Category Archives: stroke

Compendium for teaching professional level PT content (neuro focus)

From an email I received earlier this month.  If you are an instructor this is a great resource for neuro-related coursework ideas.

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The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy is pleased to announce the
release of the updated *“Compendium for Teaching Professional Level
Physical Therapy Content, v. 2016”*. This compendium is an update of the
previous compendium published in 2000 and edited by Margaret Schenkman PhD,
PT and Kathleen Gill-Body, MS, PT, NCS.

The purpose of the Compendium is to provide examples of high quality
teaching and learning strategies that have been developed and refined by
the contributors. Some activities include detailed patient cases and/or
grading rubrics, which can be difficult and time-consuming to write. These
will be useful for novice faculty who are seeking innovative ways to
deliver content. In addition, experienced educators will find new ideas
and alternative teaching strategies.

The compendium is online, and open access
http://www.neuropt.org/education/compendium. Activities may be searched by
elements of the patient management model, by pathology, or by type of
teaching activity. *Activities can be downloaded individually, and
educators may freely adapt or adopt the learning activities while providing
recognition to the Academy and the original authors*.

The Compendium co-chairs would like to recognize the hard work of authors,
editors, and Academy leaders in developing this resource. We hope you find
it useful in planning your curriculum!

*Jody Cormack, PT, DPT, MS Ed, NCS*
* Sue Perry, PT, DPT, MS*
Compendium v.2016 Co-chairs

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Articles of interest – initiating change in the clinic, BESTest in subacute stroke

I’m catching up on journals (part of a New Years resolution to reduce/ eliminate the collection I have) and came across two good articles, so I thought I would share briefly.

The first is “Use of the Theoretical Domains Framework to Develop and Intervention to Improve Physical Therapist Management of the Risk of Falls After Discharge” in the November 2014 issue of PTJ.  If you have input into programs at your facility, or you have initiated a program but then had limited change in therapist behaviors, you may want to read this.  I found it interesting as I’m currently reading through “Better” (see previous posts).

The second is “Reliability and Validity of the Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) in People with Subacute Stroke” in the same issue of PTJ.  If you see patients with subacute stroke (or Parkinsons) and you haven’t checked out this test, you can read more about it here.

Speaking of EDGE task forces (Neuro recommendations)

In the previous post I mentioned the GeriEDGE task force.  In the same October 2013 issue of PTJ, there is an article Outcome Measures for Individuals with Stroke: Process and Recommendations From the American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section Task Force.  I like how they broke it down into the ICF model (body structure/ function, activity, participation) and then made recommendations for patient acuity, practice setting, and educational exposure.  I will be sure to consult these recommendations when I evaluate a patient with a CVA either in the SNF/TCU setting or in the OP clinic.

Of note, the Neuro section also has posted these and other recommendation summaries on their website: