Assessment of Parkinson’s
What to consider and what to measure in Parkinson's assessment
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Parkinson’s, as a condition, has an enormous impact on daily living. People with Parkinson’s will develop difficulties with walking, keeping their balance, and may have experienced, or be at risk of falling. For these individuals changing position is challenging, as is the maintenance of a good posture over the course of the disease process. Physiotherapists play a vital role in supporting people with Parkinson’s. In order to make the appropriate clinical decisions, a thorough assessment of the person's physical limitations should be undertaken. This course includes the primary elements of such an assessment, relevant outcome measures, a model for falls assessment and prediction and also important parts of the European Physiotherapy Guidelines for Parkinson’s Disease.
In this course, you will learn about the role of physiotherapists in the management of Parkinson’s, and how to conduct a holistic assessment approach.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.8 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- define the 3 main roles of physiotherapy in the management of Parkinson’s
- independently plan an assessment for people with Parkinson’s based on the 7 common areas of limitations/dysfunctions
- contrast the main objectives of physiotherapy in the early and late stages of Parkinson’s
- justify the use of outcome measures for people with Parkinson’s