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Stopping Falls: Occupational Therapy's Role in Fall Prevention

presented by Jane A. Painter-Patton, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Part three of this six part falls prevention series will demonstrate how occupational therapy practitioners may develop an evidence-based falls prevention and fear of falling program for community-dwelling older adults utilizing the Clinical Practice Guidelines, STEADI, and the Occupational Therapy Practice framework, 3rd edition. This six part falls prevention series is designed for occupational therapy practitioners to gain a better understanding of the prevalence and ramifications of falls and fear of falling. Practitioners learn how to incorporate current evidence-based recommendations related to screenings, evaluations, and interventions that may be utilized with community-dwelling older adults to reduce fall risk and fear of falling.

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Jane A. Painter-Patton, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Jane Painter-Patton has 37 years of experience working with older adults and is a professor at East Carolina University's Occupational Therapy Department. She serves on the NC Falls Prevention Coalition and is a Board member of the NC Injury and Violence Prevention Council. Her interests, presentations, and publications focus on geriatric community-based therapy, including…

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1. Guidelines for Screening and Evaluation

In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Painter-Patton demonstrates how to incorporate the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd edition with the Clinical Practice Guidelines and the STEADI.

2. Fall Risks

In Chapter 2, participants will review specific screening tools and evaluations that occupational therapists can utilize with community-dwelling older adults in order to assess risk of falling and fear of falling.

3. Functional Assessments

Dr. Painter-Patton demonstrates the use of the STEADI when assessing an older community-dwelling person. Participants will review specific screenings and assessments that occupational therapists can use to identify fall risk and fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults.

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