WCPT Look Forward Together: now we want you to tell us about priorities for action

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy today launches the third online poll in its WCPT Look Forward Together consultation – and it wants to hear your opinion on what the priorities should be for the Confederation over the next four years.

The first two polls in the consultation have now closed, and the answers you gave have provided a picture of the issues that the global physical therapy community views as priorities for the profession. The third poll now asks the question: which of those issues would you most like WCPT to focus on?
The third poll features just one main question and includes translations into French and Spanish. It will take five minutes and you can complete it at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NG8TJZR
Results from the first two polls indicate a wide spread of opinion in the global physical therapy community.
The first poll asked about the biggest opportunities for the profession, and the five top answers were:
  1. direct access/self-referral 
  2. research demonstrating the benefits of PT across the lifespan
  3. increasing recognition of the value of PT for ageing populations
  4. increased emphasis on interprofessional collaborative practice
  5. the expanding role of PT in the community.
In the second poll, about the main challenges facing the profession, the main concerns emerging were lack of status and recognition of the profession. The top five challenges were: 
  1. pay and working conditions 
  2. profession not held in high esteem by others 
  3. the need to improve understanding about the value of physical therapy
  4. lack of professional autonomy
  5. encroachment on the role of PTs by others.
The poll results will be further broken down and analysed before being used to inform WCPT’s new strategic plan for the years 2016-2021. More detailed results will be published at a later date.