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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

PT 2010: Hot Topics

Published May 26, 2010 12:10 PM by Cheryl McEvoy

[Editor's note: This is the first in a series of "Hot Topic" recommendations for sessions at the American Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference. ADVANCE editor Lisa Lombardo has selected what she anticipates will be popular sessions at PT 2010. Check "ADVANCE Perspectives" regularly for more topics.]  

The ethical application of therapy concerns all PT practitioners, but may not be on the forefront of most of their minds. That is, until they find themselves mired in a possible ethical dilemma. Forums and blogs are filled with therapists who are dealing with possible ethical violations who reach out to other therapists for guidance. APTA now has a new Code of Ethics, and attendees can learn about the details in the session "So You Want to Be an Ethical Practitioner: The APTA Millionaire Game," to be held on Friday, June 18.

Current and past members of the Ethics and Judicial Committee will help attendees become familiar with the new Code of Ethics and its application. This entertaining, interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to apply the new Code of Ethics to real-life scenarios on commonly asked questions about the Code. Using an electronic audience response system, members of the audience will have the opportunity to respond to ethical situations using the new Code of Ethics. In addition to gaining valuable real experience with the Code, participants will improve their ability to use the information with their staff and students.

Attendees will learn to examine the new principles of the revised Code of Ethics compared to the existing Code, analyze a situation integrating the new code into ethical decision making, and apply strategies to discuss the new code with others. Speakers are Nancy R. Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, of Newark, NJ, and Cathy Hinton, PT, PhD, MS of Nashville, TN.

The question of whether physical therapists should act as physician extenders addresses many issues relevant to the profession: scope of practice, PT salaries and career advancement, and reimbursement for PT services. PTs aim to present themselves as frontline providers of care, and those working in health care environments where they function as physician extenders can often have implications for patient care. The session "Current Controversies - The 2010 Rothstein Debate: Should Physical Therapists Be Physician Extenders?" will be held on Thursday, June 17.

The annual Rothstein Debate was established in memory of Jules Rothstein, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Editor in Chief Emeritus of Physical Therapy (PTJ), and a lifelong advocate of spirited, scholarly dialog.

Attendees will learn emerging issues and controversies related to the utilization of care extenders, know the implications for physical therapists of functioning in a health care environment in which there are care extenders, and get to openly discuss the current challenges for physical therapists as frontline providers.

Speakers include Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, of Pittsburgh, PA; two additional speakers are to be announced.  

  • For our complete PT 2010 Conference Preview, click here.

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