The Soft Skill Secrets to Patient Engagement

Imposter syndrome aside, I often question my skills as a PT. I am less than average in manual PT skills. My professional career passion has been unknowingly focused for some 32 years on one element that is now popularized by many different phrases: therapeutic alliance, patient engagement being the two most common. This, if anything, is what I am good at. This is hard to teach and explain…but we speak of this attribute of the health care relationship as, “The Soft Skills”. What are the secrets to the Soft Skills? May I suggest the 5 P’s to you, if you are interested in improving yours? Watch for future posts, or contact me ( for more about these 5: Personalization,¬†¬†permission, placebo, prescription, and progress.