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Physiotherapists’ and physiotherapy students’ attitudes and beliefs about working with people with dementia: a mixed methods systematic review protocol


Quick, S and Snowdon, D and Lawler, K and McGinley, J and Soh, S-E and Callisaya, M, Physiotherapists' and physiotherapy students' attitudes and beliefs about working with people with dementia: a mixed methods systematic review protocol, JBI Evidence Synthesis pp. 1-7. ISSN 2202-4433 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.11124/JBIES-20-00303



The objective of this review is to explore the attitudes and beliefs of physiotherapists and physiotherapy students working with people with dementia. A second objective is to explore their knowledge and confidence in this area.


Dementia is a leading cause of disability. It poses a challenge to individuals and health systems due to the complex nature of its presentation. With a growing body of evidence supporting physiotherapists’ role in the care of people with dementia, it is important to understand their knowledge, confidence, attitudes, and beliefs in managing this role.

Inclusion criteria: 

The review will consider quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies that include physiotherapists and physiotherapy students who have worked or had a clinical placement in any setting where people with dementia might access physiotherapy care. Studies investigating one or more of the following topics will be included: knowledge, confidence, attitudes, and beliefs about working with people with any type of dementia.


Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, Ovid Embase, Emcare, PsycINFO, Scopus, Web of Science, Informit, ERIC, ProQuest Dissertations, and Google Scholar will be searched without a date limit for studies published in English. All study types will be screened for inclusion and critically appraised for methodological quality by two independent reviewers. Methodological quality will be assessed using the appropriate JBI Critical Appraisal Checklist for each study type. Data will be extracted using standardized JBI tools for mixed methods systematic reviews. A convergent integrated approach to synthesis and integration will be used.

Systematic review registration number: 

PROSPERO CRD42020181845

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia, physiotherapy, systematic review protocol, attitudes
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Physiotherapy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Lawler, K (Dr Katherine Lawler)
UTAS Author:Callisaya, M (Dr Michele Callisaya)
ID Code:143348
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2021-03-12
Last Modified:2021-10-25

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