Autonomy — is the ability of a reflective practitioner to make independent judgments; open to initiate, terminate, or alter physical therapy intervention. It means the responsibility of the professional to manage his/her practice independently and to act according to the rules of ethics and the code of professional conduct within a framework of health legislation. Professional autonomy is usually stated in the law, regulation, directives or rules governing the scope of practice. [1]


American Physical Therapy Association. Normative Model of Physical Therapist Professional Education. Washington DC, USA: APTA; 2004. (Access date 10th March 2017)

World Confederation for Physical Therapy. Policy statement: Autonomy. London, UK: WCPT; 2011. (Access date 10th March 2017)