Fundamentals of the Physical Therapy Examination: Patient Interview and Tests & Measures

Fundamentals of the Physical Therapy Examination: Patient Interview and Tests & Measures
2nd Ed.
2018 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
Stacie J. Fruth, PT, DHSc, OCS
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-09962-1
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-09963-8
Physical Therapy, Allied Health


"This book meets its purpose in every way. [It is] comprehensive but made for the clinical world. Both the online and print versions are true assets for teaching this subject."
- Jeff B. Yaver, PT (Kaiser Permanente) for Doody's Review Service

Fundamentals of the Physical Therapy Examination: Patient Interview and Tests & Measures, Second Edition provides physical therapy students and clinicians with the necessary tools to determine what questions to ask and what tests and measures to perform during a patient exam. This text utilizes a fundamental, step-by-step approach to the subjective and objective portions of the examination process for a broad spectrum of patients. This edition has been updated and revised to reflect the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice 3.0, and it also features new and extensive coverage of goniometry and manual muscle testing techniques with more than 300 new photographs.

Features and Benefits

  • • Videos demonstrating numerous assessment techniques as well as two patient interviews.
  • • New and extensive coverage of manual muscle testing and goniometry in Chapter 9
  • • Three new subjective documentation examples are introduced in Chapter 4, with each subsequent chapter closing with additional documentation for each case specific to the tests and measures introduced in that chapter
  • • New section on Mobility and Locomotion links coverage of posture and gait in Chapter 6
  • • Brief case and sample documentation examples accompany coverage of each test and measure
  • • Priority or Pointless feature indicates when a particular assessment tool should be considered a priority.

Doody's Reviews

Score: 89/100
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book and the accompanying online resources are a welcome addition to the education of new physical therapists in the performance of all aspects of an examination. They go beyond presenting a collection of special tests and keep the clinical reasoning underlying the examination process at the forefront. This book is appropriate across various practice settings (i.e. acute, home health, outpatient). A particular strength is the section pertaining to communication, which is especially poignant and insightful."

-- Jeff Yaver, PT (University of Florida Health, Jacksonville) Doody's Review


The intended audience is student physical therapists as well as novice clinicians. Physical therapy students who might need help or review during their clinical rotations would specifically benefit from this book as well. The author is founding chair, professor, and director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Western Michigan University. She has been teaching in this area since 2003 and obtained her Orthopaedics Clinical Specialist certification in 2011.

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