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October 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Tecklin and Malerba ’10TDPT Research Clinical Decision-making in Hypotonia and Gross Motor Delay

Professor of Physical Therapy Jan Tecklin worked with alumna Dr. Kirstin Malerba ’10TDPT on a report titled “Clinical Decision Making in Hypotonia and Gross Motor Delay: A Case Report of Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy in an Infant,” which was published in Physical Therapy.

The research offers a clinical decision-making process in light of the fact that the cause of hypotonia in children is still unknown. Malerba and Tecklin use the Hypothesis-Oriented Algorithm for Clinicians II (HOAC II) to study and eventually diagnose a five-month-old patient with type 1 spinal muscular atrophy.

According to the co-authors, the case report concluded that the importance of early, effective decision-making among physical therapists and other medical specialists can affect outcomes and survival rate in infant patients.

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