2021 Task Force Updates
Aphasia & Other Communication Disorders Task Force
This past year, the Aphasia and Other Communication Disorders Task Force published two Archives of PM&R Information/Education pages:
- Armour M., del Toro, C.M, Kiran, S., Raymer, A., & Wallace, S. (e pub ahead of print). Supportive Communication for Individuals with Aphasia. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2021.03.008
- Armour M., Cherney, L., del Toro, C.M., Maher, L.M., & Raymer, A. (2021). Aphasia FAQs for the Rehabilitation Professional. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 102, 1243-1245. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2021.01.068
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Vision Task Force
The Vision Task Force published an article in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation titled, A model for vision rehabilitation and the role of the physiatrist on the interdisciplinary team. Additionally, the task force is presenting a symposium at the ACRM 2021 Annual Conference titled: Visual Symptom and Signs Screen: A Multi-site Study. The presenters are: Kimberly Hreha, JR Rizzo, Pamela Roberts, Jeffrey Wertheimer, Jaimee Perea, Kelsey Watters, Min Jeong Graf, Debra Ouellette, Kathleen M. Weden, and Emily Grattan.
Pharmacology Task Force
The Pharmacology Task Force has been working with the Health and Wellness Task Force in order to submit an Archives of PM&R Information and Education page (I/EP) for Medication Management for Stroke Patients. Additionally, they are continuing to work on curriculum guides for Rehabilitation Pharmacy.
Transitions & Continuity of Care Task Force
The Transition & Continuity of Care Task Force has been working on addressing content relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have developed an Archives of PM&R Information and Education Page (I/EP) titled, Telerehabilitation Strategies and Resources for Rehabilitation Professionals. Additionally, the task force has prepared a presentation for the upcoming ACRM 2021 Annual Conference titled, Navigating Healthcare Virtually During COVID-19 in both a Metropolitan Hospital and Rural Setting. The task force also has exciting work that is currently in review to be published.
The Movement Interventions Task Force has been working collaboratively with two other task forces to submit an Archives of PM&R Information & Education Page (I/EP) on telehealth directed towards clinicians. While this is relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not exclusive to the pandemic. Additionally, the task force has a symposium at the ACRM 2021 Annual Conference focused on the use of technology during the pandemic to support practice.
A member of the task force, Brie Darcy, has reported acceptance of an oral presentation/abstract reporting results from a small trial adapting in-person intervention to telehealth. Additionally, Candace Osborne, PhD MPH, OTR/L presented an ACRM Webinar on 15 April titled, Addressing the needs of individuals with stroke during the transition from hospital to home through problem solving training.
Members of the Movement Task Force reported a decline in research updates and presentations due to COVID restrictions on in-person research that began in March 2019.
Health and Wellness Task Force
The Health and Wellness Task Force has been actively working to develop publications and presentations related to mild stroke, young stroke, health related quality of life, self management, return to work/vocational rehabilitation, and medication management. We have underlying interests in health disparities and social determinants of health. The task force is currently focused on the development of interdisciplinary symposia for the ACRM Annual Conference and will meet to discuss goals for 2022. They extend the invitation to join their planning meeting which will be held during the Annual Conference on Tuesday, 28 September 2021 from 4:00-5:00 PM ET. Please visit the Conference Online Program for additional details and to access the meeting.