ISSN 2564-7784 | E-ISSN 2564-7040
1 Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, İstanbul Bilgi University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey  
2 Department of Health Management, İstanbul Bilim University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey  
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Abstract

Introduction: To investigate how creativity is used in the field of physiotherapy and rehabilitation, we performed a survey. But in Turkey, there has been little research on this topic. There are also a few reported studies that have used music therapy for children. We therefore aimed in the present study to perform a similar survey as conducted in Sweden.

 

Methods: In this study, we sent a survey to physiotherapists in Istanbul via email. Recorded data included socio-demographic characteristics (gender, age, education) of the physiotherapists; where and how long they had been working; the specialties of the physicians that they work with; whether they continued training/ education after graduation and if so how they maintain their studies; whether/ how often they involve creative activities in the treatment sessions; which activities they prefer; whether they get any negative reaction from patients or colleagues while applying the creative activities; and whether they apply any treatment method other than conventional methods. 

 

Results: According to the results of the study, 59% of the physiotherapists benefit from using creative activities during their sessions. While 21% of them use handcrafts, 19% make use of computer games, 8% take advantage of music/ theatre activities, 6% use exercise painting, and 2% practice gardening. 

 

Conclusion: There has been no previous study on this topic in Turkey, this study provides insight into existing practices and may encourage further use of creative methods in therapy. Further studies should expand on the experience of physiotherapists concerning the benefits of creative activities.

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