An evaluation of the nature and level of musculoskeletal imaging training in physiotherapy educational programmes in Nigeria

  • Background: Deficiency in musculoskeletal imaging (MI) education will pose a great challenge to physiotherapists in clinical decision making in this era of first-contact physiotherapy practices in many developed and developing countries. This study evaluated the nature and the level of MI training received by physiotherapists who graduate from Nigerian universities. Methods: An online version of the previously validated Physiotherapist Musculoskeletal Imaging Profiling Questionnaire (PMIPQ) was administered to all eligible physiotherapists identified through the database of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria. Data were obtained on demographics, nature, and level of training on MI procedures using the PMIPQ. Logistic regression, Friedman’s analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used for the statistical analysis of collected data. Results: The results (n = 400) showed that only 10.0% of the respondents had a stand-alone entry-level course in MI, 92.8% did not have any MI placement during their clinical internship, and 67.3% had never attended a MI workshop. There was a significant difference in the level of training received across MI procedures [χ2 (15) = 1285.899; p = 0.001]. However, there was no significant difference in the level of MI training across institutions of entry-level programme (p = 0.36). The study participants with transitional Doctor of Physiotherapy education were better trained in MI than their counterparts with a bachelor’s degree only (p = 0.047). Conclusions: Most physiotherapy programmes in Nigeria did not include a specific MI module; imaging instructions were mainly provided through clinical science courses. The overall self-reported level of MI training among the respondents was deficient. It is recommended that stand-alone MI education should be introduced in the early part of the entry-level physiotherapy curriculum.

Download full text files

Export metadata

Author:Ogochukwu Kelechi OnyesoORCiD, Joseph O. Umunnah, Charles Ikechukwu Ezema, Joseph A. Balogun, Chigozie I. Uchenwoke, Maduabuchukwu Joseph Nwankwo, Kayode Israel Oke, Bashir Bello, Ifeoma Blessing Nwosu, Mishael AdjeORCiD
Parent Title (English):BMC Medical Education
Document Type:Article (specialist journals)
Date of OPUS upload:2023/03/06
Date of first Publication:2020/08/05
Publishing University:Hochschule Trier
Release Date:2023/03/06
Tag:clinical decision making; curriculum; diagnostics imaging; doctor of physical therapy; education; musculoskeletal system; physiotherapy
GND Keyword:Medizinische Ausbildung; Studium; Universität; Physikalische Therapie; Physiotherapeut; Bildgebendes Verfahren; Bewegungsapparat; Nigeria
Article Number:252
Page Number:10
First Page:1
Last Page:10
Departments:FB Informatik + Therapiewissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International