Digital Entry-Level Education in Physiotherapy: a Commentary to Inform Post-COVID-19 Future Directions

Med Sci Educ. 2021 Nov 4;31(6):2071-2083. doi: 10.1007/s40670-021-01439-z. eCollection 2021 Dec.


Currently, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) severely influences physiotherapy education which is based mostly on face-to-face teaching. Thus, educators have been compelled to adapt their pedagogical approaches moving to digital education. In this commentary, we debate on digital education highlighting its effectiveness, the users' perspectives, and its weakness in the context of physiotherapy teaching aimed at informing post-COVID-19 future directions in this educational field. Existing evidence on digital education produced before COVID-19 supports its implementation into entry-level physiotherapy education. However, some challenges (e.g. social inequality and evaluation of students) threaten its applicability in post-COVID-19 era, calling educators to take appropriate actions.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus disease 2019; Digital education; Entry-level; Physiotherapy; Student.

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