Professional Deficiencies and Rehabilitation
An Overview For Physicians, Physical Therapists,
The definition and the goal of Rehabilitation are the same: to restore to a former capacity; to restore to a state of efficiency; to restore to a state of good health or useful and constructive activity. In order to provide solutions to physical deficiencies necessary to achieve the goals of rehabilitation, clinicians and clients alike must recognize the existence of professional deficiencies.
What is a Professional Deficiency?
In general, it can be anything that hinders, impedes or otherwise interferes
with the ultimate goal of rehabilitation. All efforts must be directed towards
that goal. Professionals must become part of the solution rather than part
of the problem! The first step in avoiding this deterrent to rehabilitation
is recognition of the problem. Self-evaluation and education provide the solution.
The Evolution of Professional Deficiencies and Remedial Action
Professional deficiencies develop as a result of an evolutionary process.
It is an inherent part of any Profession. Rehabilitation specialists begin
their careers as students having no preconceived notions concerning treatment.
The desire to improve the lives of individuals with physical deficiencies
stimulates the educational process. Like an inquisitive child, the mind is
open to possibilities. There is an innocence and dedication to purpose that
makes learning fun.
It is easy to fall into a comfortable routine. When a professional becomes an “expert” and learns all there is to know, it is time to learn something new! The reason for becoming a rehabilitation specialist must be reassessed. Professionals need to be critical of their own treatment and outcomes. Our experience can teach us what not to do as well as what to do. These negative lessons are often the most valuable! It is not what we know as professionals that make us intelligent but rather what we have yet to learn. Prior experience and expertise are merely practice for what we are about to learn.
Learning is a never-ending process. The desire to learn and improve must be stimulated by the ultimate goal of rehabilitation, which is to restore the client to optimal efficiency. There must be a dedication and commitment to finding a better way. Treatment should solve problems rather than accommodate for them. The answer is in the outcome and improvement is the only acceptable outcome.