Interested in the mental health aspects of physiotherapy care and looking beyond the realms of traditional physiotherapy
Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems
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The Global Burden of Disease report published in 2019 estimated that stroke is the second leading cause of death, and the third leading cause of death and disability combined worldwide. There is growing interest in the effect stroke has on the development of mental health disorders. Mental health issues are also a leading cause of disability worldwide, with depression and anxiety topping the list of global mental health diagnoses. Mental health disorders are common post-stroke, but are often overlooked and underdiagnosed. These disorders can greatly affect a stroke survivor's quality of life, treatment outcomes and functional status, burden of care, and mortality rates.
Due to the time-intensive nature of rehabilitation assessments, treatments, and interventions, rehabilitation professionals are well placed to help screen for mental health issues in stroke survivors and aid in preventive education. This course overviews mental health disorders which commonly occur post-stroke. It discusses their aetiology, clinical features and differential diagnosis, as well as relevant assessments and basic interventions that can be performed by rehabilitation professionals.
The aim of this course is to provide an overview of mental health disorders which can occur post-stoke and the role of rehabilitation professionals in managing these commonly occurring conditions.
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.