Primary Care for the Physical Therapist: Examination and Triage / Edition 2

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Overview

Specifically designed for physical therapists in the primary care environment, this new resource helps the reader develop the vital communication and differential diagnosis skills necessary to provide high quality patient care and assume a valuable role on the health care team. Comprehensive coverage includes each skill that the physical therapist outpatient practitioner needs to meet the challenges of a changing profession: communication skills, technical expertise, and clinical decision-making ability. This reference helps the practitioner quickly develop an accurate physical therapy diagnosis; adapt an examination and intervention approach to meet the individual's cultural, communication, anatomic, and physiologic needs and abilities; triage patients from a physical therapy perspective and decide who requires the expertise of a physical therapist certified specialist; recognize patient symptoms and signs that necessitate communication with other health care providers; and participate in the decision-making process regarding the selection of appropriate diagnostic imaging modalities.
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  • Promotes safe, effective, and efficient care applicable to physical therapy - the first resource specifically designed for PTs in primary care.
  • Covers both soft skills (communication and problem-solving) and technical skills (physical examination, differential diagnosis, and ancillary modalities).
  • Emphasizes the communication skills vital for establishing rapport with patients and gathering data.
  • Presents everything that a physical therapist needs to know about the patient interview.
  • Lays the foundation for differential diagnosis and recognition of conditions that may require referral to other health professionals.
  • Includes coverage of special populations, pharmacology, urgent situations, diagnostic procedures, and more.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is an important update and a valuable addition to the field. Written by experts, it offers the best and most comprehensive information available on primary care for physical therapists and complements other books in this area. Because of how well organized and written it is, this book would be an essential addition to the personal libraries of clinicians at any level, as well as a popular required text in physical therapy programs."

-MichelleFinnegan, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT (Bethesda Physiocare)

c/o Doody Enterprises Inc.

From The Critics
Reviewer: Christopher James Hughes, PT,PhD,OCS,CSCS(Slippery Rock University)
Description: This book introduces the physical therapist clinician to the concepts underlying the practice of primary care in physical therapy.
Purpose: According to the author, the book is intended to serve as a supplemental resource to other books and research publications related to the preparation of therapists assuming their role in the primary care model of health. In today's healthcare environment this book is needed and the author's objectives are met.
Audience: It is written for physical therapy students and experienced clinicians alike. The author is a scholar and physical therapist and is well qualified to write the book as are the coauthors of each chapter.
Features: The book's 18 chapters are divided into five major sections. The four chapters in section 1 provide a very good overview of primary care medicine and topics related to effective practice. These include evidence-based exam skills, the patient interview, and cultural competence. The next two sections (chapters 5-11) deal specifically with systems review and examination techniques with a patient case presented at the end of the section to reinforce the material. The coverage of concepts in this section is concise and well organized. Section four discusses care for special populations, including adolescents, obstetric patients, the work injured population, and geriatric patients. Even though each of these populations deserves a complete book of its own, the authors of these chapters were able to highlight the unique treatment considerations of each population and the content fit the theme of the book. Section 5 deals with clinical medicine and covers pharmacology, diagnostic imaging, and laboratory tests and values. This information is included to assist the therapist in understanding the role of each of these components in the diagnostic process. This in turn can enhance a physical therapist's communication with other healthcare professionals in a multidisciplinary healthcare system. Overall, each section contains effective figures, diagrams, and schematics and makes good use of tables to keep information easy to understand. The only shortcoming of the book is its brevity, but the author's intent was to provide a supplemental text that would complement other sources. In addition, there is a companion website for students and instructors which includes an image collection, PowerPoint slideshows, patient cases, web links, and examinations.
Assessment: This book fills a real need in the educational training of physical therapists. The content is suitable for students learning physical therapy as well as seasoned clinicians who would like to enhance their treatment skills for practice in today's changing healthcare system. I strongly recommend the book because it provides a nice overview of the model of primary care delivery and how the physical therapist can be an integral part.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416061052
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 208,943
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1. Introduction to Primary Care Medicine
2. Evidence-Based Examination of Diagnostic Information
3. Cultural Competence: An Essential Element of Primary Care
4. The Patient Interview; The Science Behind the Art

II. Examination/Evaluation: The Patient Interview
5. Demographics and Identifying Health Risk Factors
6. Investigating Presenting Complaints
7. Review of Systems
8. The Physical Examination Begins!

III. Examination/Evaluation: The Physical Examination
Foreword
9. Systems Review Including Vital Signs
10. Upper Quarter Screening Examination
11. Lower Quarter Screening Examination
Afterword: Including Patient Cases

IV. Special Populations
12. The Adolescent Population
13. The Obstetric Client
14. The Injured Worker Population
15. The Geriatric Population

V. Clinical Medicine
16. Pharmacologic Considerations for the Physical Therapist
17. Diagnostic Imaging
18. Laboratory Tests and Values

Appendices
Conversion Tables

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