Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Physiatric Assessment

  • Nathan D. ZaslerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_59


PM&R assessment


Physiatric assessment is the process by which a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) evaluates a patient with either congenital or acquired impairment and/or disability. Based on training and philosophy, physiatric assessment should include a holistic approach to patient evaluation including emphasis on functional abilities and performance.

Current Knowledge

The well-trained physiatrist is uniquely qualified among physician specialists to evaluate persons with acquired or congenital impairments and/or disabilities due to their knowledge of how neurological and musculoskeletal impairments potentially impact functional abilities. More importantly, physiatrists understand what can be offered to optimize functional abilities associated with such impairments. The context of the evaluation will, to some extent, dictate the scope and detail of the assessment process. The source and type of evaluation requested will dictate the nature of...

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References and Readings

  1. Hills, E. C. (2014). Adult physiatric history and examination. eMedicine. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/317515-overview. Accessed 24 May 2016.
  2. Zasler, N. D. (1999). Physiatric assessment in traumatic brain injury. In M. Rosenthal, E. R. Griffith, J. S. Kreutzer, & B. Pentland (Eds.), Rehabilitation of the adult and child with traumatic brain injury (3rd ed., pp. 117–130). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd.RichmondUSA