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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Vision 2020

Published November 16, 2010 5:00 PM by Brian Ferrie

According to the Nov. 16 edition of PT in Motion News Now from the APTA (, the organization's November Board of Directors meeting kicked off last week with a discussion of Vision 2020. The conversation focused on outlining the progress achieved in regard to the vision's six elements, identifying barriers that remain to full attainment of the vision elements, questioning the need to adjust or redefine the elements, and exploring gaps in the perceived and actual accomplishment of the elements.  

Six breakout groups focused on one element each and shared their findings with all participants and guests of the meeting. The need for increased collaboration within the profession and with outside stakeholders was identified as necessary to continue on the path to achieving the vision. Participants also were asked to consider what would happen if APTA stopped pursuing any of the elements.

APTA staff will examine the information gathered in the discussion to help its leadership determine the next steps. "This is just the beginning of the conversation," said APTA President Scott Ward, PT, PhD, at session's end.   

The Vision 2020 goals have certainly generated much commentary among ADVANCE readers over the years. What are your thoughts on the progress that has been made toward them and whether they are the right goals for the profession to pursue in the first place?


Very encouraging to hear that the APTA is at least willing to entertain the idea that the vision might need updating, adjusting, or perhaps even stopping in some streams. Kudos for the open mindedness.

Dean Metz November 17, 2010 5:40 PM

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