Making a Case for Writing Reports: Interdisciplinary Team

Audience: All rehabilitation disciplines, PT, OT, SLP, ATC, Audiology
Course level: Beginner to intermediate
Date: March 8, 2011
Check-in time: 5:30-6 p.m.
Class time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Location:  University of Minnesota Medical Center, East Building, Brennan Center
                   2450 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN  55454

Contact hours: 2.25

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Mary Weddle, PT, D.S.C., is associate professor, Curriculum Co-Director, and Director of Clinical Education for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program at the College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis. Her clinical background has been primarily in the area of adult neuro-rehabilitation; most recently she has practiced on-call in geriatric sub-acute physical therapy. She is a Credentialed Trainer for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program (basic and advanced courses). Dr. Weddle’s scholarly interests are in the areas of exercise behavior in older women and education. She serves as research adviser for D.P.T students writing case reports and she believes strongly in the importance of case report literature in the physical therapy profession.

John Schmitt, PT, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the College of St. Catherine Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program. His primary teaching areas are research methods, evidence- based practice and outpatient orthopedics. Dr. Schmitt’s ongoing research interests involve the methods used for measurement of physical disability and functional outcomes in clinical populations and the study of risk factors for musculoskeletal overuse injuries. He is currently serving as co-chair of the Research Committee for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Course description
This course will explore the role of case reports in the physical therapy research literature and will provide P.T./P.T.A.  and other clinicians with guidelines on how to write a case report. The structure, components and types of case reports will be discussed, along with criteria for evaluating the quality of a published case report. Small group discussion will focus on a sample case report from the physical therapy literature, which will be made available to attendees in advance. Suggestions and guidelines will be given for presenting clinical cases at professional conferences or contributing to the professional research literature by writing a case report for publication.

Required reading
Participants of this course are required to read an assigned case report PRIOR to the course and will be expected to bring a copy of the case report to the course in order to facilitate discussion.  The citation will be provided for the article before the start of the course via email.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Describe the value of case reports within the larger context of scientific inquiry in physical therapy practice
• Describe the essential components (structure) of a case report
• Analyze the credibility of a published case report
• Identify patients/clients/topics in a physical therapy practice setting that might be appropriately described in case report format
• Describe opportunities for professional presentation of case reports (conference, publications, poster presentation)
• Identify resources to support a clinician in the process of writing a case report

5:30 p.m.        Registration/Check-in
6:00 p.m.        Why case reports are important (introduction)
6:30 p.m.       What a case report should look like (components of case reports)
7:15 p.m.       Break
7:30 p.m.       What makes a case report great (critique of a published case report)
8:15 p.m.       How to make it happen (support for writing case reports – barriers?)
8:30 p.m.       Adjourn

This course is eligible for AOTA approved provider credit.  Fairview is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.  AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

The is course is approved for Category I continuing education credit by the Board of Physical Therapy.

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