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  • Study: Physician Health Influences Patient Health

    Physicians who follow preventive health measures are more likely to have patients who follow preventive health measures, according to a Canadian Medical Association Journalstudy cited in the April 8 Medscape News Today.

    The study included 1,488 physicians and their 1,886,791 adult patients. The authors examined 8 indicators, such as flu vaccination and mammograms, and found that for all indicators, patients were more likely to undergo preventive practices if their physicians had undergone the same practices (P < .05). The authors found a stronger relationship between similar preventive practices than dissimilar ones; for example, patients of physicians who did and physicians who did not receive the flu vaccine had identical mammography rates.

    In their conclusion, the authors state, "Our findings suggest that there is room for improvement in some physicians' preventive practices (particularly around screening and vaccination) and that improving the health of physicians could improve outcomes for their patients as well. We believe that programs for physician health promotion should be developed and studied to determine how best to actively encourage the healthy doctor–healthy patient association."

    Physical therapists who set healthy examples for their patients are featured in the March 2013 issue of PT in Motion—read about them in "Endurance Tested."

    Anderson Joins Foundation Board of Trustees

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy has appointed Stephen Anderson, PT, DPT, to its Board of Trustees. Anderson is CEO of Therapeutic Associates Inc and a past president of the APTA Private Practice Section, serving from 2002 to 2008. He was honored in 2010 with the section's prestigious Robert G. Dicus Service Award and in 2005 with the APTA Federal Legislative Leadership Award for his grassroots advocacy and a passion for educating legislators about issues important to the physical therapy profession.

    "Steve has been a longtime supporter of the foundation's work, both personally and professionally," said Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT. "Each of our trustees provides critical expertise in guiding the foundation. We welcome Steve as an experienced leader with a passion for the profession. He will be a tremendous asset."