Free Online Course: Getting a GRIP on Osteoarthritis

Getting a Grip on Arthritis: Osteoarthritis

Getting a Grip on Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is an educational program designed to help health care providers:

  • recognize osteoarthritis, how it affects the joints and body, and the impact it may have on the life of their patients;
  • better support their patients to learn new management and coping techniques for all aspects of the disease resulting in more active involvement in their care; and
  • summarize how taking a more active role in managing their patient’s arthritis can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life.

While this module focuses on aspects of arthritis care from the perspective of Canadian family physicians, also emphasized is the role and importance of the primary care team in the arthritis care continuum. This module’s content may therefore be relevant for a variety of health professionals. You may elect to explore all content provided or, in the event that a component is outside your scope of practice, you may elect to skip it and move on to the next step in a case.

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Focus on Feet: Helping Older Patients Maintain Their Feet

by Sandra B. Fielo, RN, BC, EdD and Catherine Ratliff, RN, PhD, GNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN

Age-related change, years of wear and tear, inadequate care, use of poorly fitting footwear, increased weight and body mass index and the prevalence of medical conditions that affect the feet may result in disability, decreased mobility, diminished function and loss of quality of life. Healthcare providers as a team can reduce these problems by providing a comprehensive assessment, daily foot care and patient education.

The goal of this continuing education program is to enhance nurses’ and occupational therapists’ ability to recognize and care for older patients who have minor problems with their feet. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • Describe age-related changes in feet
  • Differentiate minor problems in feet from those requiring expert intervention
  • Teach self-care practices as a health promotion strategy for healthy feet

This course is being offered for FREE until midnight EDT of 10/31/13.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This free introductory course, from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), gives a brief update on the various facets of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It details the core symptoms, including behavioral manifestations of each, notes what is known about its causes, and lists the components of a comprehensive diagnostic protocol. It also describes a multifaceted treatment approach that includes combined medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral therapy. The course includes sections on comorbid disorders, dealing with ADHD at school, and treating it in teens and adults.

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Making Digital Materials Accessible for Individuals with Disabilities

by Kathleen Bastedo, BSOT, MEd

Inclusion and accessibility are integral values held by healthcare and education professionals. The advancement of technology has facilitated access to information rapidly, making material more widely available than ever; however, in the rush to embrace new means of instruction, accessibility issues may have been overlooked. In 1996, the U.S. Department of Justice clarified that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements apply to all programs offered on the Internet, which include all educational digital materials for clients, patients, students and the general public, as well as all digital professional conference materials. This means that web page materials, and formalized online courses and programs, must be made available to qualified individuals with disabilities.

The goal of this digital materials accessibility module is to provide occupational therapists, dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, radiologic technologists and social workers with up-to-date information related to accessibility of digital materials for individuals with disabilities. After studying the following information, you will be able to:

  • Identify and understand recent additions to current laws related to accessibility of digital materials
  • Identify how accessibility can be achieved through the modification or well-planned creation of digital materials
  • Identify resources to facilitate the creation of accessible digital materials

Course is free until 30 September 2013.

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