Safe and Effective Rehabilitation for Long COVID

World Physiotherapy, previously known as the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, recently released a briefing paper and toolkit on safe and effective rehabilitation for individuals with post-acute sequelae of COVID-19. APTA member Rebecca Martin, PT, DPT, PhD, who represented APTA in authoring the briefing paper and the toolkit, answers questions about the PT’s role in treating long COVID, and how to ensure patients’ safe recovery.

Help for Clinicians in Applying Clinical Practice Guidelines for Patients With Heart Failure: Author Interview With Dr Konrad Dias

Dr Dias and his coauthors provide an antidote to the barriers that make it difficult to apply clinical practice guidelines to patients. “There are many inconsistencies in the examination and treatment…[for patients with] heart failure, [and] so often physical therapists have developed their own biases…based on their years of clinical experience,” which present challenges to changing practice based on new evidence. Dias et al wanted to provide an easy-to-use 5-step approach to improve care: “Let’s face it, it’s challenging…to read through 25 pages or more of dense content published in guidelines.” In this interview with Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette, Dr Dias shares his passion for this patient population and practical frameworks at point of care. Dr Dias is coauthor of “A Knowledge Translation Framework for Optimizing Physical Therapy in Patients With Heart Failure.”

https://doi.org/10.1093/ptj/pzab079

Integration of Nutrition in Physical Therapist Practice: An Author Interview with Dr. Patrick Berner

Dr. Jette and the author discuss a range of issues, from the relationship and professional boundaries between physical therapists and dieticians, to practical recommendations for identifying and understanding the behaviors, socioeconomic determinants, and environmental factors that can affect access to proper nutrition. Dr. Berner is coauthor of “Nutrition in Physical Therapist Practice: Setting the Stage for Taking Action” and “Nutrition in Physical Therapist Practice: Tools and Strategies to Act Now.
https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article-abstract/101/5/pzab062/6134600?redirectedFrom=fulltext
https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article-abstract/101/5/pzab061/6134190?redirectedFrom=fulltext

PTA Differential, Fee Schedule, and Telehealth – Advocacy and Regulatory Update

APTA’s monthly advocacy and regulatory update covers multiple topics from the perspective of what’s happened, what’s hot right now, and what to keep an eye on in the future. In this episode: lawmakers focus on the PTA differential, a big telehealth win, a bill to relieve administrative burden in Medicare Advantage, and more.

The Power of Words

After years of working with patients, Sara DeMars, PT, DPT, has learned the power that words and word choice can have when working with patients. Sara believes that through being aware of our verbal communication and avoiding broad language we can actually make a big impact when it comes to patient care.

Here’s our discussion with Sara.

To read Sara’s APTA perspective article, The ‘B’ Word: Watch Your Language, visit apta.org.