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GeneralJan 11, 2021

Physios around the world lacked safety equipment as Covid-19 spread last year

The scale of the problems facing physiotherapists around the world last year as they tried to respond to Covid-19 in a safe fashion has been highlighted in a report by World Physiotherapy.

Releasing the results of a survey today, World Physiotherapy said almost two thirds of respondents (63 per cent) reported challenges in accessing personal protective equipment – particularly from March to June 2020.


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Information from members helps World Physiotherapy to 'provide ongoing support'

World Physiotherapy, which is based in London, conducts a census every year in a bid to gain insights into the global profile of the profession. In 2020, it also asked members how the pandemic had affected physiotherapy practice and the governance of their organisations.

Last year’s census date was 30 June, with 111 of the 122 member organisations that existed at the time issuing a response. World Physiotherapy said the 91 per cent response rate reflected the ‘strong engagement’ of member organisations.

Growing in strength

Since the census was conducted, the Dominican Association of Physical Therapists, the Palestinian General Syndicate for Physical Therapy and the Vietnam Physical Therapy Associatio...

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