The opinions or assertions in this research are the private views of the author and are not to be construed as official or reflecting views of the United States Army, the Department of Defense, or the United States government.
Industrial physical therapists (IPTs) are working as external consultants with business and industry to provide injury prevention and/or rehabilitation services. This consulting presents a very new practice setting for therapists and requires specialized nonclinical competencies. The purpose of this study was to identify these nonclinical competencies.
The research was based on an evaluation research model using a stakeholder group. Stakeholders represented 5 groups: 1) IPTs, 2) continuing education providers, 3) business and industry employers of IPTs, 4) safety/risk managers, and 5) human resource development professionals. Thirty-five nonclinical competencies were identified through qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with 17 subject matter experts representing the 5 groups. The competencies addressed marketing, program planning, managing the consulting process, training, and understanding organizations.
This list of nonclinical competencies may serve as a self-assessment tool that IPTs can use to help plan their professional development. It may also facilitate planning continuing education programs for IPTs.
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1993;18(6):673-681.
Key Words: competencies, industrial physical therapy