Course Information
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Webinar: Motivating Patients: A Clinical Competency for PTs and PTAs (Recorded)
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Presenters: Elizabeth Dean, PT, PhD

$99 Member | $169 Nonmember
APTA Members' Office Managers (must be registered by the APTA member): $99.

Want your group to participate? Host a viewing party! Anyone can host a viewing party for their group, as long as 1 person has registered and paid for the webinar. However, if more than 1 person in your group needs CEUs, each of them must register and pay individually. No group rates are available.

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:
February 2013
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March 2013
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APTA's webinar series is a great way for you to go straight to the source and ask questions of experts in the field!

This series of webinars is held live. A webinar is an online, interactive presentation that includes the audio of a presenter synced with slides. A video recording of the presentation will be available to you to watch after the live event.

This learning activity will be available to you indefinitely on your transcript in the APTA Learning Center.


Course Information | Objectives | Presenter Bios | Course Access Instructions | Technical Requirements

Course Information

Motivating patients or clients to change their health-related behaviors is core to the success of almost every episode of care administered by physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs), from short-term adherence to a post-op inpatient or home program; from long-term adherence to a lifestyle behavior change program. A major step toward enabling patients and clients to effect health behavior change begins with identifying your own perceived and actual facilitators and barriers to successfully effecting such change in your patients and clients, as well as their internal and external motivations, and their real and perceived barriers to changing.

In recent years, a strong evidence base has developed supporting processes of teaching and learning to effect behavior change in patients and clients, within time- and resource-constraints of PT and PTA practices. To enable patients and clients to maximize their treatment outcomes, PTs and PTAs need clinical competency in effecting health behavior change, just as they do for other clinical interventions. In this webinar, you will learn about the “hows” and the supporting evidence for these methods of motivating your patients and clients to achieve targeted behavior change in the short- or long-term. You will come away with new skills in communicating with your patients and clients that can prove to be win-win: you as a clinician achieving superior outcomes and your patients and clients achieving greater health self-efficacy, satisfaction, and appreciation of their health overall.

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Upon completion of this webinar, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the relationship of an individual’s motivation to health behavior change.

  2. Identify an evidence base for health behavior change.

  3. Articulate the relationship between motivation and successful outcomes for physical therapy patients and clients.

  4. Identify key assessment tools and methods or strategies to facilitate behavior change.

  5. Apply at least 1 of the methods or strategies to a patient or client you currently are manageing.

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Presenter Bio (s)

Elizabeth Dean, PT, PhD, is professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Canada. Her academic and clinical career and experiences have spanned 30 countries including serving as senior, Cardiovascular/ Cardiorespiratory Team, for the Kuwait Dalhousie Project in Kuwait, and resident visiting professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her scholarly work and publications has focused on bridging the ultimate knowledge translation gap between what is known about healthy living to prevent, reverse, and manage the pandemic of lifestyle-related conditions and health care practices; and physical therapy’s role to lead in the assault on these conditions. Dean convened 2 physical therapy summits on global health at WCPT Congresses in 2007 and 2011. She is co-editor and co-author of the book Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: Evidence to Practice, 5th ed, and she served as special issue editor for “Physical Therapy in the 21st Century: a New Evidence-informed Practice Paradigm and Implications” in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. She remains clinically active.

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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:  15S0665
  • 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: Approved - 2 GEN

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:
  • Login to the APTA Learning Center and launch the webinar from “My Courses” page.

  • Once you have listened to the presentation and completed all activities, continue to the Posttest page within the course to complete the learning activity. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy to pass the course.

  • In order to Claim Credit, return to the “My Courses” page in the APTA Learning Center to complete the postcourse evaluation.

  • Once the postcourse evaluation is submitted, you will be able to print your CEU certificate.

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Technical Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

  • System: Windows 7 / XP / Vista with IE 7.0+ or Firefox 3.5 or Mac OS 10.5 or higher with Firefox 3.x
  • Browser Configuration: Must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or higher
  • Processor/CPU Speed: 2GHz or faster
  • Memory: 512 Mb RAM or more
  • Connection Speed*: 300 Kbps or faster
  • Java*: JRE 1.5 or higher
  • Flash*: Flash Player version 10 or higher

Computer System Requirements.

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