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Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course

Foundational Clinical Decision Making

Lecture Name

Foundational Clinical Decision Making     $59.90

This lecture is part of the following course:
Differential Diagnosis


Differential diagnosis is a term used to describe the process of improving the probability of a correct diagnosis and an appropriate application of treatment. Selected epidemiological concepts (e.g., sensitivity, specificity and likelihood ratios) allow the clinician to target the most effective tests and measures to further improve probability.

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.

Contact Hours: 2.00


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

Following your active participation in this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the elements necessary for differential diagnosis;
  2. Compare and contrast diseases and syndromes;
  3. Understand the components of clinical gestalt and recognize the limitations of this reasoning method;
  4. Outline and identify internal biases associated with clinical decision making;
  5. Analyze the weaknesses of all clinical tests and measures;
  6. Develop a working vocabulary of the language of diagnostic accuracy;
  7. Recognize and apply tips for improving pre-test probability;
  8. Understand the role of order in an examination.
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