Three polls conducted by WCPT have revealed that an overwhelming concern physical therapists globally is the need for their profession's value to be better recognised.
The results are in for the first three polls conducted as part of the WCPT Look Forward Together consultation, asking about opportunities and challenges for the profession and areas of work that WCPT might prioritise. Nearly 3,000 physical therapists and representatives of WCPT member organisations around the world responded to the three questionnaires.
Although the area of direct access featured strongly as an opportunity for the profession, lack of esteem and autonomy for the profession, and the need to improve understanding, were the most prominent themes.
WCPT has further explored these issues and others further in a more detailed survey of member organisations, subgroups and individual physical therapists. The results of all the polls and surveys are informing the WCPT Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2021, which is currently being compiled by the WCPT Executive Board.
The first poll asked about the biggest opportunities for the profession, and the five top answers were:
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:
The third poll asked physical therapists which areas they would most like to see as WCPT work streams. The top five responses were: