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PTs are qualified to serve in primary care roles, but there are policy barriers.

Physical therapists practicing in primary care modes can offer countless examples of its efficacy for patients.

PTs have been actively involved in primary care roles in the military for decades.

Primary care presents a huge opportunity for PTs and the health system to produce better outcomes, ensure optimal utilization of resources, and decrease costs.

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APTA Impact: DOD Told to Consider Expanding the PT's Primary Care Role

Dec 20, 2022 / News

An APTA-backed House committee directive says the Department of Defense could save money and increase readiness with PTs.

Transitioning Pediatric Patients to Adult Services

Apr 1, 2022 / Article

Preparing a pediatric patient who will need ongoing physical therapy into adulthood may require years of planning.

Researchers: 1 in 3 People Worldwide Had a Condition That Rehab Could've Helped

Jan 5, 2021 / Review

A global study of disease burden finds a glaring need for rehab in primary care.

5 Reasons Why I Love Working in a Military Health System

Jan 9, 2020 / Perspective

I'm a PT at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and I love my job.

Military System Study: PTs in Primary Care Provide Safe Treatment and Are L...

Aug 12, 2019 / Review

A study of military health care adds to the evidence that including PTs as primary care providers is working, both in terms of patient safety and reduced health care utilization.

Physical Therapists As Primary Care And Entry-Point Providers

Aug 30, 2018 / Policies & Bylaws

House position: Physical therapists make unique contributions as individuals or members of primary care teams and are entry-point providers into the health care system. Physical therapists provide a broad range of services to optimize movement, including screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, coordination of care, prevention, wellness and fitness, and, when indicated, referral to other providers.

News From NEXT: Now Is the Time for PTs in Primary Care

Jun 30, 2017 / News

PTs "are in the perfect position to be involved in primary care," according to John Heick, PT, DPT, PhD, but to make the most of the opportunity, PTs need to understand the current primary care landscape and its potential for the future.

Exploring Roles of Physical Therapists on Primary Care Teams

Jun 21, 2017 / Report

Review this APTA-led investigation into the PT's role in primary care settings.