Bangladesh: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For definitions and metadata please refer to the data guide. For questions or feedback please contact info@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2017

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Summary report for Bangladesh
Professional title
English title:
Physiotherapy  (Protected by law)
National language titles:
  • Physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
  • Prefix Dr. and Suffix PT e.g. Dr. Md. Fazal PT  (Partially protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
400    (Excluding assistants, students, retired and other)
Female%
Not available
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
1,600    (Estimated)
Female%:
Not available
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Publications
Journals:
Bangladesh Physiotherapy Journal  (2 per year (6 monthls interval))
Events
CPD Events:
Special interest groups recognised by Bangladesh
Recognised special interest groups:
None
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
Handicap International, Bangladesh Occupational Therapy Assoication, Bangladesh Society of Speech and Language Therapy, ISPOBD
"Towards global health, strengthening rehabilitation sector through civil society" a project funded by European Union is working to conduct CPE, conference, seminar, workshop, leadership training, inter-professional practice, collaborative research,disability mapping etc
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
1
Starting education level (minimum):
Upper secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
Full time 5 years
 
Other entry level programmes
No
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Masters degree
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Bangladesh
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
WCPT member organisation
Standards of practice:
Yes, the WCPT member organisation specific standard
Code of conduct:
Yes, WCPT member organisation specific code of conduct
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
Limitations:
No
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Act as first contact/autonomous practitioners
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Make a diagnosis
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Refer to other specialists/services
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
Yes
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
Yes
Will this be reimbursed:
In part
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
Yes
Limitations:
Yes
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
No
CPD* required for re-registration:
No
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
Formation of regulatory body is under process. Physiotherapy graduates, after completing the degree are eligible for physiotherapy practice.
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2013