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Physical therapy observation and assessment in the neonatal intensive care unit.
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PMID:  23311522     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
ABSTRACT This article presents the elements of the Observation and Assessment section of the Infant Care Path for Physical Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The types of physical therapy assessments presented in this path are evidence-based and the suggested timing of these assessments is primarily based on practice knowledge from expert therapists, with supporting evidence cited. Assessment in the NICU begins with a thorough review of the health care record. Assessment proceeds by using the least invasive methods of gathering the behavioral, developmental, physiologic, and musculoskeletal information needed to implement a physical therapy plan of care. As the neonate matures and can better tolerate handling, assessment methods include lengthier standardized tests with the psychometric properties needed for informing diagnosis and intervention planning. Standardized tests and measures for screening, diagnosis, and developmental assessment are appraised and special considerations for assessment of neonates in the NICU are discussed.
Eilish Byrne; Suzann K Campbell
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1541-3144     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Occup Ther Pediatr     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109120     Medline TA:  Phys Occup Ther Pediatr     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  39-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
1Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University , Palo Alto, CA , USA.
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