Portrait of the physiotherapy profession

J Interprof Care. 2001 Feb;15(1):79-89. doi: 10.1080/13561820020022891.


As a profession integral to health promotion, prevention, acute care and rehabilitation physiotherapy plays an essential role in the health care system. This paper explores the nature of physiotherapy, the role of physiotherapy in health care, the practice of physiotherapy internationally, the education of physiotherapists, the regulation of physiotherapy practice and the maintenance of practice standards.

MeSH terms

  • Allied Health Occupations
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Physical Therapy Specialty* / education
  • Physical Therapy Specialty* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Physical Therapy Specialty* / standards
  • Professional Practice / standards