|The treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. Physiotherapy has come a long way since its inception during World War II. Various specialisations and specific treatment strategies have transformed the physiotherapist into a specialised clinician. With the growth of professional autonomy in physiotherapy practice, the extended scope of practice came into existence. As the science behind physiotherapy advances, it is expected that physiotherapists will continue to extend their scope of practice through role enhancement and substitution. Extended scope of practice has been defined by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists as âclinical physiotherapy specialists in any recognised speciality with an extended scope of practiceâ. With growing emphasis in respiratory care to improve patient outcomes in the acute medical and surgical setting, extending physiotherapy services beyond regular working hours has the potential to contribute towards better clinical outcomes. On-call physiotherapy or emergency physiotherapy started gaining popularity in the 1980s. However, it was not until 2000 that the term on-call physiotherapy was adopted. This has been defined as âthe provision of respiratory/cardiorespiratory/cardiothoracic or combinations of respiratory and orthopedic physiotherapy, out of working hours.
On-Call Physiotherapy â Where are we and what Lies Ahead?: Abraham Samuel Babu