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Productivity Woes
by Dean Metz
Many of my fellow ADVANCE bloggers have been voicing concerns over productivity standards where they work. There is concern over not being able to reach targets and still do required work that's not billable; concern over working on one's own time; concern Read More...
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My Mentor, My Inspiration
by Dean Metz
For my birthday, I've treated myself to phone calls to friends and family back in the States. I just got off the line with the person who I can say is the reason I became a PT/physiotherapist. I had been in my mid-20s and the whole starving actor gig Read More...
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Yes, There's a Need for What I'm Doing
by Dean Metz
This morning I learned that a piece of my childhood had passed on. Ann B. Davis, one of the actors in "The Brady Bunch" (new grads, ask your parents, they'll remember) slipped while getting out of the shower, hit her head and died . This is really unfortunate. Read More...
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Changing a Culture
by Dean Metz
I've just gotten back from a day trip to London. My colleague, a nurse, and I presented for a panel of judges on why our service should be awarded the National Patient Safety Award for 2014. It went well, I think. It's based on the fact that our service Read More...
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What if You Could Impact the Milliman Guidelines?
by Dean Metz
When I was working for a managed care company back in New York, the Milliman Guidelines were the book that drove levels of care and reimbursement. Treatments were approved or denied based on what was in that book. In the UK, the NHS is actually a single Read More...
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Restructuring
by Dean Metz
The very word can strike fear into many employees. In my previous experiences, that translated into layoffs, with those lucky enough to remain absorbing many of the jobs that used to be done by those laid off. The NHS has gone through a fair amount of Read More...
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Unintended Consequences
by Dean Metz
A while back there was some chatter among us ADVANCE bloggers on the public health issue of obesity. Since having an elevated BMI can cause a host of health problems, and Westernized nations on the whole are getting heavier and heavier, this is an area Read More...
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Presenting, Presenting, Presenting...
by Dean Metz
I got word today that the abstract for our study on the clinical and financial efficacy of our fall prevention clinic has been approved for a poster presentation at the annual Physiotherapy UK conference in Birmingham in October. I'm very pleased. While Read More...
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Making a 'Very Bold Statement' to Physicians
by Dean Metz
A large part of my current position involves reducing the risk of falling for people in the community as well as those residing in care homes. That's what prevention is all about -- reducing risk. Not long ago, I received a phone call from an irate physician Read More...
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Now I'm Convinced
by Dean Metz
A few months back, a member of my family was in a business meeting when suddenly his right hand became spastic. He looked at the person he was meeting with and couldn't figure out why he was there or what they had been talking about for half an hour. Read More...
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A Culture of 'Don't!'
by Dean Metz
I was doing some research on a particular activity this week... head rolls. Not the soft round things one puts under one's neck to maintain the curve while supine, but the act of rolling the head around as an exercise or activity. I did this because I Read More...
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What Part Will You Play in the Future of PT?
by Dean Metz
If you've read my last blog, which ranged from Facebook to Adweek , you may wonder what all that had to do with PT? Reasonable question actually. Physical therapy has the potential to impact greatly on improved health outcomes for every country. On the Read More...
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Public Health Campaigns That Work
by Dean Metz
A few years back, I was reading Facebook posts like this by my female friends: "I like it on the floor." "I like it on the kitchen table." "I like it on the sofa." This was an idea to get people wondering what everyone was talking about as a way to build Read More...
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Teething Pains
by Dean Metz
Our multidisciplinary falls clinic started a few weeks ago. There have been a few challenges. My partner, a nurse, and I have had a few "discussions" about note-writing. I go for brevity and directness using the SBAR method. She is more of the old-school, Read More...
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Beyond Multidisciplinary
by Dean Metz
Most of us are well familiar with a multidisciplinary approach to meeting all of a patient's needs. Input from doctors, nursing, OT, PT, speech, and social work help us to provide better outcomes for patients. Notice the key word there... patients. What Read More...
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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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