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Affe mit Schadel

Published September 9, 2009 4:42 PM by Jason Marketti
Sometimes I feel like Rheinhold's monkey when it comes to figuring out problems or what to do next with patients. 

I will have all the tools necessary (books, measuring devices, adaptive equipment, etc.), but will be unable to figure out what I'm supposed to do with all the information I have on hand. 

It's not about information overload, it's more about unraveling and categorizing the information into something tangible I can work with and then actually doing it.  There are times I am unsure as to what I should do next with a patient or which technique I should employ with them because of all the choices I have and theories that are around. 

When I sit down in our department and observe and assess a patient it may appear that I am doing nothing, but I am formulating a plan based on my knowledge at the time.  That knowledge can and has changed from morning to afternoon depending on which Website I have located and read during my lunch hour. 

I don't want to waste a patient's time during therapy, I want them to understand that they are with me to get better, stronger and back to their highest level possible in the shortest amount of time.  But for me to assist the patient, I have to understand the tools around me and apply them as effectively and efficiently as possible and I think that is where I get stuck.

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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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