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|What's Physical Therapy?|
|Domenica 14 Febbraio 2010 22:18|
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DESCRIPTION OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
Why a Description?
The existence of WCPT (World Confederation for Physical Therapy) demonstrates the international dimension of Physical Therapy practice. The variety of its Member Organisations illustrates the diversity of needs and contexts of health care delivery throughout the Confederation.
In response to a motion at the 13Â° General Meeting to develop a description of physical therapy, WCPT initiated a consultative exercise with the intention of providing a foundation on which Member Organisations in different parts of the world could build a description of physical therapy relevant to their needs.
WCPT is committed to supporting Member Organisations - not stereotyping them. It is in this spirit that this description of physical therapy has been drawn up in response to the expressed need of members. It is intended as a Position Statement rather than a Declaration of Principle and is therefore open to be adopted fully, in part or further evidence upon which future practice will build. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our understanding of human movement which is central to the skills and knowledge of the physical therapist. Clearly the uniqueness of the contribution which physical therapy can make to health care in the next millenium remains to be fully defined. This statement is presented as the basis upon which subsequent reviews of the description will continue to be conducted in response to the development of knowledge in physical therapy and the profession's response to changing health needs of society.
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The professional title and term used to describe the profession's practice vary and depend largely on the historical roots of the profession in the country of the WCPT Member Organisation.
The most generally used titles and terms are "physical therapist" or "physiotherapist" and "physical therapy" or "physiotherapy": Physical therapist and physical therapy are used in this document but be replaced by WCPT Member Organisation in favour of those terms officially used by them and their members without any change in the meaning of the document.
|Ultimo aggiornamento Mercoledì 03 Marzo 2010 13:29|