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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.