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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(2), 392; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15020392

Preparing Physical and Occupational Therapists to Be Health Promotion Practitioners: A Call for Action

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Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1716 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
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UAB Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1716 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
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Received: 5 December 2017 / Revised: 17 February 2018 / Accepted: 20 February 2018 / Published: 24 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Promotion Interventions for People with Disabilities)
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Experts around the world support the integration of health promotion and wellness (HPW) services into traditional health care services. If successfully executed, the addition of HPW services would reduce rates of death and disability and significantly reduce health care costs. While all health care providers should be engaged in providing HPW services, many believe that physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs) are uniquely positioned to provide these services. However, research suggests that clinicians in both fields may fall short in doing so. Likewise, research indicates that entry-level educational programs inadequately prepare PT and OT students to be HPW practitioners. The overall purpose of this paper is to provide recommendations to educators for preparing PT and OT students and clinicians to better meet the HPW needs of the clients and patients they serve. View Full-Text
Keywords: health promotion; wellness; education; physical therapy; occupational therapy health promotion; wellness; education; physical therapy; occupational therapy
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Morris, D.M.; Jenkins, G.R. Preparing Physical and Occupational Therapists to Be Health Promotion Practitioners: A Call for Action. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 392.

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