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  • Request for Submissions

    It's that time of year again. The company that I teach for is requesting submissions for an education summit next year. I'm supposed to select a topic, describe what it is and why I think people would be interested. Then I submit that and five references no more than a year or two old. They try to present newer information. The problem is I can't ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 8, 2014
  • Beyond Multidisciplinary

    Most of us are well familiar with a multidisciplinary approach to meeting all of a patient's needs. Input from doctors, nursing, OT, PT, speech, and social work help us to provide better outcomes for patients. Notice the key word there... patients. What about people? Once a person becomes a patient, something has already gone wrong. This is where ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on March 12, 2014
  • We Are Our Biggest Challenge

    (Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Lisa Mueller and Michael Kelley will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- ''What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?'') When Michael and I discussed writing four weeks of ''Dueling Blogs'' in mid-January, we ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Finally Merging Physio and Public Health!

    Next week I'm giving a presentation to the local authority and public health department on the problem of falling in older adults and what needs to be done about it. It's helpful that this is the same town I did my master's thesis on and that I'm starting up a falls service within. What's really exciting is that nobody has the breadth of ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on February 25, 2014
  • Dosage Matters

    There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the case of a static activity. In both cases, more is considered better. Last weekend I worked at a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 11, 2014
  • An Attendee's Perspective

    LAS VEGAS -- The 2014 Combined Sections Meeting is getting started. I've been in Las Vegas since Saturday evening for my preconference course. It was two days of sitting for eight hours listening to people read information off slides. The next three days will be three presentations of two hours each spread over the course of the day. In between, ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 4, 2014
  • 2014 New Year's Resolutions

    It's hard to believe it's 2014 already. I officially graduated from physical therapy school five years ago! Wow. Seems like it was yesterday. It also seems like I'm talking like my mom or grandma when I use phrases like ''seems like yesterday,'' but so be it. Now's the time each year when I review my resolutions from the previous year and set ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on January 3, 2014
  • Autonomous Since 1977

    I found out some interesting facts when I attended the Physiotherapy UK conference two weeks ago. One that surprised me was that physios have not required a medical referral to treat since 1978. Physiotherapy was recognized as an autonomous profession in 1977, which was required prior to a separate act the following year allowing treatment without ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on November 5, 2013
  • Medical Tourism

    Over the years that I've been blogging about my findings whilst working here in the UK, I've had more than a few people state something like, ''Well if the care is so good there, why do so many people come to the USA for the best treatment?'' Some people do travel for improved care, that is true. What many don't realize is that Americans also do ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on October 22, 2013
  • The Best Medicine

    I've just returned from the Physiotherapy 2013 conference in Birmingham, England. I never thought I would say this, but it's probably the best thing I've done for my career in the past decade. The speakers were inspirational. One of the main themes was combining physiotherapy and public health. There's a real focus in the Chartered Society of ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on October 14, 2013
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