The physical therapy profession has always required a special kind of person--one who's unafraid of change, attuned to context and relationships, and eager to know and do more.
As the health care system and consumer expectations continue to evolve, it's crucial that physical therapists apply those qualities in adapting to changes that seem to be coming faster and faster. For the individual PT, keeping pace with these changes—from new rules to new opportunities—can be a challenge on its own.
With that in mind, APTA is presenting a 4-part series that will explore what it means to be a professional, enterprising, knowledgeable, and inspirational physical therapist in the current health care landscape.
The series helps you catch up on some of the transformations happening within the profession, and highlights important themes and resources you might have been too busy to notice.
Being a professional is more than having a degree and a license. Chapter 1 of the Transformation series explores how PTs can be more engaged with the profession in ways that help them now and into the future. It's all about staying connected on multiple fronts, and this chapter offers simple ideas for making those connections strong. Read Chapter 1.
It's what you know—and what you do. PTs are constantly challenged to apply their skills in new ways to meet new demands. Tackling this challenge takes creativity and vision, and Chapter 2 of the Transformation series focuses on the ways the profession is engaging with a changing health care environment—new models of care, new approaches to diversifying practice, new technology applications, and more. Read Chapter 2.
PTs must stay knowledgeable—not only to keep up with the constantly growing evidence supporting practice and patient care, but to be well-versed in the broader policy environment, and to have an understanding of how physical therapy can affect society generally, far beyond the walls of the clinic. Chapter 3 of the Transformation series identifies some trends and tools that PTs need to be aware of to stay on top of fast-moving developments, from the creation of clinical practice guidelines to new ideas for data collection, and from the latest in health policy research to new ways of building an expanded and informed patient base. Read Chapter 3.
Physical therapy changes lives, and changed lives can transform whole societies. Chapter 4 of the Transformation series looks at how physical therapy and individual PTs inspire not just their patients and clients, but peers, other health care professionals, and the general public. We look at the good things that PTs do every day, and the ways their commitment to the profession fuels positive change that can resonate well beyond individual practice. Read Chapter 4.