Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
Vol. 25, No. 2, 2013, pp. 40-44
Bioline Code: mm13011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2013, pp. 40-44
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Undergraduate physiotherapy education in Malawi – The views of students on disability|
Amosun, S.; Kambalametore, S.; Maart, S. & Ferguson, G.
The College of Medicine in Malawi offers an undergraduate physiotherapy
programme which started in 2010. The programme aims at training
competent physiotherapists who can address the needs of people with
disabilities. Therefore it is important to ensure that the perceptions of
physiotherapy students towards disability are appropriate.
The study explored the views of the first cohort of physiotherapy students
(n=19) in the pre-medical class in the College of Medicine, University of
Malawi, on disability.
An audit of the views of premedical physiotherapy students was carried
out in 2010 using the Q methodology.
Two independent factors emerged which captured the views of 19
students on disability. Most of the views expressed suggest that the
students empathised with people with disabilities. Participants perceived
that people with disabilities can have a good quality of life like everyone
else, and are as intelligent as people without disabilities. However, some
participants also expressed some discomfort when around people with
While there was consensus on some positive views, the negative
viewpoints have the potential to act as a barrier to the rehabilitation of
people with disabilities. The curriculum should ensure that the positive
views are reinforced throughout the training programme, while the
negative viewpoints are reversed.
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