Clinical Decision Making
This course presents a foundational framework for clinical decision-making and allows the learner to apply that framework to several patient cases.
1. Discuss several frameworks for clinical decision-making in neurologic physical therapy practice
2. Utilize clinical decision-making frameworks to analyze movement, determine a prognosis, develop and evaluate a plan of care for a patient with balance dysfunction.
3. Utilize clinical decision-making frameworks to analyze movement, determine a prognosis, develop and evaluate a plan of care for a patient with Guillian Barre’ Syndrome.
4. Utilize clinical decision-making frameworks to analyze movement, determine a prognosis, develop and evaluate a plan of care for a patient with an incomplete spinal cord injury.
PT, MS, DScPT
Dr. Lois Hedman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, now Shirley Ryan Abilitylab, for several years before joining the faculty at Northwestern where she has been for over 30 years. She teaches in the neurologic curriculum and the introductory course on clinical decision making. She also helped develop the Motor Control Framework that underpins the curriculum. She is a member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Task Force on Movement Diagnosis.
PT, DPT, NCS, FAPTA
Kathleen M. Gill-Body PT, DPT, NCS, FAPTA is a Neurologic Clinical Specialist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA. Dr. Gill-Body currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Physical Therapy and the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She has presented at numerous state and national APTA meetings as well as regional APTA courses, and has over 25 publications that focus on clinical decision-making and rehabilitation management of adults with balance and neurologic disorders.
PT, DPT, NCS
Cindy Zablotny, PT, DPT, NCS is a Professor in the College of Physical Therapy at George Fox University, where she serves as the primary instructor in the neurorehabilitation curriculum. She is also co-director of the Rochester Regional Health Residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy in Rochester, NY. Dr. Zablotny has provided leadership and service on several committees and educational endeavors of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy that have addressed the neurologic entry level curriculum, clinical specialization, and post-graduate residency training.
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