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When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: Jennifer M Ryan, PT, DPT, MS & Shane A. Phillips PT, PhD, FAHA
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The IPTA’s Research Awareness & Support task force are now offering FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"How Hospitalizations Hinder Patient’s Return to Their Prior Level of Function"

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Jennifer M Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist & Shane A. Phillips PT, PhD, FAHA presents their research on "How Hospitalizations Hinder Patient’s Return to Their Prior Level of Function."


In the process of a physical therapy examination and evaluation in acute care, it is vital to understand the patient's prior level of function and support in order to devise a plan of care that meets their goals and expectations realistically. The daily energy expenditure required to function in a home or community setting often is not considered when designing a patient's plan of care and determining a patient’s disposition. Patients need to achieve much more than safe transfers and gait for short distances when they go home. They are responsible for laundry and meal preparation, and their living space is larger than a single hospital room.

Though hospitalized patients are not likely to be as cardiovascularly efficient as they were at baseline due to illness or postoperative changes, their recovery will be aided by participating in exercise and activity. Their endurance often is impacted such that they cannot tolerate long distances of gait or prolonged bouts of activity. An exercise plan should limit the deconditioning related to a hospitalization, with vital sign and symptom monitoring to examine the impact of the patient’s disease or illness on exercise tolerance. Through shared decision making, the therapist can employ the patient's participation for prolonged bouts of lower-intensity activities in addition to the time spent with medical professionals, transitioning ownership of the recovery to the patient.

In this session, the speakers will discuss the metabolic equivalents of daily tasks in relation to average inpatient energy expenditures in patients with heart failure, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Case examples will use these calculations and strategies to illustrate the disparity between the demands of a hospitalization versus their everyday activity, as well as the impact on their risk of rehospitalization.  


Upon completion of this virtual learning webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Derive metabolic equivalents for daily tasks in light of disease to design exercise programs.
  • Relate the multifactorial components of prior level of function to goal setting.
  • Recognize the impact of critical illness on metabolism.
  • Consider how the physical therapist's role as educator on health and wellness can impact the patient's risk of readmission.   


Jennifer M. Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS has been a physical therapist since 1990, acquiring a BS in PT from UIC and then going onto obtaining a MS in PT in 2008 and a transitional DPT in 2004. She practices at the University of Chicago as the Program Coordinator of Critical Care and oversees the Critical Care Fellowship.

Shane A. Phillips PT, PhD, FAHA is Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Physical Therapy and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Phillips has clinical expertise in physical therapy and cardiovascular rehabilitation. His PhD degree in physiology was completed at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he completed post-doctoral training in Cardiovascular Medicine. He is Director of the Vascular Biology Laboratory in the College of Applied Health Sciences where he studies obesity, hypertension, and the control of blood flow and responses of the microcirculation to surgery, diet and exercise interventions. Other research interests include the impact of cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, alcohol and high cholesterol on macro and microcirculatory function. His laboratory is funded by the National Institute of Health.



You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.



Webinar Instructions: 

Topic: Spotlight on Research: Hospitalizations Hinder Patients Return to Level of Function
Time: May 10, 2018 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!


The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).



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