Difficulty faced by physiotherapy students related to handling of critically ill patients

Published: 19 April 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/r75c76jn3d.1
Avishi chaudhary,


Physiotherapy students are required to learn how to handle critically ill patients during their education and training. However, this can be a challenging task due to various factors. One of the main difficulties that physiotherapy students face is the high level of complexity and unpredictability of critically ill patients' conditions. These patients may have multiple health problems and require various interventions, which can be overwhelming for students who are still learning. Additionally, dealing with critically ill patients can be emotionally and psychologically stressful for physiotherapy students, as the outcomes of their interventions can have a significant impact on the patients' recovery and quality of life. This can lead to feelings of anxiety and fear, which can further affect their ability to provide effective care. Furthermore, physiotherapy students may struggle to provide adequate ventilation and oxygenation to critically ill patients, who may have compromised respiratory and cardiovascular systems. They need to possess a high level of skill and knowledge in the use of techniques and equipment such as mechanical ventilation and chest physiotherapy. To overcome these difficulties, physiotherapy students require proper education and training in the management of critically ill patients. This includes a balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, as well as mentorship and guidance from experienced practitioners. In conclusion, handling critically ill patients can be challenging and complex for physiotherapy students. However, with adequate education and training, as well as support from experienced practitioners, they can acquire the necessary skills and confidence to provide effective care to these patients.


Steps to reproduce

A questionnaire was developed regarding the challenges faced by physiotherapy students during clinical practices. The Questionnaire was presented to the expert panel for validation. Questionnaires were distributed to n number of students through online mode, and all responses were collected and analyzed through Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and SPSS software.


Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation


Intensive Care Unit, Medical Student, Patient, Manual Handling, Physiotherapist