To meet the goals and objectives of the Integrity in Practice Campaign, APTA has formed and continues to develop working relationships with like-minded stakeholders. These relationships include government and regulatory bodies, professional and trade associations who represent a portion of the physical therapy profession or other health care providers, and industry stakeholders, health systems, and other physical therapy group practices.
APTA has partnered with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation's Choosing Wisely® campaign to provide specific, evidence-based recommendations that encourage both patients and physical therapists to make wise decisions about the most appropriate care. APTA is one of the first 3 nonphysician groups to join more than 60 medical specialty societies that have produced a list of 5 things members of their profession and patients should discuss. APTA's list, released on September 15, 2014, and more information about these partnership efforts can be reviewed on the Choosing Wisely webpage.
APTA is working with the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to analyze the conditions facing therapists and to provide members and others with information to ensure appropriate care based on ethical and professional standards. Together AOTA, APTA, and ASHA have published a Consensus Statement on Clinical Judgment in Health Care Settings (.pdf).
To help patients understand what APTA’s Choosing Wisely® recommendations mean for them, APTA has partnered with Consumer Reports to create a free consumer-friendly summary in English and Spanish (coming soon). Consumer Reports already has reached more than 100 million consumers with Choosing Wisely information through its network of consumer communications partners.