GENDER DISTRIBUTION OF PHYSIOTHERAPY GRADUATES FROM NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES
Physiotherapy has been reported to be a predominantly female profession in the United Kingdom. There is a paucity of socio-demographic literature on Nigerian physiotherapists generally and the gender distribution of the practitioners in particular. The objective of this study was to document the gender distribution of physiotherapy graduates from Nigerian universities. This was a retrospective study of 1490 physiotherapy graduates from Nigerian universities from the inception of physiotherapy training in the institutions up to the end of the 2003/2004 session. Data were obtained from the records of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria (MRTBN) and the records of the schools concerned. The student files ofthe graduates were reviewed to obtain details of their sex, state of origin and year of graduation. Nine hundred and twenty (62 %) ofthe graduates were male while 570 (38%) were female. The majority (62 %) graduated from the University of Ibadan. The results also showed that majority of the graduates hailed from the southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. More men than women have graduated in physiotherapy from Nigerian universities. We also inferred that unlike in the United Kingdom and other overseas nations, the practice of physiotherapy appears to be dominated by men.
physiotherapy graduates, Nigerian universities, physiotherapy training