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.
Mar 18, 2019 / Review
Dec 1, 2018 / Feature
Sep 9, 2018 / Perspective
Additional Primary Care Content
Jan 5, 2021 / Review
A global study of disease burden finds a glaring need for rehab in primary care.
Jan 10, 2020 / Perspective
I'm a PT at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and I love my job.
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.
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.
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.
Jun 21, 2017 / Report
Review this APTA-led investigation into the PT's role in primary care settings.