Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents when deciding what issues to support. That's why APTA members and physical therapy patients and clients must get involved in advocacy efforts.
One great way to share a compelling patient story with your legislator is to film a short video on your phone or tablet that you can take with you to your meeting.
That's what Eva Norman, PT, DPT, CEEAA, did for the 2014 Federal Advocacy Forum, and it inspired an immediate on-the-spot response from Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN, 5th) (video above).
If you decide to make a video, be sure to keep it brief (90 seconds or fewer). Ask your patient/client to describe his or her experience with physical therapy. Even more important, be sure to have your patient/client sign a consent form to ensure HIPAA compliance.