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I am trying to find books and articles about the effects of the Affordable Care Act in physical therapy. So far, I have not been able to find

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I am trying to find books and articles about the effects of the Affordable Care Act in physical therapy. So far, I have not been able to find anything. Any suggestions on how I can find some?
The phrases I have used in searching have been "healthcare reform", "physical therapy", and "affordable care act"

Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 9

Hello,

Thanks for including the search terms you've used. It's very helpful.

Part of the problem is that the implementation of the ACA is so new that little thoughtful analysis can be done until more data is gathered. At this point I wouldn't spend time looking for books, but I would focus on articles. To find what has been published, try these strategies. Start with the Healthcare Management LibGuide at http://libguides.brenau.edu/Healthcare . This is a list of the best places to search for healthcare management info. Click on the gold Articles tab.

I would begin with ABI/Inform, one of the best business databases. In order to run a really comprehensive search, paste these searches (including the SU and the parentheses) in the search box:

  • SU(patient protection & affordable care act 2010-us) AND all("physical therapy")
  • SU(patient protection & affordable care act 2010-us) AND all(rehabilitation)

The first search yields 15 results, 2010-present. Most are wire feeds, and therefore not very useful, but 2 are trade publications. Look for the Trade Journals icon. The second search, which is broader, yields 32 results. Of these, 10 are trade Trade Journals, and 3 are scholarly Scholarly Journals, which is even better. Not all of these will be relevant. As I said, reliable information is limited.

Next I would go back to the LibGuide and try another database, Business source Complete. The search here is

  • DE "UNITED States. Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act" AND rehabilitation

Running the search with "physical therapy" didn't return any results. Look for academic journals and trade publications.

Then I would go back to the LibGuide and click on MedLine, a medical database. Search

  • MM "patient protection and affordable care act" AND "physical therapy"
  • MM "patient protection and affordable care act" AND rehabilitation

If you still need info, try Science Direct, another resource listed in the LibGuide. When the database opens, click on Expert Search, at the upper right corner of the gray box. In the large search box, paste

  • "affordable care act" AND "physical therapy"

There are more results, but the relevance goes down in this search. Everything here will be academic journals.

Good luck!

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