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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.


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House position: The American Physical Therapy Association supports cultural competence as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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It may sound dramatic to some, but this personal evolution has been genuinely liberating.

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Creating a clinic that literally speaks its patients' language.

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