International Society for Electrophysical Agents in Physical Therapy (ISEAPT)

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About the subgroup

ISEAPT is an international physiotherapy organisation with specific interest in the area of Electrophysical Agents (EPA).

The International Society for Electrophysical Agents in Physical Therapy (ISEAPT) was officially founded on 8 February 2009 at its inaugural congress in Las Vegas, USA, and admitted as a Subgroup at the 17th General Meeting of WCPT in Amsterdam, June 2011.

The general consensus was that in order for EPA to remain relevant in today’s evidence-based practice environment, major changes are needed in the way we practice, in how we teach present and future users of EPA, and in the way we approach the evidence to justify its continued usage. There was also general consensus amongst those present that going about this in isolation may not be the best way to move EPA forwards. Discussions during the meetings focused on the need to form an International EPA Society, and also on exploring and proposing various models for bringing about these changes.

Objectives

The objectives of the society are to:

  • be recognised as a subgroup in accordance with the World Physiotherapy Articles of Association
  • encourage high standards of physiotherapy education and practice in particular those of relevance to the Society by promoting (but not limited to) the potential benefits, contributions and limitations of EPAs in the evaluation, treatment and prevention of impairments and functional limitations
  • to advocate the adoption of a common terminology and encourage communication and exchange of information including electronic, print and personal exchanges and organisation of international EPA conferences/congresses for physiotherapists and other users of EPA
  • encourage scientific research (clinical, non-clinical) and advocate clinical practice guidelines, educational curriculum guidelines and safety standards consistent with the promotion of evidence based physiotherapy practice in areas relevant to EPA
  • encourage the development of national organisations of physiotherapists that share the objectives of the Society, and to coordinate, liaise and cooperate with other clinical interest groups within World Physiotherapy and other external organisations.
  • support World Physiotherapy in representing physiotherapy internationally in all matters related to the practice, education and research of EPA
  • engage in all necessary activities to further the best interests of World Physiotherapy

Year subgroup recognised

2011

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