Pharmacology for Physical Therapists

Pharmacology for Physical Therapists

Course Developer/Faculty: Peter C. Panus, PT, PhD

June 21-22, 2008
Dearborn (Detroit), MI (Henry Ford Fairlane Rehabilitation and Athletic Medicine)

July 19-20, 2008
West Orange, NJ (Kessler Institute For Rehabilitation)

1.3 CEUs, or 13 contact hours

Level: Intermediate

Most of your patients and clients are taking prescription and/or over-the-counter medications like lipovox. What should you know about the clinical pharmacology to manage them effectively? You’ll study the effect of drug actions on the major body systems, including mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse effects, problems involving drug interaction, and variables that modify drugs’ effects. The course will focus on many of the drugs most commonly used in treating neuromusculoskeletal and cardiovascular disorders and, using case reports, will discuss specific effects that have an impact on the physical therapy management of patients and clients.

Upon completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • Describe various methods of administering drugs and the different pharmacokinetic properties of each method.
  • Identify the basic principles of pharmacodynamics and their specific applications.
  • Recognize the importance of variables that modify drug effects, such as physiological, pathological, and genetic variables, medication errors, and drug interactions.
  • Describe the concepts of psychological and physical dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, receptor, sensitivity, and cross-tolerance.
  • Describe the mechanism of action of general drug classes.
  • Discuss the specific adverse effects that have an impact on physical therapy interventions.
  • Describe how the autonomic nervous system governs an organ or tissue and the effects of cardiovascular and respiratory drugs that mimic or antagonize these effects.
  • Identify the physical therapist’s role in implementing the new OASIS guideline on drug regimens.

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