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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