Katherine F Shepard

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are susceptible to occupational musculoskeletal injuries. The purpose of this study was to examine the reported causes and prevalence of occupational musculoskeletal injuries to PTs and PTAs during a 2-year period. SUBJECTS A questionnaire was mailed to 500 PTs and(More)
This experimental field study examined the potential usefulness of mental practice for improving physical performance in health care. Ideokinetic facilitation, which involves the use of idealized visual and kinesthetic mental images, was used as mental practice. Thirty-six women over the age of 70 were assigned to one of three intervention groups: Group A,(More)
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to further investigate the work of master and novice clinicians within the practice setting. The sample consisted of three master clinicians and three novice clinicians practicing in orthopedic outpatient physical therapy settings in three different regions of the United States. Data collection by three(More)
This study was designed to determine the effects of two teaching methods on children's ability to demonstrate and recall their mastery of proper lifting techniques. Seventy-six third and fifth grade public school children were divided by grade into three groups. Two of the groups (experimental) were taught the correct method for lifting a heavy object,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify the dimensions of clinical expertise in physical therapy practice across 4 clinical specialty areas: geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, and pediatrics. SUBJECTS Subjects were 12 peer-designated expert physical therapists nominated by the leaders of the American Physical Therapy(More)
BACKGROUND The depth and breadth of prior experience informs clinical decision making in novice and experienced physical therapist clinicians. OBJECTIVES The aims of this research were to identify differences in clinical decision-making abilities and processes between novice and experienced physical therapist clinicians and to develop a model of the(More)
The purpose of this ethnographic study was to examine the process of clinical education from the viewpoint of clinical teachers. A three-month field study based on a grounded theory approach and involving simultaneous collection and codification of data led to the discovery and explication of two major components of the clinical education process. One(More)
STUDY DESIGN Descriptive study employing cadaver dissection and measurement of posterior-anterior (PA) glide of the femoral head in the acetabulum. OBJECTIVE To quantify PA glide of the femoral head in the acetabulum in a cadaveric sample. BACKGROUND Posterior-anterior glide of the femoral head within the acetabulum is a joint mobilization procedure(More)
BACKGROUND Prior experience informs clinical decision making and shapes how reflection is used by novice and experienced physical therapist clinicians. OBJECTIVES The aims of this research were: (1) to determine the types and extent of reflection that informs the clinical decision-making process and (2) to compare the use of reflection to direct and(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop a conceptual framework and a data-collection tool to begin a systematic analysis of the work of the physical therapist. The primary method of data collection was nonparticipant observation of physical therapist-patient treatment sessions. A team of two researchers performed each of the observations. Eight physical(More)