This course focuses on the development of the skills needed by physical therapists to fulfill their role as effective clinical participants in the research process. This course requires the student to carefully review case reports in the literature and use them as samples to help prepare their own case report, which is the capstone project for their Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. After selecting developing a topic/client for their capstone project, the students will prepare a basic ‘case report’ proposal that will necessitate approval by the course instructor followed by the assignment of an advisor. Once the proposal has been approved by the instructor and an advisor assigned a basic case description including a thorough literature review (using APTA guidelines for publication) explanation of proposed examination, evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, and outcome measure(s) should be developed. The assigned advisor will guide the student through the completion of the case report document.
Upon successful completion of this content area, the therapist will: