Work readiness in Rehabilitation: Questionnaire Design

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  • As they enter the workforce, new university graduates are expected to be equipped with a wide
    variety of skills and attributes viewed as essential for success in the workplace. Many of these
    skills and attributes are also important for the success of new graduates of rehabilitation
    medicine training programs, however they alone are not sufficient for complex and demanding
    healthcare work environments. While the Work Readiness Scale measures the perceptions of
    work readiness of new graduates from various backgrounds, no tool is yet available to measure
    the perceptions of work readiness among new graduates of rehabilitation medicine. To fill this
    gap, the Work Readiness in Rehabilitation Questionnaire was developed based on the
    Rehabilitation Work Readiness Framework (RMWRF) consisting of the constructs Foundational
    Skills (FS), Endeavours, and Applied Skills (AS). The final questionnaire consisted of 78 items
    with 4 – 8 items representing each theme of the RMWRF. The questionnaire was field tested
    with students and new graduates of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and
    Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta (n = 116). New graduates were
    found to have responded significantly differently than first year students and second year
    students. Responses were also examined by level of the RMWRF; the construct FS was rated
    significantly higher than the AS construct but FS was not significantly higher than Endeavours,
    as was expected. Results of this field test revealed the questionnaire is an internally consistent
    tool which can be used to measure students’ and new graduates’ self-perceptions of skills
    relevant for work readiness.

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