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Professionalism in Physical Therapy: History, Practice, and Development / Edition 1

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Overview

As the role of the physical therapist widens to include more primary care and diagnostic responsibilities, there is a greater need for a single, up-to-date resource that explores professional roles and developments in this changing field. This new book is the definitive reference on this important topic.

This concise book provides information on every vital area important to professionalism: documentation, law and ethics, and leadership - all in the context of the five roles of the physical therapist as defined by the APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 2nd Edition. Readers will find information on the history of professionalism in physical therapy, the five roles of the physical therapist (Patient/Client Manager, Consultant, Critical Inquirer, Educator, and Administrator), the role of the physical therapist in today's health care system, and professional leadership and development. Case studies, "how to lists" and "tips from the field" encourage critical thinking and provide strategies for various issues. The book also offers tips on preparing a portfolio, determining leadership style, and preparing a professional development plan based on the APTA's five roles.

• Develops and defines principles and concepts of professionalism to guide physical therapists in times of change
• Follows the APTA's Guide and includes quotes and information from this document throughout
• Offers a comprehensive history of physical therapy, with unique information on origins of the profession
• Offers comprehensive coverage of legal and ethical issues, showing how these issues affect the entire practice of physical therapy
• Discusses billing and reimbursement practices, with specific information on how to document and bill as an aspect of practice
• Defines and explains the role of the consultant, both as an autonomous health care provider or as a member of a health care team
• Features real-life case studies and discussion questions at the end of each chapter to encourage practical application of concepts and test readers' knowledge
• Provides end-of-chapter "tips" to help readers develop best practices

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Barbara Jean Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, MS, GCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This book explores the professional roles of the physical therapist in the United States.
Purpose: The purpose is to close the gap in written physical therapy resources on nonclinical course material. This book strives to address the various roles of the physical therapist such as consultant, critical inquirer, patient/client manager, educator, and administrator.
Audience: The audience is entry-level clinicians, although it would be an asset to advanced physical therapy courses in areas of professionalism, ethics, history of the profession, and growth. The book is written by Laura Lee Swisher and Catherine G. Page, both of the University of South Florida who are very knowledgeable in the topics.
Features: The book is divided into three parts with a total of 11 chapters. It begins with a historical perspective and lays the groundwork with an overview of physical therapy as a profession, the historical background, and contemporary issues facing the profession. The second part of the book focuses on the five roles of the physical therapist as described in the guide. These include the physical therapist as a patient/client manager, consultant, critical inquirer, educator, and administrator. The last section further addresses professionalism, professional development, competence, and future challenges. Quotes are frequently used as an introduction to the chapter. The book frequently and appropriately employs APTA concepts and information. Each chapter ends with questions for reflection and/or valuable case scenarios.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource that would enhance many courses related to professionalism, history of the profession, education, and ethics for entry-level students and clinicians taking advanced coursework. The writing style is easy to read. Chapters are formatted with good organization. The book would benefit from answers to the end of chapter questions and actual scenarios or examples of how the content is applied in physical therapy practice in an appendix.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416003144
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 799,644
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Historical Perspective and Professional Practice Issues
1. The Physical Therapist as Professional
2. The History of the Profession
3. Contemporary Practice Issues
II. The Five Roles of the Physical Therapist
4. Physical Therapist as Patient /Client Manager
5. Physical Therapist as Consultant
6. Physical Therapist as Critical Inquirer
7. Physical Therapist as Educator
8. Physical Therapist as Administrator
III. The Complex Environment of Health Care and Professional Development
9. The Organizational, Political, and Cultural Context of Professionalism in the U.S. Health Care System
10. Professional Development, Leadership, and Exemplary Practice
11. The Future

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