A core group of standardized tests to fulfill the clinical needs of entry-level physical therapy students
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During the past decade, there has been a growing emphasis on, and demand for, outcome information in medicine. A dedicated effort to utilize standardized outcome measures would have multiple benefits for the physical therapy profession and the patients who seek physical therapy treatment. In order for the physical therapy profession to make a dedicated effort to utilize standardized outcome measures, physical therapy students need to learn the rationale, administration, and interpretation of a core group of standardized tests that they can apply to meet a broad range of clinical needs. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a core group of standardized tests that would offer entry-level physical therapy students the tools necessary to obtain objective measures for a wide range of patients and clinical purposes. A core group of twenty-four tests are suggested, and although the tests may not be definitively superior measures, the core group of tests meet the clinical needs of entry-level physical therapy students and are an important step towards increasing utilization of standardized tests in the physical therapy profession.