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Text: Neurologic Practice Essentials: An Outcome Measures Toolbox
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Author(s): Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS; Jane Sullivan, PT, MS, DHS; Kirsten Potter, PT, DPT, MS, NCS

Price: $40.50 Neurology Section Member | $45 APTA Member | $80 Nonmember (price subject to change)

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CEU: 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Level: Intermediate
Publication Date: March 2012

LMS-391
 

Overview | Objectives | Author Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements
Overview
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This course gives you an overview of key issues that a physical therapist must consider in choosing standardized outcome measures for use in a neurologic clinical practice environment. Emphasis is on considerations of measure choice for an individual patient. Using published works from JNPT and PTJ, including articles that were developed from the Neurology Section course "Neurologic Practice Essential: A Measurement Toolbox," this course includes (1) a reflection of current practice and barriers to outcome measure use; (2) strategies for incorporating outcome measures in clinical settings; and (3) a decision-making process for choosing appropriate measures for an individual patient with stroke.

Note: This course is a required prerequiste for the online case study "Online: Neurology Practice Essentials: Choosing Outcome Measures for a Patient with Stroke" (LMS-392). Purchase the Neurologic Practice Essentials Toolbox Kit and save!

The following articles are provided as downloadable PDFs within this course:

  • Potter K, Fulk GD, Salem Y, Sullivan J. Outcome measures in neurologic physical therapy
    practice. Part I: making sound decisions. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2011;35:57–64.

  • Sullivan J, Andrews AW, Lanzino D, Perron A, Potter K. Outcome measures in neurologic
    physical therapy practice. Part II: a patient-centered process. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2011;35:65–74.

  • Jette DU, Halbert J, Iverson C, Miceli E, Shah P. Use of standardized outcome measures in
    physical therapist practice: perceptions and applications. Phys Ther. 2009;89:125–135.

  • Stevens, J.G., Beurskens, A. Implementation of Measurement Instruments in Physical Therapist
    Practice: Development of a Tailored Strategy. Phys Ther. 2010;90:953–961.

  • Andrews, AW, Folger, SE, Norbet, SE, Swift, LC. Tests and Measures Used by Specialist Physical Therapists When Examining Patients with Stroke. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2008;32:122-128.

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Objectives

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe typical use of outcome measures in physical therapy and factors that influence therapists' use of outcome measures in practice.

  2. Identify outcome measures for stroke that are commonly used by therapists who specialize in neurologic practice.

  3. Apply the ICF framework to assist in determining what patient characteristics need to be measured.

  4. Justify outcome measure selection to support clinical decision making based on factors including: measure type, patient and clinic constraints, psychometric properties, and feasibility.

  5. Contrast 1) generic and disease-specific measures and 2) performance and self-report measures for use in neurologic clinical practice.

  6. Define minimal detectable change and minimal clinically important differences, illustrating how to use these values to interpret changes in patient performance over time.

  7. Describe a process to increase the use of outcome measures in a clinical setting that takes into account important barriers to and facilitators of change.


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Author Bios
Karen McCulloch Karen McCulloch PT, PhD, NCS
McCulloch is Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as the Director of Education for the Neurology Section. She received her BS in PT from University of Florida, MS in PT from University of Alabama at Birmingham and her PhD in Human Movement Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. She teaches neuromuscular, geriatric and functional assessment content in the entry-level DPT program and the PhD Program in Human Movement Science at UNC. She also has a strong interest in online education. She practiced clinically for 15 years in TBI rehabilitation and post-acute rehabilitation and co-founded the Brain Injury Special Interest Group of the APTA Neurology Section. Her research and teaching interests include outcome measure development (for motor recovery and dual-task performance), therapeutic interventions to improve balance control in older adults and neuromuscular disorders; and methods to facilitate motor recovery after stroke/brain injury.
Jane Sullivan Jane E. Sullivan, PT, MS, DHS
Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She teaches courses in examination and intervention of clients with neurologic dysfunction, as well as content in electrotherapy and exercise prescription. Dr. Sullivan is actively engaged in delivering continuing education courses for rehabilitation professionals related to neurological patient populations and electrical stimulation. Her research interests lie in the areas of outcome measurement, exercise behaviors following stroke, and the use of electrical stimulation for individuals with central nervous system dysfunction.
Kirsten Potter

Kirsten Potter, PT, DPT, MS, NCS
Potter is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, in Chicago, IL, where she teaches content related to balance and gait outcome measurement. She has presented numerous times on outcome measure related topics and served as Chair of the Neurology Section task force to develop outcome measure recommendations for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.

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CEU Information


On successful completion of the examination, 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380). You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.3 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S0712
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 3 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 3 GEN
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

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System Requirements

Text-Based course: This course consists of various articles in PDF format from JNPT and PTJ and an online posttest. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and download PDF file(s). You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit. Computer System Requirements.



Note: This course is a required prerequiste for the online case study Online: Neurology Practice Essentials: Choosing Outcome Measures for a Patient with Stroke (LMS-392). Purchase the Neurologic Practice Essentials Kit and save!

 

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