presented by Rich Briggs
Financial: Rich Briggs receives a honorarium from MedBridge for this course. She has no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Rich Briggs has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Rich Briggs, PT, MA
Richard Briggs PT, MA has a clinical practice specializing in palliative care and hospice for the past 30 years. He has taught at the APTA National Conference and Combined Sections Meeting, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Clinical and Management Conferences, the California Hospice Foundation, and is Adjunct Faculty at California State University,…Read full bio
1. Paradigm Shift
In the first chapter of this course, Rich Briggs defines palliative care and identifies heuristic errors in physical therapy practice. He demonstrates how to apply physical therapy as a palliative intervention.
2. Clinical Indicators
Chapter 2 reviews select diagnoses that have a terminal trajectory. Participants will learn to utilize clinical findings to identify palliative care needs. Rich Briggs also reviews words and expressions that indicate end of life awareness.
3. Palliative Therapy Practice Patterns
Rich Briggs identifies rehab-light therapy practice characteristics and defines Rehabilitation in Reverse for the declining patient. Participants will learn to recognize Case Management as an ongoing care tool.
4. Skilled Maintenance and Supportive Care
In Chapter 4, Rich Briggs justifies skilled vs. unskilled maintenance care situations. Participants will review both physical and psychosocial Supportive Care practices.
5. Clinical Pearls
In Chapter 5, participants will learn to utilize optimal equipment height for function. They will learn to recognize the significance of pulse monitoring and predicted maximal heart rate and apply appropriate edema mobilization and management strategies. Rich Briggs identifies the use of visualization with passive range of motion.
6. Conclusion and Conversation
In the final chapter of this course, participants will learn to recognize signs and symptoms of clinician stress. Rich Briggs identifies therapist self care activities and describes the use of presence with non-attachment. The chapter ends with an explanation of the practice of Living Our Dying.