Lifeblood: Understanding Common Types of Anemia - OT26

Lifeblood: Understanding Common Types of Anemia

by Andrea Salzman, MS, PT
(4.3 / 109 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Anemia affects more than one-third of the world’s population. Although not a disease in its own right, anemia is a condition that may be a sign of a deeper underlying problem. Presence of anemia indicates there is an inadequate number of healthy red blood cells and/or an abnormally low amount of hemoglobin in the body; this can interfere with a patient’s strength, endurance, and well-being. Physical and occupational therapy professionals must understand the different types of anemia and how they may affect a patient’s ability to participate successfully in rehabilitative care and to achieve and maintain functional independence.


The goal of this anemia continuing education program is to help physical and occupational therapy professionals identify the etiology, presentation, consequences, and interventions associated with the most common types of anemia. After reading this module, you will be able to:
  • Describe the main causes of anemia
  • Discuss different types of anemia
  • Interpret the laboratory values associated with at least two types of anemia
  • List at least three medical interventions for persons with anemia
  • Describe ways that anemia can affect participation in therapy
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Activity Demands
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including occupational therapists and physical therapists.
Occupational Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 7/18/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/4/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Brean B - Euless, TX  ·  Nov 27, 2019
Thorough content for this course
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Erica S - Riverside, IL  ·  Nov 14, 2019
Good information to put to use in future practice
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Kathleen M - Pflugerville, TX  ·  Jul 21, 2019
Very helpful overview of the types and causes of anemia
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Edward M - Melrose, NY  ·  May 24, 2019
very informative. a bit dense to get through
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Angela U - Scottsdale, AZ  ·  Feb 20, 2019
Interesting topic, very common so it's good to review
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Price: $19.00
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