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A PTA's concern about an aspect of the care plan is dismissed.

The physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) work together as a team, under the direction and supervision of the PT, to provide optimal, evidence-based care to patients and clients. But what happens when a team member's input is discounted, to the potential detriment of the patient?

Blistering Response

Tony recently started working at Larchmont Physical Therapy, a small PT-owned practice. He'd begun his PTA career with 3 years at a similar-sized clinic across town, where he'd very much enjoyed the collaborative PT−PTA team atmosphere. Tony was flattered, however, when Brittany, Larchmont's owner, approached him—saying she'd heard "good things"—and offered him a significant pay increase to work for her.

While Tony occasionally works with 1 of Larchmont's 2 other PTs, he mostly works with Brittany. The two quickly establish a good rapport. Tony is certain that he made the right decision in changing jobs.

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