With the rise of direct access in recent years, patients are now able to see their physical therapist without a physician referral. This game changer for physical therapists puts increased pressure on their differential diagnosis ability, but also allows the opportunity to get the patient care in the more acute phase of injury.
With the several factors affecting direct access, what does the research tell us about how the patient is affected? Do patients seem to get better more quickly? Do they require more or less physical therapy visits? How many patients end up getting referred to another discipline?
This weeks article is a systematic review to help us better understand the how direct access changes the patient experience and pathway to recovery, Join us as we review and discuss this weeks topic!