Primary care physical therapy practice models

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2005 Nov;35(11):699-707. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2005.35.11.699.


The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief background on the concept of primary care physical therapy, describe 3 existing models of primary care physical therapy, explore their similarities and differences, and discuss the potential implications and opportunities for the profession. The programs at US Army medical facilities, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System are presented by the author affiliated with each respective program.

MeSH terms

  • Health Maintenance Organizations / organization & administration
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff Privileges
  • Military Medicine
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / therapy
  • Physical Therapy Specialty* / education
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Professional Role*
  • United States
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs