Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Michelle M. Lusardi, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA
Dr. Lusardi’s interest in balance and falls in later life has its roots in her early years as a physical therapist on the neurological service at Hartford Hospital, when she noticed that many of her patients with stroke and amputation limited their physical activity because of concern about falling. Seeing the functional consequence of inactivity…Read full bio
Mariana Wingood, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEA
Mariana Wingood, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA is a physical therapist at University of Vermont-Acute Inpatient Department, in Vermont. She is a highly enthusiastic member of the Academy of Geriatrics who is involved in numerous projects including the CPG research group, GeriEDGE Fall Risk Assessment workgroup, Chair of the Balance and Falls SIG, Vermont State Advocate,…Read full bio
1. Why Bother with Psychometric Properties in Balance Testing?
This chapter introduces participants to concepts of pre and post test probability in the “diagnosis” of risk of falling in community living older adults.
2. Recommendations for Screening
This chapter summarizes best current available evidence for screening community living older adults with regard to risk of falling.
3. Fall Risk Assessment: History Interview
In this chapter, examples of questions to be used in intake interview of multifactorial assessment of fall risk are provided.
4. What Does the Evidence Say: Key Intake Questionnaires
Chapter four provides an overview of two questionnaires that assess balance confidence and depression, both key risk factors for future falls.
5. Fall Risk Assessment: Functional Measures
This chapter provides an overview of five functional performance measures supported by the best available evidence currently available, and highlights several impairment-level risk factors that can further inform evaluation, goal setting, and intervention planning.
6. Does Your Documentation Demonstrate Clinical Reasoning and Justify the Need for Intervention?
The final chapter of this course provides a framework that clinicians can use to demonstrate clinical reasoning and justify medical necessity.