One of the main points of the APTA’s Vision 2020 (which is now being revamped!) is autonomous practice which means having Physical Therapists be seen by the general public as the ‘practitioners of choice’. With the title of doctor, we are able to refer out to other healthcare providers as well as refer out for diagnostic tests. However, is that enough to be considered a primary care provider? What are some of the obstacles in our way to get to that point?
How great would it be if we could get to the point where once a year (or even more!) a patient comes in just for a check up regarding any muscle or movement deficiencies! Or better yet, we never had to discharge a patient, but instead could tell them we would like to see them in a few weeks.
You can read more about the APTA’s definition of autonomous practice here.
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