Therapeutic Alliance: Start With Why

Do you strive on a daily basis to improve your therapeutic alliance with your patients?

Do you try to form stronger relationships with your patients, physician referral sources, and co-workers?

A hot topic in healthcare has been this idea of therapeutic alliance.  Research has mentioned this as being a key in our delivery of positive patient outcomes.  In 2010…

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The Scenery Never Changes Unless You Are The Lead Dog

Over the last 20 years I have been practicing in outpatient orthopedics as a physical therapist.  During those 20 years I have had many discussions with colleagues regarding our role as rehabilitation specialists in the medical model with many physical therapists expressing frustration with the model in which they practice.  The primary root of the frustration is the perception that…

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Space.  Movement.  Blood.

I can remember the day that I graduated from physical therapy school 20 years ago.  I was clear in my goals for my career.  I wanted to become an orthopedic manual therapist.  I figured I would be able to “fix” everything that came into the clinic, and all of my patients would be extremely satisfied.  Then that first day happened…

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Satisfied or Not Satisfied? That is the Question.

I have been working in outpatient orthopedics for just shy of 20 years.  Most of those years has been a combination of clinical care and operations within the outpatient physical therapy industry.  Years ago, I heard a statistic that has stuck with me for many years.  The statistic is as follows: The average outpatient physical therapist will leave outpatient clinical…

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