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Table 1 Physiotherapy Curriculum Research (UCD) informing Development of Physio Hub

From: Development of real world learning opportunities in community exercise prescription for healthcare professional programmes - ‘Physio Hub’

Author & Year Title Data Sources Key Findings -informing development of Physio HUB
O’Donoghue, G., Doody, C., & Cusack, T. (2011a) [20]. Physical activity and exercise promotion and prescription in undergraduate physiotherapy education: content analysis of Irish curricula Content Analysis
All physiotherapy curricula in Ireland
There is a need for re-evaluation and enhancement of Physiotherapy curricula in Ireland to align to public health & lifestyle related disease in relation to physical activity and exercise
O’Donoghue G, Doody, C., Cusack T (2011b) [21]. Using student-centred evaluation for curriculum enhancement: An examination of undergraduate physiotherapy education in relation to physical activity and exercise prescription Structured Group Feedback Sessions
All Physiotherapy students in Ireland (n = 135)
Course content, Practice Placements and Teaching and Learning methods were the identified theme (required enhancement areas)
O’Donoghue G,Cusack T., Doody C (2012) [22]. Contemporary Undergraduate Physiotherapy Education in terms of Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription: Clinical Tutors’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Questionnaire
Focus Groups
All physiotherapy practice tutors
In Ireland (n = 38)
Practice Tutors identified a need for further education and training to improve their knowledge base in relation to exercise prescription
O’Donoghue G, Aagard-Hansen J, Murphy F, Woods C, Cunningham C [10]. Assessment and Management of Lifestyle Risk Factors for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: A SNAP -shot of Physiotherapy Primary Health Care Capacity in the Republic of Ireland. Survey
Primary care Physiotherapists
(n = 220)
Primary care physiotherapists are a key resource in terms of assessment of lifestyle risk management, one that is under used in current health care systems.
McMahon, S., Cusack, T., & O’Donoghue, G. (2014a) [23]. Barriers and facilitators to providing undergraduate physiotherapy clinical education in the primary care setting: a three-round Delphi study. 3 round Delphi Survey
Practising physiotherapists & managers
in primary care in Ireland (n = 198)
The need for primary care placements is acknowledged. Clear planning and collaboration with all stakeholders the main barriers could be addressed
McMahon, S., Cusack, T., Waters, N., & ODonoghue, G. (2014b) [24]. A Profile of Physiotherapy Practice Education settings 2009–2012. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 35, 95–100 Survey of all physiotherapy
placement co-ordinators in Ireland (n = 4 at 4 HEIs)
Only 5% of all physiotherapy placements were in primary care over a three year period.
McMahon, S., O’Donoghue, G., Doody, C., O’Neill, G., & Cusack, T. (2016a) [25]. Expert opinion regarding the preparation of entry-level physiotherapists for primary healthcare practice, examined using Biggs 3P’s model of teaching learning Semi-structured Interviews – experts in primary care/ education
(n = 12)
Understanding the philosophy of primary healthcare and the role of health promotion as a key to primary care practice was among the themes identified
McMahon S, O Donoghue,G., Doody C, O’Neill G, Cusack T (2016b) [26]. Standing on the precipice – Evaluating final year physiotherapy students’ perspectives of their curricula as preparation for primary healthcare practice Structured Group Feedback Sessions
Final year Physiotherapy students
(n = 68)
Lack of primary healthcare placements was one of the main issues identified by students