2011 Volume 23 Issue 2 Pages 289-301
[Purpose] This study aimed to clarify the current status of physical therapy accident prevention education, and discover how safety education should be addressed at schools. [Subjects] The subjects of this study were 208 people holding positions in schools with a physical therapy program. [Methods] This study was conducted through an anonymous self-administered postal questionnaire. The details of the survey covered six categories including curriculum and collaboration with clinical training institutes. [Results] Regarding current curriculum, 77.3% of schools had a description relating to physical therapy accident prevention in their aims and objectives for clinical training and 54.7% indicated a need to improve teaching content so that it is arranged consistently. Regarding collaboration with clinical training institutes, 7.6% undertook collaborative initiatives in accident prevention education, 34% had opportunities for discussion, and 68.6% had arrangements in place for dealing with accidents. [Conclusion] It is evident that physical therapy schools are lagging behind in medical safety education. With regard to the future of safety education, there are expectations for the establishment of attainment objectives for graduation and consistency in teaching under a specific view, suggesting that awareness of physical therapy accident prevention education will rise.