The ADL Profile Workshop

When & Where

June 20-22, 2008 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Vancouver General Hospital
899 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Assessments as crucial as activities of daily living (ADL) evaluations must ensure an accurate appraisal of the complex needs and impairments of individuals living with brain injuries. In this three-day workshop, participants will be introduced to the ADL Profile, an ecological measure of ADL independence. This assessment is applicable throughout the continuum of care and provides crucial information both for discharge planning from inpatient rehabilitation settings and for ADL assessments required by third-party payers. The originality of the ADL Profile is that it extends its analysis to include executive processes, previous life habits, perception of subject and significant other and environmental factors. Use of this assessment should permit more targeted interventions aimed at maximising social participation. Therapists who attend this workshop will be introduced to the non-structured evaluation approach of the ADL Profile and to its theoretical underpinnings. Videotapes of evaluation sessions will serve to illustrate how to administer the assessment as well as the repercussions of executive processes on the performance of daily activities.

Video analysis of ADL Profile performance-based assessments will be used to familiarize therapists with how to document observable behaviours and how to rate performance. Finally, therapists will learn how assessment results can serve to guide treatment interventions.

Carolina Bottari, PhD, OT (c) is an occupational therapist with extensive clinical experience working with individuals with a traumatic brain injury. She completed a post-doctoral research fellow funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and working with Dr. Deirdre Dawson at the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit, Baycrest Hospital, Toronto. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and working with Dr. Alain Ptito in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. Her research is focused on the development and validation of real-world observation-based measures of independence in instrumental activities of daily living that consider the consequences of deficits in executive functions for individuals with a traumatic brain injury. She is a co-author of the ADL Profile.

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Source: CAOT

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