From Idea Cults to Clinical Chameleons: Moving Physical Therapists' Professional Identity Beyond Interventions
Todd E. Davenport: 0000-0001-5772-7727
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
SYNOPSIS: The components of clinical practice are complex, often ambiguous, and influenced by a wide variety of interrelated contextual factors. As appreciation grows for the impact of individuality, complexity, and uncertainty in health processes, effective translation into widespread clinical practice remains limited. In attempts to bring patients effective solutions, well-meaning physical therapists can get trapped in "idea cults," in which a favored idea is supported and others are disparaged. We recommend that physical therapists develop a practice of self-reflection marked by openness and humility to more successfully adapt to the unique needs, values, and preferences of each person. We highlight 4 ways physical therapists can cultivate a more mindful and adaptable clinical approach that can help recognize and navigate the complexities of everyday clinical practice
Peterson, S. R.,
Davenport, T. E.
From Idea Cults to Clinical Chameleons: Moving Physical Therapists' Professional Identity Beyond Interventions.
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 52(4), 170–174.