Background: Little is known about medical screening and differential diagnosis (MSDD) preparation of physical therapist students. Methods: Professional degree physical therapist programs in the U.S. were surveyed regarding MSDD content and faculty perception of graduate competence. Results: Fifty-five of 226 programs responded for a 24.3% response rate. Sixty-six percent strongly agreed that students were adequately prepared to perform MSDD with patients who are referred, whereas 47.3% strongly agreed for patients who are direct access. Faculty board specialty certification status affected perception of student competence (p=0.04). Increased emphasis during clinical affiliations was the most beneficial way to increase student knowledge of MSDD skills. Non-response bias assessment was non-significant. Conclusion: Increasing clinical exposure was the top recommendation for expanding both faculty and student knowledge and skills. Factors potentially impacting student preparation in MSDD content have been identified and require further study.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Allied Health|
|State||Published - May 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health