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  • APTA Helps Consumers Choose 'Sabiamente'

    The debut of a Spanish-language version of APTA's Choosing Wisely® list of "5 things physical therapists and patients should question" will help APTA do more to get the word out about the importance of informed communication between patients and health care providers.

    The translated consumer-friendly summary is available at MoveForwardPT.com and joins multiple resources that provide education on APTA's participation in the Choosing Wisely campaign developed by American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation. The initiative aims to help consumers make informed health care choices by providing lists of procedures that tend to be done frequently, yet whose usefulness is called into question by evidence. Consumer Reports partners with the ABIM Foundation and APTA to share the lists with the public.

    APTA was the first nonphysician group to release a list, joining more than 50 medical specialty societies.

    APTA released its list in September and offers an expanded version containing citations on the association's Center for Integrity in Practice website. Resources on that site also include a ProfessionWatch paper from Physical Therapy that details the process of the list's development and provides professional context for APTA's decision to partner with the ABIM Foundation.

    APTA's Choosing Wisely list is part of a larger APTA Integrity in Practice campaign, an effort to support the profession of physical therapy as a leader in the elimination of fraud, abuse, and waste in health care. The Center for Integrity in Practice website will offer resources throughout the course of the campaign, but already provides a primer on preventing fraud, abuse, and waste, and a free online course on compliance and professional integrity.

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