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Professional Prestige As My Physiotherapy Students Perceive It

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Henrrik Prendushi



Albania, income, questionnaire, physiotherapy, professional prestige, social position, students.



The aim of this study was to investigate profession perceived prestige of physiotherapy students compared to 11 selected professions/occupations. The selected professions are: Physiotherapist; Doctor (GP); Nurse; Architect; Secondary school teacher; General economist; Accountant; Policeman; Lawyer; Chef (cook); Mechanic (car mechanic). The study was made by an anonymous questionnaire distributed to 25 (out of 34, the total number of course students) students of physiotherapy course at the University of Shkodra "Luigi Gurakuqi" in Albania. The students gave their evaluations in a 6-point Likert. Analysis of the data is done in Excel. The limited number of participating students did not allow us to use elements of the statistical analysis, other than the average and the percentage. In the questionnaire are treated five dimensions associated with the prestige of the profession as indicated in previous studies. The analyzed dimensions are: level of education, level of income, level of responsibility, level of social standing, and the level of usefulness. The physiotherapist profession was ranked first concerning the levels of education (with equal points to that of doctor) and the usefulness dimensions, and in second place regarding the levels of responsibility and social standing. The students gave the lower estimation for their profession for the level of income, which is placed fourth. Students in general have created a grouping of the three medicine professions resulting in highest scores. In the overall ranking the physiotherapist profession ranks in second place after the doctor and followed by the nurse. The same ranking of professions/occupations is valid for both genders for the top three professions.



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