The experiences in thesis writing among physical therapy students of De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute

Date of Completion


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy


Thesis Writing


In this study, a qualitative descriptive approach was utilized as the research design. Wherein, the study was implemented at the 6th floor of the Wang Building in the DLSMHSI campus with the participants consisting mainly of graduates from BSPT batches 2017-2018 selected through snowball sampling, and interns from batch 2019 selected through convenience sampling. Such that, three (3) distinct sets of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and One-on-One interviews were done until data was deemed to be saturated through the utilization of triangulation method. During the sessions, a research assistant took charge in facilitating both the FGDs and one-on-one interviews, while the researchers took notes and member checks to ensure that the data gathered through the sessions was accurate and maintain the rigor of the study. After transcription of the responses, thematic data analysis was done through coding of the responses revealing there to be a number of experiences that corresponds to each stage in writing a thesis. Such that, in the groping stage, emergent themes were expectations on research, guided process in topic selection, group decision for topic selection, and group dynamics. For the developing stage, themes regarding the experiences regarding maximizing available resources, varied mentorship and supervision, application of research methods, team dynamics, and experiences on a personal level also materialized. For the accomplishing stage, major themes regarding their experiences in defense preparation, various outcomes post-defense, development of working relationship, development of personal attributes & skills, experience on a personal level, and mentorship and supervision emerged. The study also revealed that students cope up through promotion of group cooperation, adjustments towards challenging circumstances, positive working relationship with adviser, and seeking outside support. The students also recommended productive work ethic, promoting interpersonal relationship, and promoting health as strategies in the future that can be utilized. Although the study has a smaller population, assurance of generalisability is strengthened by the consistent answers of the participants, steps taken to ensure the rigor of the study and the data saturation acquired using triangulation method. Moreover, the results of the study are consistent with previous related literature that also tackled on the themes that have emerged in this study.

First Advisor

Jeanelle Louise S. Dumalag, MSPT, PTRP, CWAT

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