In the early 1980s a pattern of symptoms among polio survivors was increasingly evident. The constellation of symptoms was first referred to as post-polio syndrome, a diagnosis of exclusion. The World Health Organization estimates that between 12 million and 20 million people worldwide have a polio-associated disability. According to the last survey performed, in the late 1980s, an estimated 440,000 polio survivors had or were at risk of developing post-polio syndrome in the United States. PPS is thought to affect 25% to 40% of people with polio. Healthcare professionals must be aware of the special needs of people with PPS and the risks they face when being treated for a variety of health conditions.
The goal of this program is to educate healthcare providers about post-polio syndrome, its symptoms and associated health problems, and ways to help patients with PPS manage symptoms and prevent complications. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Discuss the criteria for diagnosing PPS
- List six health-related problems that patients with PPS experience
- Identify ways in which healthcare providers can help patients with PPS manage symptoms and prevent complications
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Domain of OT: Activity Demands
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
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