Clinical Decision-Making of 3rd Year DPT Students: Intervention or Referral?

About the Study

This study examines the clinical decision-making ability of 3rd year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students. This study is needed to help support future physical therapists quest for Unrestricted Direct Access (UDA) everywhere in the U.S. in accordance with the American Physical Therapy Associations (APTA) "Vision 2020."

The APTA's Vision 2020 states, "By 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and environmental barriers related to movement, function, and health."

As such, we are interested in the ability of DPT students to identify physical therapy "red flags" (symptoms that are associated with an increased liklihood of a serious condition) and correctly decide whether to provide physical therapy intervention or medical referral for a patient being evaluated through (UDA).

Purpose

The purpose of our study is to examine the clinical decision-making ability of 3rd year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for this study if you are a 3rd year DPT student or if you are a physician or licensed PT who is interested in helping physical therapists gain autonomous direct access in Illinois.

Your Help Is Needed

Third year DPT students - please review our informational flier and take our online survey.

Physicians - please review our informational flier and take our online survey specifically created for physicians. 

Researchers:

  • Dr. Christina Odeh
    codeh@niu.edu 
    (815)753-6247
    (630)557-9648
  • Nicole Theissing, SPT