benchmark standards for HP training such as physical activity.
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