Bladder control problems, including urinary incontinence (UI) negatively impact quality of life and rehabilitation outcomes. This certificate in Bladder Control and Urinary Incontinence prepares physical and occupational therapists to identify, evaluate, and treat lower urinary tract symptoms of UI and other bladder control problems in adult patients. Therapists who successfully complete this 6-course program will enhance quality of care and improve overall rehabilitation outcomes by advancing clinical decision-making and skill in providing therapeutic and behavioral interventions, to improve UI and other bladder control problems in their adult patients.
Rehabilitation clinicians (PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs, SLPs) practicing in any rehabilitation setting and of all backgrounds and levels of experience who provide care for adults with bladder control problems will benefit from this focused training.
10 hours of online video lectures and patient demonstrations.
Case-based quizzes to evaluate and improve clinical reasoning.
HEP and patient education resources to use with your patients.
Bladder Control Basics: Adult and Geriatrickeyboard_arrow_downCourse
The first chapter in this course explains the physiology of normal bladder control. Participants will also learn the changes that occur in bladder physiology as a result of aging.
In Chapter Two, Dr. Neville describes the etiology of bladder control problems of urgency and incontinence.
Who is affected by bladder control problems? Chapter Three discusses the epidemiology of bladder control problems, especially in relation to rehabilitation populations.
In this chapter, participants will explore the impact of bladder control problems on rehabilitation outcomes.
The final chapter in this course describes how to identify bladder control problems in adults and elders.
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Bladder Control: Stress Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Muscle Trainingkeyboard_arrow_downCourse
This chapter will discuss the scope of bladder control problems and introduce a standard outcome measure that can be used to identify them in adults.
This chapter will explain the etiology of stress urinary incontinence, and differentiate stress urinary incontinence from other forms of incontinence.
This chapter will explain the anatomy and physiology of the lower urinary tract and the pelvic floor.
This chapter will explain the exercise physiology of pelvic floor muscle training and its application to bladder control problems.
This chapter will describe a case study and outcomes of an elder woman experiencing stress UI.
Bladder Control Evaluation and Treatment: Urinary Urgency and Incontinencekeyboard_arrow_downCourse
The first chapter of this course describes the etiology of bladder control problems of urgency incontinence.
Bladder diaries help clinicians understand the bladder behaviors of patients with overactive bladder symptoms. In this chapter, Dr. Neville explains how to provide patient instructions for a bladder diary, as well as how to review and analyze the log.
In Chapter Three, Dr. Neville describes fluid management strategies for improving bladder control.
This chapter explains the neuromotor relationship between the bladder and the pelvic floor muscles.
In this chapter, participants will learn how to prescribe behavioral interventions for and teach strategies to inhibit urinary urgency.
In this chapter, Dr. Neville outlines parameters and protocols for the use of electrical stimulation in the treatment of bladder control problems.
This chapter presents a detailed case study of a real patient, focusing on symptom assessment and strategies for improving bladder control. Dr. Neville also demonstrates the placement of neuromuscular electrical stimulation electrodes and teaches correct potty posture.
Geriatric Bladder Control: Neurogenic Bladder and Emptying Dysfunctionskeyboard_arrow_downCourse
In this chapter, we will describe etiology and symptoms of incomplete emptying and neurogenic bladder. In addition, associated symptoms and negative sequelae of incomplete bladder emptying will be covered.
In this chapter, we will describe the evaluation and assessment of incomplete bladder emptying. This will include post-void residual measurement and the keeping of a bladder log.
In this chapter, we will discuss how to implement interventions for improving bladder emptying in elders and cover symptoms of incomplete bladder emptying.
This chapter will include an interview with a patient as well as a question and answer discussion section.
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Bladder Control in Elders with Cognitive Impairmentskeyboard_arrow_downCourse
This chapter will include a summary of relationship between dementia and incontinence as well as unique issues relating to management of incontinence in elders with dementia and an assessment of incontinence.
This chapter will be a continuation of unique issues surrounding incontinence. The relationship between dementia and incontinence.
This chapter will cover the impact of incontinence on caregivers and caregiver concerns relating to incontinence and bladder control. In addition, strategies to support caregivers and assessments of incontinence will be discussed.
This chapter will cover assessment and intervention of bladder control, which can include environmental adaptions, bladder logs pelvic floor muscle exercises and electrical stimulation.
This chapter will cover interventions including pelvic floor exercises.
This chapter will feature a discussion with a patient with incontinence.
Geriatric Bladder Control: Promoting a Culture of Bladder Control in Senior Living Environmentskeyboard_arrow_downCourse
This chapter will cover identifying urinary incontinence and bladder control impairments in elderly adults in senior living environments, including skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.
This chapter will cover barriers to coordinated care and intervention for bladder control problems in senior living environments.
This chapter will cover strategies for promotion and integration of a culture of bladder control in senior living environments. These strategies include: staff education, ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration and a team approach to intervention.
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CEU Approved10 total hours* of accredited coursework.
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