Fundamentals of Tests and Measures for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Fundamentals of Tests and Measures for the Physical Therapist Assistant
1st Ed.
2020 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
Stacie J. Fruth, PT, DHSc, OCS; Carol Fawcett, MEd
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-14713-1
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-14715-5
Physical Therapy, Allied Health


Intended as a go-to reference for both PTA students and recent graduates alike, Fundamentals of Tests and Measures for the Physical Therapist Assistant considers the role of the physical therapist assistant in collecting subjective and objective data.

The text is presented in two parts. The first part describes the role of the PTA in the patient examination process while establishing the fundamentals of subjective data collection. The second part then introduces the reader to the process of collecting objective data using tests and measures, with these tests and measures organized by the type of condition for which each would be most appropriate.

Numerous skill demonstration videos, located online, are provided as a reference for readers. Brief, case examples, accompanied by sample documentation, enable the reader to understand each test and measure in the context of a patient scenario.

Features and Benefits

  • • Features more than 70 Videos demonstrating relevant tests and measures.
  • • Includes a dynamic art program containing photographs, graphics, and tables that supplement the easy-to-understand explanations to help reinforce learning of key concepts.
  • • Provides a review of relevant anatomy and terminology.
  • • Incorporates case examples after each test and measure, highlighting how information gathered from the patient leads to the selection of particular tests and measures and documentation of the findings.
  • • Emphasizes the importance of verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as the documentation of subjective data.

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This title offers the best of several popular books used in physical therapy education programs. Having the best information in one resource is advantageous."

-- Chris Noland, PTA, BS (Restore Therapy Services) Doody's Review


According to the authors, the intended audience is students, but both physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in my clinic have used it as a reference on several occasions. It serves as a valued resource beyond its intended audience.

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