Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. There are approximately 30 million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with COPD. Physical activity and therapy can provide great improvement in symptoms, exercise capacity, and health-related quality of life. This course is for physical and occupational therapy clinicians in acute, subacute or home health care who are seeking to update their understanding of COPD rehabilitation. As rehabilitation professionals, we need to understand the pathophysiology as well as the evidence-based treatment strategies to promote optimal living for individuals with COPD. This webinar is part 2 in a 2-part series. This part 2 webinar focuses on PT and OT objective assessment tools, program prescription, and evidence-based treatment for COPD patients. Prescribing a treatment program that is dosed appropriately is essential for theprevention of exacerbations, improved quality of life and value-based care. Rehabilitation therapists have unique skills to provide this valuable care for the COPD population.
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Explain how to conduct specific objective measures commonly used with COPD patients to determine baseline function
- Summarize guidelines for evidence-based exercises for patients with COPD including HIIT exercise
- Prescribe an appropriate treatment program for the COPD patient to include appropriate stimulus, duration, frequency and functional application.
- Apply knowledge obtained in course to determine appropriate assessments and treatment program to case studies
- Explain the correlation between hospital admissions and level of physical activity as well as the impact on value-based purchasing.
- Overview of COPD- 15 minutes
- Rehab prescription
- Pulmonary Impairment-Based Outcome Measures- 30 minutes
- Treatment Dosage and Components – 15 minutes
- Goals for COPD- 15 minutes
- Reassessment- 10 minutes
- Case Studies/ Documentation tips for COPD- 35 minutes
Total: 120 minutes
Contact Hours: 2.0
Speaker Bio: Virginia Bowen, PT, DPT
Virginia Bowen, PT, DPT is an experienced home health therapist with 7 years of experience as an educator and more than 20 years as a home care physical therapy case manager. Virginia received her B.S degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin in 1987 and went on to receive her DPT from the College of Saint Scholastica in 2019. She has developed and taught chronic disease courses for her current employer as well as the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and also has personal experience being the HCPOA for a COPD patient. She has treated numerous COPD patients in her 25 years as a home health therapist and enjoys teaching courses pertaining to this subject matter in order to help therapists develop professionally and gain knowledge of best practices.