"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Is your physical therapy 'cookie cutter'?

I appears that a 'cookie cutter' approach to therapy services is not a unique problem to physical therapists.

This post by Kori E. Carson Dean, Ed.S states the problem of the 'one-size-fits-all' approach to therapy services as it applies to special education.

Apparently, Occuptional Therapy (OT) and special education services have 'rules, laws practices' that adhere to the philosophy of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

These professionals also seem to approach professional autonomy in the same way that physical therapists approach the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT):
"The therapist is correct that a (medical) doctor cannot dictate the amount of service time the therapist is required to provide."
Since much of current physical therapy research is focusing on the question of classification and treatment group assignment I am inclined to ask:
"At what point do standardized 'treatment groups' become a 'cookie-cutter' approach?"

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