Online Course: Parkinson’s Management: Pandemic-Related Deconditioning – Case Studies
Alter your physiotherapy approach to encourage continued activity for your patients with parkinson’s during the pandemic
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The benefits of physical activity and exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s has been well established. Parkinson’s is associated with a decline in function, mobility and quality of life (QoL) leading to a loss of independence. Physical activity and exercise have been shown to impact the rate of symptom progression, improve physical performance (gait, muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance) and enhance QoL. The COVID-19 pandemic compromised many health care services and together with the imposed lockdown restrictions has had a great impact on the mental health, physical activity and QoL of individuals with Parkinson’s. This course incorporates three different case studies to illustrate how Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy has changed her physiotherapy assessment and intervention during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The individuals in the first two case scenarios, are similar in age yet demonstrate widely different abilities and needs, partly due to the impact of co-morbidities on their Parkinson’s but also due to the effect of deconditioning over a six-month period when older, vulnerable people were instructed to restrict themselves and remain indoors in order to be safe from catching the virus. The third case scenario indicates how physiotherapy appointments have been altered from in-person sessions to using digital platforms in order to keep patients motivated to remain active.
The purpose of this course is to illustrate the impact of pandemic-related deconditioning on individuals with Parkinson’s and to give ideas as to how the physiotherapy assessment and treatment could be adapted to serve these individuals.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Case Presentation 1
- Case Presentation 2
- Case Presentation 3
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 2.5-3 hours 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 2.5 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:
- discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and a sedentary lifestyle on individuals with Parkinson’s
- explain the use and interpretation of at least 4 assessment tools used in this course
- analyse the functional movements and postures as assessed in the 3 case studies
- discuss the focus of treatment for the 3 different case studies
- describe the use of technology in the management and monitoring of patients with parkinson’s