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J Allied Health. 2013 Spring;42(1):46-55.

Student perceptions of outcomes from participation in physical therapy pro bono clinics: a qualitative study.

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Physical Therapy Department, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA.


The purpose of this qualitative study was to assess the students' perception of the professional impact of volunteering in a pro bono physical therapy clinic. Three focus groups of second- and third-year physical therapy students were conducted using a flexible guide of questions. Focus groups' transcriptions were coded, and themes and subthemes were developed from these codes. Four main themes emerged from the data: Core Values, Clinical Physical Therapy Skills, Professional Growth, and Community and Professional Connections. Multiple sub-themes also emerged. The development of a broad range of tangible and less tangible professional characteristics helps to validate student volunteer participation in physical therapy pro bono clinics.

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