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Research Article  |   August 1982
Arthritis: Preferred Learning Methods Among Arizona Therapists
Author Affiliations
  • Elizabeth A. Wickersham, RPT, is the physical therapist for the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, and the University of Arizona’s Southwest Arthritis Center, Tucson, Arizona
  • M. Laurita Fike, OTR, is Director of Occupational Therapy, Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, Texas. Formerly, she was Director of Occupational Therapy, Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona
  • Elaine Rousseau, M.A., is a doctoral student, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • John T. Boyer, M.D., is Director of the Southwest Arthritis Center, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Chief of Clinical Immunology, Arizona Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • Keith E. Meredith, Ph.D., is Director of Education, Evaluation, and Project Development, Southwest Arthritis Center, Tucson, Arizona
  • Catherine A. Clay, is an information specialist, Southwest Arthritis Center, Tucson, Arizona
Article Information
Arthritis / Musculoskeletal Impairments / Features
Research Article   |   August 1982
Arthritis: Preferred Learning Methods Among Arizona Therapists
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1982, Vol. 36, 509-514. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.8.509
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1982, Vol. 36, 509-514. doi:10.5014/ajot.36.8.509
Abstract

Arizona occupational and physical therapists were surveyed about their needs for education in arthritis. Responses to statements regarding attitudes, knowledge, willingness to learn, and preferred methods of learning were subjected to chi-square analysis. The results showed that a significant number of both occupational and physical therapists are deficient in knowledge about the disease and maintain negative attitudes about patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Both groups indicated a high interest in continuing education about arthritis. The preferred method of learning was self-study guides.