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Pediatric Update w/ Joe Schreiber, PT, PhD


PEDIATRIC UPDATE:  Outcome Measures in Pediatric Physical Therapy: “What should I measure, how often should I measure it, and what should I do with the results?” Presented by: Joseph Schreiber, PT, PhD

June 10, 2017

8:30am – 4:00 pm
Gateway Community College, Phoenix, AZ

Pediatric physical therapists have a wide variety of choices for standardized tests and measures. The purpose of this continuing education course is to guide participants in evidence-based decision making for optimal selection, administration, interpretation, and sharing results of pediatric outcome measures. The ICF framework will be used to guide course discussion and content. Knowledge translation strategies will be discussed as a means to support sharing the information with professional colleagues, children, and families. The focus of the course is on collaborating with children and families to determine the goals of physical therapy, identifying child and environmental changes necessary for goal attainment, and selecting appropriate outcome measures to guide clinical decision making.

Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Apply the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) : The ICF provides a framework for making decisions on body functions and body structures, environmental, and personal factors that are important for achievement of goals for activity and participation.Participation is discussed as the ultimate outcome of pediatric rehabilitation.
  • Select, administer, and interpret standardized tests and measures to optimize clinical decision making: Principles of tests & measures are described and applied including interpretation of norms and standardized scores. Types of measures and selection of reliable and valid measures are discussed at the impairment, activity, and participation levels.
  • Collaborate with children and families to set goals: The process of sharing outcomes data and goal setting with children and families will be discussed and practiced.
  • Measure individualized outcomes using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure and Goal Attainment Scaling
Speaker: Joseph Schreiber, PT, PhD received a BS in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986, an MS in Pediatric Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in 1992, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from Duquesne University in 2007. He was a clinical specialist in pediatrics between 1994 and 2014, and has worked in a wide variety of pediatric clinical settings, including The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh for the past several years. He is currently Professor and Director of the Physical Therapy Program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Dr. Schreiber was the chair of the Education Committee of the Section on Pediatrics (now the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy) from 2008 until 2011, and served as President of the Academy between 2011 and 2017. Dr. Schreiber has presented at multiple conferences on the use of standardized pediatric tests & measures to guide clinical decision making and has published a number of research articles on strategies for translation of research evidence into clinical practice.


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