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Why do facilities and hospitals use traveling physical therapists?

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physical therapistHave you ever thought about taking a temporary travel physical therapy contract, but been hesitant because you wondered why facilities use traveling Physical Therapists?

Well, some recent research by an industry leader has looked at the reasons hospitals and facilities use travelers. The reasons they gave for relying on travelers or temporary contract PTs were:

  • 82% – To maintain services while they are looking for permanent therapists
  • 47% - To fill in when they lose staff because of turnover or other reasons
  • 13% – To cover for therapists on vacation
  • 16% – To supplement their staff during times of peak  need
  • 3% - To test new service lines they are considering providing


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About the Author

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions. I am not a physical therapist (I have been a physical therapy patient plenty though) and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great travel physical therapy company that has a lot to offer physical therapists and PTAs interested in a travel career. I do post travel physical therapy jobs from Medical Solutions on this site, and write about travel physical therapy, but you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Career Consultant). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of a travel therapy career with you.

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