"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Free Help Guide for Physical Therapists

Get this free help guide to biostatistics for Physical Therapists from MedPageToday.com

The guide contains familiar terms to physical therapists such as "reliability", "sensitivity" and "specificity" but it also goes into new and important concepts such as "odds ratio", "likelihood ratio" and "relative risk".

As Guy G. Simoneau and Stephen C. Allison comment in the October 2010 Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy:
"...more attention is needed to improve our understanding of the accuracy of commonly used diagnostic tests."
Not all tests are created equal - some commonly used physical therapy tests are nearly worthless.

And, many medical screening tests are sufficiently predictive, simple to use and within the scope of practice of physical therapists. This guide will help you understand the tools and concepts needed to evaluate the tests.

I hope you download and enjoy this free help guide from MedPageToday.com.


  1. cant find the link for downloading the guide

  2. Hello,

    can't find the link to the guide.
    can you pls let me know the address to download it?

    thanks in advance,



  3. excellent points and the details are more specific than elsewhere, thanks.

    - Thomas


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