Primary Care for the Physical Therapist - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780721696591

Primary Care for the Physical Therapist

1st Edition

Examination and Triage

Authors: William Boissonnault
Hardcover ISBN: 9780721696591
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 8th October 2004
Page Count: 400

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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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Key Features

  • 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.

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
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

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About the Author

William Boissonnault

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Program in Physical Therapy, Madison, WI; Assistant Professor, University of St. Augustine Center of Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Tennessee–Memphis College of Allied Health Sciences, Memphis, TN; Adjunct Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; Instructor, Krannert Graduate School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN