"Discharge" is being discharged from the physical therapy profession's lexicon as the term to describe conclusion of an episode of care, per revisions to the House of Delegates "Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy." Adopted changes to Section III of the Standards of Practice acknowledge that physical therapists (PTs) develop long-term professional relationships with their patients/clients that may stretch over many years throughout the continuum of the patient's/client's lifespan. Rather than "discharging" a patient, PTs conclude an episode of care, with the possibility of future services and fostering a professional patient/client relationship.
Specific areas that this culture shift addresses include but aren't limited to:
APTA staff will incorporate "episode of care" and related terms into its publications, documents, and communications as materials go through planned review and revision cycles and will encourage adoption of the terminology as appropriate to members and external constituents.
Similarly, APTA will consider when to use "physical therapist services" or "physical therapist practice"' as the preferred terms when referring to the provision of physical therapy, as opposed to "physical therapy services" or "physical therapy practice." Staff will incorporate these terms, as appropriate, into materials during planned review and revision cycles. [RC 17-13, RC 18-13, RC 21-13]
Draft language adopted by the 2013 House of Delegates will be available on the House Community no later than July 12. Final language for all actions taken by the June 2013 House will be available by September after the minutes have been approved.
See more results of the 2013 House of Delegates by following this link, or click on July 9 from the News Now calendar.
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