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  • Yes, it's obvious that we are doctors. What's there to argue with it

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  • Of course we are doctors, but until otherwise both doctors and people accept that

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  • It should be confronted by the WCPT

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  • No we can't be called doctors, because in no way we meet their standards

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    why don't we called doctors ?

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    we physiotherapists diagnose, treat and recover the patients from ailments
    then why don't we were called doctors: is it just because we never prescribe medicines, or we do not perform surgeries. In India layman could recognize as only doctors, he can't differentiate as from them. so PT's who do private practice in India declare themselves as doctors, so that a layman can find his way to him. but the doctors in India oppose this , what's the solution for this ?

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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    The term "doctor" is merely an academic one. It refers to a doctorate, e.g. Phd or doctorate or medicine which in turn is the summation of a large body of work that includes certain requirements. Most programs take at least 5 yrs to be awarded such a title and with many physio diplomas and degrees falling short of that there is no way that one should receive the title.

    That said there are physio's in several countries now enrolled in doctorate programs and courses are being lengthened to make this an achievable title. Pity countries like the UK are running fast track 2 yr post grad courses in physio that completely destroy what the rest of the world are trying the achieve!

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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    In India we "bachelor of physiotherapy" undertake the course duration for 4 years and 6 months internship . will that do ?


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    we are what we are..we dont care at all its just nothing to be doc or not ..at all we are helping ppl ..who care about other ideas.


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    Talking Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    Hi,
    why would you even want to be called " Doctor" ???
    That word doesn't neccessarily have anything positive attached to it, whereas "Physiotherapist" often does. It also indicates that we provide holistic therapy, rather than a quick fix (well, I know, that's a bit like wishful thinking ...).

    If you are worried about knowledge of the general public, maybe you should invest more into promotion of our profession.

    If you are worried about not bearing an academic title: well, a BSc or even MSc is just exactly what it stands for, nothing else. If you aren't happy with it, as above, do a PhD/enroll in a doctorate programme and write your dissertation. Good luck, because that's really a lot of hard work.

    And please don't forget, there is still heaps of countries, where you need a prescription from a doctor to visit a Physiotherapist. And not all degrees are the same.
    Cheers,
    Fyzzio


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    being called as a doctor is just a sort of title that in my opinion is not important at all..
    the most important is recognition for what we..
    and i think we have that..
    no one can deny the help of a physio in many conditions..
    and as long as we help ppl,all else don't matter.


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    Not going to answer the poll because I do not agree with the any of the choices. I do agree with some of the points already mentioned. Basically just because we don't have the title of doctor, does not mean we are less trained etc. We are Physiotherapists with a very important skill set and a very important place in the health care system. It is up to us to educate people as to what we do.......changing our title doesn't cut it!!!


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    you get what you pay for


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fyzzio View Post
    Hi,
    why would you even want to be called " Doctor" ???
    That word doesn't neccessarily have anything positive attached to it, whereas "Physiotherapist" often does. It also indicates that we provide holistic therapy, rather than a quick fix (well, I know, that's a bit like wishful thinking ...).

    Fyzzio

    so you guys are sorta like osteos, yeah?


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    [QUOTE=sharileedahl;22800]Not going to answer the poll because I do not agree with the any of the choices. I do agree with some of the points already mentioned. Basically just because we don't have the title of doctor, does not mean we are less trained etc.


    yes it does...


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    I must admit I refrained from voting because the options were rather biased in their delivery.

    Why aren't we given the 'doctor' label? Because we aren't doctors -- in the academic or the professional sense. If I wanted to be a doctor, I would have studied medicine.

    Putting the issue of a Phd aside, I realise there are a few professions in some countries that label themselves as doctors upon graduation. That said, how often are those professions the brunt of jokes because they "aren't real doctors"? I can surely do without the title if it maintains physiotherapy's medical standing.


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    I would like to add sth..
    I personally don't think that there is a matter of being or not called doctors because the proffesions are different with the only common base line that we treat patients..
    we are therapists for specific conditions, unlike doctors which treat illnesses and health disorders of all kind..
    And the same way we are not called mechanics just because we happen to "fix" the mechanisms of the human body and they fix machines.
    Bottom line we should be proud for what we do and how the call us, we are physical therapists!!



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    Thumbs up Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    very well said Helen, I think this is a very logical and reasonable answer, is doctor a god and if not why we are starving to be called doctor .
    i mean if i am geet why will i yell to be called helen I WONDER!!


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    I would be interested to know from which countries the people that have reacted to this poll, come from.

    As far as I know, nobody uses the title doctor in Europe.... we are physiotherapists. We have a Ba or Ma education, no more no less.
    The moment we study on, writing a thesis, we can become a doctor of... whatever it is we have studied. In Holland chiropractors and osteopaths do NOT call themselves doctors, in other countries they do.

    esther


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    physio's are physio's .....doctors are doctors...
    i think we should be informing people who physio's are rather than waiting to be called doctors because people used to misunderstand the work of a physiotherapist...
    they think physio are all about some massage and exercises....


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    Re: why be called doctors ?

    dear Nancy,

    This is getting interesting.

    I became a physiotherapist in Holland in 1977. Our profession was a pretty even mix of massage therapies, exercise therapies and therapy using electrical agents. I have always loved this mix, because it gives me the opportunity to chose, making lots of different "recipes" for every single person´s specific needs.

    In these 32 years, emphasis on what is the most important part of our work has changed frequently. At this moment exercise therapy is pretty hot in Holland, massage is still hot in Germany and electrical agents is very hot in Spain.

    But in these countries, doctors are the ones that studied medicine and we are physiotherapists (europe and anglosaxkson world) or physical therapists in the USA & Canada (as far as I am informed).

    I am very proud of our profession. In general, doctors in Holland recognize our specific expertise and tell patients to go to us, because we are the "specialist of the moving parts" = Dutch expression.

    Esther


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    mmm.....good to hear that the doctors there recommend physio's...bt its really a different scenario here...
    doctors are the ones who will prescribe patient to physiotherapists.....and they will even write there what to do (for exp: give passive ex or hot pack etc)
    people here don't know much about physiotherapists....whenever we say we wanted to study physio they will ask what is that??
    hope people here will be more aware of physiotherapist in future....


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    The scenerio you sketch is similar to the one in Holland in the 1960-70´s.
    Australia was way ahead with free access long ago ( 70´s?)
    Holland introduced free access in 2004.
    Free access meaning that you are free to go to any physiotherapist without a doctors referral and with payment (by the national health systems or private insurances) guaranteed.

    What made it change in Holland?
    ....in my opinion the following things happened (but not overnight)....

    1. the fact that in general the population was becoming more informed ( even before internet, by means of patient groups and television programmes)
    2. doctors slowly became informed about what we do...
    how?
    a. by getting back to them straight away and informing them that you, after assessing, do not agree with their treatment suggestions and are planning something else. Explain why and in my case, they always agreed...... often saying... we do not know much about your profession.......
    b. by being prepared to "fight with your knowledge" by writing letters about your treatment, describing it, describing results etc etc
    c. informing your patients, with fact sheets, writing for journals for the general public etc
    3. by generally not accepting the "assistants rol" the doctor has put you in, but showing you are a true health professional with your own education and qualities.

    good luck

    esther de ru


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    There's many types of doctors, they don't all perform surgeries or prescribe medicine!


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    On one hand a recent JAMA study revealed that medical treatment is the leading cause of mortality in North America.

    On the other hand, long term degenerative diseases are influencing poor quality of life,

    and on the other hand, we still stick to Toxic therapies to overcome our health problems???

    Time to overhaul the entire system, and standardize the level of education required for Physios.


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    [QUOTE=Drew Still;23846]
    Quote Originally Posted by sharileedahl View Post
    Not going to answer the poll because I do not agree with the any of the choices. I do agree with some of the points already mentioned. Basically just because we don't have the title of doctor, does not mean we are less trained etc.


    yes it does...
    well thats where your misinformed. if by doctor you mean GP then would have to agree that they have a generalised knowledge of a wee bit of everything. Physios specialise in what they do so you could argue more trained.
    i'd rather be a specialist at what i do working as an autonomous practitioner (i'm lucky i'm in a country where this can happen) than be desperate to achieve the title of doctor.
    maybe thats where we are failing as physio when the general public don't realise the training we go through or even what we do!


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    Because we are NOT doctors.
    Quite happy being a PHYSIOTHERAPIST thank you very much - worked hard to get here and am proud of my title!
    Besides, look at the likes of 'Dr' Gillian McKieth (you are what you eat) - turns out she wasn't a doctor at all. By referring to us as physio's or specifically chartered physio's there can be no doubt as to our qualifications!


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]Hallo All,

    Intersting discussion,

    Well,In Arabic country some regulations there as physiotherapy should study 4 years, then he can called junior physiotherapist,

    So far,

    After 5 years of experince get senior physiotherapist![/COLOR]


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    A doctor is not a job title it describes a qualification.

    A student coming out of Medicine School and entering into an internship is an intern! S/he has three degrees, BAO, BCh and MB ie Obs and Gyne, Surgery and Medicine. As such, an intern is nothing (poor choice of words, I do apologise) but spends the year training in both medicine or surgery (mainly) afterwhich they attempt to become part of a scheme (SHO)

    The scheme is either in Medicine or Surgery, therefore, they now become a Physician or Surgeon (NOT a doctor). (there is other titles like GP that are separate from physician and anaesthetist)

    So if you have studied a PhD, then you are entitled to be called 'Doctor' but only by your peers. Whereas, in Medicine/Surgery, people have afforded Medics/Surgeons so much respect over the years they have been called Doctor.

    To further highlight my point, a surgeon is technically known as Mr. (dating back to Surgeons and Barbers Guild in the 1700 - 1800's).

    Call yourself what you want as long as you have the qualifications


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    Re: why don't we called doctors ?

    Must have Kinesiology Taping DVD
    hi,
    i think its not important to be called doctor. we are putting people into there normal life.... we are making people pain free without any of medication...... its my personal experience that many patients refer to me by a doctor , surgeon or physician but when they get treatment with me and after some time they get improve they forget that doctor who referred him for physio..... and they give me very much respect.... they refers more patients to me.... and its enough for me..... i proud to be a physiotherapist and to be call a physiotherapist.... i think what we doing that can not be done by any DOCTOR......
    Thanks



 
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