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.
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