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Primary Care for the Physical Therapist

Examination and Triage

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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Practicing Physical Therapists; Students of Physical Therapy.


Published: October 2004

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-0-7216-9659-1


  • 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
    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

    Conversion Tables


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