Between October and December 2012 a short internet based survey was sent by e-mail to members and member organisations of this aquatic physical therapy network. In addition a possibility to complete the survey via the WCPT website was created for non-members.
In total 109 replies were received from 67 members and 31 non-members representing 28 different countries. Most represented countries were Australia (18), United Kingdom (15) and Argentina (11). The results of the survey indicate that aquatic therapists perceive the role of the network as one that should provide information on evidence based practice, knowledge and promote the development of educational material. Most are willing to share their knowledge on educational material and evidence based aquatic therapy, however few where prepared to discuss health, safety and hygiene. Most expected the network to provide updates on best practice and research, facilitate international communication, communication between clinicians and researchers, and link people with interests in specific areas of aquatic therapy.
Based on the survey, we will start up activities. The first activity will be to establish a group of colleagues with clear experience in aquatic therapy research, supporting and coordinating new research.