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Online: Professionalism Module 6: Developing the Patient-Therapist Partnership
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Author(s): APTA Task Force on Professionalism and Tara Pearce, PT, MHS; Karen Mueller, PT, PhD


$33.60 Member | $48 Nonmember (price subject to change)
CEU: 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.
Publication Date: June 2010
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Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation and a posttest. Handouts, when made available by the presenters, are available as downloadable PDFs within the course. Computer System Requirements.
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Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

Professionalism Module 6: Developing the Patient-Therapist Partnership will focus on aspects of the relationship between the patient/client and physical therapist or physical therapist assistant with the overall goal of enriching this relationship.


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After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of respect in the patient/therapist relationship.
  • Define the concept of unconditional positive regard in direct patient/client care.
  • Identify the challenges of being a patient and implications for physical therapy practice.
  • Identify appropriate communication strategies to address patient challenges.
  • List the eight elements of patient-centered care and their application to physical therapy practice.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Karen Mueller, PT, PhD, is Professor of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and is focused on the areas of adult neurological rehabilitation, end-of-life care, professionalism, and psychosocial aspects of disability. Additionally, she serves as Vice-chair of the APTA Oncology Section Hospice and Palliative Care Special Interest Group.

Tara S. Pearce, PT, MHS, earned a BS in physical therapy from Bradley University in 1997, a MHS from University of Indianapolis in 2004, and is currently enrolled as a DHS student at the University of Indianapolis. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy where she instructs students in coursework related to professionalism and clinical education. Ms. Pearce continues clinical practice per diem in an acute care setting. Her interests include vestibular rehabilitation, fall prevention, clinical education, and topics related to professionalism. Her dissertation is focused on self-management techniques for vertigo as they relate to health literacy and adherence and rates of recurrence.


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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, .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:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 15S0161
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 2 GEN
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

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System Requirements

Online Course: This course consists of a narrated PowerPoint® presentation, interactive knowledge checks, and a posttest. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.

Computer System Requirements

Keywords: Professional Issues

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$48.00 $33.60