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Table 1 Mean scores and standard deviations for APP results for total group, and gender and program level

From: Physiotherapy students’ DiSC behaviour styles can be used to predict the likelihood of success in clinical placements

APP Scores (Averaged across all clinical placements) Combined (n = 132) Mean (SD) Males (n = 55) Mean (SD) Females (n = 78) Mean (SD) Master’s level (n = 117) Mean (SD) Bachelor’s level (n = 16) Mean (SD)
Professional Behaviour
 1.Demonstrates an understanding of client rights and consent 3.68 (0.39) 3.65 (0.48) 3.71 (0.31) 3.67 (0.40) 3.77 (0.28)
 2.Demonstrates commitment to learning 3.57 (0.49) 3.45 (0.60) 3.66 (0.39) 3.55 (0.51) 3.71 (0.30)
 3.Demonstrates ethical, legal & culturally responsive practice 3.64 (0.45) 3.56 (0.55) 3.70 (0.36) 3.63 (0.47) 3.71 (0.29)
 4.Demonstrates collaborative practice 3.33 (0.55) 3.29 (0.58) 3.35 (0.53) 3.33 (0.57) 3.33 (0.35)
Communication
 5.Communicates effectively and appropriately - Verbal/Non-verbal 3.29 (0.62) 3.23 (0.65) 3.33 (0.60) 3.28 (0.64) 3.37 (0.48)
 6.Demonstrates clear and accurate documentation 3.31 (0.58) 3.14 (0.65) 3.42 (0.50) 3.29 (0.61) 3.45 (0.35)
Assessment
 7.Conducts an appropriate client-centred interview 3.31 (0.53) 3.22 (0.58) 3.37 (0.48) 3.31 (0.54) 3.32 (0.44)
 8.Selects and measures relevant health indicators and outcomes 3.04 (0.55) 2.98 (0.64) 3.08 (0.47) 3.02 (0.57) 3.12 (0.33)
 9.Performs appropriate physical assessment procedures 3.17 (0.54) 3.14 (0.56) 3.20 (0.53) 3.17 (0.55) 3.17 (0.52)
Analysis & Planning
 10.Appropriately interprets assessment findings 3.05 (0.61) 2.99 (0.67) 3.09 (0.56) 3.04 (0.62) 3.10 (0.47)
 11.Identifies and prioritises client’s problems 3.10 (0.60) 3.07 (0.65) 3.13 (0.58) 3.09 (0.63) 3.22 (0.40)
 12.Sets realistic short- and long-term client-centred goals 2.98 (0.55) 2.91 (0.62) 3.04 (0.49) 2.97 (0.56) 3.12 (0.39)
 13.Selects appropriate intervention in collaboration with the client 3.10 (0.58) 3.02 (0.63) 3.16 (0.54) 3.09 (0.61) 3.19 (0.34)
Intervention
 14.Performs interventions appropriately 3.25 (0.60) 3.20 (0.64) 3.28 (0.56) 3.24 (0.62) 3.31 (0.44)
 15.Is an effective educator 3.20 (0.63) 3.17 (0.71) 3.22 (0.58) 3.19 (0.65) 3.26 (0.50)
 16.Monitors the effect of intervention 3.15 (0.58) 3.10 (0.62) 3.18 (0.55) 3.13 (0.60) 3.25 (0.37)
 17.Progresses intervention appropriately 3.11 (0.57) 3.08 (0.61) 3.13 (0.55) 3.11 (0.60) 3.07 (0.36)
 18.Undertakes discharge planning 2.98 (0.52) 2.92 (0.60) 3.03 (0.45) 2.97 (0.53) 3.10 (0.39)
Evidence-based Practice
 19.Applies evidence-based practice in client-centred care 3.20 (0.54) 3.09 (0.61) 3.27 (0.46) 3.19 (0.55) 3.22 (0.44)
Risk Management
 20.Identifies adverse events/near misses and minimises risk associated with assessment and interventions 3.32 (0.61) 3.24 (0.55) 3.37 (0.55) 3.31 (0.63) 3.34 (0.45)
 Total APP out of 80 64.78 (9.99) 63.41 (11.45) 65.73 (8.79) 64.59 (10.35) 66.14 (6.97)
 Total APP Percentage (%) 80.95 (12.48) 79.21 (14.30) 82.16 (10.99) 80.71 (12.93) 82.68 (8.70)
  1. SD Standard Deviation, APP Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice. Each individual APP item is scored 0–4, with 0 = infrequently / rarely demonstrates performance indicators, through to 4 = demonstrates most performance indicators to an excellent standard