Policy statement: Direct access and patient/client self-referral to physiotherapy
World Physiotherapy advocates that to and / will allow service users to meet their physiotherapy . Physiotherapy professional entry-level education prepares physiotherapists to be primary contact autonomous practitioners, able to examine/assess, evaluate, diagnose, intervene/treat, determine outcomes and discharge patients/clients without referral from another professional (eg medical practitioner) or other third party. Further, World Physiotherapy advocates for service developments and delivery models that allow patients/clients improved access to physiotherapy services through the ability to refer themselves directly to a physiotherapist.
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