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dc.contributor.authorReubenson, Alan
dc.contributor.authorNg, Leo
dc.contributor.authorGucciardi, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-23T12:21:05Z
dc.date.available2020-07-23T12:21:05Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationReubenson, A. and Ng, L. and Gucciardi, D.F. 2020. The Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice tool provides informative assessments of clinical and professional dimensions of student performance in undergraduate placements: a longitudinal validity and reliability study. Journal of Physiotherapy. 66 (2): pp. 113-119.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11937/80187
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jphys.2020.03.009
dc.description.abstract

© 2020 Australian Physiotherapy Association

Questions: Do one or two factors best represent clinical performance scores obtained via the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) and what is the nature of their characterisation? To what extent are the same number of factors and their interpretation, and item scaling captured equally over time and across contexts (eg, clinical subdisciplines) for assessments of clinical performance via the APP?

Design: Archival and longitudinal study of undergraduate students’ clinical performances for each of four final-year clinical placements.

Participants: A total of 561 undergraduate physiotherapy students from one Australian university who were enrolled to complete their final-year clinical placements between 2014 and 2017.

Outcome measures: Clinical educators’ assessments of student performance across seven key domains of clinical practice: professional behaviour, communication, assessment, analysis and planning, intervention, evidence-based practice and risk management.

Results: Factor analyses supported the superiority of a two-factor representation of the APP, including dimensions characterised by professional and clinical domains, when compared with a unidimensional structure of an overarching ‘clinical performance’ factor. It was also found that the two-factor representation and item scaling was consistent across four clinical placements covering typical areas of physiotherapy practice. In other words, the same constructs are being assessed equally well across context and time.

Conclusions: The APP is the nationally adopted assessment tool that is used to evaluate clinical competence to practise as a physiotherapist in Australia and New Zealand. These findings provide new evidence for an updated scoring protocol in which clinical factors are distinguished from professional competencies.

dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherAUSTRALIAN PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOC
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectScience & Technology
dc.subjectLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subjectOrthopedics
dc.subjectRehabilitation
dc.subjectExploratory structural equation modelling
dc.subjectPhysical therapy
dc.subjectProfessional competence
dc.subjectPsychometric
dc.subjectClinical education
dc.subjectPRACTICE APP
dc.subjectCOMPETENCE
dc.subjectINVARIANCE
dc.subjectALPHA
dc.titleThe Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice tool provides informative assessments of clinical and professional dimensions of student performance in undergraduate placements: a longitudinal validity and reliability study
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.volume66
dcterms.source.number2
dcterms.source.startPage113
dcterms.source.endPage119
dcterms.source.issn1836-9553
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Physiotherapy
dc.date.updated2020-07-23T12:21:03Z
curtin.departmentSchool of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyFaculty of Health Sciences
curtin.contributor.orcidNg, Leo [0000-0002-9814-0495]
curtin.contributor.orcidReubenson, Alan [0000-0002-0689-5090]
curtin.contributor.orcidGucciardi, Daniel [0000-0001-5448-3990]
curtin.contributor.researcheridGucciardi, Daniel [E-4934-2010]
dcterms.source.eissn1836-9561
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridReubenson, Alan [55090244800]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridGucciardi, Daniel [22940511600]


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