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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Preview 2020

Published November 7, 2007 1:32 PM by Brian Ferrie

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?


Again, look at the goal of the MPT. It took longer than expected for states to adopt this, and when they finally did, many of the practicing PTs still held bachelor degrees.

Having a "national organization" set the direction is OK for an overview. However, it seems unlikely that the health care system will stand by and dismiss countless PTs with masters and bachelors degrees who have benefits their patients over the years.

Jim Jewett, Phyiscal Therapist November 27, 2007 6:19 PM
Akron OH

....& what happens to PTs who happen to have the most experience but JUST have Bachelor's degree?

Lyn, Lymphedema Clinic - PT November 26, 2007 9:52 PM

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