The Role of Physical Therapists in Wound Management: An Update
The purpose of this report is to educate patients, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, payors and coders, legislators, and the general community regarding the very important role physical therapists have in the area of wound management. While entry-level physical therapists receive a good foundation for practicing in the area of wound management, many therapists spend hundreds of hours in mentored on-the-job clinical training, self-study, and post-graduate professional continuing education in order to advance their wound management knowledge and skill. Many physical therapists achieve board certified specialization in the area of wound management as a mechanism of documenting their high level of training.
Recommendations from the Task Force on Wound and Integumentary Functional Limitations (WIFL):
The WIFL Task Force used the rating tool provided by the APTA’s Evaluation Database to Guide Effectiveness (EDGE) workgroup to assess the following tests as they relate to wound management. According to this tool: ? a score of “4” = “highly recommended; the outcome measure has excellent psychometric properties and clinical utility” ? a score of “3” = “recommended; the outcome measure has good psychometric properties and good clinical utility”