Attitude of Physiotherapists Towards Dealing Subjects with Mental Illness
Keywords:Attitude, Mental illness, Mental disorder, Mental Illness Clinician Attitude scale, Physiotherapist.
INTRODUCTION: The concept of mental health receives negative opinions and are stigmatized in public
despite evidence of importance of mental health for social and human capital. It is important that there
should be a multidisciplinary approach when it comes to rehabilitation of patients with Mental Illness than
concentrating only in the psychiatry aspect. Patients with Mental Illness can also suffer from physical health
related co-morbidities in which physiotherapy can play a role in improving the lifestyle. OBJECTIVE:
The aim of the study was to assess the attitude of physiotherapists towards subjects with mental illness.
METHODS: A non-experimental study of convenient samples was carried out among 100 physiotherapists.
Data collection was performed using the questionnaire MICA-4(Mental Illness Clinicians Attitude Scale).
The questionnaire includes 16 items and has a 6- point Likert-type response format. Each item has its
own definite score. A higher score depicts negative attitude and a lesser score shows a positive attitude.
RESULTS: The data was analysed using SPSS statistics version 23. The results revealed that 73% of the
subjects had neutral attitude towards dealing individuals with any form of mental illness. CONCLUSION:
The neutral attitude recorded is indicative of lack of exposure of physiotherapists in the field of psychiatry.
Training at an early stage can be beneficial for future therapists to deal in a better way with mental illness
patient having physical health problems. It is important to promote this area of specialisation both for clinical
and research studies in order to implement strategies to avoid stigmatisation.
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