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The Adult Learner and Implications for Patient Education

presented by Kathryn Brewer, PT, DPT, MEd, Geriatric Clinical Specialist Emeritus

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Financial: Kathryn Brewer receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kathryn Brewer has no competing non-financial 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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Effective patient outcomes are, in part, dependent on clear communication of patient-specific health information and education on which to build behavior change and sustainability of new psychomotor skills. This course by Kathryn Brewer will address principles of adult learning, special needs related to older adults with physical or cognitive impairments, and strategies for effective teaching interventions and learning outcomes.

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Kathryn Brewer, PT, DPT, MEd, Geriatric Clinical Specialist Emeritus

Dr. Brewer graduated with her degree in physical therapy from The Ohio State University and received her Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati. Her doctorate degree is from Temple University. She has been certified as a geriatric specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists since 1994. Dr. Brewer currently practices…

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1. Characteristics of Adult Learners

Teachable moments occur with nearly every physical therapy encounter. Understanding the process of learning and behavior change tailored to adults and geriatric clients can make strategies more customized to individual needs.

2. Factors Influencing Performance of Learning Tasks

Numerous intrinsic and extrinsic factors may affect your patient’s ability to comprehend and apply new knowledge or skills to manage their health and function differently. The clinician should be versatile in customizing teaching methodology to best meet the needs of the patient.

3. Meeting the Educational Needs of Older Adults in Physical Therapy care

As the clinician, you must take responsibility for adapting elements of patient care delivery including patient education, to achieve optimal outcomes of compliance and sustainability for learning. Strategies to address the needs of older adult learners will be presented in this chapter.

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