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Physiotherapists Knowledge about Dementia

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PHYSIOTHERAPISTS’ KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DEMENTIA

Presenter: Maggs PK

The module addresses:

Question: Dementia and physiotherapists-What knowledge gaps exist?

Conclusion: Whilst some basic understanding about dementia exists

in physiotherapy staff, the survey results highlight that there are some

key areas of the disease that are poorly understood. In particular,

physiotherapists showed limited knowledge of the disease trajectory,

swallowing difficulties, movement implications and assessment of pain.

Key Practice Points:

• There are key knowledge gaps within physiotherapy regarding dementia.

• Physiotherapists’ lack of knowledge regarding dementia may have

implications for clinical decision making and may be associated with

adverse outcomes and costly futile interventions.

• Further research is required to develop specific education to increase

physiotherapists’ knowledge to ensure best practice care.

CPD Points: 0.25

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