Fifteen of the 20 (75%) respondents who did not discuss an incident of IPSB reported that they did not feel any barriers to doing so.
Fourteen individuals (44%) responded to the question asking for details of other strategies for dealing with an incident of IPSB (i.
Whilst a few studies have explored the incidence and nature of IPSB toward qualified physiotherapists and other healthcare workers, this is the first study to report the frequency and nature of IPSB experienced by physiotherapy students in Australia.
These included lectures from speakers with specific knowledge of IPSB issues, and tutorials and seminars to discuss case studies.
Where incidences of IPSB had been encountered, respondents were equally divided as to whether they had discussed the incident with another person.
Targeted education has been deemed an essential component when preparing physiotherapy students and physiotherapists to manage incidents of IPSB (deMayo 1997, Weerakoon and O'Sullivan 1998).
The primary aim of this study was to determine the incidence and nature of IPSB experienced by final year physiotherapy students.
Part 1 contained 16 questions pertaining to the specific forms of IPSB experienced (McComas et al 1997).
Three questions (Part 4) pertained to education on IPSB in the BSc (Physiotherapy) course.
Table 1 displays data for the clinical placements undertaken by students and whether IPSB occurred.
The most common forms of IPSB experienced were patients telling suggestive stories or offensive jokes (47%) and patients making suggestive remarks about the student's appearance (43%).
One-third (67%) of the respondents who made comments considered the content on IPSB to be insufficient.