Career choice, professional preferences and gender ?: the case of Swedish physiotherapy students
2001 (English)In: Advances in Physiotherapy, ISSN 1403-8196, E-ISSN 1651-1948, Vol. 3, no 3, 94-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim was to identify reasons for the career choice and professional preferences among students enrolled in the Swedish physiotherapy education. The study design was longitudinal and used a questionnaire administered to a cohort of 273 students in the beginning of the university programme in 1997 as well as at the completion of the programme in 1999, yielding a response rate of 93%. Data were analysed with factor analysis and univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis. To test the relationship between the factors and outcomes that showed significant effect in the logistic regression analysis, a path analysis was performed. The two most preferred healthcare facilities after graduation were sports medicine clinics and fitness centres. Future work in private practice was highly endorsed by a majority of students. Health promotion was highly valued. Care of elderly and hospital work were not preferred. Significant differences between men and women appeared. Men were more likely to have chosen the programme because of their interest in sports and physical activity. Men were also more choice decided about future professional activities, whereas women were more open for several areas of practice. Men preferred to become the owner of a private clinic and to work with alternative approaches to healthcare, such as fitness training in sports medicine clinics.
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informa plc , 2001. Vol. 3, no 3, 94-107 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66884DOI: 10.1080/140381901750475348OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-66884DiVA: diva2:609617