Quality Improvement of Hospital-Based Physiotherapy

Wednesday 1 February 2023, 10:30 am
R.A. Steenbruggen
prof. dr. P.J. van der Wees, prof. dr. P.L.P. Brand
dr. T.J. Hoogeboom, dr. M.J.M. Maas

No specific quality system exists for hospital-based physiotherapy. Both at the professional association KNGF (Royal Dutch Society for Physiotherapy) and within generally accepted quality systems within hospital care such as JCI and Qmentum, no quality criteria have been established for hospital-based physiotherapy. An undesirable situation for this important link within hospital care. At the level of the hospital-based physiotherapist, this dissertation shows that the tracer method, used within JCI and Qmentum, can also serve as a means to improve individual professional competencies. At the hospital-based physiotherapy level, quality themes are presented that hospital-based physiotherapists themselves and their key stakeholders believe are most important. These themes provide the basis for a first draft quality system for hospital-based physiotherapy.

Rudi Steenbruggen (1965) obtained his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Deventer in 1987. After this, he worked as a physiotherapist in geriatrics and neurorehabilitation in Apeldoorn, then as manager allied health care at Isala in Zwolle and Meppel. In 2018, he started his PhD in allied health sciences. He is currently working as a course director physiotherapy at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Enschede.