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From The CriticsReviewer: Monique Serpas, DPT (HealthReach Rehabilitation Services)
Description: An update of a 2000 edition, this book provides a thorough foundation in geriatric physical therapy, from basic science applications in aging to intervention strategies for specialty populations.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to assist the development of therapists who can use available evidence and objective measures to integrate health and functional status with components of the physical therapy exam, formulate a diagnosis, and design effective interventions through the continuum of care across varying settings to achieve the best outcomes. The book also aims to help practitioners be informed advocates for older adults. The book describes the differences in geriatric physical therapy and promotes advancing geriatric practice through the use of best available evidence. As our profession continues to elevate the practice of physical therapy through the incorporation of new research in practice, it is important to make the best available evidence accessible to busy, practicing clinicians. This book does just that for clinicians working with older adults.
Audience: Intended for both students and practicing clinicians, the book is well suited for students interested in specializing in geriatric care and is a complete reference for practicing clinicians or for aspiring geriatric certified specialists. The editorial team is headed by a leader in physical therapy research in the area of geriatrics and functional outcomes.
Features: Topics range from the physiology of aging, examination, evaluation, special problems older adults face in different settings, to nonclinical patient management related to reimbursement and patient advocacy. Chapters on the physiology of aging provide a well-written review with a section on evidence-based manual intervention. Management of hip fracture in the cognitively impaired is helpful for acute and outpatient therapists and includes a discussion of environmental concerns. Many tables help organize concepts and serve as quick references, particularly in the section on functional outcome norms. Chapters on special populations cover a wide spectrum of practice, from the senior athlete to older adults with developmental disabilities to end-of-life care. References are available only on the accompanying Evolve website, which requires creation of an account, but also provides links to the Medline abstracts of the references as well as other helpful website links.
Assessment: This is a great reference for geriatric practice, and a useful resource for clinicians who would like to remain current on the evidence relating to geriatric practice. This edition adds more contributors specializing in this field, reflecting the advances of this area of physical therapy practice.