Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship, a shared collaborative with
the Academic Council, Education Section, Physical Therapist Assistant Educators
Special Interest Group, and APTA, now is accepting applications for 2013 with a
submission deadline of January 4, 2013. This yearlong invitational blended
learning (online and onsite components) fellowship program includes mentorship
and is designed to provide emerging and novice (0-7 years) physical therapist
and physical therapist assistant education program directors with leadership
skills to facilitate change, think strategically, and engage in public discourse
to advance the physical therapy profession. Successful graduates from this
program are recognized as Fellows of the Education Leadership Institute. To
learn more about the ELI Fellowship, click here. To access the application,
of all types can engage in a systematic approach to better identify and prevent
medical errors and adverse events that occur commonly among patients with limited English proficiency
(LEP). Research available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
makes these 5 key recommendations to improve detection of medical
errors across diverse LEP populations and prevent high-risk scenarios from
becoming safety events:
hospitals with resource or other limitations that preclude a full rollout of
these strategies at once, the authors suggest beginning incrementally by
choosing any strategies that can be readily implemented and, at a minimum,
focus on addressing the root causes that lead to high-risk scenarios for
medical errors among patients with LEP.
study, Bringing It to Life, highlights a breakdown in communication involving
hospital staff and a 45-year-old Spanish-speaking man with type 2 diabetes who
goes to the emergency department accompanied by his wife.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is hosting a video contest for health care providers to
showcase their innovative, patient-centered approaches that improve the way
care teams communicate with their patients, especially when a patient is
transitioning from the hospital to home care. If you've pioneered a collaborative
way to improve patients' care and their health outcomes, read the judging criteria and submission guidelines and
submit your video by November 17.
will receive special recognition from RWJF, a professionally produced video
segment on their innovation, and the opportunity to discuss their methods with
patients and health care providers in local and national media.
workouts may trump land-based exercise for people with chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD), says an article by Reuters Health based on a study published in European Respiratory Journal.
their investigation, Australian researchers randomly assigned 53 participants
to workouts in a hydrotherapy pool, gym-based training, or standard medical
care without exercise. The exercise programs include 3 weekly 1-hour sessions
over 2 months. Forty-five patients completed the study.
they worked out on land or in water, patients were able walk faster after the
training than when they just got usual care. But patients who exercised in the
pool reported less fatigue and developed more physical endurance than those who
trained in the gym.
endurance shuttle walk test, patients who'd exercised in water outpaced the gym
trainers by 228 meters (748 feet).
in the water-based exercise training group reported an improvement in many
functional aspects of their daily life such as improved stamina and ability to
complete tasks such as walking long distances when shopping," said lead
author Renae McNamara, PT.
had been some concerns that people with COPD might not tolerate the pressure
from the water on the chest. The researchers saw no drop-outs due to worsening
COPD in patients training in the pool, although they did see some in the gym
group. The authors reported that most of the participants in the study did not
have severe disease, says Reuters.