Direct Access at the State Level

In many jurisdictions, the practice of physical therapy is contingent upon the prescription or referral of a physician. This requirement does not recognize the professional training and expertise of the licensed physical therapist, nor does it serve the needs of those patients who require physical therapy but must first be seen by a physician.

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Studies in Support of Direct Access

  • Direct Access to PT Services

    Resource listing for various studies (RefShare)

  • Health Services Research

    A comparison of health care use for physician-referred and self-referred episodes of outpatient physical therapy

  • Mitchell Study

    A comparison of resource use and cost in direct access versus physician referral episodes of physical therapy

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