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Physiother Theory Pract. 2012 Aug;28(6):439-46. doi: 10.3109/09593985.2012.692585.

Post-structural conceptualizations of power relationships in physiotherapy.

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Department of Vascular Surgery, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. naomi.eisenberg@uhn.ca

Abstract

This paper uses a post-structuralist lens to explore the nature of power relationships within the patient-physical therapist relationship. To ground the discussion, I begin with an overview of the salient aspects of the traditional evolution of Western medicine. I then draw from the philosophy/history of Foucault to challenge traditional thinking and consider the applications to physiotherapy. The analysis reveals that the application of a Foucauldian frame of reference has the potential of modifying the therapeutic relationship to one that is more equitable as opposed to the hierarchical one. I conclude with a discussion of the implications for the development and education of physiotherapists.

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10.3109/09593985.2012.692585
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