Attitude and anxiety of PT students for research


  • Salvi Shah Assistant professor, SPB Physiotherapy College, Surat.


Background: Physiotherapy research promotes optimum care for patients through evidence-based physiotherapy practice. Students' attitude towards research motivates them to engage in research, develop research skills and apply research findings in clinical settings to promote positive patients outcome. Aim: The aim of this study is to analyse the attitudes and anxiety of undergraduate Physiotherapy students towards research component. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out with purposively selected students (n=150) from one physiotherapy college (Third-year BPT, final year BPT and internee). With informed voluntary consent, data on students’ attitude and anxiety toward research were collected using Attitudes Toward Research (ATR) scale which was devised by Elena T. Papanastasiou in 2005. ATR consists of 32 items measured on a 7- point Likert scale. A value of 1 indicates a response of ‘strongly disagree’ and a value of 7 corresponds to ‘strongly agree’. Analyses were performed using SPSS version 20. Results: Most of the participants (80%) reported that research is useful for the career. Positive attitude towards research was demonstrated by 69.33% physiotherapy students and 63.33% reported that research plays an important role in professional and personal life. However, a large proportion of students (72.67%) have anxiety towards research and 74% of students reported for research difficulty. Conclusion: Although many of the students have a favourable attitude towards the research and acknowledge its usefulness and benefit to physiotherapy profession, many of them perceived their research course as stressful and have anxiety towards the research.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3753687


Research, Attitude, anxiety, physiotherapy students


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How to Cite

Shah, S. . . (2020). ATTITUDE AND ANXIETY OF PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS TOWARDS RESEARCH: A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY: Attitude and anxiety of PT students for research. VIMS JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, 1(1), 02-09. Retrieved from