Two Weeks an Expert
I am involved with a networking group of rehab therapists (PT, OT, SLP) that's based back in the US. Earlier this week a member requested information on how to set up a fall prevention program. She was very enthusiastic about the need for such a program where she lived and was looking to start working in a private/home health sort of way. I can see a niche for that!
She admitted she had no experience in that particular area and asked if the group could provide resources so she could cram as much as possible into the next two weeks. She was going to give a presentation to the local community complete with handouts and brochures.
I gave her a link to a very good resource and voiced my opinion that a two-week time frame was indeed, very ambitious. In truth, I was angry. This goes back to a fellow ADVANCE blogger's posting about specialists in different areas of physical therapy. I've worked years to gather the knowledge I have on falls, to build the hands-on experience in assessment and treatment, and to know the implications of medications on those who fall. I've spent time working with other experts in this field (not just physical therapists, but nurses and doctors as well). This person is going to do that in two weeks?
At the best, I can envision this person creating an innocuous service, one that does no harm, may do a bit of good, but can't be anything near what many of her clients will need it to be in terms of multifactorial assessment. At the worst, another group of clients talking around the pool about how therapy is "useless, totally useless."