The second physical therapy summit on global health: Developing an action plan to promote health in daily practice and reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases


Elizabeth Dean, The University of British Columbia
Armele Dornelas De Andrade, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Grainne O'Donoghue, University College Dublin
Margot Skinner, University of Otago
Gloria Umereh, University of Nigeria
Paul Beenen, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Shaun Cleaver, University of Toronto
Delafroze Afzalzada, Afghan Association for Physical Therapy Association
Mary Fran Delaune, The George Washington University
Cheryl Footer, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Mary Gannotti, University of Hartford
Ed Gappmaier, The University of Utah
Astrid Figl-Hertlein, University of Applied Sciences
Bobbie Henderson, Rosalind Franklin University
Megan K. Hudson, Rockyview Hospital
Karl Spiteri
Judy King, University of Ottawa
Jerry L. Klug, Alabama Physical Rehabilitation Service
E. Liisa Laakso, Menzies Health Institute Queensland
Tanya Lapier, Eastern Washington University
Constantina Lomi, Metropolitan College
Soraya Maart, University of Cape Town
Noel Matereke, Zimbabwe Physiotherapy Association
Erna Rosenlund Meyer, Professionshøjskolen UCN
Vyvienne R.P. M'Kumbuzi, University of Rwanda
Karien Mostert-Wentzel, University of Pretoria
Hellen Myezwa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Monika Fagevik Olsén, Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset
Cathy Peterson, University of the Pacific, California
Unnur Pétursdóttir, Rehabilitation center
Jan Robinson, College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
Kanchan Sangroula, Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital
Ann Katrin Stensdotter, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
Bee Yee Tan, Singapore General Hospital

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Based on indicators that emerged from The First Physical Therapy Summit on Global Health (2007), the Second Summit (2011) identified themes to inform a global physical therapy action plan to integrate health promotion into practice across the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) regions. Working questions were: (1) how well is health promotion implemented within physical therapy practice; and (2) how might this be improved across five target audiences (i.e. physical therapist practitioners, educators, researchers, professional body representatives, and government liaisons/consultants). In structured facilitated sessions, Summit representatives (n=32) discussed: (1) within WCPT regions, what is working and the challenges; and (2) across WCPT regions, what are potential directions using World CaféTM methodology. Commonalities outweighed differences with respect to strategies to advance health-focused physical therapy as a clinical competency across regions and within target audiences. Participants agreed that health-focused practice is a professional priority, and a strategic action plan was needed to develop it as a clinical competency. The action plan and recommendations largely paralleled the principles and objectives of the World Health Organization's non-communicable diseases action plan. A third Summit planned for 2015 will provide a mechanism for follow-up to evaluate progress in integrating health-focused physical therapy within the profession. © 2014 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

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