Research has revealed decreased cognitive function to be associated with mobility deficits and increased fall risk. The role of the physical therapist as the "Movement Specialist" of the patient-centered team should include screening for cognitive dysfunction in an effort to promote clinical decision-making and early intervention.
The presentation will discuss cognitive changes associated with aging to improve understanding of normal aging, mild and major neurocognitive disorder. The presentation will identify tools commonly used for cognitive screening and assist participants in the selection process. Participants will analyze sample screening findings necessary for clinical decision-making skills. The presentation will recognize the clinical significance for cognitive screening by the physical therapist to promote patient-centered care/management and early intervention.
In conclusion, the presentation will encourage educational opportunities for early exposure of cognitive screening by Student Physical Therapists (SPT) enrolled in Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs to prepare for clinical internship or post-graduation.
Outcome 1: Understand cognitive changes associated with aging including normal aging, mild, and major neurocognitive disorder.
Outcome 2: Identify tools commonly used for cognitive screening and analyze findings to promote clinical decision-making skills by the physical therapist.
Outcome 3: Discuss the clinical significance for cognitive screening by the physical therapist for patient-centered care/management and early intervention
Rogulj BL. The Importance of Cognitive Screening to Promote Clinical Decision-Making Skills. 2021.