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The Praxis of Physical Therapy

Smith, James M.

Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy : July 2019 - Volume 10 - Issue 3 - p 77–84
doi: 10.1097/JAT.0000000000000109
Acute Care Lecture
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In neurorehabilitation, praxis embodies establishing a goal, planning, taking action, analyzing the impact of the action, revising the plan, and reacting accordingly until the desired outcome is achieved. That is an apt metaphor for physical therapy, whether planning a single intervention for a patient, establishing a plan of care, or managing the trajectory of a career.

Through reflections on goals, plans, and actions, this lecture presents challenges to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to achieve praxis when providing rehabilitation and wellness services. Through reflections on the needs of patients and clients, this lecture proposes the value of the unique identity and services that are acute care physical therapy. Central to these themes, this lecture provides the challenge to embrace the honor that comes with being an acute care physical therapist and a physical therapist assistant.

James M. Smith, PT, DPT, MA Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Rd, Utica, NY 13502 (USA). jsmith@utica.edu.

The Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy's Lecture Award was presented on January 24, 2019. This is the article for that lecture.

The author has no conflict of interest and no source of funding to declare.

© 2019 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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