Introduction to Physical Therapy / Edition 4

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Introduction to Physical Therapy, 4e by Michael Pagliarulo provides a comprehensive description of the profession and practice of physical therapy.

  • NEW! Evolve website with a test bank, PowerPoint presentations, and image collection.
  • The only introductory textbook that includes an overview of the profession and clinical information
  • Chapter on reimbursement introduces the fiscal aspect of health care and reimbursement for physical therapy services.
  • Chapter on communication and cultural competence helps the PT and PTA understand behavior due to cultural differences.
  • EXPANDED! Numerous learning aides, including chapter outlines, key terms, learning objectives, questions to ask, boxes, tables, summaries and up to date references, suggested readings, and reviewe questions.
  • The lastest information on current trends in health care and the profession of physical therapy keeps the students current on latest issues.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Christopher J Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This introduction to the many facets of the physical therapy profession updates the second edition of 2001.
Purpose: The author's main purpose is to provide an overview of the profession and a description of the practice of physical therapy. The purpose of this third edition is to stay current with changes in both of these areas.
Audience: The content and style of the book is of an introductory work and it seems to be best suited for students who either are about to enter a program in physical therapy (pre-physical therapy) or are in their first year of physical therapy education. The author and contributors are all are employed in academic settings.
Features: The first of the book's two major sections covers the profession of physical therapy in eight chapters. These chapters cover such topics as legislative issues influencing physical therapy, roles and characteristics of physical therapists, and an overview of current issues that have impacted physical therapy. Two chapters, one on communication in physical therapy and one on financing and reimbursing health care in physical therapy are new to the third edition. Part two introduces the practice areas of physical therapy. Almost all of the chapters in this section follow the major areas in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice put forth by the American Physical Therapy Association. Two chapters on physical therapy for pediatric conditions and the older adult are also included in this section. Each chapter begins with a concise outline, a list of key terms and author objectives. Highlight boxes throughout the book emphasize key topic areas. Case studies, summaries, and review questions allow readers to apply the content of each chapter and stimulate class discussion.
Assessment: Overall, this is a nice overview of the profession and practice of physical therapy. Although not overly detailed, the book gives readers a realistic understanding of what it takes to be a physical therapist and the responsibilities that accompany the occupation. The book could be used in an introduction to physical therapy course, providing a realistic perspective on the environment in which a physical therapist practices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323073950
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 141,590
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Profession of physical therapy : definition and development 3
2 Roles and characteristics of physical therapists 25
3 Physical therapist assistant 54
4 Communication in physical therapy in the 21st century 79
5 Laws, regulations, and policies 106
6 Financing and reimbursing health care in physical therapy 125
7 Current issues : physical therapy in evolution 146
8 America physical therapy association 169
9 Physical therapy for musculoskeletal conditions 187
10 Physical therapy for neuromuscular conditions 228
11 Physical therapy in cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions 246
12 Physical therapy for integumentary conditions 282
13 Physical therapy for pediatric conditions 306
14 Physical therapy for the older adult 337
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