Physiotherapy Students Satisfaction on Clinical Learning Environment and Supervision at University of Ghan
AbstractBackground: Clinical education is an important and distinct part of health profession education in which students learn to consolidate theory into practice with the aim of gaining clinical competence and enhancing professional knowledge. Clinical knowledge and skills can be achieved through a conducive clinical learning environment with effective supervision. We aimed to determine physiotherapy students’ satisfaction on their clinical learning environment and supervision. Methodology: A cross-sectional study, which involved 85 physiotherapy students recruited with the convenience sampling technique from the Department of physiotherapy, University of Ghana who visited four accredited clinical sites. Participants who consented, completed an adapted Clinical Learning Environment, Supervision and Nurse Teacher Evaluation Scale. Data collected was analysed using SPSS (version 20.0). Pearson’s Chi-square was used to test for association between variables. Results: Almost all 80 (94.1%) participants were satisfied with the clinical learning environment only, while more than half 52 (61.2%) had average level of satisfaction with the clinical learning environment and supervision. Majority 60 (80%) of participants had a high level of satisfaction with supervision only. The association between the participants’ satisfaction on the clinical learning environment and supervision was statistically significant (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Physiotherapy students are generally satisfied with their clinical learning environment and supervision. Periodic assessment of physiotherapy students’ satisfaction with clinical learning environment and supervision may be carried out in order to improve clinical leaning.
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