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Secondary Gains
by Toni Patt
If you work in physical therapy, sooner or later you're going to encounter a patient, friend or relative who is making secondary gains off the patient's illness. In my experience, this usually revolves around money or special attention. I have a patient Read More...
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Life as a CEU Instructor
by Toni Patt
Today's lunch topic was my life when I travel to teach. I realized no one really thinks about the person presenting the course. I didn't think about it until I started teaching. Usually my main concerns were signing in, getting the manual, and getting Read More...
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Horse Show or TPTA Conference?
by Toni Patt
This afternoon I received the monthly email from the Texas Physical Therapy Association. It contained a prospectus for the upcoming annual conference and early registration. This is much smaller than the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, probably not Read More...
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What If It Happened to Me?
by Toni Patt
Every time I teach, I travel to different cities. Each course brings questions and stories about past and present patients. The general theme of these conversations is either to ask advice or describe a success story. Last week I heard something different. Read More...
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Volunteering Update
by Toni Patt
In past posts, I've expressed frustration at volunteering for various opportunities within the APTA and the Neurology Section. A few months ago, I was nominated for a position on the nominating committee for the stroke special interest group. The results Read More...
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The Baby Cam is Not Skilled Therapy
by Toni Patt
There has always been some conflict between therapy and nursing. Each complains about what the other does or doesn't do. Last week I saw something that floored me. I went into the nursing office looking for a chart. I didn't find the chart. I did find Read More...
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Finally Something I Enjoy
by Toni Patt
Anyone who reads my blog with regularity knows the last year has been a struggle for me. I lost my beloved job. I was fired for being ethical. I encountered more than my share of unethical and self-serving people. During all of that, I hung on and kept Read More...
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What Do I Include in CEUs?
by Toni Patt
Recently I took on another challenge, writing a CEU module. When I agreed to do it, I thought no problem. This is what I teach. I already have an outline and references. I can just fill in the words. After I started writing, I realized something. When Read More...
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Maybe it's a Question of Time
by Toni Patt
Last week I questioned what the definition of skilled therapy was . I had worked with several patients the previous weekend whose only deficit was the need for supervision. I've realized I wasn't clear in describing those patients. All of them had been Read More...
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What Is the Definition of Skilled Therapy?
by Toni Patt
I've been noticing a disturbing trend lately. More and more facilities are considering the need for supervision as a need for skilled therapy. Back in the day, patients referred to SNFs and outpatient had an obvious need. They had trouble walking. They Read More...
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Time and Money
by Toni Patt
Now that I'm home from CSM, I've had an opportunity to process all of the information. Most of the presentations were excellent. Those that weren't purely theoretical had a common theme. We have to maximize what we do because we're spending less and less Read More...
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Ready for CSM
by Toni Patt
SAN DIEGO -- Just like my fellow ADVANCE blogger Lauren , I'll be attending the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego. CSM happens this week so I'm already in my hotel. I've registered and picked up my materials. I attended my pre-conference workshop Read More...
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Learning from My Mistake
by Toni Patt
Because I ride horses competitively, I spend many hours taking lessons. Just like my patients, I'm trying to learn and master motor skills. Sometimes I get it right, sometimes not. This morning it hit me how similar my learning experiences are to those Read More...
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A Disappointing Outcome
by Toni Patt
When I started my current job, I was given a request. Help Jenny (not her real name) walk again. Jenny had a devastating stroke four months prior to that and was just beginning to wake up. At first they didn't think she'd live. Then they didn't think Read More...
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Secret Santa Drama
by Toni Patt
I don't know about anyone else but I can't wait for Christmas to come and go. Things need to get back to normal, or what passes for normal. I'm not a holiday person. I don't go out of my way to celebrate them. Holidays are actually my favorite days to Read More...
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