Northwestern University

Fri 1:00 PM

Physical Therapy Management of Parkinson's Disease: U.S. Delivery Models that Adhere to International Best Practice Standards

When: Friday, April 26, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM  

Where: 7th Floor, 645 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Public

Contact: Tom Reeder   312.908.8160

Group: PTHMS

Category: Other


Presented by Miriam Rafferty, PT, DPT, PhD, Board Certified Neurologic Physical Therapist

3.5 CEU Hours

Parkinson’s disease is a complex condition with motor and non-motor symptoms that impact the delivery of physical therapy. The delivery of physical therapy is further complicated by health systems concerns. This presentation will present evidence-based physical therapy interventions in the context of international best practice standards, and will discuss how these standards can be met within the US health systems. Particular attention will address complex problems in Parkinson’s disease, such as maintenance of home exercise participation, apathy, freezing of gait, and cognitive changes. Delivery models that focus on restoration, compensation, or skilled maintenance of function will be compared. The results of a recent national study of the barriers to, and facilitators of, physical therapy best practices will be presented. Attendees will participate in case discussions to develop plans of care for people with PD at various stages of the disease using knowledge of both best practices and healthcare delivery models.

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