Addressing the role of physical therapists in primary care, this
title provides the information you need to become an effective
primary care provider. It helps you acquire the communication and
differential diagnosis skills, technical expertise, and clinical
decision-making ability to meet the challenges of a changing
"This is an important update and a valuable addition to the field. Written by experts, it offers the best and most comprehensive information available on primary care for physical therapists and complements other books in this area. Because of how well organized and written it is, this book would be an essential addition to the personal libraries of clinicians at any level, as well as a popular required text in physical therapy programs." -Michelle Finnegan, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT (Bethesda Physiocare) c/o Doody Enterprises Inc.
SECTION I FOUNDATIONS 1. Primary Care: Physical Therapy Models 2. Evidence-Based Examination of Diagnostic Information 3. Cultural Competence: An Essential Element of Primary Health Care 4. Pharmacologic Considerations for the Physical Therapist 5 .The Patient Interview: The Science Behind the Art SECTION II EXAMINATION/EVALUATION Prologue 6. Symptom Investigation Part I-Chief Complaint by Body Region 7. Symptom Investigation: Part II-Chief Complaint by Symptom 8. Patient Health History Including Identifying Health Risk Factors 9. Review of Systems 10. The Patient Interview: The Physical Examination Begins! 11. Systems Review for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems and Vital Signs 12. Upper Quadrant Screening Examination 13. Lower Quadrant Screening Examination 14. Diagnostic Imaging 15. Laboratory Tests and Values SECTION III SPECIAL POPULATIONS 16. The Adolescent Population 17. The Obstetric Client 18. The Geriatric Population 19. A Health and Wellness Perspective in Primary Care 20. Top 10 Medical Conditions to Screen For: The Do-Not-Want-to Miss List