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Phys Ther. 2018 Sep 1;98(9):754-762. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy075.

Recommendations From the Common Terminology Panel of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy.

Author information

1
Department of Physical Therapy, Midwestern University, 19555 N. 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308 (USA). Dr Erickson is chair of the Common Terminology Panel. She is a certified hand therapist and a certified athletic trainer.
2
Department of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Dr Birkmeier is a pediatrics clinical specialist.
3
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas. Dr Booth is a pediatric clinical specialist.
4
Department of Physical Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
5
Department of Physical Therapy, Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr Hartmann is a geriatrics clinical specialist.
6
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Department of Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr Jackson-Coty is a pediatrics clinical specialist.
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Department of Physical Therapy, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. Dr LaFay is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified exercise expert for aging adults.
9
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
10
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Abstract

Background:

In 2015, the American Council for Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) developed 3 strategic initiative panels to address integrated clinical education, student readiness, and common terminology for physical therapist clinical education.

Objective:

The purpose of this paper is to describe the results of the work from the Common Terminology Panel.

Design:

This was a descriptive, consensus-based study.

Methods:

Using a consensus process and data that were collected from a review of literature, a document analysis of core and historical professional documents, focus group discussions, and an online open comment period, panel members developed a glossary for physical therapist clinical education.

Results:

The final glossary included 34 terms in 4 categories. The categories included clinical education infrastructure, sites, stakeholders, and assessment. The ACAPT Board of Directors approved the glossary in June 2017, and the ACAPT membership approved the glossary in October 2017.

Limitations:

The focus of the glossary was on physical therapist clinical education. A future, similar project should be undertaken for physical therapist assistant clinical education.

Conclusion:

This process resulted in a comprehensive glossary for physical therapist clinical education; changes to several current terms, including "internship" and "full-time clinical education experience"; and the addition of new terms, including "preceptor" and "site coordinator for clinical education." New terminology will provide standard language for consistent communication and a common framework for all stakeholders.

PMID:
29931195
DOI:
10.1093/ptj/pzy075

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