APTA responded to an October 1 article in The New York Times, “When the Nurse Wants to Be Called ‘Doctor,’” in which physicians claim that using the term "doctor" by physical therapists and other health care professionals could lead to patient confusion. APTA clarified that in order to provide accurate information to consumers, the association provides clear guidelines for physical therapists regarding the use of the title "Doctor." The guidelines state that physical therapists, in all clinical settings, who hold a doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT), shall indicate they are physical therapists when using the title "Doctor" or "Dr," and shall use the titles in accord with jurisdictional law. APTA also explained the rationale behind making the DPT degree the minimum educational requirement for the accreditation of physical therapist professional programs by 2015.
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