Physical therapy forms are used for a variety of purposes in the realm of office organization, gathering patient information, home care instructions, customer satisfaction, and documentation.
The physical therapy forms may be created by the clinic staff or obtained from various sources of medical forms. During the treatment of a single patient, many physical therapy forms may be used.
Before treatment begins, the physical therapist needs the basic information about the patient and the condition to be treated. The patient usually fills out some physical therapy forms to provide the physical therapist with details about the patient’s contact information, medical history, current medications, and insurance information. The person also may need to complete a form to give the physical therapist permission to obtain a copy of the patient’s medical records from the referring physician.
These patient information forms may be kept in the patient’s chart. Numerous offices have converted from paper charts to computerized ones. Therefore, this information may be entered or scanned to be included in a digital chart on the office’s network.
Office organization forms may include patient sign-in sheets, calendars, schedules, and other tools the staff may use to be productive and follow routine. Many times, these physical therapy forms are created for a specific purpose by the office staff.
Physical therapy forms may be documentation that is needed by the patient’s workplace if the physical therapy is treating an injury sustained at work. Sometimes, documentation from a physical therapist is needed for a lawyer. A lawyer may be involved if the physical therapy is treating an injury or illness that could have been caused by another person.
Other physical therapy forms give the patient detailed instructions for home care which may include special physical therapy exercises. A physical therapy form explaining an exercise usually contains illustrations, a description of how the exercise helps the condition, and step-by-step instructions to perform the exercise. Depending on the patient’s needs and medical condition, the patient may be given several of these physical therapy forms and encouraged to complete the exercises as prescribed.
A physical therapy survey is another type of physical therapy form. The survey may give the physical therapist insight into the experiences of the typical patient at the clinic. These physical therapy forms can help the specialist to identify problems and make changes to improve the clients’ experiences.
If the physical therapist creates the office’s forms, a template or existing forms may be used as examples. In some cases, the physical therapist may want to make changes to the forms or templates such as adding the logo of the clinic, removing outdated or irrelevant questions, or adding questions that pertain specifically to that clinic.