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Advisory Committee Chair

Cecilia L Graham

Advisory Committee Members

John D Lowman Jr

David M Morris

Jonathan B Waugh

Connie L Kohler

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT) School of Health Professions


ABSTRACT Purpose: Physical therapists (PTs) have a unique opportunity to play a meaningful role in educating patients on health and wellness to prevent chronic conditions, such as cardiac disease, cerebrovascular disease, pulmonary disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. No instrument has been validated to measure physical therapists' views on health promotion and their practices. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the validity and reliability of a health promotion survey designed for physical therapists. Method: An expert panel of 9 physical therapists assessed the content validity of "The Role of Health Promotion in Physical Therapy Survey." as developed by Rea and associates. Fifty-one members of the Alabama Physical Therapy Association participated in the test-retest reliability of the updated health promotion survey. Results: The expert panel and 3 members of the dissertation committee recommended significant changes to the original Rea survey, and the expert panel reached agreement on the majority of items in the survey. The test-retest study demonstrated an overall moderate agreement of the questions in the updated survey, however many items were found to have poor agreement. Conclusion: This instrument requires significant modification to be useful as a reliable and valid tool for assessing physical therapists' self-efficacy and practices related to health promotion. A new instrument should be considered for development that has fewer items, has greater clarity and ease of administration. Keywords: health promotion, physical therapy



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