Integrating Physical Therapy into Home Palliative Care Services

This is an elective course in the Advanced Competency in Home Health program for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. However, any registrant may participate in this course for credit and you are not required to participate in the Advanced Competency program in order to complete this course.

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Session Description

This educational session will discuss the palliative care philosophy in the home healthcare setting. This will include similarities and differences between palliative care and hospice care, current physical therapy practice approaches and practice patterns, a focus on quality of life, and integration and complimenting hospital based-palliative care programs. Evidence based palliative care approaches and functional outcome measures will be introduced in a case study format for clinicians to immediately apply to the clinical setting.

Meet our course author:

Chris Wilson PT, DScPT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist Dr. Wilson is an assistant professor at Oakland University and an education coordinator at Beaumont Health – Troy Hospital where his clinical focus is geriatrics and palliative care. He is active in clinical research in the areas of hospice/palliative care and safe patient handling and injury prevention. Dr. Wilson received his DScPT from Oakland University. He received his transitional DPT from University of St. Augustine with a Primary Care Certification and his Masters in PT from Oakland University. In the past, Chris has served the professional community as an Item Writer for the PT National Licensure Examination. In 2008, Chris obtained his ABPTS Geriatric Clinical Specialist Certification (GCS). Chris has been awarded Signe Brunnström Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2015 and the APTA Emerging Leader Award for 2009. He has been a Delegate for the APTA House of Delegates for 15 years where he authored the APTA's positions on hospice/palliative care, safe patient handling, and diet and nutrition. Chris is currently serving as the Oncology Section’s vice president, was the past Hospice SIG Chair and is the coordinator of the Hospice/Palliative Care subgroup for the WCPT’s International HIV, Oncology, Palliative care (IPT-HOPE).

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Completion Instructions

Review contents, complete assessment with at least a 70% score, claim certificate, provide feedback on course evaluation

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Chris Wilson, PT, DScPT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist

Learning objectives

Upon completing this online module, the participant will be able to perform the following:

  1. Identify at least two components of their clinical physical therapy practice model for current and future regulatory and administrative changes related to palliative care.
  2. Describe at least three palliative care concepts within physical therapy practice to a patient, across the spectrum of chronic disease and life-threatening illness.
  3. Identify at least two scenarios where administrative support structure is needed for rehab participation in palliative care and chronic disease management.
  4. After exposure to examples, the participant will be able to list at least three opportunities where physical therapy involvement can be expanded, in the comprehensive management of the patient with chronic disease.


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Type:E-Learning Course
Credit Categories
Domains:Home Health, Hospice and Pallative Care, Chris Wilson, Home Health Advanced Competency
Available discounts:
  • Non Member
    (until 12/31/2030)
  • Member
    (until 12/31/2030)
  • Home Health
    (until 12/31/2030)
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