As the Texas Physical Therapy Association continues to generate media coverage of a bill that would allow direct access to physical therapists, we know that many of our colleagues are fighting similar battles at the state level across the country. All too often, other professions attempt to inaccurately or inappropriately define our profession through legislative and regulatory efforts. Ironically, these same health care providers are often in a position to determine whether a patient "needs" physical therapy.
Last week, APTA introduced a new publication titled "Today's Physical Therapist: A Comprehensive Review of a 21st Century Health Care Profession" that we hope will assist our chapters and sections in proactively educating policymakers, payers, prospective students and the public about the physical therapy profession - before other professions attempt to define us.
The new publication pulls together various subject matters and issues about the physical therapy profession: from licensure and specialization to education and research, to the role of the PTA and payment for physical therapist services. This new publication provides readers with a 'one-stop' location to learn in depth about where we are as a profession, and where we are going in the 21st century.
Please let us know what you think of the publication. Are there other tools you would find helpful for your outreach efforts?