Interprofessional Pain Management for Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment
Section: Academy of Geriatric PT
Session Code: GR-3B-6666
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Independence Salon C

Speaker(s):   Mary Beth Bisinger, OTRL, MOT
  Jordan Bowman, SLP, MA
  Sarah Townsend-Grant, PT, DPT

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

This session will improve clinicians' ability to identify, evaluate, and apply strategies to treat pain in the older adult with cognitive impairment. Patients with cognitive impairment are negatively impacted by pain, yet their difficulty or inability to communicate pain and discomfort because of cognitive, developmental, or physiologic issues is a major barrier to adequate pain assessment and achieving success in pain management interventions.Attendees will enhance their skills in recognizing pain in this population, identify deficits and solutions through use of standardized tests and measures, and highlight interprofessional practice to improve outcomes. The speakers will identify barriers to current outcomes and opportunities to partner with occupational therapy and speech-language pathology to improve physical therapy expertise in pain management, differential diagnosis, and patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify and evaluate pain in the older adult with cognitive impairment.

2. Assess pain using evidence-based tests and measures for interprofessional collaborative practice.

3. Illustrate an interprofessional approach to pain management in older adults with cognitive impairment through case studies identifying the roles of the physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech therapist.

CEU: 0.2

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