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What is autonomous practice? As one of the elements of Vision 2020, au­tonomous practice is one whose mean­ing may not always be readily under­stood. The confusion can stem from the meaning of autonomy, which is sometimes misinterpreted to mean that the physical therapist (PT) practices in a vacuum, without coordinating and com­municating with other health care pro­viders. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, many PTs might be surprised to learn that they already prac­tice autonomously.


Permission to reprint is granted with the understanding that duplicated material carry a full citation: “Reprinted from Hardage, J., Hartley, G., Mattingly, H., Libera, J., Gravano, T., Camilo, S., Gerinotes, 2010, 17, 5-8, with permission of the Section on Geriatrics, APTA,”