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Conference Proceeding

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Medical Subject Headings

Clinical Reasoning, Self Efficacy, Telehealth, Physical Therapists, Students, Education


Telehealth service-delivery content has an emerging footprint on entry-level physical therapy programs. This study evaluated clinical reasoning readiness and confidence in third-year DPT students during clinical experiences with and without telehealth.

Students’ clinical reasoning readiness and confidence were determined using the Physical Therapist Self-Efficacy (PTSE) score, self-confidence rating treating patients, and final APTA Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI) clinical reasoning and summative ratings.

DPT students providing PT interventions using telehealth reported lower clinical reasoning self-efficacy (PTSE) when compared to traditional service-delivery. Confidence treating using telehealth was greater at the initial visit compared to subsequent visits, suggesting a lack of student readiness for providing subsequent telehealth visits. Final CPI ratings did not differ between DPT students with and without telehealth.


Poster presented at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association held February 2-5, 2022, in San Antonio, TX.