From dictator to facilitator — reframing the role of therapists in patient care

Lauren Finestone

We’ve been discussing the role of physiotherapy in self-management for decades – how much progress have we made?

In his 1999 letter to the editor, David Poulter responded to an editorial by Richard P. Di Fabio (physical therapist and the editor-in-chief of the journal). Both agree that patients should be responsible for their own care. They agreed it’s important to monitor patients' actual performance of home exercise programs so that we can assess the true cause and effect of a treatment outcome.  But Poulter suggests that the difference betwee...

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