Expertise in Physical Therapy Practice


  • Gail Jensen, PhD, PT, FAPTA, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • Jan Gwyer, PhD, PT, Department of Physical Therapy, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Laurita Hack, PhD, MBA, DPT, FAPTA, Department of Physical Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Katherine Shepard, PhD, PT, FAPTA, Professor and Director of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Philosophy Program in Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Allied Health Professionals, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

This comprehensive text examines what it takes to progress toward - and ultimately become - an expert in physical therapy. It explores multiple dimensions of expertise: how expert practitioners develop, what knowledge they use, where they acquire that knowledge, how they think and reason, how they make decisions, and how they perform in practice to demonstrate what it takes to progress and ultimately become an expert in physical therapy.
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Book information

  • Published: September 2006
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-0214-7

Table of Contents

Part I. Studying Expertise: Purpose, Concepts, and Tools

1. Professional Life: Issues of Health Care, Education, and Development

2. Understanding Expertise: Connecting Research and Theory to Physical Therapy

3. Methods for Exploring Expertise

Part II. Portraits of Expertise in Physical Therapy

4. Expert Practice in Pediatrics: When Work is Play

5. Expert Practice in Geriatrics: You’re Never Too Old

6. Experienced Practice in Neurological Rehabilitation: Experts in the Making

7. Expert Practice in Orthopedics: Competence, Collaboration, and Compassion

8. Expert Practice in Physical Therapy

9. Postscript: The Voices of our Experts - Ten Years Later

Part III. Lessons Learned and Applied

10. Expert Practice and Clinical Outcomes

11. Clinical Reasoning and Expert Practice

12. Situated Expertise: The Wisdom of Practice in a Transdisciplinary Rehabilitation Clinic

13. Implications for Practice: Applying the Dimensions of Expertise for Staff Professional Development

Part IV. Pursuing Expertise in Physical Therapy

14. Inquiry into Expertise: Future Directions

15. Implications for Doctoral Level Education in Physical Therapy

16. Implications for Practice and Professional Development

Appendix: Data Collection Tools