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  • PT-PTA Teamwork Highlighted in Video Series

    A collection of short videos from APTA makes it clear that tales of a dynamic duo's success aren't just found in comic books and Fred Astaire movies—they're the stuff of real-world practice relationships among physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs).

    The association's Supervision and Teamwork webpage now includes "Success Stories From the Field," a set of short videos that explore how PTs and PTAs combine talent and expertise to extend the reach of physical therapy, ensure consistency of care, increase efficiencies, and keep costs down. The profiles help to show how the PT-PTA team can not only benefit patients and clients, but enrich providers' own experiences by establishing an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.

    The videos now available are part of a planned series, additional installments of which are being recorded during the APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition being held June 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Want to learn more about the PT – PTA team experience? Contact PTA@apta.org.


    • I would just like to say thank you to everyone involved with making and posting this video series. I found it to be very encouraging as a new grad PTA. I hope that some day soon I will be able to work closely with and for a PT who understands the value of the PT/PTA team. I think that Lori Leineke, PT hit the nail on the head, athletic trainers are great, but they are not PT's or PTA's. I think if an athletic trainer wishes to work as a PTA there is nothing stopping them from going through the proper channels and becoming a licensed PTA. If PT's as a professional group decide that they may benefit from assistance that a PTA cannot provide maybe it's time to revisit the PTA transitional BS degree or other specialized training. Just a thought.

      Posted by Timothy Smith -> BGW\BF on 6/14/2014 5:26 PM

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