Because most patients in acute care hospitals receiving physical therapy are discharged to the post-acute care environment (eg, home health, rehabilitation facility, skilled nursing facility, or outpatient services), physical therapists must work collaboratively within the profession to ensure the continuum of care for patients in a variety of settings throughout an episode of care.
APTA provides several resources for members aimed at supporting many of the elements of Vision 2020 in the acute care setting. These resources include a toolkit to help incorporate physical therapist (PT) practice in the emergency department, a video and accompanying handout that illustrates how early physical therapy in intensive care units can help reduce health care costs and improve patient care, and audio conferences, available at APTA's Learning Center, highlighting the role of the PT in preventing hospital readmissions and direct access in a facility-based outpatient clinic.
Hear more about the resources in this prerecorded podcast by APTA's Clinical Practice Department.
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