PT to PTA Staffing Levels: What is the Community Standard?

Dwyer, Mark
August 2012
HPA Resource;Aug2012, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p1
Academic Journal
The article discusses that many clinical leaders are re-evaluating the mix of physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to physical therapists (PTs) to know the staffing ratio of the community standard. Since very little data exists with regards to this ratio, The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Section posted online "Burning Question" on June 2012. The results showed that the overall ratio of 1 PTA to every 4 PTs is given the fairly even ratio.


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