Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Henry C. Wessman


Physical Therapy Department, Hospital; Patient-Centered Care


The purpose of this independent study is to look at physical therapy's role within a new health care delivery system called patient-focused care (FCC). It supplies information on the status of our current health care industry and offers overwhelming support on requests for change. There is a comprehensive, comparative analysis of the current health care delivery system and that of the new experimental patient-focused health care delivery system. It offers a comparison of six major components in each model, such as physical structure, reporting structure, and process and procedures in job description, plans of care, scheduling, and cross training. Finally, it offers cautions and suggestions in the implementation of physical therapy within this new FCC model and makes a prediction of the effect it will have on the practice of physical therapy.