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Author Topic: IMPLICATIONS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY  (Read 3498 times)


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« on: September 17, 2014, 10:13:08 pm »
If physical therapists want to protect their domain of expertise and see themselves as required
to be the primary care givers in direct contact with those with disabilities, then they risk
mystifying rehabilitation and making it inaccessible to those most in need, especially in
developing countries. To ignore the view that those with disabilities are the “legitimate
and rightful arbiters in deciding what is best for their lives”, again does nothing to
support consensus building in providing appropriate and accessible health care services.
These valid perspectives pose challenges for the profession.
It would appear that institution or private based physical therapy is the preferred option for
the majority of physical therapists, usually associated with higher professional status.
In these circumstances, the emphasis is on professional skills and expertise lying with the
professional. This contrasts with the way in which community based physical therapists are
conferred with a lower status and a focus on transferring skills to empower other workers
and families. In addition, emphasis in urban centres is primarily on cure rather than
rehabilitation or maintenance, so the health gains and improvements achieved by the health
professionals are perceived to be greater