2021.08.11 – Post-concussion Care: Elevating the Patient-centered Focus (Recorded Webinar)
A Robert Sbordone Memorial mTBI/Concussion Lecture recorded webinar featuring featuring Jessica Schwartz PT, DPT, CSCS.
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Aired live August 11, 2021. Includes 1 ACBIS CEU.
In this webinar, Jessica Schwartz PT, DPT, CSCS, provides an objective narrative of a lived experience with persistent post-concussion symptoms and interdisciplinary treatment pathways for concussion patients. With the goal of facilitating better patient-clinician encounters, Dr. Schwartz discusses the dual dichotomy of being both doctor and patient, recommend shifts in providers’ vernacular, promote understanding the patient’s journey before appointment arrival, and provide an overview of internationally accessible rehabilitation networks and pathways for clinicians.
Understand the lived experience of living with persistent post-concussion symptoms.
Understand how to shift language to a more compassionate model in clinical practice.
Value the interdisciplinary model required to care for the persistent post-concussion patient
Review which patients would benefit from referral to other health care providers
Highlight key factors of a comprehensive and targeted physical examination for an adult concussion patient
Review free-open access resources for the latest concussion literature and networks
Dr. Jessica Schwartz PT, DPT, CSCS is an orthopedic residency-trained doctor of physical therapy, a national spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association, host of the Concussion Corner Podcast, and a post-concussion syndrome survivor, advocate, and concussion educator.
After spending a full year in rehabilitation, experiencing the profound dichotomy of being both doctor and patient, Dr. Schwartz identified the gaps in concussion treatment and management in the global healthcare community. Her role has been to identify the cognitive blind spots for healthcare providers, physicians to athletic trainers, focusing on comprehensive targeted physical examinations, rehabilitative teams, and concussion care management. Her vision is to facilitate collective competence across the healthcare continuum in order to better identify, treat, and care for the concussion patient of today while putting the "care back into healthcare" for this underserved patient population.
Dr. Schwartz hopes that by educating each other about the multi-system nature of these injuries and the scopes of practices of the multidisciplinary providers that have access to and have the ability to care for this cohort of patients, she will be able to facilitate a better patient-clinician encounter.
By speaking candidly about her experience with post-concussion syndrome, she hopes to facilitate learning from provider to provider, patient to provider, and caregiver to provider honing in on the power of storytelling and collegial communication from a place of candor, curiosity, and enthusiasm.
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