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International Policy Summit on Direct Access and Advanced Scope of Practice in Physical Therapy

NEWS RELEASE: INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT REACHES AGREEMENT: PATIENT SELF-REFFERAL TO PHYSICAL THERAPY IMPROVES PUBLIC HEALTH

American Physical Therapy Association President R. Scott Ward, PT, stated, "This weekend we heard evidence from around the world that clearly demonstrates that direct patient access to physical therapists is appropriate for all Americans. The findings of this conference confirm that the legislation allowing patients to access physical therapists without a referral -- legislation that currently exists in 44 states -- is worth pursuing in all states and at the federal level."

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NEWS RELEASE: INTERNATIONAL POLICY SUMMIT REACHES CONSENSUS: PATIENT SELF-REFERRAL TO PHYSIOTHERAPY IMPROVES PUBLIC HEALTH

October 26, 2009 Today in Washington, DC, physiotherapists from around the world heard that direct patient access and self-referral to physiotherapy improves public health. Patient self-referral and direct access is proven to be safe, and results in better health outcomes, more timely care, higher patient satisfaction, and lower costs.

Leaders from 18 countries attending the International Policy Summit on Direct Access and Advanced Scope of Practice in Physical Therapy endorsed the results of research that clearly demonstrate that patient self-referral to physiotherapy is best for all health systems, whether public or private. Direct access and self-referral allows patients to access physiotherapy as their first choice for rehabilitation. A physician referral is not required.

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The International Policy Summit on Direct Access and Advanced Scope of Practice in Physical Therapy, hosted by the:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)
  • World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)

Support from Physical Therapy Association Leaders

This new event will be taking place in Washington, D.C. from 22-24 October 2009. Accommodations/housing are available at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Click here to learn more.

The objective of the summit is to share international experiences in developing and implementing policy in these areas. A combination of high profile presenters, posters, discussion sessions, and a working group will help address key questions involving direct access and advanced scope of practice.

This will be an excellent opportunity for WCPT member organizations and individual physical therapists to focus on a key area of practice and policy and to work strategically. To download our brochure about this exciting Summit, click here.

Registration is now available.

Call for Posters for the International Summit

Please click here to view more information about our call for posters. If you have any questions, please send email correspondence to info@ directaccesssummit.com
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