Interprofessional Fall Risk Management: We > Me

Author / Instructor: Mary Thelander Hill MS, OTR/L, Margie Mudri MS, CCC/SLP and Janet Popp PT, MS and
Profession: Occupational Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
CEU Hours: 3
Course Method: Online
Provider: Educata
Amount: $90
Active: Yes

Interprofessional Fall Risk Management: We > MeDescription

The population is aging and the rate of older adult falls continues to increase. Effective fall risk management is strengthened by interprofessional prevention strategies. This course provides OTs, SLPs, and PTs with a shared foundation of knowledge about older adult falls, fall risk factors, and prevention strategies in healthcare settings and community-based programming. This shared knowledge facilitates complementary and collaborative teamwork to reduce older adult fall risk and provide patient-centered care.

The course covers the principles of interprofessional collaborative teamwork, as well as the STEADI fall prevention resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to support interprofessional fall risk screening, assessment and management. Each professor also discusses discipline-specific falls risk screening and assessment tools to improve referral and understanding of OT, SLP and PT contributions to fall prevention.

Continuing education credits

  • PT: This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for “Physical Therapist” or “Physical Therapist Assistant” and your state of licensure.
  • AOTA: This program is offered for 0.30 CEUs, Intermediate Level:
    • Domain of OT: Client Factors, Performance Skills, and Context and Environment.
    • Occupational Therapy Process: Approaches to Intervention.

    EDUCATA is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

  • NBCOT: 3.75 PDU (Course includes assessment component.)
  • ASHA: This program is offered for 0.30 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Note: Post-test must be passed with a score of 80% or more in order to receive certificate of completion.
Goals & Objectives:
At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. List three principles of interprofessional collaborative teamwork to improve patient-centered care related to older adult falls.
  2. Describe how a shared foundation of knowledge among OTs, SLPs, and PTs facilitates complementary and collaborative interventions to reduce older adult fall risk.
  3. List one intervention for each profession (OT, SLP, PT) to reduce older adult fall risk.
  4. Implement the CDC STEADI resource Stay Independent to facilitate interprofessional screening of fall risk factors.
  5. Summarize the benefits of the therapy team (OT, SLP, PT) members’ contributions to fall risk management and appropriate referrals, including evidence-based community programming.


The professors of this course have NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.


  • In 2016, Ms. Hill worked as a Facilitator/Tutor for Geriatric Interdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning for the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico, where she is a part-time faculty member of the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program. She is also currently developing a community course on fall prevention for Oasis in Albuquerque, NM. Ms. Hill receives compensation from EDUCATA as a professor of this course.
  • Ms. Mudri receives compensation as the Speech/Language CE Consultant for EDUCATA. She also receives compensation from EDUCATA as a professor of this course.
  • Ms. Popp conducts fall risk screening and assessment trainings to healthcare professionals under a contract with the New Mexico Department of Health. She has also taught classes covering gerontology and geriatric assessment at the University of New Mexico. And Ms. Popp receives compensation from EDUCATA as a professor of this course.


  • Ms. Hill has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
  • Ms. Mudri developed some of this material while previously employed by Harborside Healthcare.
  • Ms. Popp is the Chair of the New Mexico Adult Falls Prevention Coalition, for which she does not receive compensation. Ms. Popp has also contributed to successful legislative activities to advance fall prevention, for which she has not been compensated.


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