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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

How Can You Improve Your Assessment?

Most of us struggle to use our assessments well.

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This is an amazing tool to clarify your thinking and guide your care that we aren't taking advantage of. It's something I spend a lot of team teaching to our PelvicSanity staff.

An assessment is not:

  • A laundry list of impairments

  • A single conclusion ("the pelvic floor is tight. Or weak.")

  • So vague it's not helpful ("muscle discoordination")

  • Listing factors beyond the patient's control ("patient doesn't deal with stress well and has high-stress job)

Instead, a well-written assessment is:

  • Concise. I'm talking 4-5 sentences at a maximum. And yes, it's a lot harder to write a shorter assessment than just pour words out on paper. That's the point - we're trying to streamline your thought process

  • Able to guide care. If another member of your team saw that patient the next week with no other information, the assessment should give them a very good idea of what you're working on and why.

  • It should comment on 'why'. And additional layers of the 'why', as well as discussing possible barriers to outcomes and other issues.

In this 'sode we also give real-life case reports and examples so you can see a true assessment in action. We feel like this is more than just streamlining your documentation - it's streamlining your thinking!

As Nicole said in the full 'sode...

"A well-written assessment should comment on the why." - Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS

Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.

Dedicated to forever changing pelvic health with online clinical courses to help you be more confident in your practice and business resources to help start and grow pelvic health businesses.

Jesse Cozean, MBA

Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.

Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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