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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. sticklel@gvsu.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23471285
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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