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Manual Wheelchair Configuration and Training: An Update on the Evidence 2014

Program ID Number: CRS000498
CEU Course ID: P266.14
Webinar Length of Time: 1.5 hour

Recorded Date: May 5, 2014

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Manual Wheelchair Configuration and Training: An Update on the Evidence
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Carmen DiGiovine, PhD, ATP/SMS, RET
Carmen P. DiGiovine is a Rehabilitation Engineer and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Division and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is also the Program Director for the Assistive Technology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He has over 17 years of experience in the fields of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering.

Theresa Berner, MOT, OTR/L, ATP
Theresa Berner is an occupational therapist with specialized certification as an Assistive Technology Professional. She is a Rehabilitation Clinical Manger for the Assistive Technology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She has over 19 years’ experience and has completed several presentations. She has presented at the following conferences: AOTA, ISS, Congress on Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, The Academy of PM&R, ASIA, RESNA, and Postural and Mobility Conference in Glasgow Scotland.

Wendy Koesters, PT, ATP/SMS
Wendy Koesters is a Physical Therapist with specialized certification as an Assistive Technology Professional. She works at The Ohio State Medical Center's Assistive Technology Center with a focus on the adult population focusing on improving independent mobility. Wendy is also involved in the directing teaching of DPT students, participating in research, publishing in trade journals, and attending national conferences.

Tina Roesler, PT
Tina Roesler is a Physical Therapist with 19 years of experience in Rehabilitation, long term care, and seating and positioning. She is currently the Director of International Sales and Education for TiLite, a manufacturer of custom manual wheelchairs. She has presented on topics including seating and mobility and wound care at conferences including International Seating Symposium, Canadian Seating and Mobility, RESNA, Nordic Seating Symposium, APTA, and Posture and Mobility.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.
* No conflicts have been disclosed.

**Tina Roesler works for TiLite, Inc.


The role of evidence-based practice within the service delivery process is increasing due to demand from consumers, 3rd party payers, government agencies and professionals working within the field of seating and wheeled mobility. Within this training module we will demonstrate the application of external evidence, specifically clinically relevant scientific literature, in providing an update on the Preservation of Upper Limb Function Following Spinal Cord Injury: A Clinical Practice Guideline for Health-Care Professionals. Lastly, this training will demonstrate the process necessary to incorporate evidence-based practice into clinical practice. The clinically relevant literature review within the evidence-based practice framework provides rehabilitation professionals further guidance on how to improve the services they provide to individuals with disabilities.

Learning Objectives

Upon attending this lecture/seminar, participants will be able to:

CEU Registration and Cost

0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for viewing 1.5 hours of instruction.

The cost for the webinar is $59.00

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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.

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Updated | 06.18.2014