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Recent reports of labor statistics and workforce data show big growth in the physical therapy profession, and there has been an explosion of physical therapist professional education programs. This growing supply of physical therapists seems likely to result in an imbalance. It's a complicated dilemma with dimensions that include market forces and health disparities. Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, teases out the "perils and implications" with co-authors Susan Deusinger, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Merrill Landers, PT, DPT, PhD, who believe that a profession-wide strategic approach could result in a win-win for physical therapists and the patients they serve.

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Alan M. Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is editor-in-chief of PTJ: Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal.

Susan Deusinger, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is faculty emerita, Program in Physical Therapy, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Merrill Landers, PT, DPT, PhD, is chair, professor, and Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation research professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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