COPD, Diabetes, Heart Failure, and Hypertension

Amy Shevlin, PT, MS, DPT, GCS

COPD, Diabetes, Heart Failure, and Hypertension

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Course Highlights

  • Expand your understanding of the causes, symptoms, and pathophysiology of heart failure, COPD, DM, and hypertension and increase your confidence working with patients with one or more of these conditions
  • Pharmacological considerations and how to recognize possible adverse side effects and interactions that could beimpacting your patient's ability to maximize functional independence
  • Create practical, effective evidence-based interventionsfor at-risk populations and how to safely progress these patients through a progressive therapy program designed to improve functional outcomes
  • Safely progress patients with chronic illnesses using the best plan of care in order to manage and motivate your patients to achieve their maximum level of fitness
  • Acquire specific information regarding lab values including normal ranges and how to recognize the effects an abnormal lab value may have on therapeutic interventionsre, and Hypertension

Additional Info

Physical and occupational therapists often treat older patients with multiple chronic illnesses. In fact, 80% of adults over the age of 65 have multiple chronic conditions. This can be a difficult patient population to work with considering these patients see an average of 13 different physicians each year and have an average of 50 different prescriptions filled each year. Due to the complexity of this patientpopulation, obtaining progressions through a therapy programcan be a very daunting task. Therapists often feel they are providing suboptimal therapeutic interventions due to the complexity of working with these patient populations. Additionally, caring for these patients is further complicated bythe potential adverse effects of being on multiplemedications. It can be very challenging to help guide these patients to achieve their greatest level of independence andto improve their quality of life.

During this one-day course, participants will be able to obtain comprehensive information on the pathophysiology of some frequently encountered chronic diseases and how they may affect a patient's ability to respond to therapy treatment. This course will evaluate the best techniques, including special tests to perform with these populations that will help guide therapy treatment. Also covered will be the most common medications that these groups of patients might be taking, medications that should be avoided in this population, and how to recognize possible adverse effects of these medications. Participants will discuss vital sign parametersand treatment precautions and how to use this information toguide your clinical decision making and when it is appropriate to continue therapy treatment or when therapy treatmentshould be held. Participants will also review the most common lab tests performed in the older adult population, how to interpret these lab values, and how the results of these tests can affect your patient's ability to progress during therapytreatments. After the completion of this course, participants will confidently use the best treatment strategies for populations with these chronic diagnoses.

  1. Describe the causes, symptoms and pathophysiology of heart failure, COPD, diabetes, and hypertension.
  2. List common medications to treat these conditions and their possible effects on therapy treatment, as well asmedications that should be avoided with this patient population.
  3. Identify vital sign parameters, precautions, and contraindications that can be used to guide clinical decision making when working with these patient populations.
  4. Utilize evidence-based treatment interventions designed to optimize functional outcomes, increase independence, and improve quality of life.
  5. Explain the possible effects abnormal lab values may have on therapeutic interventions for patients with COPD, diabetes, and hypertension.
  6. Integrate motivational methods to improve patient adherence to therapeutic interventions.
  1. Properly Managing Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions
    1. Prevalence
    2. Complexity of this patient population
    3. Polypharmacy
    4. Common lab values you should know
  2. Assessment and Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
    1. Pathophysiology
    2. Patient evaluation
    3. Common medications used to treat CHF
    4. Evidence-based therapeutic interventions
  3. Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Obstructive and Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    1. Pathophysiology
    2. Patient evaluation
    3. Common medications used to treat COPD
    4. Evidence-based therapeutic interventions
  4. Assessment and Treatment of Diabetes (DM)
    1. Pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes
    2. Patient evaluation
    3. Common medications used to treat diabetes
    4. Evidence-based therapeutic interventions
  5. Assessment and Treatment of Hypertension or High Blood Pressure (HBP)
    1. Pathophysiology, prevalence of hypertension
    2. Common medications used to treat hypertension
    3. Lifestyle changes to help control hypertension, benefits of physical activity
    4. Correct technique for measuring vital signs including blood pressure
    5. Precautions, contraindications, and exercise guidelines for treating patients with hypertension
  6. Effectively Motivating the Patient with Multiple Chronic Conditions
    1. Barriers to adherence
    2. Methods to improve patient adherence

Amy Shevlin, PT, MS, DPT, GCS, is a licensed physical therapist with over 22 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient therapy clinics, and home health care. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Detroit Mercy. She then attended Washington University in St Louis and received her master's degree in physical therapy in 1995. In 2013, Dr. Shevlin became a board certified geriatric clinical specialist. She returned to school after practicing for many years and received her transitional DPT degree from Evidence in Motion in 2014.Dr. Shevlin has spent most of her career working in the home care setting with clients with multiple chronic conditions who have experienced major functional loss. She has worked with home health agencies in designing programs to help improve functional outcomes of patients by improving best practice patterns and educating staff on the delivery of optimal patient care. Dr. Shevlin has designed educational tools to help inform patients on how to decrease fall risk, increase exercise adherence, and improve mobility in the home. She has also helped to revise agency policy and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations as well as improve the delivery of home care services. Dr. Shevlin is currently the Therapy Liaison for Southern Illinois Region for Residential Home Care. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the Home Health Section and the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.


FINANCIAL: Amy Shevlin is compensated by Summit as an instructor.

NONFINANCIAL: Amy Shevlin has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

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