Identifies the symptoms and risk factors for arthritis and rheumatic diseases. Describes the range of medications and indications for treating arthritic diseases. Discusses lifestyle changes that can enable symptom relief. Identifies clinical presentations of illnesses that help expedite diagnosis and
treatment. Describes the newest advances in the treatment and prevention of arthritis and its complications.
Discusses the various forms of arthritis, its prevalence in the US population, symptoms, and risk factors. Describes the evidence for a connection between arthritis and diet, and discuss various types of diets, antioxidants, and vitamin supplements. Explains the benefits of exercise for patients with arthritis. Identifies the various forms of exercise suitable for arthritis patients, and how they may decrease or prevent arthritis symptoms. Discusses the role of social workers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists in the management of arthritis.
Generally characterizes the causes and types of autoimmune disease. Identifies common symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Addresses the issues in diagnosing multiple sclerosis. Identifies possible courses of multiple sclerosis disease progression. Identifies available therapeutic options, including disease-modifying drugs, therapeutic agents for alleviating symptoms, and behavior modifications that may benefit a multiple sclerosis patient.
Describes the brain structures and functions that are most vulnerable to trauma. Outlines the major steps in assessing patients with brain trauma and predicting disability. Discusses key clinical features of concussions, penetrating head injuries, and blast injuries. Describes the relationship between brain trauma and dementing illness such as Alzheimer’s and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Outlines the rehabilitation strategies most likely to improve outcomes in patients with brain trauma. Discusses the practical steps to prevent brain trauma from motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports. Describes how the information in this course can be utilized to improve patient care and patient outcomes. Describes for this course, the implications for nursing, dentistry, mental health, and other health professions.
Describes the role tobacco plays in various kinds of cancers. Identifies the impact of estrogens, and viral and bacterial pathogens, on the development of cancer. Describes the lifestyle and dietary changes that can help prevent the development of cancer. Discusses the benefits and drawbacks associated with some of the tools used to screen for cancer. Identifies the role of chemopreventive agents, and how they may be able to curtail the onset of cancer, or its recurrence.
Lists methods to assist patients with memory and communication problems. Lists strategies to assist patients with mood and behavioral problems. Identifies strategies to assist patients with physical and personal hygiene problems. Identifies approaches to mealtime and nutritional health. Identifies strategies for handling exercise, socializing, and other activities. Discusses when and how to consider alternative living arrangements including respite care. Describes the legal and financial concerns that need to be addressed.
Identifies the personal qualities needed by a caregiver. Describes the stages an Alzheimer’s patient’s caregiver experiences as part of the process of becoming a caregiver. Identifies a team of health care professionals to provide care for the individual with a dementing condition. Provides strategies for caregivers to care for themselves, including physical and emotional health.