Title

Physical Therapy as Primary Health Care: Public Perceptions

ISBN or ISSN

0090-7421

Volume

30

Issue

1

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-2001

First Page

35

Last Page

38

Abstract

This study investigated the public's knowledge of direct access and the role of physical therapists, and whether the public would consider using a physical therapist for primary care. Persons living in South Florida were selected at random by dialing telephone numbers. Using three-digit telephone number prefixes, four-digit suffixes were generated by rolling dice. When consent was obtained, the respondents' answers were recorded on a self-generated questionnaire. No knowledge of direct access was reported by 67.3% of the sample. Additionally, 57.4% of the sample had never been to a physical therapist. A substantial number of respondents (73.4%) stated that they would go directly to a physical therapist. Thus, the public poorly understands direct access and the role of the physical therapist. The members of the public might use physical therapists as primary care practitioners if they were aware of this option.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Health Services Accessibility, Physical Therapy Modalities, Primary Health Care, Quality of Health Care

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