Each patient that a rehabilitation professional treats is on at least one medication, and more often than not the list of medications is rather extensive. While medications are prescribed and managed by physicians and pharmacists, medications have significant implications that impact the rehabilitative process, therefore, pharmacology knowledge is essential for rehabilitation professionals. Each rehab professional should have a baseline understanding of the classes of drugs that are most commonly prescribed to adult patients for pain management, arthritis, endocrine conditions and bone mineralization conditions, as well as their side effects and what impact they have on the rehabilitative process.
The drugs discussed in this course include those used to treat pain: NSAIDs and opioids, those used to treat OA and RA, those used to treat bone mineral density deficits, and those drugs that manage endocrine disorders such as diabetes mellitus. The emphasis is not on learning or memorizing drug names, rather the emphasis of this course will be to gain an understanding of each of the classes of drugs mentioned above. This includes a basic understanding of how the drug class works, and a more detailed understanding of the side effects and rehab implications of each drug class. In addition to lecture, case studies will be utilized to enhance the learning of the rehab professional.
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- Opioids and NSAIDs including their indications, side effects and impact on the rehabilitation process
- Medications for RA and OA including their indications, side effects and impact on the rehabilitation process
- Medications for those with decreased bone mineral density, including OP, and for those with endocrine disorders, such as diabetes mellitus, including their indications, side effects and impact on the rehabilitation process
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on the common pain medication used in the adult population.
- List three methods of administration for opioid analgesics.
- Identify what type of pain opioid analgesics are most effective at treating.
- Recognize what the most serious side effect that can occur in those taking opioid analgesics.
- List the three methods in which NSAIDs are used other than reducing pain.
- State the two functions of acetaminophen.
- Determine the most effective category of drugs at slowing or stopping the progression of RA.
- Identify two benefits to use of glucocorticoids in those with RA.
- Recognize two dietary/lifestyle recommendation s for those with RA.
- Describe the three classes of drugs recommended for treatment of OA.
- List the two dietary supplements that are recommended in the management of OA
- Identify two recommendation s for taking calcium supplements.
- Determine the class of drugs that is the primary treatment for OP
- Point out one reason why estrogen therapy is not the mainstay of treatment for those with OP.
- Describe how insulin is administered an dosed in diabetic patients
- List three lifestyle factors that impact blood sugar levels.
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Contact Hours: 3 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapist
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
Financial – Suzanne Greenwalt is employed by Belmont University and receives a salary. She receives royalty payments from HomeCEUConnection.com for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial – Suzanne Greenwalt is the Belmont University Faculty contact to the Student Assembly of the APTA.
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