Cultural competence in physical therapy isn't a destination; it's a journey that never stops.
Cultural competence is the combination of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that help a system, agency, or professional to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
It's a key concept in the physical therapy profession, rooted in our values that celebrate the individual and the importance of all people having the opportunity to live to their fullest potential.
Concepts of cultural competence and diversity are woven into some the profession's most important resources, including the code of ethics for the physical therapist, the standards of ethical conduct for the physical therapist assistant, and APTA's vision statement for the physical therapy profession.
Jan 15, 2020 / Open Access
Oct 01, 2019 / Feature
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Jun 02, 2020
Evidence shows racial and ethnic disparities exist across a range of illnesses and health care services.
May 19, 2020
We are striving to improve DEI in our profession and association.
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Oct 16, 2019 / Perspective
I don’t need you to know everything about the LGBTQIA+ community. I just need you to know enough to be respectful and aware.
Sep 20, 2019 / Policies & Bylaws
House position: The American Physical Therapy Association supports cultural competence as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Aug 19, 2019 / Perspective
It may sound dramatic to some, but this personal evolution has been genuinely liberating.
May 01, 2019 / Column
Creating a clinic that literally speaks its patients' language.
Apr 01, 2019 / Column
A student spreads a message of inclusion.
Oct 10, 2018 / Interview
Here's how PTs and PTAs can incorporate social determinants of health into their care.
Jul 12, 2018 / Perspective
Jun 01, 2018 / Feature
As the patient population becomes more diverse, are physical therapy providers keeping up? Who are today's PTs and PTAs? Who will they be tomorrow?
Nov 01, 2017 / Feature
Their numbers in the United States are higher than you might think. Here's what to look for and how best to meet their needs.
Aug 17, 2017 / Article
It’s made up, yet it’s very real.