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What's makes a state a desirable place to practice physical therapy?

The answer of course depends in part on what you value. How important is salary? Quality of life? Future job prospects? Regulatory restraints? Demographic characteristics (such as age and health) of the state's residents? And so on.

Many rankings of "best states," in fields ranging from health care to retirement, use some combination of these factors. PT in Motion's analysis uses dozens of data sources to build on 8 criteria:

  • Well-being and future livability
  • Literacy and health literacy
  • Employment and employment prospects
  • Business and practice friendliness
  • Technology and innovation
  • Physical therapist (PT), physical therapist assistant (PTA), and student engagement with APTA
  • Compensation and cost of living
  • Health and financial disparities

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  5. National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences. http://nces.ed.gov/naal/. Accessed August 17, 2017.
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  7. File T, Ryan C. Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013. US Department of Commerce. United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/history/pdf/2013computeruse.pdf. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  8. 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. US Census Bureau. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_15_5YR_S1501. Accessed July 2, 2017.
  9. 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. US Census Bureau. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_15_5YR_S1501. Accessed July 2, 2017.
  10. National Health Literacy Mapping to Inform Health Care Policy (2014). Health Literacy Data Map. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2014. http://healthliteracymap.unc.edu/#. Accessed August 17, 2017.
  11. Puente L. 2016 Thumbtack.com small business friendliness survey: Methodology & Analysis. 2016. https://www.thumbtack.com/survey#/2016/1/states. Accessed August 15, 2017.
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  13. Levels of Patient Access to Physical Therapist Services in the States. American Physical Therapy Association. May 2016. http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/Advocacy/State/Issues/Direct_Access/DirectAccessbyState.pdf. Accessed August 1, 2018.
  14. Multistate practice privileges to become a reality in 3 states. PT in Motion News. June 22, 2018. http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2018/06/22/LicensureCompactStart/?_zs=RWPfV1&_zl=SEiv4. Accessed August 1, 2018.
  15. State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies. The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, Center for Connected Health Policy. February 2015. http://cchpca.org/state-telehealth-laws-and-reimbursement-policies-report. Accessed August 17, 2015.
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  17. Percent of All Eligible and Critical Access Hospitals that have Demonstrated Meaningful Use of Certified Health IT. CMS EHR Incentive Program data. April 2015. http://dashboard.healthit.gov/index.php. Accessed August 17, 2015.
  18. Klowden K, Keough K, Barrett J. 2014 State Technology and Science Index. The Milken Institute. 2014. http://statetechandscience.org/state-tech-and-science-report-2014.pdf. Accessed August 17, 2015.
  19. 2017 PT/PTA Market Share by State. http://www.apta.org/MembershipDevelopment/Statistics/. Accessed August 1, 2018.
  20. Occupational Employment Statistics. Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017. SOC code 291123 Physical Therapists. Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm. Accessed July 29, 2018.
  21. Cost of Living Data Series 2018. Missouri Economic Research and Information Center. https://www.missourieconomy.org/indicators/cost_of_living/. Accessed July 29, 2018.
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