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Interdisciplinary Management and Screening of the Long-COVID Patient (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Rebecca Boersma, MA, CCC-SLP, Becca Krysiak, MS, OTR/L, CBIS , and Corey Malone, PT, DPT, OCS

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Financial: Rebecca Boersma receives compensation from MedBridge for this course, is an employee at George Washington University Hospital, and was a speaker at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), and Michigan Speech and Hearing Association (MSHA). She also has a relevant financial relationship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Nonfinancial: Rebecca Boersma has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Financial: Becca Krysiak receives compensation from MedBridge for this course, is an employee at George Washington University Hospital, and was a speaker with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Nonfinancial: Becca Krysiak has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Financial: Corey Malone receives compensation from MedBridge for this course, is an employee of Select Medical, and was a speaker with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Nonfinancial: Corey Malone has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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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Video Runtime: 87 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from those of standard MedBridge courses.

Fatigue, postexertional malaise (PEM), and cognitive impairment are among the most prevalent symptoms of long COVID. Because of the novelty of this population, there is limited research, clinical guidance, or awareness of rehabilitation's role in long COVID management. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists are in unique positions to help optimize outcomes in long COVID given their experience addressing similar functional impairments in other patient populations.

This webinar will help practitioners identify appropriate screening techniques that will determine patients' need for various medical and/or rehab specialists. By attending this session, participants can expect to feel more equipped to screen for and evaluate long COVID with an individualized, patient-centered approach.

Meet Your Instructors

Rebecca Boersma, MA, CCC-SLP

Rebecca works as a speech-language pathologist at George Washington University Hospital in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Washington, DC. Rebecca focuses on person-centered, functional approaches for neurogenic disorders and treats patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, neuromuscular diseases, and long COVID. Rebecca first began working with patients with COVID-19 in acute…

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Becca Krysiak, MS, OTR/L, CBIS

Becca Krysiak is an occupational therapist at GWU Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Washington, DC. She has been based in DC since graduating from Thomas Jefferson University in 2017 with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. She is always striving to further her knowledge and make use of evidence-based tools, completing study in…

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Corey Malone, PT, DPT, OCS

Corey Malone has worked on creating and developing physical therapy programs to help improve the function of patients with severe deconditioning due to conditions such as cardiovascular dysfunction and long COVID. Corey has provided lectures on long COVID since 2021 and regularly treats patients with long COVID in the outpatient physical therapy setting.

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1. What Is Long COVID?

Chapter 1 briefly discusses the definition of long COVID, the most prevalent symptoms listed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and key members of the interdisciplinary care team.

2. Physical Therapy

Chapter 2 discusses the physical therapist’s role in screening and assessing the long-COVID patient. We will discuss optimal screening methods, red flags to assess for, and using clinical reasoning skills to determine when it is appropriate to refer the patient to another provider.

3. Speech-Language Pathology

Chapter 3 discusses the speech-language pathologist’s (SLP’s) role in treating the long-COVID population. This includes the long-COVID symptoms that SLPs help to manage, how to screen the patient for SLP services, and optimal evaluation methods.

4. Occupational Therapy

Chapter 4 discusses the occupational therapist’s role in evaluating and screening the long-COVID population. The discussion will include symptoms addressed, how to screen for areas of need, and appropriate tools for evaluation and interpretation of the results.

5. Case Study

Chapter 5 will review a case study of a patient with long COVID receiving PT, OT, and SLP services.

6. Question and Answer Session

Chapter 6 is a viewer-submitted question and answer session facilitated by Corey Malone, Rebecca Boersma, and Becca Krysiak.

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