Caring is a professional calling for physical therapists. Providing physical therapy services and supporting organizations that provide services to those without access to care for financial reasons, from a lack of availability of services, or in the event of a disaster are a moral and ethical obligation of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants and for the well-being of society.
APTA's Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Standards for Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant specify that APTA members provide pro bono physical therapy services and/or support organizations that meet the health needs of people who are economically disadvantaged, uninsured, or underinsured.
These resources are provided to guide APTA members in providing or supporting pro bono physical therapy services. This Web page includes information on networking with colleagues, legal and operational considerations, suggestions for involvement, suggested readings and resources, and information on current issues and needs.
How to Find Funding for Volunteer Missions
Many PTs are eager to help when disaster strikes, but they're concerned they can't afford to volunteer. The PTs in this article—many of whom used to think that, as well—tell you how they've done it. (PT in Motion, May 2012)
The Role of Physical Therapists in Disaster Relief
PTs have provided critical care to Haitians since the January 2010 earthquake, but they also provided assistance in a range of other disasters. What lessons have been learned? (PT in Motion, May 2011)
The Rewards of Service: PTs Who Volunteer
As daily news reports detail global violence and suffering, PTs are volunteering worldwide to improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of men, women, and children. At the same time, all PTs and the profession benefit. (PT Magazine, May 2002)