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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-55

The use of smartphones and physiotherapy-related applications for health information among clinical physiotherapists


1 Department of Physiotherapy, Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria
2 Department of Physiotherapy, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Nigeria

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Dr. Samuel Olufemi Bolarinde
Department of Physiotherapy, Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_46_20

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Context: The advent of smartphone armed with various downloadable “apps” has created a new wealth of clinical resources available to various healthcare professionals. However, the level of usage of physiotherapy-related applications for health information among clinical physiotherapists in Nigeria needs to be investigated. Aim: The aim of the study is to investigate the use of smartphones and physiotherapy-related applications for health information among clinical physiotherapists. Settings and Design: This was an observational study conducted on clinical Physiotherapist of Ondo and Ekiti State, Nigeria. Materials and Methods: The study recruited 48 physiotherapists from government-owned hospitals in Ondo and Ekiti State. Data on demographic characteristics, work experience, knowledge, and the use of physiotherapy-related applications for health information were obtained using a self-administered questionnaire. Data were summarized using a descriptive statistics of percentage and frequency distribution. Statistical Analysis used : Descriptive statistics of percentages and frequency table was used. Results: Forty-eight physiotherapists participated in this study. All the (100%) participants own smartphones, however, only 50% (24) have heard about physiotherapy-related smartphone applications. Twenty-five percent (12) of respondents have physiotherapy-related smartphone applications on their smartphones, 43.8% (21) are not aware of the availability of physiotherapy-related smartphone applications, while 27.0% (13) never explore the possibilities. About 70.8% (34) recommended the development of various physiotherapy-related smartphone applications, while 79.2% (38) recommended that the usage of smartphone for health information during a consultation should be avoided to avoid loss of professional image before patients. Conclusion: Majority of physiotherapists are not aware of physiotherapy-related smartphones applications hence its usage for health care information is very low.


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