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Reading and Writing for Physical Therapists


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This power point is about what physical therapists read and write in their field after their education is done.

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Reading and Writing for Physical Therapists

  1. 1. Physical Therapy <br />Reading and Writing in the Field <br />By: Adam Ireland<br />
  2. 2. This presentation focuses on what physical therapists read and write as professionals. <br />But first, you need to know a little background information about Physical Therapy and the Therapists. <br />
  3. 3. The Profession<br /><ul><li>Physical Therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health care that utilizes different exercises and equipment to improve, restore, or maintain a patients physical mobility.
  4. 4. Physical therapists work at hospitals, nursing homes, private clinics, and some even visit patients in their own homes </li></li></ul><li>The Clientele<br />Physical Therapists (P.T.s) work a variety of patients ranging from infants to the elderly. They work with patients suffering from injuries, birth defects, and/or diseases that affect physical mobility.<br />
  5. 5. The Job Duties<br />When a patients first comes to a Physical Therapy clinic, their therapist examines several factors that determine the patients treatment plan. <br />After the initial evaluation, the patient’s physical therapist will develop a treatment plan that best suit the patients needs. <br />
  6. 6. Education Requirements <br />In order to practice Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in the United States, one would need to hold a Masters Degree or a Doctoral Degree in physical therapy, and pass a state licensure exam.<br /><ul><li>Masters degree programs last 2 years
  7. 7. Doctors degree programs last 3 years</li></ul>Before one can pursue a degree in Physical Therapy, you need to hold a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited university. <br /><ul><li>Pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy ( D.P.T.) doesn’t require a particular undergraduate degree but Kinesiology is a good B.S. to hold. Some schools offer a pre-physical therapy program to ensure students have the necessary science courses before they pursue a DPT.</li></li></ul><li>Now that you know about the profession, here are some examples of what they read and write as part of their job.<br />Reading<br />Monthly journals<br />Bi-Weekly magazines<br />Patients’ Medical records<br />Patients progress reports<br /> Writing<br />Patient progress reports <br />Patient Evaluations and Re-Evaluations<br />Discharge papers<br />Treatment plan and Exercises <br />Three physical therapists were interviewed on what they read and write in the field. The following information was collected and is primary information on the topic.<br />
  8. 8. Interviews <br />Primary Sources<br />Three physical therapists were interviewed on what they read and write as professionals. <br />Julie, P.T., works at Ray A. Yumang Rehab Service center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. <br />Melissa, P.T., works at Bradford House Nursing Home in Bentonville, Arkansas<br />Jennifer Fowlers, P.T. works at Performance Physical Therapy Group in Fayetteville, Arkansas<br />Two of the three therapists only wanted their first names to be in the presentation. <br />
  9. 9. Daily Reading <br />Medical Charts - Reading and writing patient treatment charts is a daily task. Every day, PTs and PTA’s (Physical Therapy Assistants) read a patients chart in order to carry out treatment. Charts contain information on what type of injury the patient suffers from, what medication the patient is on, pre-existing conditions, and their treatment plan.<br /><ul><li>“We have a chart for each patient that comes in. Generally , I’ll read what their treatment is for the day if I am working with them. The PTA’s(Physical Therapy Assistants) read the charts more than we do on a daily basis.” says Julie.</li></li></ul><li>Weekly Reading <br />Weekly Charts - At the Bradford House Nursing Home, the PT Melissa reads medical notes for each of her patients weekly. <br /><ul><li>“ Every Friday I get notes from the nurses on the residents I work with. Say, for example, a resident takes 100 mg of medicine one week, and their dosage is upped to 150 mg, I have to be aware before I start treatment that following week.” said Melissa.</li></ul>Bi-Weekly Magazine- Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine– All three PTs read this magazine. It comes twice a month and updates PTs on the latest news, equipment, and trends in Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine<br />
  10. 10. Monthly Reading<br />The American Physical Therapy Association produces a monthly journal that feature articles that deal with new therapy techniques for a variety of different ailments. All three PTs interview are subscribers of this magazine.<br />Yearly Readings<br />Every two years, all PT’s are required to take 20 hours of continuing education classes. The reading material was not specified but the courses are completed online. <br />APTA Monthly Journal<br />
  11. 11. Writing<br />Daily Writing <br />Weekly Writing<br /> Every day, notes are written on patients charts for the PT to review before the next treatment appointment. PT’s and PTA’s write about the following :<br />Any new medication the patient was put on in between treatments.<br />Any pain or discomfort while doing the exercises<br />Patients difficulty with the exercises<br />Any complaints the patient has about his or her therapy.<br />Every new patient has to be evaluated and have a treatment plan written out for them to follow over the course of their treatment time. <br />Generally, the exercise plan is written for the entire treatment time. However, if problems occur during treatment, changes in the exercises can be made. <br />“New patients come in every week.” says Jennifer. <br />
  12. 12. “Some PT’s do monthly re-evaluations, but other than that there is nothing that you have to write monthly or yearly.” says Jennifer. <br /> Other than patient evaluations, none of the professionals interviewed mentioned any yearly or monthly writing. <br />Monthly/Yearly Writing <br />
  13. 13. Advice for Students<br />“Read any kind medical terminology books, anatomy, physiology, neurology, and kinesiology books.” said Julie.<br />For students entering the field, any books related to the human body and how it moves are good to read. <br />As for writing, “Just learn the medical terminology and you’ll be good to go.” says Jennifer. <br />
  14. 14. Secondary Sources<br />&quot;Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 edition.&quot; United States Department of Labor. 2008 -2009. Department of Labor, Web. 7 Dec 2009. &lt;;. <br />&quot;CAPTE Accredited Physical Therapist Education Programs.&quot; APTA American Physical Therapy Association. 2009. APTA, Web. 7 Dec 2009. &lt;;.<br />&quot;A World of Physical Therapy.&quot; Physical 2009. Web. 7 Dec 2009. &lt;;.<br />