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ERIC Number: EJ1003658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 144
ISSN: ISSN-0194-2638
Physical Therapy Observation and Assessment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Byrne, Eilish; Campbell, Suzann K.
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, v33 n1 p39-74 Feb 2013
This article presents the elements of the Observation and Assessment section of the Infant Care Path for Physical Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The types of physical therapy assessments presented in this path are evidence-based and the suggested timing of these assessments is primarily based on practice knowledge from expert therapists, with supporting evidence cited. Assessment in the NICU begins with a thorough review of the health care record. Assessment proceeds by using the least invasive methods of gathering the behavioral, developmental, physiologic, and musculoskeletal information needed to implement a physical therapy plan of care. As the neonate matures and can better tolerate handling, assessment methods include lengthier standardized tests with the psychometric properties needed for informing diagnosis and intervention planning. Standardized tests and measures for screening, diagnosis, and developmental assessment are appraised and special considerations for assessment of neonates in the NICU are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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