The purpose of this course is to introduce the vestibular clinician and researcher to the emerging concept of remote telehealth for vestibular rehabilitation and the use of digital tools that may enhance outcomes. This course will cover limitations of current clinic-based practice and how they can be addressed with digital health tools, the user-centered iterative design process for developing a gamified gaze stability exercise program, validation procedures, challenges associated with the development of digital health tools for vestibular rehabilitation, feasibility and efficacy study design and preliminary pilot study outcomes. This course is directly related to the practice of physical therapy and is therefore appropriate for the PT/PTA.
Course created on November 4, 2021
Course Type: Recorded Webinar
CEUs/Hours Offered: AK/2.0; AL/2.0; AR/2.0; AZ/2.0; CA/2.0; CO/2.0; CT/2.0; DC/2.0; DE/2.0; FL/2.0; GA/2.0; HI/2.0; IA/2.0; IACET/0.2; ID/2.0; IL/2.0; IN/2.0; KS/2.0; KY/2.0 Category 2; LA/2.0; MA/2.0; MD/0.2; ME/2.0; MI/2.0; MO/2.0; MS/2.0; MT/2.0; NC/2.0; ND/2.0; NE/2.0; NH/2.0; NJ/2.0; NV/0.2; NY/2.0; OK/2.0; OR/2.0; PA/2.0; RI/2.0; SC/2.0; SD/2.0; TN/2.0; TX/2.0; UT/2.0; VA/2.0; VT/2.0; WA/2.0; WI/2.0; WV/2.0; WY/2.0
- Identify 3 limitations of current clinic-based practice and how these limitations can be addressed with digital health tools
- Describe the user-centered iterative design process for developing a gamified gaze stability exercise program
- Describe the validity and reliability of the use of digital outcome measures in older patients with dizziness
- Describe the process for evaluating the validity of data captured from gamified gaze stability exercises
- Identify 3 challenges with developing this digital health tools for vestibular rehabilitation
|0-5 Minutes||Introductions/Disclosures/Course Description/Objectives|
|5-20 Minutes||Background of topic|
|20-50 Minutes||User-centered iterative design process|
|50-70 Minutes||Validation studies|
|70-90 Minutes||Discussion of challenges associated with the development of digital tools|
|90-115 Minutes||Pilot feasibility and efficacy study design and preliminary outcomes|
|115-120 Minutes||Summary, Q&A|
Dr. Flynn received her PhD in Motor Learning/Control from the University of Florida and completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at the McKnight Brain Institute. She is the founder and CEO of Blue Marble Health. The Blue Marble Health Platform is a fun Assessment, Interventions, Monitoring, and Analytics Platform for telehealth and wellness. Blue Marble's suite of products includes evidence-based digital assessments, education and exercises upper and lower extremity strengthening, balance, coordination, and aerobic/cardio exercises that can be used with people living with chronic conditions such as Vestibular conditions, lung diseases including COPD, arthritis undergoing knee replacement, Parkinson's (PD), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), and a wide range of Cognitive Conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI). These digital assessments, education, and exercises are also designed specifically for older adults at risk for falls. Dr. Flynn has lectured nationally and internationally and has served as an NIH peer reviewer for the past 9 years.
Dr. Hall received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently she is a research health science specialist at the Hearing and Balance Research Program at the Mountain Home VAMC and professor in the Physical Therapy Program at East Tennessee State University. Her clinic and research focus is towards understanding age-related changes in balance control and how best to intervene therapeutically to prevent loss of mobility and falls and reduce dizziness. She has studied various risk factors impacting mobility and falls including motor (lower extremity strength and power), sensory (visual and vestibular) and cognitive contributions to balance control in older adults. Dr. Hall is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and lectures nationally and internationally on the rehabilitation of individuals with vestibular dysfunction. Her current research is funded through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Department of Defense and NIH, and seeks to develop novel rehabilitation interventions technology to alleviate symptoms of dizziness and imbalance. Dr. Hall is the team lead for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy’s updated Clinical Practice Guideline on treatment for vestibular hypofunction
Mr. Pu received his Master’s in Global Health from Duke University. Classically trained as a research field worker, his background in Public Health and Global Health enabled him to assist in creating public health interventions for LMICs (Low to Middle-Income Countries). His thesis was conducted in Palau where he was able to collaborate with the Ministry of Health in developing research and ethics protocols for future researchers.
Additionally, he was given the opportunity to conduct trainings with local community health workers to increase their capacity for research methodology, design, and data analysis. He now utilizes the skills he has garnered in the field as a Research Associate at Blue Marble Health to assist in various research needs and research management.
Financial disclosures: Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD is the founder and CEO of Blue Marble Health and could benefit financially from the sale of this product. All presenters received an honorarium for this course.
Non-financial disclosures: Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute on Deafness And Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R44DC016245. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by PhysicalTherapy.com, a Continued site.
Content Disclosure: This course will mention products by Blue Marble Health in relation to the content of the course.
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