The APTA's annual Preview 2020 conference will take place this year from Nov. 16-18 in Phoenix, AZ. According to the APTA's Vision Statement for Physical Therapy 2020:
"Physical therapy, by 2020, will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy and who may be board-certified specialists. Consumers will have direct access to physical therapists in all environments for patient/client management, prevention and wellness services. Physical therapists will be practitioners of choice in patients'/clients' health networks and will hold all privileges of autonomous practice. Physical therapists may be assisted by physical therapist assistants who are educated and licensed to provide physical therapist-directed and supervised components of interventions."
What are your thoughts on current progress toward these goals and whether or not these goals should indeed be the focus of the profession?