Physiotherapists as Supplementary Prescribers: Opinion of Nigerian Doctors
American Journal of Health Research
Volume 2, Issue 5-1, October 2014, Pages: 12-16
Received: Sep. 2, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 19, 2014; Published: Sep. 27, 2014
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Onigbinde Ayodele Teslim, Department of Medical Rehabilitation, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Oyeniran Tolulope Olaoluwa, Department of Medical Rehabilitation, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Mukoka Grace, Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Blantyre, Malawi
Nondwe Bongokazi Mlenzana, Department of physiotherapy, University of Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa
Manie Shamilar, Department of Health and Rehabilitation science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University Cape town, Cape town, South Africa
Tarimo Nesto, Physiotherapy department, Malawi Against Physical disabilities, P. O. Box 256, Blantyre, Malawi
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Abstract
In Nigeria, doctors have the sole primary responsibility of prescribing medications for patients, contrarily, in the United Kingdom (UK), physiotherapists have advanced from being supplementary prescribers in 2005 to independent prescribers in 2012; and this was aimed at improving patient’s accessibility to medications. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the opinion of Nigerian medical doctors on physiotherapists assuming the roles of supplementary prescribers. A self-administered questionnaire was used to seek opinion of 372 medical doctors in purposively selected hospitals. Descriptive statistics of frequency, percentages, mean, standard deviation and chi-square were used to analyze the data. Two hundred and twenty-two doctors (59.7%) were unaware that physiotherapists are supplementary prescribers in UK. The number of respondents (55.1%) who objected to physiotherapists becoming supplementary prescribers was significantly higher than those who supported it (X² -3.88, p = 0.05). Amongst to that supported supplementary (44.9%) prescription for physiotherapists, 98.2%, 72.5% and 58.7% opined that physiotherapists should be allowed prescribe analgesics, NSAIDs and muscle relaxants respectively. Only 4 doctors (1.1%) supported the prescription of anti-hypertensive drugs. We concluded that most medical doctors are unaware that physiotherapists as supplementary prescribers in UK and majority of them objected to Nigerian physiotherapists being recognized as supplementary prescribers.
Keywords
Supplementary prescribers, Physiotherapists, Doctors, Nigeria, Medications
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Onigbinde Ayodele Teslim, Oyeniran Tolulope Olaoluwa, Mukoka Grace, Nondwe Bongokazi Mlenzana, Manie Shamilar, Tarimo Nesto, Physiotherapists as Supplementary Prescribers: Opinion of Nigerian Doctors, American Journal of Health Research. Special Issue: Supplementary Prescribing in Nigeria: A Needy Concept to Promote Clinical Physiotherapy Practice. Vol. 2, No. 5-1, 2014, pp. 12-16. doi: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2014020501.13
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