This course will explore the therapist’s role as an interdependent practitioner working within a collaborative medical model. Inherent in these responsibilities is the ability to effectively differentially diagnose patients including the recognition of clinical manifestations that suggest physician contact is warranted regarding a patient/client’s health status. Equally important is knowing what one can omit from the examination scheme on a given day, while placing the patient/client at minimal risk.
As part of the patient examination, a proposed screening scheme will provide the structure for our discussion. The patient screening components and the associated clinical reasoning processes necessary to more efficiently and effectively collect and evaluate the patient data, will be the focus of this material. Professional communication with the patient/client and health care professionals will also be a central theme. Patient cases are presented as the final part of this course, as a means of applying medical screening principles and promoting clinical decision-making.