Within the last 16 years, the percentage of hospitals with a palliative care program has increased threefold and greater than 75% of hospital systems have a palliative care team today. Individuals are appropriate for palliative care services if they have a chronic or life threatening illness that is beginning to affect their functioning or quality of life. Conditions commonly managed with palliative care includes cardiovascular conditions, cancer, frailty, dementia, age-related decline and degenerative or chronic neurological disorders.
Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapists assistants (PTAs) are frequently called upon to assist in the management of these individuals. As PTs and PTAs have a number of interventions and care models applicable to individuals with these conditions, we have a substantial but underutilized role in palliative care.
This webinar will include an introduction to the palliative care philosophy, how it integrates into hospice and end-of-life care as well as the novel rehabilitation models within palliative care for different diseases. In addition commonly managed conditions such as bone metastases and quantifying quality of life will be highlighted. Techniques will be discussed related to the therapists' role in challenging conversations and goal setting within the context of the patient's disease trajectory and life goals. Finally, documentation, billing and administrative support for PT within palliative care will be discussed.
Objectives: Participants will be able to:
CEUS NOT awarded for Webinar: You will receive a email verifying you registered and earned 1.5 contact hours for participating only. We do not offer CEUS from any specific state. However, can contact your state and submit a request for CEU approval. This is assuming your state awarded CEUs for the small number of contact hour provided by this webinar.
Chris Wilson, PT, DSCPT, DPT, Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Dr. Wilson is an Assistant Professor at Oakland University and is the founding Residency Program Director for the Beaumont Health Oncology Residency. He is board certified in geriatric physical therapy. His clinical practice is in cancer physical therapy and acute care. Dr. Wilson’s research agenda focuses on palliative care physical therapy and the management of late-stage chronic illnesses. He teaches geriatrics, pharmacology, biophysical agents, and acute care in Oakland University’s Physical Therapy Program. He is co-principal and co-founder of HOP-UP-PT, LLC..
Chris received his Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 2015. He received his transitional Doctor in Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine with a Primary Care Certification and his Masters in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 2001. In the past, Chris has served the professional community as an Item Writer for the PT National Licensure Examination.
Chris was honored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) with the APTA Emerging Leader Award in 2009 and the Signe Brunnström Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in 2015. Dr. Wilson has served the physical therapy professional association at global, national, state, and local levels. Dr. Wilson successfully authored and coordinated passage of motions outlining the APTA’s position on PT’s Role in Hospice and Palliative Care, the PTs Role in Diet and Nutrition, and the PT’s Role in Safe Patient Handling. He is active in clinical research in the areas of Hospice/Palliative Care and Safe Patient Handling and Mobility.