Date of Award

1993

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Department

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Henry C. Wessman

Keywords

Physical Therapy -- methods; Physical Therapy -- standards

Abstract

The Pediatric Physical Therapists in the state of North Dakota have developed Guidelines of Practice. As part of this process, there was a need for a through review of the assessment and evaluation information used by pediatric therapists. This independent study report should fill that need. By reviewing the literature, information was gathered on how to assess evaluation instruments and the scope information a review of of was two the instrumentation available. This then organized into five categories with or three tests in each category. A total of 14 standardized tests are reviewed. A description of each test is provided, along with a review of the quality of standardization. In addition, a survey was given to Pediatric Physical Therapists practicing in North Dakota. A summary of their thoughts are presented in several of the test descriptions. The author concludes that the development of standardized tests for Physical Therapists is in its infancy. In order to keep the Physical Therapy ,profession an integral part of the management of disorders in children, it is necessary to be able to prove the efficacy of treatment through a standardized evaluation.

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