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  • World's Health Professions Call for New Emphasis on Working Together

    The global bodies for the 5 leading health professions, representing more than 26 million health professionals worldwide, are calling for a new emphasis on collaborative practice. Health professions working together around the world can lead to improved health services and a more effective use of resources, they say.

    The World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), which brings together the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, the International Council of Nurses, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the World Dental Federation, and the World Medical Association, issued a statement during the World Health Organization's 66th World Health Assembly this week.

    WHPA calls on governments to fund health system structures that support interprofessional collaborative practice, promote shared learning in education programs, and encourage health professionals to respect each others' expertise.

    Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, DSc (hon), GCS, CSCS, CEEAA, FAPTA, president of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy said: "Effective interprofessional collaborative practice brings benefits in every area of health services-from health promotion through injury prevention to condition management. Working together, professionals can effectively address pressing societal health needs such as the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors."


    • Good morning! The development of the ICF model will certainly improve the common language between all disciplines, if the education behind it is well marketed. This would dispell the perceived complexity of the conceptual model and assist everyone in the true sense of patient-centered care, thereby reducing health care costs as well as improving individual health across the globe.

      Posted by Cherie Peters on 5/24/2013 3:16 PM

    • Congratulation on reaching this collaborative step. It is needed to further the effectiveness of our efforts in delivering health services. Those who service in needy areas of the world cry out for more help to serve struggling countries wanting to improve their societal health needs. We'll see you in the barrios.

      Posted by Samuel B. Feitelberg, PT,MA,FAPTA on 5/24/2013 3:42 PM

    • PTs are movement specialists. Physical activity and exercise has been proven to help both physical and mental health. I think it is high time the physical therapy curriculum include more in-depth psychological training so we can work effectively/collaboratively with mental health care professionals in the out-patient settings. Collaborative treatments of this nature have been proven to have better outcomes. I further feel a professional chapter/specialty in behavioral modification regarding activity/exercise in patients with mental health disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc) which may includes our non-compliant clients, would prepare more PTs to meet the need of these clients and obtain better outcomes. Regarding insurance, state and federal regulations ... advocating for the freedom to treat patients for longer periods of time (spread out visits and have more) would better meet this populations needs.

      Posted by Nancy Henry -> =FX^?J on 2/13/2014 10:32 AM

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