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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Characteristics of Clinical Reasoning in Physical Therapist Assistant Students
by Cencetti, Melissa Ann, Ed.D., Wilkes University, 2019, 117; 22620461
Abstract (Summary)

Clinical reasoning (CR) is a critical skill that all health care professionals utilize to make clinical decisions. Yet no published research exists on CR in physical therapist assistant (PTA) students. This study was a quantitative nonexperimental exploration of PTA program directors’ perspectives on qualities of CR in PTA students and on the correlation between the concepts of the integrated clinical education theory and the development of CR during clinical education experiences. For the study, a Google Forms© questionnaire was developed and emailed to 370 PTA program directors, and the majority considered CR to be a data-driven decision-making process used to modify interventions. The respondents believed that CR is an important skill for PTA students and that the nine ICET concepts are important in developing CR. However, according to the Kendall’s tau-b results, only three ICET concepts are significantly related (<0.05) to clinical education experiences. Productivity requirements and individual differences between clinical instructors potentially interfere with CR skill development. With the changing dynamics and requirements of health care facilities, PTA program directors may need to find alternative methods to develop these skills.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Letwinsky, Karim
Commitee: Jessee, Mary Ann, Chard, Robin
School: Wilkes University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Publication Number: 22620461
ISBN: 9781687964038
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