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Table 4 Physiotherapists' views toward certification, specialisation, and extended scope practice roles

From: Canadian physiotherapists' views on certification, specialisation, extended role practice, and entry-level training in rheumatology

  N* Strongly agree/agree (%) Not sure (%) Strongly disagree/Disagree (%)
I would be interested in being a certified arthritis therapist 253 73 (28.9) 75 (29.6) 105 (41.5)
I would be interested in being a PT specializing in rheumatology 253 59 (23.3) 65 (25.7) 129 (51.0)
I would be interested in being a PT practitioner in rheumatology 253 53 (20.9) 57 (22.5) 143 (56.5)
All PTs working in rheumatology should be certified as "Arthritis/Rheumatology Therapists" 253 89 (35.2) 56 (22.1) 108 (42.7)
The certification process would not improve the care for people with arthritis 255 28 (11.0) 62 (24.3) 165 (64.7)
A Certified Arthritis Therapist should be able to interpret findings from clinical research studies 255 222 (87.1) 21 (8.2) 12 (4.7)
The current salary structure differentiates entry-level trained PTs, certified PTs, & PT Practitioners 255 47 (18.4) 87 (34.1) 121 (47.5)
I see no difference between "certification" and "specialisation" in physiotherapy 252 53 (21.0) 43 (17.1) 156 (61.9)
Certification can help raise the profile of PTs practicing in the arthritis field 255 182 (71.4) 48 (18.8) 25 (9.8)
Specialisation can help raise the profile of PTs practicing in the arthritis field 254 211 (83.1) 29 (11.4) 14 (5.5)
It should be mandatory for PTs specialized in arthritis to participate in research activities 252 51 (20.2) 61 (24.2) 140 (55.6)
In Canada, less than 20% of PTs in arthritis rehabilitation will be interested in getting certified 254 47 (18.5) 160 (63.0) 47 (18.5)
In Canada, less than 20% of PTs in arthritis rehabilitation will be interested in being a specialist 253 53 (20.9) 155 (61.3) 45 (17.8)
PTs can play an important role in screening and the early identification of arthritis 254 244 (96.1) 6 (2.4) 4 (1.6)
Orthopaedic PTs should be trained to triage patients for rheumatologists 254 166 (65.4) 67 (26.4) 21 (8.3)
All patients referred to see an orthopaedic surgeon for consultation should be first triaged by a PT with advanced arthritis training 254 112 (44.1) 90 (35.4) 52 (20.5)
PT Practitioners should be allowed to adjust medications and order investigative tests under the supervision of a physician 252 116 (46.0) 65 (25.8) 71 (28.2)
PT Practitioners should be allowed to perform injections under the supervision of a physician 252 86 (34.1) 66 (26.2) 100 (39.7)
  1. * N = number of participants provided a response
  2. PT = physiotherapist