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Dotyk w relacji fizjoterapeuta – pacjent a granice kontaktu fizycznego / Touch in the physiotherapist patient relationship – limits of physical contact


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Introduction: Relationship between physiotherapist and patient has specific form of contact, in which latter lets the former to go through his personal distance, because some medical procedures demand close physical contact. Physical treatment can imply some kind of intimacy, because therapist and patient meet on physical, psychical and social level. It can cause attempts to violate boundary of this relation.The goal of this pilot study was exploration of physiotherapist’s boundaries in physical treatment and specification of the areas within this topic, which should be explored in the future.Material and methods: 80 therapists (39 female, 41 male) completed anonymously a questionnaire (28 questions - open, semi-open, closed).Results: Half of the respondents (56%) haven’t experienced violating boundaries of physical contact by patients, 37% have met this kind of attempts and inform mostly about: touch with sexual connotation, attempts to kiss and aggression.The most of physiotherapists (65%) think the standards of prohibiting intimate contacts between therapists and patients are appropriate, but some (26%) allow exceptions due to circumstances. The majority of respondents (86%) indicate patient’s sex no matter, 14% prefer to work with women.Conclusions: The most of physiotherapists don’t experience violating acceptable borders of physical contact by patients during treatment. Respondents accept mostly standards of prohibiting intimate contacts between therapists and patients, although some allow exceptions due to circumstances.Sex of treated person and connected within sexual boundary doesn’t seem to be a barrier in their work.









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1 - 12 - 2014
9 - 5 - 2015


  • Katedra Fizjoterapii, Wydział Rehabilitacji AWF w Warszawie
  • Katedra Fizjoterapii, Wydział Rehabilitacji AWF w Warszawie


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