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Improving Patient Adherence and Outcomes for Aging Adults

presented by J.J. Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA

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Recommendations in the APTA Choosing Wisely campaign have noted the importance of not under-dosing strength training in aging adults. This new educational initiative is stressing the importance of matching the intensity and duration of exercise to an individual's goal and ability. However, to get the amount of repetition needed for improvement, we need patients to design optimal home programs that will facilitate compliance. The emphasis of this course includes strategies of how to prioritize the impairment, design the HEP based off your priority impairment, and choose items that are functional and motivating for the patient.

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J.J. Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA

Dr. J.J. Mowder-Tinney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder, a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Miami, and a doctorate in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University. With nearly three decades of diverse clinical experience, her expertise primarily focuses on assisting individuals with…

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1. Patient Adherence

Providing home exercise programs for patients is common practice for therapists. However, compliance and follow through with the programs are commonly not performed. This chapter will review specific strategies that can improve adherence and carryover of home programs.

2. Interviewing to Identify Challenges

This chapter reviews and practices some specific techniques that have been shown to improve adherence. A review of the components of motivational interviewing will be performed with strategies that can be used in clinic tomorrow.

3. Ideas for Designing HEP

This chapter will review a variety of ideas that emphasize the specific impairments of the patient while designing a home program that is fun and safe. The overall goal is to find ways to increase patients’ participation in everyday activities and prevent additional impairments.

4. Home Exercise Program Support

This chapter will review how the latest technology can be used to motivate and remind your patients about their exercise programs. By building home exercise programs that can be performed with a patient app that tracks adherence, therapists will allow optimal carry over.

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