DR. QUATMAN-YATES PUBLISHES THE FIRST APTA CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR THE CARE-MANAGEMENT OF CONCUSSION
Catherine Quatman-Yates, PT, DPT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty Affiliate & Advisory Board Member, Chronic Brain Injury Program
Dr. Catherine Quatman-Yates is a physical therapist and researcher who focuses on topics such as continuous-learning health systems to improve outcomes, effective fall prevention at home, increasing physical literacy in patients, and physical therapy evaluation and interventions after mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). As part of her research, Dr. Quatman-Yates is interested in the use of scientific methods to evaluate rehabilitation and treatment of patients suffering from mild TBIs - including concussion.
Physical therapists are increasingly considered an essential part of care teams for mild TBI, so Dr. Quatman-Yates and her collaborators are working to identify TBI impairments that can be addressed with physical therapy interventions; and then develop, implement, and improve the delivery of these interventions to patients.
Dr. Quatman-Yates and her team have made great progress in this front with their recently published Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for the physical therapy management of concussion, which have been endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliated academies. This is the first CPG to provide detailed guidance on care-management strategies for physical therapists that are treating patients who have experienced a potential concussive event. Prior CPGs for concussion management have largely focused on sideline management, acute treatment, and return to sport protocols.
The new recommendations provide a comprehensive approach to evaluation, intervention, and episode-of-care guidance for physical therapy management practices. The authorship team was a select group of research and clinical experts from across the United States nominated and approved to represent the various American Physical Therapy Association Academies as detailed in the CPG.
Join us in celebrating all of the hard work and dedication that has gone into this effort, and we offer our biggest congratulations to Dr. Quatman-Yates for her team's accomplishment.
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Clinical Practice Guidelines Linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health From the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association