An international collaboration among the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) recently brought together thought leaders in physical therapy and policymakers from in Washington, to share their knowledge about access and practice issues facing the physical therapy profession.

The goal of the International Policy Summit on Direct Access and Advanced Scope of Practice in Physical Therapy was to advance the practice of physical therapy by exploring the status of different nations and the emerging policies on direct access, says a statement from the APTA, Alexandria, Va.

The summit featured presentations on practical implementation of advanced or emerging scope of practice from the perspective of practitioners, patients, member organizations, education providers and institutes, and regulatory bodies. Policy and leadership development as critical components of advocacy and advancement for the physical therapy profession were also discussed.

[Source: APTA]