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A Physiotherapist's Guide to Clinical Measurement, 1e (Physiotherapist's Tool Box) Hardcover – 27 Mar 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 1 Spi edition (27 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044306783X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0443067839
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This text describes physiotherapy measurement tools which can be used on patients with musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory disorders.' April 2010

'The book is straightforward for the reader to navigate, with chapters set out in anatomical regions by joint with a final chapter on the respiratory system...This provides a handy reference for students or clinicians.

...an accessisble, practical guide of measurement methods. It is a useful reference book fo student and newly qualified physiotehrapists.' Jane Hislop, School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK / Physiotherapy 96 (2010) : 265

'...an accessible and navigable guide...' Stephen Mutch, Scottish Rugby & SPACE Clinics, Edinburgh, UK / Physical Therapy in Sport 11 (2010) : 143

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Format: Hardcover
Having come across the special tests version of this book first (Neuromusculoskeletal Clinical Tests), I wondered if there was a book that covered the other half of the objective assessment tests; there is and this is it.

It's in the same format as the other book (A5 spiral-bound hardback) which makes it easy to use and transport. The writing style is concise and clear making this a joy to read when compared to the long winded and at times extremely confusing writing style of many books of its ilk. It handily references in text using the Harvard style so it is easy to see where information comes from if you wanted to find out more.

The scope of this book is surprising in its range: each chapter dedicated to a particular joint covers the anatomy of the area and then goes on to describe the assessment of range of movement for that joint. It also covers the muscle testing (using the oxford scale) for associated muscles, which can be another sticky area for students, as well as a chapter on basic respiratory tests. While it could do with more pictures (mostly for the anatomy section), it does what it says on the tin and more.

Evidence based practice is of great importance to most physios and this book reflects that through its addition of a chapter on reliability and validity of the different assessment tools. However I will note that while the evidence is all there, most of it is located at the end of the book in numerous tables. It does attempt to do this is a more concise way in the first chapter but ends up more describing the measurement tools and what they are commonly used for than giving details on their reliability and validity.
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Format: Hardcover
The hard cover and ring bound pages makes for a hard wearing book that is easily accessible. Although the index is sufficient use of colour coded sections, relating to specific joints, would make searching faster. The layout of the book is clear. Images are black and white but of good quality and enhance the understanding of each measurement technique. Use of tables breaks the text up making reading easy without any daunting reams of text.

The measurement techniques are explained clearly and all areas of the body are covered including spirometry. Inclusion of anatomy, surface palpation and Oxford muscle grading is useful for undergraduates and a simple reminder for those with more experience. The introduction to reliability and validity of measurement tools is useful, but lacks depth of explanation. Addition of information relating to ICC measures etc would provide the reader with understanding of the evidence and statistical values and therefore an ability to judge the value/validity of evidence/measure. The main change i'd make with this book is to move the evidence from the appendix and include it in each chapter. This way the reader can evaluate the benefit and validity of each technique from an evidence base. With the evidence at the back it is much harder to relate technique to validity.

Overall a useful book for the undergraduate to brush up on their anatomy and learn the basics of muscle testing and clinical measurement. Although the authors state they don't evaluate the use of clinical measurement techniques against the evidence within this book I feel that would be an improvement to this book.
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By Kyle1 on 19 Dec. 2014
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Great companion to the neuromuscular green book at a reasonable price and would recommend this to Sports Massage Therapists as well as physiotherapists, personal trainers etc.
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