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Journal: International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Research

Abstract: Background: In the last two decades, physiotherapy profession in many countries has transitioned their entry-level education to a Masters or doctoral degree levels. Given these changes, there is a new need to discern the profile of physiotherapist educators in different countries. Objectives: This cross-sectional study was designed to investigate the profile of the physiotherapist lecturers from Anglophone West African countries and to compare the data with their USA counterparts. Methods: The Head of Department of all the physiotherapy programs in West African universities N = 14 completed a questionnaire that sought information on the Universitys debut date and ownership, faculty gender, educational qualification and academic rank. Results: The vast majority 93% of the physiotherapy programs surveyed are located in public universities. There were 126 lecturers employed in the programs surveyed average of 9 lecturers per program. In Nigeria, 72% of the lecturers were men, but in Ghana there was an equal 50:50 split between men and women. Fifty-nine percent 59% of the lecturers in Nigeria had a Ph.D. and 32% were with MS degree. Thirty-four percent 34% were a Senior lecturer, 19% Lecturer I, 10% Associate Professor-Reader and 10% Professor. More Nigerian lecturers attained higher p<.05 educational qualification and academic rank than their Ghanaian peers. Conclusions: In Nigeria, the physiotherapy faculty workforce is dominated by men. The educational qualification and academic rank of the faculty in Nigeria is at par with their counterparts from the USA. The findings in this study have implication for faculty exchange-employment, and program development in West Africa. This comparative study is the first empirically-based investigation of the physiotherapist lecturers from Anglophone West African countries.

Medical Sciences

International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Research

Month: 09-2016 Issue: 9







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