Denmark: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Association of Danish Physiotherapists and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For questions or feedback please contact countryprofile@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2017

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Summary report for Denmark
Professional title
English title:
Physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
National language titles:
  • Professionsbachelor i fysioterapi or fysioterapeut  (Protected by law)
  • Fysioterapeuter  (Protected by law)
  • Professionsbachelor i fysioterapi  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
11,268    (Excluding assistants, students, retired and other)
Female%
Not available
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
11,385    (Authoritative*)
Female%:
Not available
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
No
Note: *this data has come from a registration authority, a government source or statistical agency.
Publications
Journals:
None
Special interest groups recognised by Denmark
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Aquatics
  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Older people
  • Oncology/palliative care
  • Pain (includes pain management, pain research)
  • Paediatrics
  • Private practitioners
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
No
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
10
Starting education level (minimum):
Upper secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
3.5 years
 
Other entry level programmes
No
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Masters degree,  Research doctorate
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Denmark
Recognised specialisation:
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Older people
  • Oncology/palliative care
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
Standards of practice:
Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
Code of conduct:
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
Limitations:
No
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Act as first contact/autonomous practitioners
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Make a diagnosis
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
Yes
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
Yes
Will this be reimbursed:
In part
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
No
Limitations:
No
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
Yes
CPD* required for re-registration:
No
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
One must apply for authorization by the Danish Board of Health on the basis of entry level education in order to practice in Denmark. https://stps.dk/en/sundhedsprofessionelle-og-myndigheder/autorisation,-anerkendelser-og-selvstaendigt-virke
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2013  2015