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Hospital discharge planning: a qualitative study of new graduate physiotherapists' experiences


Martin, R and Phan, A and Tan, S and Mandrusiak, A and Forbes, R, Hospital discharge planning: a qualitative study of new graduate physiotherapists' experiences, Health Education in Practice: Journal of Research for Professional Learning (HEPJ), 5, (1) pp. 43-57. ISSN 2209-3974 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.33966/hepj.5.1.15759


Design: A qualitative general inductive approach using semi-structured interviews. New graduate physiotherapists (n = 14) working in hospital settings were recruited.

Finding: Four themes were generated: 1) responding to the pressures associated with discharging patients, 2) complex decision-making, 3) the role of the interprofessional team and 4) desiring additional context and complexity from pre-professional training.

Practice Implications: The study has identified that new graduates underestimate the extent to which discharge planning features in their roles within hospital settings and are unaware of the interprofessional practice required. While they felt that their preprofessional training provided the technical skills required for their roles, they felt they were not prepared for their role within the broader healthcare system or the complexity of clinical practice. This study encourages education providers to emphasise the role of physiotherapists within the broader healthcare system by highlighting contexts where physiotherapy knowledge can be applied (i.e., discharge planning) and understanding the physiotherapist's role within the interprofessional team.

Limitations: Important perspectives of mentors and other members of the interprofessional team involved in discharge planning have not been included in this study, which may have impacted the interpretation of the results.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physiotherapy, discharge planning, hospital, qualitative, new graduate
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Martin, R (Ms Romany Martin)
ID Code:153496
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-09-21
Last Modified:2022-12-11
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