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Identifying Expert Physical Therapists: Part 2

Previously, I discussed the attributes of expert physical therapists. Experts share an inner drive for continual learning and improvement of their craft. Experts collaborate with patients to solve problems and possess a belief that patients are responsible for their own health. Several other related themes include spending more time with their patients, placing a greater emphasis on educating […]

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What is Expertise in Physical Therapy?

Recent changes in health care have placed increased pressure on physical therapists to become more efficient and effective with their treatments. More so than ever, the diagnosis, treatment, and education of a patient must be done quickly and accurately in a limited number of treatment sessions. In order to practice in such an environment, physical therapists must […]

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Shared Decision Making in Physical Therapy

Shared decision making between a patient and health care provider is linked with improved patient satisfaction, adherence to treatment, and health outcomes. Involving a patient in decision making may also reduce anxiety and improve confidence in any physical therapy treatment plan. Traditional models of health care use a provider focused approach which does not always incorporate patient […]

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Communication and the Patient-Therapist Relationship

Physical therapist communication skills

The result of physical therapy treatment relies on the interplay between the technical ability, communication skills, and reflective capacity of the therapist to respond to the patient’s needs.  In previous articles we discussed how a positive patient-therapist relationship is associated with improved satisfaction and treatment outcomes. Now we turn to which specific factors influence this relationship […]

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Patient-Centered Communication

The therapeutic alliance refers to the collaboration between a patient and medical provider, their affective bond, and agreement on treatment goals. The therapeutic alliance was described in more detail in a previous article. As a matter of review, trust and empathy have also been closely linked with the therapeutic alliance. Research has shown that maximizing the therapeutic […]

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Physical Therapist-Patient Relationship

The relationship, or alliance, between a patient and medical provider has been considered a critical factor in the success of any treatment plan. The therapeutic alliance refers to the sense of collaboration, warmth, trust, and support between a patient and their medical provider (physician, physical therapist, etc). There are three proposed components which contribute to the […]

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Patient Satisfaction in Physical Therapy

Health care in the U.S. is shifting towards a value-based system where patient satisfaction plays a key role in the patient experience. Patient satisfaction is a reflection of the individuals overall experience with receiving a given treatment. It can be viewed from two perspectives: the quality of care and customer service. Individuals who are satisfied with the care […]

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The Same Physical Therapist

Frozen shoulder

Longitudinal continuity refers to a patient seeing the same health care provider over time and developing a therapeutic relationship built upon trust. Research has shown that longitudinal continuity with the same primary care physician is associated with high satisfaction, trust, and adherence1. Later I will touch on similar research undertaken in outpatient physical therapy practices. It is […]

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Direct Access Physical Therapy: Q & A

Many healthcare consumers are unaware of the fact that they are free to access the services of a physical therapist without a physician referral. Every state allows for evaluation and some form of treatment without a physician referral. This has been the case in the state of New Jersey for almost 15 years, yet most of the […]

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Neck Pain: Postural Correction Strategies

Exercise for neck pain

Retraining neutral sitting posture is an important factor in the recovery from of an episode of neck pain and also for preventing future episodes of neck pain. Sitting postural correction becomes especially important for those of us who spend a great deal of our time working at a computer or seated at a workstation of […]

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