Taking vital signs and obtaining simple clinical measures provide valuable information about your patients that in many cases are important to evaluating and managing care appropriately. Many of these measures also can be important in screening for undiagnosed problems or identifying risk. If you don't take these measures, significant information is lost.
Behavioral health is another patient screening that should be considered and integrated into a patient or client's care. Behavior health not only impacts individuals' overall well-being and quality of life, it affects how well or poorly they may respond to physical therapist treatment.
Below is information on why and when you should gather patient information, and resources for patient screening.
Resources for Gathering Vital Signs and Other Basic Screening
APTA Health Behavior Change Resources
In addition to determining what may be creating a barrier to performance or that is hampering compliance to care, these resources provide models and theories developed and studied in the area of health behavior change to add you in the holistic treatment of a patient/client.
National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide
APTA is partnering with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to raise awareness of VA's efforts toward preventing suicide in this vulnerable population. While the resource is directed to US veterans, it applies just as well to the general population.
Tools and Calculators