Physiotherapist Role As A Comprehensive Care Model

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As a future health professional it is vital to be aware of where one will fit into the multi-professional team within the health care system, what one has to offer as a health professional within the comprehensive care model of Primary Health Care and be reflective of the journey to your future career. Therefore, in the following essay, I will be focussing on a brief definition of comprehensive care and the role a physiotherapist plays in the model. I will also express the reflective thoughts and feelings of a practicing physiotherapist regarding these points as well as my personal reflections and experiences as a developing health professional. COMPREHENSIVE CARE In 1978, the World Health Organization finalised The Alma Alta Declaration…show more content…
Physiotherapy is the study of the movement and function of the human anatomy and the relationship between the persons’ health and wellbeing (Dhrs.uct.ac.za, 2015). A physiotherapist’s speciality is treating “individuals across the life-span who have illness, injury or disability affecting the neuro-musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, vascular, and neurological systems” (Ontario Physiotherapy Association, 2015:3). A physiotherapist’s main goal is for their patient to receive the highest level of independence by educating patients how to “prevent reoccurring injuries” that disrupt their daily routine (Ontario Physiotherapy Association, 2015:3). Physiotherapists would deal with “long term ailments” (Zweigenthal et al., 2009:235) that cannot simply be treated with the dosage of medication but with the dedication from both the physiotherapist and patient in the appointed interactive physical sessions, a treatment plan can be formulated to guarantee the most efficient road to…show more content…
According to Zweigenthal et al. (2009:238), rehabilitation is the type of care given to patients with long term complications where health professionals enhance human functioning or assist with patients whose daily tasks are limited due to their bodily or mental impairment. It is common to think that rehabilitation only focuses on the patient’s physical wellbeing but the other main aspect of rehabilitation is helping the patient adjust to their environment with their health related impairment. When deciding that physiotherapy was my choice of study, I wanted to experience a long term relationship with my patients that rehabilitation professions could offer. Physiotherapy is such a rewarding profession, as you share the patient’s journey to recovery through many follow up sessions. In the future I fear that I may struggle to draw that professional line and I will constantly remind myself not to get too comfortable with my patients. I don’t think that will be too much of a concern once I’m a practicing physiotherapist as Mrs X shared that she had a similar fear in first year. Mrs X reassured me that through the years of studying and gaining experience my emotions will mature and my fear will be less of a
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