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Audio: Hospice and Palliative Care: The Collaborative Role of Physical Therapy (Recorded)
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Presenters: Karen Mueller PT, DPT, PhD, Richard Briggs PT, MA

$75 Member | $120 Nonmember
0.2 CEUs (2.0 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.
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Date Recorded:
November 2012
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November 2012
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  Audio Conference

APTA's audio conferences are a great way for you to go straight to the source and ask questions of experts in the field.

APTA's audio conference recordings bring the experts to you! Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) while listening at your own pace to recorded live audio conferences.

*This series of audio conferences also includes precourse readings.


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Course Information

Life-threatening and end-of-life conditions are challenging to physical therapists in any setting: acute care, rehab, outpatient clinic, home health, or hospice. A life-limiting condition significantly influences the way we approach care to these patients. This session will focus on recognizing these cases and resolving the concerns and dilemmas along the spectrum of palliative care through hospice to the end of life. The presenters will discuss practical clinical and organizational issues and provide a variety of professional resources.

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Upon completion of this audio conference, you will be able to:
  1. Cite physical therapy practice models and patterns that can be integrated into interdisciplinary practice within palliative care and hospice organizations.

  2. Describe patient situations for which a palliative care approach is appropriate.

  3. Identify cost-effective and practical measures related to physical therapy intervention, including pain management, patient education, equipment prescription, and psychosocial concerns.

  4. Describe outcome measures for physical therapy practice in hospice ad palliative care.

  5. Differentiate between palliative care and hospice care.

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Presenter Bio (s)

Karen Mueller, PT, DPT, PhD, is professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Northern Arizona University, where she has been providing end-of-life content for 25 years. She has written and presented extensively in the area of end-of-life care and practices in a hospice setting. Mueller is chair of the Oncology Section Hospice and Palliative Care SIG and member and SIG liaison for the Physical Therapy in Hospice and Palliative Care Work Group (House of Delegates charges RCs 17-18 2011).

Richard Briggs, PT, MA, has had a clinical practice specializing in palliative care and hospice for the past 26 years. He has presented on this and related topics at the Annual APTA Conference and Combined Sections Meeting, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Clinical Conference, and California Hospice Foundation, and he is an adjunct faculty at California State University, Sacramento. His writing has been published in Rehabilitation Oncology, Home Health Section Quarterly, NHPCO Insights, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, and Geriatric Physical Therapy. He is the past chair of the Hospice and Palliative Care SIG and serves on the NHPCO Allied Therapist Steering Committee.
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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2.0 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).

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:

  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0210
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Pennsylvania: Denied

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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Course Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, you must do the following:
  • Access the course to download and read the precourse articles.
  • Listen to the recorded live audio conference and Q&A session.
  • Once you have listened to the audio conference, return to the "My Course" page in the APTA Learning Center to take the posttest and claim CEUs.
  • You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
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Technical Requirements

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