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Module: Assessing Outcomes Vital to Independent Living in Late Life

Course Category Listing: Healthcare Professionals, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Nursing - Accredited Courses, Patient Management, Philips Lifeline, Philips Lifeline Employees, Philips Lifeline LPM / LCOM, Social Workers, Specialized Lifeline Education and Development
Module Description:
Audience: Select Healthcare Professionals
Skill level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: None


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 https://www.theonlinelearningcenter.com/


PLEASE VERIFY WITH YOUR STATE LICENSURE ORGANIZATIONS ON WHETHER OR NOT THEY ACCEPT CE APPROVED THROUGH THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

Philips Healthcare Learning Center (PHLC) is approved as a provider (provider number 6171) for continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA.) Target Audience: Occupational Therapists. Content Level: Intermediate. Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation. Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs).

The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050, for 1.0 Contact Hours.

This program has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Provider No. WV2011-0570RN) for 1.0 Contact Hours. Expiration 12/31/18

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886492219-8259) for 1.0 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

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