Assessing Outcomes Vital to Independent Living in Late Life

It is a well known fact that the population of the United States is aging rapidly. Researchers have found that successful aging is based upon three pillars: avoiding disease, engaging with life and maintaining high cognitive and physical function. This course focuses on the precise assessment of individual function, which is the foundation for maintaining high cognitive and physical function. Traditional standardized assessments of patient function, such as the Functional Independent Measure (FIM) and the SF-36, are contrasted with contemporary assessments that use Computer Adaptive Testing (CATs). The Activity Measure of Post Acute Care (AM-PAC) is introduced as an example of a scientifically validated CAT assessment that was developed at the Boston University Research and Training Center for Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes. AM-PAC results are being used to match patient needs to appropriate care setting and interventions and also to identify impending problems and understand where help is needed. In 2009, the American Occupational Therapy Association announced its endorsement of the AM-PAC and its plan to use the tool to gather functional improvement data for its national database.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the context for late life functional assessment
  2. Describe the limitations of traditional functional assessment methods
  3. Explain the advantages of contemporary methods of functional assessment
  4. Discuss examples of how contemporary functional assessment might be useful in working with older adults with chronic health problems

This course is accessible on the Philips Lifeline Learning Center website at http://Lifeline.theonlinelearningcenter.com.

Note: Approved provider of continuing education for LCSW licensure requirements in California.

Note: This program is not accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association due to their policies.

Note: As of 7/31/10 nursing CE's will not be available for nurses licensed in DE, RI, and UT.

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