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Pre-Conference Course: Differential Diagnosis: Best Strategies and Best Tests
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Pre-Conference Course: Differential Diagnosis: Best Strategies and Best Tests

When: Friday, September 21, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:30 pm
Where: Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great American Parkway
Santa Clara, CA  95054
United States
Presenter: Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT
Contact: Rita Pierson
916-929-2782 ext 105

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Course Description

In clinical practice, physical therapists use tests and measures for a probabilistic approach to clinical decision making. This decision making approach requires that the tests and measures provide tangible value and can alter the post-test probability of diagnosis or prognosis. Recent evidence also dictates that selected tests should be used either early in the examination process to rule out contenders or late in the examination process to confirm hypotheses.  Use of diagnostic accuracy values such as sensitivity, specificity, and positive likelihood ratios has improved our ability to discriminate tests’ strengths. The focus of this course is to provide those tests and measures and the appropriate order within an examination that improves probability of a correct diagnosis or outcome.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize and apply appropriate diagnostic accuracy measures for use in spot diagnosis (screening), differentiation, and confirmation.
  • Utilize appropriate checklists to measure the strength of a test and measures’ accuracy scores.
  • Perform the best tests and measures used during diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Integrate selected clinical findings into prognostic outcomes.
  • Identify applications of prognosis that are useful in designing appropriate care plans for patients.


Dr. Chad Cook is a Tenured Professor and the Program Director at the Doctor of Physical Therapy division of Duke University. He also has a faculty appointment with the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He has received funding through the NIH, DoD, and industry and has published >225 peer reviewed publications and 3 textbooks. Dr. Cook is a past winner of the top educator award for the American Physical Therapy Association, is the 2008 recipient of the Helen Bradley career achievement award, and is the 2005 winner of the J Warren Perry Distinguished Authorship Award and was the 2017 Pauline Cerasoli lecturer.


Course Schedule

7:30 - 8:00 am       Registration

8:00 am - Noon     Differential Diagnosis: Best Strategies and Best Tests

Noon - 1:00 pm     Lunch on your own

1:00 - 5:30 pm      Class continues

5:30 pm                 Adjourn



Approved for 8 contact hours or 0.8 CEUs


Target Audience

PTs, PTAs, and PT/PTA Students. Instructional Level is Intermediate.


Registration Fees

Registration received by September 4, 2018
$360 APTA PT and PTA members
$580 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.



All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received on or before September 4, 2018. No refunds after September 4, 2018.



Complimentary self parking
$20 per car for valet parking



Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 200-1234

(888) 421-1442


Group Code: CA Physical Therapy Assn.
Rate: $185 Single/Double 
Reservation Deadline: August 30, 2018

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