Professionalism in Physical Therapy, History, Practice, and Development

Professionalism in Physical Therapy

History, Practice, and Development

By Laura Lee (Dolly) Swisher, PT, PhD, University of South Florida, College of Medicine, School of Physical Therapy, Tampa, FL, USA; and Catherine G. Page, PhD, PT, Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, School of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA


I. Historical Perspective and Professional Practice Issues
1. The Physical Therapist as Professional
2. The History of the Profession
3. Contemporary Practice Issues
II. The Five Roles of the Physical Therapist
4. Physical Therapist as Patient /Client Manager
5. Physical Therapist as Consultant
6. Physical Therapist as Critical Inquirer
7. Physical Therapist as Educator
8. Physical Therapist as Administrator
III. The Complex Environment of Health Care and Professional Development
9. The Organizational, Political, and Cultural Context of Professionalism in the U.S. Health Care System
10. Professional Development, Leadership, and Exemplary Practice
11. The Future