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  • From PT in Motion Magazine: Removing Roadblocks to Adherence

    Many physical therapists (PTs) know the pattern all too well: a patient makes significant improvement over an episode of care, only to lose ground when the PT's recommendations for posttreatment care aren't followed. So what can be done to increase adherence and stop "the revolving door" of physical therapy?

    This month in PT in Motion magazine: an exploration of what PTs can do to extend adherence after the conclusion of care. Associate Editor Eric Ries reports on several PTs who share different ways to recognize and remove the roadblocks that can get in the way of patients doing what needs to be done to stay healthy.

    While the PTs interviewed acknowledge that there is no single surefire way to guarantee adherence, they do describe some techniques that can at least help the PT get a better handle on the factors and attitudes that can be barriers. Some of the techniques, such as motivational interviewing and reflective listening, are comprehensive approaches to treatment; others, such as helping patients to understand and describe home exercise instructions in their own terms, are simple tweaks.

    The article also includes sidebars featuring the connection between adherence and technology, as well as a list of additional resources on increasing adherence.

    "Extending Adherence" is featured in the December-January issue of PT in Motion magazine and is open to all viewers—pass it along to nonmember colleagues to show them one of the benefits of belonging to APTA. Printed editions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.

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