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Italian Physiotherapy Association

The Italian Physiotherapy Association (AIFI) is promoting the physiotherapy profession across Italy by conducting scientific research, education and clinical practice. AIFI represents 5.000 physiotherapists who are willing to develop a high level of physiotherapy practice based on scientific research and be a member of Italian physiotherapy community of practice.


Anna Burioli, Loredana Gigli, Michele Cannone and Erika Venturin

Could you give us a brief introduction about yourself?

The Italian Physiotherapy Association (AIFI) is a scientific society of national relevance for the profession of "Physiotherapist", as it is stated in national law. AIFI main goal is the promotion and scientific, ethical and human growth of Physiotherapists in the interest of individuals and the community.

Our history is long. We were founded in 1959 under the name AITR (Associazione Italiana Terapisti della Riabilitazione), in that moment of history Physios were not established, instead there was a multiprofessional practitioner called “Terapista della riabilitazione”. In 2022, with the definition of different professions AITR changed its name in AIFI (Associazione Italiana Fisioterapisti) to be the point of reference of Physios in Italy. In 2020 with the establishment of the Order of Physios, AIFI became a scientific society changing its name again “Associazione Italiana di Fisioterapia” but keeping the abbreviation AIFI.
In 1995 we joined the World Physiotherapy. We are still members with physios involved in the activities of the European region of the World Physiotherapy.

As Scientific Society we take part in national projects for guidelines, scientific research and we offer our members several services. We also have partnership with other stakeholders at national and international level.

We have representative divided by territories and scientific level of expertise organised in various groups/network of interests (GIS) where its members take care and networking for specific expertise in the field of physiotherapists.

Why did you join UcanACT?

AIFI joined the project mainly because the territory of Bologna is involved. AIFI has clinician’s expert who could covers the activities that will be done there.
Also, we are pleased to be part in the process of research and definition of physical activities plans for patients.

What do you expect from the project?

With UCanAct project we expect to offer the best possible for target groups of patients and also have a chance to grow-up as scientific society in the field of European Projects. We also give opportunity to specific Group of Interest to express their expertise through the collaboration in the projects.

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