For physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs), patient and client advocacy is all over the map.
And that's a good thing.
The July issue of PT in Motion, APTA's monthly member magazine, takes a look at how the sometimes-nebulous concept of advocacy takes shape in the real world of physical therapy. Through a series of short interviews with PTs from across the country, readers find out how PTs are engaging with patients and clients to educate, empower, protect, and fight for the care they deserve.
What emerges are advocacy efforts that the article describes as "encompassing clinical environments, classrooms, the halls of government, offices of third-party payers, and entire communities." And although the actual approaches vary among the PTs interviewed, the efforts are rooted in a shared commitment to living out an ethical imperative that goes beyond simply doing a job.
In the article. Nicole Volek, PTA, BA, describes her own work in community education and goes on to characterize the challenge of advocacy in general. "PTAs and PTs aren't just PTAs and PTs," she says. "We're social workers, in a very real sense. To advocate effectively for patients and clients, we've got to be all kinds of people beneath our PTA and PT hats."
Hardcopy versions of PT in Motion are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online ahead of print to members.
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