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Fall Prevention Journey: Is Best Practice or Health Policy in the Driver Seat at Your Clinic?
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When: October 21, 2014
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Where: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX  77007
United States
Presenter: Rebecca Galloway, PT, PhD, GCS, CEEAA
Contact: Pam Henry

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This course will allow clinicians to interact directly with other expert clinicians, academicians and researchers in the field of practice. Clinicians will discuss current policies on fall risk assessment, public health perspectives on fall prevention programs, outcome measures for assessing fall risk, practice setting examples, and the feasibility of implementing best practice. By the end of the course, participants will be able to readily apply health policy and clinical considerations to practice setting.



At the conclusion of this program the participant will:
1. Review current policies on risk assessment
2. discuss trends for fall prevention programs and impact on mobility
3. compare/contrast policy and best practice on fall risk



Speaker Bio:

Rebecca Galloway, PT, PhD, GCS, CEEAA is an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy, School Of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Her teaching responsibilities involve clinical education, professional Issues, pharmacology, and geriatrics. She received a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from UTMB in 2002. Dr. Galloway became a Geriatric Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties in 2006 and a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults through the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Geriatrics in 2011. In 2013, she completed a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB with a dissertation involving inpatient rehabilitation outcomes for patients with debility. Dr. Galloway’s interest in falls and fear of falling spans clinical practice, education, and research. She worked as a full-time Physical Therapist in acute care for six years and has continued faculty practice in this setting. She also supervises physical therapy students at a community pro bono clinic. She serves as the physical therapy representative of an inpatient interdisciplinary falls prevention work group. As an invited speaker, Dr. Galloway has presented on fall-related topics for Rehabilitation Services at UTMB, East Texas Geriatric Education Center, and the Alzheimer Association Southeast Texas Chapter. During the Ph.D. program, she presented a systematic review on the relationship between balance confidence and physical performance in older adults. She wrote a continuing competence article for GeriNotes on medication-related fall risk factors and co-authored a pilot research study that examined quantity and patterns of ambulatory activity for older adults who fell during acute care compared to case-matched patients who did not fall. Dr. Galloway currently serves as a member of stakeholder and intervention workgroups for a multi-site fall injury prevention trial.



This course is approved for 1.0 CCUs through TPTA's Accredited Provider Status.


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