Fundamentals of the Physical Therapy Examination: Patient Interview and Tests and Measures, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781284099621
ISBN-10: 1284099628
Copyright: 2018
Edition: 2nd
Author: Fruth, Stacie J.
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 89
Reviewer: Jeff Yaver,  PT  (University of Florida Health, Jacksonville)
This is a second edition of a book detailing the physical therapy examination. The online content, available for a year after redeeming the access code, includes the complete ebook with embedded knowledge checks and videos. The first edition was published in 2014.
The author states that the purpose is to "provide novice to intermediate students of physical therapy with a resource that can be used both in the classroom and clinic to help them learn methods of collecting meaningful verbal, observational and measured data from any patient, regardless of setting or diagnosis. It is also designed as a resource for physical therapy faculty." This book meets its purpose in every way. It is a tool that is comprehensive but made for the clinical world. Both the online and print versions are true assets for teaching this subject.
The intended audience is student physical therapists as well as novice clinicians. Physical therapy students who might need help or review during their clinical rotations would specifically benefit from this book as well. The author is founding chair, professor, and director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Western Michigan University. She has been teaching in this area since 2003 and obtained her Orthopaedics Clinical Specialist certification in 2011.
The book starts with a comprehensive presentation of the patient interview. The author details the various components, but also adds pearls of wisdom. For example, the author reminds students to learn from every patient and notes the rewards of impacting patients' lives and the "the unexpected gift" of patients impacting a therapist's life. The second part of the book is dedicated to the different tests and measures used in a physical exam. One of the unique aspects of the book is the discussion of determining when a test/exam is a priority or pointless and why. The section on communication has wonderful quotes about listening, service, etc.
This book and the accompanying online resources are a welcome addition to the education of new physical therapists in the performance of all aspects of an examination. They go beyond presenting a collection of special tests and keep the clinical reasoning underlying the examination process at the forefront. This book is appropriate across various practice settings (i.e. acute, home health, outpatient). A particular strength is the section pertaining to communication, which is especially poignant and insightful.
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