Perceptions of prosthetics and orthotics students on online courses during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan

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Prosthesis Orthot Int. 2022 May 20. doi: 10.1097/PXR.0000000000000146. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: The effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have altered both traditional teaching methods and clinical placements.

OBJECTIVES: To study the effects of COVID-19 on the prosthetics and orthotics (P&O) training program in Japan.

STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional national survey.

METHODS: A Google form survey was distributed to students through P&O program department officials across Japan. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data.

RESULTS: One hundred sixty-six students (107 males and 59 females) completed the survey. Respondents’ scores were as follows: first year, 22.3% (n=37); second year, 33.7% (n=56); youth, 27.1% (n=45); and senior, 16.9% (n=28). Forty-seven percent (n=78) said their clinical rotations were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 15.1% (n=25) completed their clinical rotations during the pandemic. Regarding career preparation, 16.3% (n=27) had face-to-face interviews and 10.2% (n=17) said they had been interviewed online. Of a total of 44 respondents interviewed for jobs in orthopedic industries and rehabilitation centers, 79.5% (n=35) of appointments were canceled and 15.9% (n=7) rescheduled.

CONCLUSIONS: The event of the COVID-19 pandemic has proven necessary to renew the traditional model of teaching and learning in colleges around the world. Most students have been impacted by the clinical placements and career preparation. Therefore, the promotion of telehealth in existing rehabilitation institutions and orthopedic industries to provide services could be an alternative method to address clinical placements for students with similar living conditions.

PMID:35604849 | DOI: 10.1097/PXR.0000000000000146

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