The information age has made visible a number of debates visible — including the one concerning whether physical therapists (PT) should call themselves that or something else. This debate is about more than rhetoric, it’s about ensuring patients can get the care they need. A standardized name would fall in line with APTA’s 2020 decree that there also be standardization of PT curricula.
- importance of uniformity among how physical therapists refer to themselves branding impacts public’s perception of physical therapy and correct branding and uniformity can aid in helping more of the public
- every licensed therapist, regardless of degree level, is qualified to provide therapy treatment argument of whether or not all PTs should be grandfathered in as DPTs needs to be looked at from all sides
- the main takeaway and goal of the shift in branding and coming to a consensus of uniformity should be to deliver what the patients want in a more effective way
“Each and every therapist—official designation aside—should strive to deliver uniformity in professionalism, service, empathy, and compassion, regardless of setting, specialty, or degree level.”