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Physical Therapy: Home

This is a guide for Physical Therapy students to assist in researching, writing, learning, networking, and more.

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This guide seeks to assist the research efforts and support the clinical practice of Duquesne University Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) students. It brings together selected relevant Gumberg Library resources and additional websites.

Some of the links connect to resources that are only available to current Duquesne University students, faculty, and staff. These resources will require your Duquesne University ID number or MultiPass credentials if you are working off campus.

What is a Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists are certified health professionals who work in a variety of settings with patients on an individual basis to improve their overall quality of life.

Physical therapists focus on improving the functional abilities of patients recovering from a surgery, an injury, or a condition or illness. The goals of physical therapy are to reduce pain, restore function, prevent disability or limitation, and promote physical activity and fitness.

Physical therapists routinely examine, evaluate, and diagnose the patient to develop an evolving treatment and prevention plan.

What are the major topics of this guide?

This guide is organized into six main parts- Home, Research, Writing, Learning, Networking, and Duquesne.

The Research section divides farther into five separate categories.

  1. Databases,
  2. eBooks/Books,
  3. Evidence Based Practice,
  4. Drug Information, and
  5. Mobile Resources

The Writing section contains resources, services, and other LibGuides to help you write more effectively.

The Learning section provides links to online tools. This section is divided into three sections.

  1. Anatomy,
  2. Continuing Education, and
  3. Government

The fifth section, Networking, is divided into three sections to assist in career development.

  1. Certification,
  2. Employment, and
  3. Professional Organizations

Finally, the Duquesne section supports Duquesne's physical therapy students with information about the department, student organizations, and requirements.

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