Clinical Decision Making: Guide to Physical Therapist Practice

Andrew Guccione PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

Course Description

This course will provide the PT clinical doctoral learner ways to utilize the Guide to PT Practice for effective and efficient clinical decision making. The Guide to PT Practice is an organizational tool that summarizes physical therapist rights, roles, and responsibilities in treating patients/clients and in providing the PT a framework for clinical decision making. The patient/client management model utilizing examination methods, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, length of visits/stay, outcome measures and discharge planning are covered in this course. Multiple case examples will be shown.

Case presentations by: Jason Craig, PT, DPhil, Cathy Elrod, PT, PhD, & Steven Tepper, PT, PhD

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  • Compares and contrasts physical therapist practice in general using the various disablement models as the basis
  • Analyzes the management model utilized in physical therapist practice for clinical decision making
  • Discriminates the role of diagnosis in the management of patient/client
  • Explain the basic components of the patient/client management
  • Applies the components of examination (systems review, history, examination) and its importance in clinical decision making
  • Applies the components of patient/client history and its importance in clinical decision making
  • Applies the components and purpose of systems review and its importance in clinical decision making
  • Selects the various tests and measures utilized by physical therapists and its importance in clinical decision making
  • Apply the following components of patient/client management and its importance in clinical decision making:
    • Evaluation
    • Diagnosis
    • Prognosis
    • Number of visits and factors that may modify the number of visits
    • Reexamination
    • Outcomes
    • Episodes of care
    • Discharge
  • Apply common PT interventions related to importance in clinical decision making:
    • Coordination, Communication & Documentation
    • Patient/Client-Related Instruction
    • Procedural Interventions
  • Apply common PT outcomes
  • Differentiates how to determine the Practice Pattern using inclusion/exclusion information, examination information (history, systems review & T & M), evaluation, and ICD-9 codes
    • Analyze the cases presented utilizing the Guide to PT Practice
  • Selects literature to justify examination and treatment interventions.