Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT – Professor, Walsh University
Differential Diagnosis: Which Clinical Tests are the Best?
September 15, 2012
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
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In clinical practice, physical therapists use tests and measures for a probabilistic approach to clinical decision making. This decision making approach requires that the tests and measures provide tangible value and can alter the post-test probability of diagnosis or prognosis. Recent evidence also dictates that selected tests should be used either early in the examination process to rule out contenders or late in the examination process to confirm hypotheses. Use of diagnostic accuracy values such as sensitivity, specificity, and positive likelihood ratios has improved our ability to discriminate tests’ strengths. The focus of this course is to provide those tests and measures and the appropriate order within an examination that improves probability of a correct diagnosis or outcome.
- Recognize and apply appropriate diagnostic accuracy measures for use in spot diagnosis (screening), differentiation, and confirmation.
- Utilize appropriate checklists to measure the strength of a test and measures’ accuracy scores.
- Integrate selected clinical findings into prognostic outcomes.
- Identify applications of prognosis that are useful in designing appropriate care plans for patients.
- Understand how the concepts associated with diagnosis also carry over to prescriptive care and apply these elements using evidence
Continuing Education Units
Direct Access CEUs : 5
General Access CEUs: 2
Total CEUs: 7
Course Level: Intermediate
|8:30||Probabilistic Decision Making for Differential Diagnosis|
|9:00||Consequences of Medical Errors|
|9:30||Language of Diagnosis|
|10:15||Spot Diagnosis/Screening Tests and Measures|
|11:00||Best Neurological Tests|
|1:00||Cervical and Orofacial Pain Tests and Measures|
|1:30||Best Shoulder Tests and Measures|
|2:00||Best Elbow, Forearm, Wrist/Hand Tests and Measures|
|2:45||Best Thoracic Spine Tests and Measures|
|3:00||Best Lumbopelvic Tests and Measures|
|3:30||Best Hip Tests and Measures|
|3:45||Best Knee Tests and Measures|
|4:15||Best Ankle Foot Tests and Measures|
About the Speaker
Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, OCS, FAAOMPT is a Professor and Chair at Walsh University. He is also a consulting associate professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and the University of Otago, in New Zealand. Dr. Cook received his Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy at Maryville University in 1990, a Masters of Business Administration in 1999, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) at Texas Tech University in 2003. He was certified as an orthopedic manual therapist in 2001, achieved APTA board certified orthopedic specialization in 2002, and received fellowship status at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2006.
Dr. Cook has published well over 125 peer reviewed papers and has two textbooks in their 2nd edition: Orthopedic Manual Therapy: An evidence based approach and Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests: An evidence based approach. Dr Cook has published several book chapters in other textbooks and has presented internationally at over 140 presentations/conferences. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. He has been a senior faculty and lecturer in peripheral and spine joint mobilization with Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars for over 15 years. He is currently the treasurer of AAOMPT.
Dr. Cook has won numerous awards locally at Duke for teaching, is a recent winner of the OPTP/JMMT literature review award in 2003 and 2005, was the 2009 winner of the top educator award for the American Physical Therapy Association, is the 2008 recipient of the Helen Bradley career achievement award and is the 2005 winner of the J Warren Perry Distinguished Authorship Award. He is also the 2011 Winner of the AAOMPT Excellence in Research Award.