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Medications & Mixed Messages: Pharmacology for the Rehabilitation Professional

October 21, 2017


09:00 AM - 4:45 PM


Wallace Community College | 1141 Wallace Dr Dothan, AL 36303

Speaker: Ellen Strunk, MS, PT, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

CEUs: 6.5 Contact Hours (7.8 CEUs for Alabama Licensees)

Course Description

This course is designed to inform participants in issues involving the interaction of rehabilitation treatment and pharmacology.  This course presents the profile of the typical rehabilitation patient, the most common adverse drug reactions encountered by rehabilitation professionals, and the potential impact these side effects can have on treatment outcomes.  The presentation will focus on drug classes and drug regimens commonly used.  This information should enable the course participants to implement general strategies for coordinating and modifying treatment sessions according to the client’s drug treatment.  It will also provide practical information to assist the therapist in promoting patient compliance with his/her drug regimen and in recognizing potential dangerous side effects and/or decline in drug effectiveness.  This course is intended to meet the needs of the intermediate level clinician.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the pharmacologic profile of a patient population and the four stages of pharmacokinetics.
  2. Identify issues of polypharmacy and adverse drug reactions
  3. Identify common drug regimens seen in rehabilitation patients; specifically cardiovascular regimens, neurological regimens, musculoskeletal regimens, antipsychotic regimens and endocrine regimens.
  4. Identify strategies for therapists to use when modifying a therapy program to meet the patient’s drug regimen, as well as promote patient compliance to their drug regimen.

Speaker Information

Ellen Strunk, MS, PT, GCS, CEEAA, CHC
Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc.
Birmingham, Alabama

Ellen received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since that time, she has worked in various roles & settings as both clinician & manager/director: hospital; transitional care; Director of rehab for a hospital home health agency; Clinical Consultant, Director of a HH staffing division, Rehab Agency Administrator and Director of Governmental Affairs for a company providing rehab services in long term care, home health & outpatient settings. Presently, Ellen is owner of Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc., a company providing continuing education, consulting and audit/review services for post-acute care settings. She specializes in helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in skilled nursing facilities and home health settings, and especially how to deliver medically necessary therapy services in these settings. Her experience includes utilizing medical record reviews and operational data systems to help both inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines. Ellen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, where she serves as Director on the APTA Section on Geriatrics (SOG) Board, and is a member of the APTA Home Health Section & the APTA Health Policy & Administration Sections. She serves in the dual role of Treasurer and Chairperson of the Practice & Reimbursement Committee for the Alabama Physical Therapy Association.  


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