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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

APTA Responds to 'New York Times' Article

Published January 12, 2010 2:54 PM by Elizabeth Puliti
On January 6, the New York Times ran an article that sparked great discussion on the topic of evidence-based practice.

In the article, "Treat Me, but No Tricks Please," Reporter Gina Kolata argues that while some physical therapy has been proven to work, there is a lot of "voodoo."

This article has put the concept of evidence-based practice out in the open, and some physical therapists are happy about that. However, other PTs think the article lacks information about the "unique clinical knowledge and skills of a physical therapist," notes the APTA.

APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD, recently spoke out about the article himself in a letter to the editor of the New York Times.

If you're out of the loop, take a moment to read the links in this post. Then tell us what you think about evidence-based practice, the New York Times article or Dr. Ward's letter. 


I am a physical therapy patient of Dr. Marilyn Moffat's, and I work in the health care field (though I am not a clinician).  Upon reading Gina Kolata's article, I was prompted to write about the effect of insurance coverage on provision of physical therapy, a point I think Kolata missed entirely.  

As I state in the piece, "Insurance company protocols for covering physical therapy are often perverse."  The piece, "Insurance-Defying Fitness:  In Praise of Marilyn Moffat," can be found at

I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who reads it and would like to make a comment on the post.

Raining Acorns, health care January 16, 2010 11:27 AM
Billings NY

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