THE SPOTLIGHT: Dignity For Physios- Prefix"Dr." Suffix "Pt" - DR. KETAN BHATIKAR

Physiotherapists are a part of the health care team that includes physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and other ancillary services. Every day thousands of patients in India and across the globe receive the services of a physiotherapist for some or the other health problem. The variety of patients treated by a therapist may vary in age from a new born to the elderly across different social strata. Most clinical settings where physios provide care predominantly include hospitals, OPDs, nursing homes, private clinics, gymnasiums and fitness centers, old age homes, schools, sports centers and sports grounds & home health.

Despite clearly mentioned roles and responsibilities of a physiotherapist by reputed world bodies like WHO or by state councils like that of Delhi or Maharashtra in India, several misconceptions prevail about their role in the health care delivery system. Whether they can use the title “Dr” before their name, whether they can do autonomous practice and have direct access to patients, why are they called “paramedical” or “technicians” even though they are not…are some of the pertinent questions that evokes different response in different people.

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