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Our Profession Should Be Community-Minded—and Community-Invested

A few years ago, my husband's father, who was a sociologist at the University of Wisconsin and an advocate for his ill father, shared something he found surprising about physical therapists (PTs). He watched as his father received care from a PT, and then watched as his father's episode of care ended—and that was it.

He asked me, "Why don't PTs follow their patients once they stop caring for them?"

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1 Huber GM, Bitzer G, Corazzi C, et al. Access to physical therapy in a medically underserved, urban community. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2019;30(2):768-788.

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