Recommendations and Clinical Insights for Implementation of Disorder of Consciousness Practice Guidelines
Tuesday, September 14 from 5 - 8 pm (CT)
Tuesday, September 21 from 5 - 8 pm (CT)
Disorders of Consciousness are complex states that may affect survivors of severe brain injury. Historically, a disorder of consciousness was thought to be indicative of a poor prognosis and precluded patients from further rehabilitation efforts. However, recent long-term outcome studies demonstrate those with traumatic DOC can achieve better functional outcomes and quality of life than previously thought. That is why it is imperative for physiatrists to understand the potential of patients in DOC. Furthermore, physiatrists equipped with the appropriate knowledge and understanding of appropriate interventions can facilitate a positive trajectory of recovery.
This course will provide an overview of recently published DOC Practice Guidelines with key clinical insights into applications. Our multi-disciplinary team will address guideline-related domains of assessment, diagnosis, medical management, prognosis, and confounders to further clinical treatment for this disorder. Appropriate medical management, rehabilitation interventions, and expectations for recovery will be illustrated with clinical examples. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate application of the guidelines and to stimulate discussions regarding best practice concepts. Physiatrists will see how clinicians in the field use real-world cases to develop a road map to recovery for the severe brain injury survivors experiencing DOC. Virtual problem-solving case studies will be provided for all attendees. Register today!