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Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Professionals
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Understand How Your Patient's Medications Affect Functional Outcomes

Many patients being referred to therapy are taking prescription and/or over-the-counter medications. Although many of these medications are directly related to their therapy diagnosis, some may not be. What should you know about clinical pharmacology to manage them effectively?

In this recording, rehab pharmacology expert, Dr. Suzanne Tinsley, examines the critical aspects of pharmacology, including the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as well as how to apply these concepts to all drug classifications. You will discuss specific concepts of the pharmacology of the central nervous system and autonomic nervous system. You will analyze effects of drug actions on the major body systems, including mechanisms of therapeutic actions and adverse drug effects, problems involving drug interactions, and variables that modify drugs' effects. Special consideration will be given to many of the drugs most commonly used in treating cardiovascular and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Using case reports, you will uncover specific effects that have an impact on the rehabilitation management of patients and clients.

Suzanne Tinsley, PhD, PT, NCS

Suzanne Tinsley, PhD, PT, NCS, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Sciences and Neurology and the current holder of the Charles R. Parks Endowed Professorship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, where she teaches medical pharmacology and neuroscience in the School of Allied Health Professions. A Board Certified Neurologic Physical Therapist, Dr. Tinsley has presented both internationally and nationally on the topics of pharmacology and neurologic rehabilitation. She has also served on the ABPTS Academy of Content Experts. 

Dr. Tinsley received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1986 and her PhD in Neuropharmacology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport in 1999. She has published on pharmacology and rehabilitation and is an author of a pharmacology textbook for McGraw-Hill Publishing. She has an active clinical practice in the area of neurological rehabilitation as well as an active clinical research agenda. Dr. Tinsley has been honored as a Visiting Scholar at the renowned Valens Rehabilitation Clinic in Valens, Switzerland. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Suzanne Tinsley is the assistant dean at LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. She is an author for McGraw Hill Publishing and receives a royalty. Dr. Tinsley receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Suzanne Tinsley has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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