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Patient Practitioner Interaction

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Carol M. Davis, PT, EdD, MS, FAPTA received her undergraduate degree in biology from Lycoming College, an MS in physical therapy from Case Western Reserve University, and a Doctorate in Humanistic Studies (psychology and philosophy) in the School of Education at Boston University. As a faculty member at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Davis has served as Clinical Assistant Professor with Family and Internal Medicine from 1983 to 1985, where she coordinated the Fellowship in Clinical Geriatrics, and from 1987 to present, serves as Professor and Assistant Chair of Physical Therapy. Additionally, she has held the positions of clinical staff and clinical instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor and Co-Chair ad Interim of Physical Therapy at Sargent College of Boston University. She is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant in teaching and developing curriculum in attitudes and values, ethics, geriatrics, and complementary therapies in rehabilitation. Dr. Davis authored this book, Patient Practitioner Interaction: An Experiential Manual for Developing the Art of Health Care, now in its fourth edition. She is the editor of Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Holistic Approaches for Prevention and Wellness, now in its second edition, and with Dr. Christine Williams, she coauthored the text, Therapeutic Interaction in Nursing. Today, Dr. Davis is an active researcher, teacher, and practicing physical therapist in Miami, Florida. She conducts research in complementary therapies, clinical geriatrics, and ethics; teaches entry-level doctoral studies and PhD students in physical therapy; and treats patients. She has studied Myofascial Release since 1989 and uses it regularly as a complement to her physical therapy treatments. In 2003, she was awarded the Catherine Worthingham Fellow award for a lifetime of outstanding service to the profession by the American Physical Therapy Association.


"Patient Practitioner Interaction: An Experiential Manual for Developing the Art of Health Care, 4th Edition, is an excellent text full of exercises to help physical therapy students and clinicians improve communication. The unique aspect of this manual is the many exercises at the end of each chapter. This manual will encourage discussion about real-life therapy and better prepare students for work. I will use it with my students when they are on clinical to help them understand who they are and how to communicate more effectively with patients." -- Mary Casey, MS, PT, UVA Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA, ADVANCE for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants

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