For Physical Therapists, a Sudden Drought
NEW YORK (NYT) -- The physical therapy field has undergone a rather sudden shift. For years it was a booming field desperate for skilled practitioners, but now it faces a slowdown caused by its own growing pains, the growth of managed care and, especially, Medicare cutbacks that took effect in January. Years of undersupply have given away to rising unemployment, reduced work hours and salaries, and a tighter job market.
"The shortfall has literally evaporated," said William Quillen, director of the physical therapy program at Indiana University in Indianapolis. "There's just not the hot, hot job market there was two or three years ago."
In the past decade, the …
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Publication information: Article title: For Physical Therapists, a Sudden Drought. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: THE JOURNAL RECORD. Publication date: July 7, 1999. Page number: Not available. © 2009 THE JOURNAL RECORD. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.