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Imaging with ultrasound in physical therapy: What is the PT's scope of practice? A competency-based educational model and training recommendations

Imaging with ultrasound in physical therapy: What is the PT's scope of practice? A competency-based educational model and training recommendations
Imaging with ultrasound in physical therapy: What is the PT's scope of practice? A competency-based educational model and training recommendations

Physical therapists employ ultrasound (US) imaging technology for a broad range of clinical and research purposes. Despite this, few physical therapy regulatory bodies guide the use of US imaging, and there are limited continuing education opportunities for physical therapists to become proficient in using US within their professional scope of practice. Here, we (i) outline the current status of US use by physical therapists; (ii) define and describe four broad categories of physical therapy US applications (ie, rehabilitation, diagnostic, intervention and research US); (iii) discuss how US use relates to the scope of high value physical therapy practice and (iv) propose a broad framework for a competency-based education model for training physical therapists in US. This paper only discusses US imaging - not 'therapeutic' US. Thus, 'imaging' is implicit anywhere the term 'ultrasound' is used.

curriculum, education, professional issues, rehabilitation, sonography
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Whittaker, Jackie L., Ellis, Richard, Hodges, Paul William, Osullivan, Cliona, Hides, Julie, Fernandez-Carnero, Samuel, Arias-Buria, Jose Luis, Teyhen, Deydre S. and Stokes, Maria J. (2019) Imaging with ultrasound in physical therapy: What is the PT's scope of practice? A competency-based educational model and training recommendations. British journal of sports medicine, 1-7. (doi:10.1136/bjsports-2018-100193).

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Physical therapists employ ultrasound (US) imaging technology for a broad range of clinical and research purposes. Despite this, few physical therapy regulatory bodies guide the use of US imaging, and there are limited continuing education opportunities for physical therapists to become proficient in using US within their professional scope of practice. Here, we (i) outline the current status of US use by physical therapists; (ii) define and describe four broad categories of physical therapy US applications (ie, rehabilitation, diagnostic, intervention and research US); (iii) discuss how US use relates to the scope of high value physical therapy practice and (iv) propose a broad framework for a competency-based education model for training physical therapists in US. This paper only discusses US imaging - not 'therapeutic' US. Thus, 'imaging' is implicit anywhere the term 'ultrasound' is used.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 March 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 April 2019
Keywords: curriculum, education, professional issues, rehabilitation, sonography

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Local EPrints ID: 431026
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/431026
ISSN: 0306-3674
PURE UUID: eac18165-1346-4ed3-84f4-57edf0b6b382
ORCID for Maria J. Stokes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4204-0890

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Date deposited: 22 May 2019 16:30
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:02

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