Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy: Case Integration Into Practice

Healthcare providers observe a man on a treadmill performing a heart test

Course Description:

The Case Integration course is designed for physiotherapists seeking to enhance their clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in the field of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. The course focuses on the integration of theoretical knowledge into practical case-based scenarios, in order to deepen participants' understanding of complex cardiorespiratory scenarios. The delivery method is through interactive and collaborative case-based discussions, and review of the literature, where appropriate.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:
1. Analyze complex cardiorespiratory cases to identify key clinical issues and prioritize intervention strategies.
2. Integrate theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology into practical decision-making for individualized patient care.
3. Develop critical thinking skills to assess and interpret diagnostic data, including pulmonary function tests, arterial blood gases, and imaging studies.
4. Apply evidence-based principles to formulate comprehensive treatment plans for patients with diverse cardiorespiratory conditions.
5. Enhance communication skills for effective collaboration with interdisciplinary teams in the management of complex cases.
6. Evaluate and adjust treatment plans based on ongoing patient assessment and feedback.
7. Discuss ethical considerations and challenges in the management of complex cardiorespiratory cases.


The Instructor:

Simone Gruenig completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Ottawa in 2000, her Master of Science in Physical Therapy and her Master of Science (research) at the University of Toronto in 2004. She has completed post-graduate work in cardiorespiratory therapy, seniors care, community therapy, trauma-informed care, and Indigenous cultural humility.

Over the last eighteen years, her clinical focus has varied from critical/acute care, chronic pain/palliative care, community care and pelvic floor therapy. Since 2007 she has been working part-time for Vancouver Coastal Health and since 2015 she has been working with an outreach community health team, servicing the diverse needs of the downtown east side of Vancouver. Also, since 2007, she has held a part-time instructor position in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia primarily instructing clinical cardiorespiratory therapy, physiology and complex patient populations. Her post-graduate teaching has focused on the evidence-based standards with the cardiorespiratory patient population, the use of outcome measures in acute care and how to build and foster your clinical reasoning skills. She received an award of excellence in teaching in 2015.

She is part of numerous committees within her profession, including, but not limited to the Cardiorespiratory Division, of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, The International Cardiorespiratory Committee, of the World Physiotherapy Association, the Public Practice Advisory Committee of the Physical Therapy Association of British Columbia and the Initiatives for Indigenous Advocacy Committee, University of British Columbia.

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$250 - 450 + applicable taxes and fees
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Lower Mainland Location TBA

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