Physical Therapy Curriculum Evaluation

Nancy Salbach and her student research group in front of their Poster

  • The Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) degree program at the University of Toronto, Canada, is a 24-month, course-based professional program leading to entry to practice
  • The MScPT research curriculum requires groups of ~5 students in second year to undertake a research project under the supervision of one or more research advisors
  • Students develop a research proposal, obtain ethics approval, collect and analyze data, and prepare a poster for presentation at an annual MScPT research day and a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Findings from a survey of MScPT research advisors of 102 projects completed 2003-2009 indicated that 33% of groups present at one or more conferences, and 30% publish at least one peer-reviewed journal article. Median time to publication was 21 months.
  • Results of a survey of 59 lead MScPT research advisors suggest that projects are contributing to improving clinical practice and building advisor research capacity

Knowledge Translation

McEachern BM*, Winningham I*, Wood K*, Tang J*, VanDerWeide T*, O’Brien KK, Salbach NM. Factors associated with publication for research projects in a Canadian Master of Science Degree Program in Physical Therapy. Physiotherapy Canada (accepted).

Lacey C*, Scodras S*, Ardron J*, Sellan R*, Garbaczewska M*, O’Brien KK, Salbach NM. Retrospective review of student research projects in a Canadian Master of Science in Physical Therapy programme and the perceived impact on advisors’ research capacity, education, clinical practice, knowledge translation, and health policy. Physiotherapy Canada. 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3138/ptc.2016-83

*MScPT students

Ottensmeyer A. Clinician’s commentary on Salbach et al. Dissemination of student research in a Canadian Masters of Science in Physical Therapy program. Physiotherapy Canada 2013; 65(2): 158-159. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/ptc.2012-18CC

Salbach NM, O’Brien K, Evans C, Yoshida K. Dissemination of student research in a Canadian Masters of Science in Physical Therapy program. Physiotherapy Canada 2013; 65(2): 154-157. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/ptc.2012-18