Clinical Decision Making for the Physical Therapist Assistant is a practical
guide to developing the clinical judgment essential to effective patient care.
Co-authored by two prominent physical therapy educators, this informative reference
addresses a skill that is crucial to the success of Physical Therapist Assistants
(PTAs). Designed to integrate decision making into PTA education, it covers
the types of decisions that must be made in physical therapy treatment and offers
sound guidance on how to make them. Critical thinking questions and treatment
activities are included with each chapter to enable students to apply what they’ve
learned to real-life situations. This text is a valuable resource for intermediate
and post intermediate physical therapist assistant courses.
· Designed Specifically for PTAs
· Provides clear guidance on making everyday clinical decisions
· Covers decision making in the context of major areas of physical therapy
· Integrates decision making into technical education
· Provides examples of decisions encountered in patient care
Intermediate and post-intermediate Physical Therapist Assistant courses.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction to Decision Making
Chapter 2 Clinical Decision Making in Communications
Chapter 3 Clinical Decision Making in Ethical Provision of Physical Therapy Services
Chapter 4 Clinical Decision Making in Gait Training
Chapter 5 Clinical Decision Making in Administering Thermal Modalities
Chapter 6 Clinical Decision Making in Administering Electrical Stimulation
Chapter 7 Clinical Decision Making in Managing Neurological (CNS) Conditions
Chapter 8 Clinical Decision Making in Administering Therapeutic Exercise
Chapter 9 Clinical Decision Making in the Provision of Pediatric Physical Therapy Services
Chapter 10 Clinical Decision Making in the Provision of Geriatric Physical Therapy Services
Chapter 11 Clinical Decision Making in Prosthetic and Orthotic Training
Chapter 12 Clinical Decision Making in Managing Patients with Complex Acute Medical Conditions
Chapter 13 Clinical Decision Making in Clinical Management
About the Author
Steven B. Skinner, PT, MS, EdD-Kingsborough Community College/City University
of New York
Steven B. Skinner is a physical therapy educator and clinician with 25 years of professional experience. He earned his physical therapy credentials from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a masters degree in adapted physical education and a doctorate concentrating in health care education. Dr. Skinner has worked as a clinician and administrator in several major New York metropolitan health care facilities. He has also owned and operated a private practice.
Reviews & Accolades
"Good overview in foundations with applicable scenarios. I will use this
as a recommended text in multiple courses throught the PTA program."
~K. Berrey, Linn State Technical College