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Every year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What do physical therapists and physical therapist assistants need to know to provide the best care for patients who have had a stroke?

APTA's revised clinical summary offers a need-to-know overview that covers the latest evidence for PT practice today.

Divided into three parts due to the large amount of information, part I offers an overview of stroke, including sections on classification and risk factors; part II focuses on clinical examination, from systems review to recommended activity level outcome measures; and part III is dedicated to interventions and outcomes featuring several tests and measures PTs and PTAs can use.

The revision was authored by an expert team of physical therapists who collaborated with an occupational therapist: Kristen M. Johnson, PT, MSPT, EdD; Robert C. Hand, PT, DPT; Paul Nelson, PT; Kerryn St. Andre, PT, DPT; Brian Wadsworth, PT, DPT; and Cortney DiVito, OTR/L, MOT. Johnson, Hand, St. Andre, and Wadsworth are board-certified clinical specialists in neurologic physical therapy.

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