We recently interviewed Stacie J. Fruth, PT, DHSci, OCS, author of Fundamentals of the Physical Therapy Examination: Patient Interview and Tests & Measures, a unique text with companion videos that introduces physical therapy students to essential screening and examination techniques that form the foundation of their practice, across all body systems, and helps them develop clinical decision-making skills. Stacie Fruth gave so many insightful responses-- even why it's called the "purple book"-- that we couldn't wait to make the interview into a Podcast!
Asked why she wrote Fundamentals of the Physical Therapy Examination: Patient Interview and Tests & Measures and developed the companion videos, Fruth said that,
“I was teaching a course sequence that taught patient interview and basic tests & measures, and as a new faculty I went in search of a textbook, and I was quite surprised that I could not find what I was looking for . . . . I also thought it was important to include videos for as many of the tests & measures as possible so students could learn from watching the techniques multiple times.”
Preview a sample video now:
Since “many students enter a PT program having never held a reflex hammer, or never done a blood pressure," Fruth points out that they,
"...have a lot of anxiety about the first clinical and worry, 'Am I going to do things right?' Students can use these portable resources to prepare for their first clinical and maybe take the manual along to their first clinical. I wanted to give them a little confidence to have the how-to manual right there with them.”
Fruth also discusses the importance of doing a patient interview, saying that,
"You would be hard pressed to find a skilled clinician that didn’t think the patient interview is the most vital aspect of the patient examination; if you listen to the patient and watch the patient, many times they will tell you what is going on with them. To be able to do a really good patient interview is so incredibly valuable. [The text and videos] guide students through the exam and interview and the important components of the interview, and every student needs to learn the basic fundamental tests & measures. I don’t think there is a text out there that demonstrates how to do the step-by-step of how to do tests."