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Collaboration is the Key to Enhancing Adherence to Physical Therapy Home Exercise Programs
FACULTY RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT:
DR. MEGAN DONALDSON
Frustrated by some of her experiences as an orthopedic clinician, Walsh's Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Megan Donaldson began to question her role in developing a patient's adherence, or commitment, to physical therapy.
"So much of what we do in orthopedics is home prescription. I saw a lot of issues with home exercise programs and patients giving up before they even start to experience the benefits. As clinicians, we aren't programmed to follow-up," said Dr. Donaldson. "It was just too easy to accept that patients weren't committed to their home therapy, write them off as no-shows and move on to the next. Rarely would we ask the simple question 'Why?' That one question could make all the difference. And personally, I believe the fortune is in the follow-up."