Situational constraints encountered by physiotherapists in subvented non-governmental organisations

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Situational constraints encountered by physiotherapists in subvented non-governmental organisations


Author: Chan, Luk-keung
Title: Situational constraints encountered by physiotherapists in subvented non-governmental organisations
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Physical therapists -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: v, 58 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: Currently, physiotherapists who are working in subvented non-governmental organisations (NGOs) present challenge with situational constraints in comparison to those working in Hospital Authority. It becomes apparent that there is a need to understand the situational constraints among the physiotherapists who are working in NGOs. A paucity of research has been done to identify the situational constraints which seems to affect individual's performance in the discipline of physiotherapy in Hong Kong. This study involved two phases. The first phase aimed to identify the situational constraints encountered by physiotherapists working in NGOs. Open-ended questionnaires were mailed to eleven physiotherapists. They were asked to describe critical incidents on their jobs in which would affect their performances. All of them responded to the researcher. The critical incidents were sorted into categories based on the similarity of content. Nine categories of situational constraints were yielded. The second phase aimed to develop a valid questionnaire in an attempt to assess the severity of situational constraints of physiotherapists in NGOs. The demographic data were also collected. Of the 120 questionnaire sent out, 84 respondents mailed back the questionnaires to the researcher. The response rate was 70% which was regarded as satisfactory. The findings showed that there was the mild level of situational constraints among the respondents. The coefficient alpha for the total constraints was 0.88. Finally, the researcher believes that the more understanding of the severity of the situational constraints perceived by physiotherapists in NGOs is important in the development of strategies to reduce these constraints in work settings.

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