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Dreeben-Irimia's Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice for Physical Therapist Assistants + Navigate 2 Advantage Access, 4th Edition

  • Christina M. Barrett
  • ISBN-10: 1284175731
  • ISBN-13: 9781284175738
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Published
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About the Product

Dreeben-Irimia's Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice for Physical Therapist Assistants, Fourth Edition uncovers the “what,” “why,” and “how” of physical therapy. The text thoroughly describes who provides physical therapy, in what setting, and how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants interact with patients, each other, and other healthcare professionals. The Fourth Edition delves into the tools and competencies physical therapists and physical therapist assistants use to care for a diverse population of people in a variety of clinical settings. The book discusses what it means to practice legally, ethically, and professionally, including practical communication skills. The Fourth Edition gives an overview of what becoming a physical therapist assistant will entail and encourages students to use strategic learning activities to be successful during school and beyond.


  • Open-ended Knowledge Check questions encourage students to practice and apply what they are learning

  • Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Student Learning Success
Chapter 2: The Physical Therapy Profession
Chapter 3: Physical Therapist Clinical Practice
Chapter 4: The Physical Therapist Assistant as a Member of the Health Care Team
Chapter 5: Examination, Evaluation, Plan of Care, and Intervention
Chapter 6: Ethics and Professionalism
Chapter 7: Laws and Regulations
Chapter 8: Communication Basics
Chapter 9: Teaching and Learning
Chapter 10: Introduction to Documentation and the Medical Record
Chapter 11: Reimbursement and Research
Chapter 12: Lifelong Success

New to this edition

  • Updated communicationChapter includes a new section on emotional intelligence, as well as updated recommendations for verbal communication and suggestions for dealing with patients with mental health illnesses and extenuating emotional circumstances that may impede therapy
  • Updated documentationChapter now describes point of service documentation and considers the negative consequences of electronic records
  • Updated reimbursement and researchChapter now provides more detail around CPT codes and the 8-minute rule
  • Updated Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reflect CMS’s Quality Strategies, Patient Driven Payment Model, Home Health Patient Driven Groupings Model, and changes to Medicare Part B outpatient therapy services as a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018