Screening and supporting the mental health of student physiotherapists during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Background/Aims: The purpose of this study was to use the Model of Emotions, Adaptation and Hope as a way to screen and support physiotherapy students and understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their health by focusing on the stories (narrative) they tell.

Methods: This pilot mixed methods study included a convenience sample of BSc and MSc level student physiotherapists. A single screening online interview was conducted via Zoom or Skype. Students' narratives underwent qualitative analysis and quantitative analysis using the Model of Emotions, Adaptation and Hope.

Results: A total of 19 students took part in this study. Students identified four master plot narratives as a response to the interview: future control; lost productivity; isolation; and opportunity. Significant pre-interview to follow-up change was found in acceptance, pleasantness and energy.

Conclusions: It is possible to support the mental health of physiotherapy students by screening for difficulties and listening to and exploring their responses.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2021


  • COVID-19, Mental health, Narrative, Screening, Support, Student healthcare professionals