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Revista Ciencias de la Salud

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WILCHES LUNA, Esther Cecilia; MUNOZ ARCOS, Vilma; CARVAJAL TELLO, Nathali  and  SEGURA ORDONEZ, Alejandro. Characterization and Perceived Impact on Graduates of a Specialization in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy at a Public University in the South West of Colombia. Period 2009 - 2013. Rev. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2016, vol.14, n.1, pp.43-52. ISSN 1692-7273.

Objectives: To characterize the graduates of a specialization in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy in a public university located in the south west of Colombia in the period 2009-2013 and identify the impact perceived by graduates at work level. Materials and methods: Descriptive study based on the application of a survey sent via email. The survey consisted of 33 questions assessing sociodemographic characteristics, performance areas, frequent wage income, perceived impact at workplace, and the organizational structure of the specialization. Results: The rate of graduates with work-related activity training area was 98 %. The distribution of the employing institutions by level of complexity was level III (25 %) and IV (75 %). The predominant work activity was patient care (59 %), and the greatest performance area was the adult intensive care service (65 %). The teaching resource was identified as the main strength of the specialization program (77 %). The greatest positive impact perceived by the graduates was the improvement in patient care (91 %) and the least impact on salary improvement. Conclusions: The specialization degree in cardiopulmonary physiotherapy is a program that improves graduates' performance and contributes to apply newly learned competencies at workplace. The results will be used to develop an action plan based on the negative impacts perceived by the graduates.

Keywords : Physiotherapy; Specialization; Postgraduate education; Educational evaluation.

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