Assessment is arguably one of the most important steps in the rehabilitation process, as it provides the information on which clinical reasoning will be based and upon which decision-making is reliant. The treatment efficacy is only as good as the assessment on which it is based and should be an ongoing and continuous process. This course will explore the assessment of Spinal Cord Injury in relation to the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and review the range of outcome measures available to utilise across neurological conditions.
The aim of this course is to ensure a comprehensive understanding of spinal cord injury assessment including knowledge of the ASIA Assessment and the varied outcome measures which can be used to monitor impairment as a result of spinal cord injury.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Framework for Physiotherapy Management
- Neurological Assessment and Classification of Spinal Cord Injury
- Prognosis and Goal Setting
- Outcome Measures for Spinal Cord Injury
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 3-4 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 3.5 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:
- Correctly identify the ICF classification in a case based scenario of a person with a spinal cord injury
- Describe when and how to perform the ASIA Impairment Scale
- Compare the 5 ASIA classifications in terms of function after the spinal cord injury
- Set short and long term goals based on a case scenario relating to spinal cord injury, which are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time bound (SMART) and important to the patient
- Explain the meaning of each letter in the acronym “SMART” used in goal setting
- Correctly describe the expected function in different levels of complete spinal cord injury based upon given scenarios
- List at least 4 reasons to use outcome measures in spinal cord injury assessment and treatment