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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jean Rogers, MA, PT (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book applies management theory to physical therapy and addresses the relationship of structure and function in organizational systems.
Purpose: The purpose is to help physical therapists apply principles of management within evolving organizations that operate in the rapidly changing health care environment. The author addresses the roles of managers in physical therapy, emphasizing skills critical to human resources, management science, and service delivery.
Audience: The intended audience includes physical therapy managers in inpatient and outpatient facilities that are owned publicly and privately. Physical therapy students are also appropriate consumers of this book.
Features: Each chapter introduces concepts related to one topic, includes a glossary of terms pertinent to the topic, and has an appendix or case studies. The charts, boxed information, and line drawings are useful and enhance the appearance of the text. References are pertinent, but sometimes reflect much more applied literature from physical therapy sources than from theoretical sources. Case studies do not include resolutions.
Assessment: This is a good basic reference for students and physical therapists entering management positions. Including an overview of the health care system and how and where individual organizations function within the U.S. health care system would enhance readers' understanding of the "big picture" and how physical therapy needs to function to be most effective.