Skip to main content

Expanding patient access to effective and affordable health care is an admirable goal, but successfully doing that requires 3 elements—that access be expanded, and that the health care be both effective and affordable. Consider the following scenario, in which affordability is provided under federal law, but the effectiveness of care is very much in question.

Negative Reinforcement

Gwen provides early intervention (EI) physical therapist services at Bright Start, a small multidisciplinary agency. Although she'd more or less stumbled into the job early in her career, she's now been a physical therapist (PT) at Bright Start for more than 20 years and can't imagine anything more rewarding than helping children younger than 3 years old who are experiencing or are at risk for developmental delays. She feels privileged to have played a role in improving the lives of many children—enhancing their immediate quality of life and working with families, caregivers, and her Bright Start colleagues to better ensure their long-term prospects.

Log in or create a free account to keep reading.


Join APTA to get unlimited access to content.


You Might Also Like...

Column

When Professional and Personal Life Intersect

May 1, 2022

On occasion, the lines blur and we may step outside of our professional scope with potential consequences.

Column

Professional Decision Making on the Line

Feb 1, 2022

Every practice setting has its challenges and special circumstances, but they all share professional expectations and responsibilities.

Article

Ethical Decision-Making in Physical Therapist Practice

Jan 1, 2022

Access considerations, guidelines, tools and resources to help you with general clinical decision-making in physical therapist practice.