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David M. Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where, since 1991, he has taught in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy and PhD in Rehabilitation Science degree programs. Morris earned a BS in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a MS in physical therapy education and a PhD in health education/promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also a Credentialed Fellowship Graduate from the APTA Education Leadership Institute Fellowship. He has been a member of the UAB Constraint Induced (CI) Therapy Research Group since 1994 and has participated in multiple research projects aimed at developing the approach and examining its influence on extremity use following stroke and other neurologic disorders. He is Training Coordinator for the UAB Training for CI Therapy program and conducts CI therapy training programs for rehabilitation professionals worldwide. He has held multiple leadership roles in several APTA components including being a member of the founding Executive Committee and serving two terms as President for the APTA Aquatic PT Section. He also served three terms as Vice President and two terms as President for the Alabama Chapter of the APTA. He has authored and/or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters concerning the topics of aquatic physical therapy, neurologic physical therapy and the PTs role in health promotion, wellness and prevention. He is recipient of multiple awards including the 2009 APTA Lucy Blair Service Award, the 2012 APTA Legislative Commitment Award, the 2012 Marilyn Gossman Award for Professionalism in PT and the 2016 Leadership Award from the Alabama Chapter of the APTA, and the 2017 Joseph F. Volker Outstanding Faculty Award from the UAB School of Health Professions. In 2017, he received the APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award

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Prevention, Wellness and Health Promotion in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Presented by David Morris, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Prevention, Wellness and Health Promotion in Neurologic Physical Therapy

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In recent years, health care practitioners have begun to recognize the need to transition our health care system from one that focuses on sick care (i.e., waiting for individuals to become ill and then promote recovery) to one that focuses on prevention and wellness. In addition to leading to a dramatic reduction in health care costs, this more contemporary approach could prove to be significantly more effective for reducing rates of mortality and disease morbidity. This is true for all patient/client populations including those with neurologic dysfunction. The mobility limitations and other barriers to healthy lifestyle practices faced by these individuals require thoughtful and creative solutions for success. Physical therapy (PT) practitioners are uniquely positioned to incorporate prevention, wellness and health promotion into their professional practice because of their educational background and expertise, the frequency and duration of the visits they have with their patients/clients, and the trusting relationship they typically form with their patients/clients. This course addresses the PT practitioner's role in promoting prevention, wellness and health promotion by: 1) describing professional practices and competencies involved in this type of health care delivery; 2) examining health behavior and strategies to promote health behavior change as needed; 3) exploring delivery possibilities for promoting health in community settings; and 4) identifying useful resources for learning more on this topic. An emphasis will be placed on applying these concepts to patients/clients with neurologic dysfunction.

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