Neuro-Physiotherapy at the Primary Health Care Level: Perception of Public Health Physicians
Keywords:Neuro-Physiotherapy, Primary Health Care, Public Health Physicians, Perception
Background: There is consistent increase in chronic neurological conditions presenting at primary health care settings across the world. However, there is paucity of neuro-physiotherapy services and research on integrating neuro-physiotherapy to promote independence among this population at primary health care settings. This study determined the perception of public health physicians on the integration of neuro-physiotherapy at the primary health care (PHC) level in Nigeria.
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey using a validated and pre-tested questionnaire to retrieve data from 149 Public Health Physicians in Nigeria to determine their perception of neuro-physiotherapy at the primary health care level.
Results: Majority of the participants 133 (89.3%) agreed to the need for neuro-rehabilitation care at primary health care level. 83 (55.7%) believed that the physiotherapists are competent enough to handle neuro-rehabilitation needs at the PHC level. The findings highlighted the challenges towards implementing neuro-rehabilitation at the primary health care level.
Conclusion: The results revealed positive recommendations from public heath physicians in Nigeria towards the integration of neuro-physiotherapy services in primary health care.
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