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Course Description

This course targets clinical issues of assessment of quality of life (QoL) in people with dementia. Grounded in a patient-centered approach, the course provides a rationale for the need of QoL assessments. Different types of QoL outcome measures and factors for consideration when selecting an outcome measure will be discussed. Barriers to the implementation of […]
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Meet Your Presenter

Dr. Heuer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Her areas of expertise are neurologic communication disorders including aphasia and dementia. Her research and teaching interests include the assessment of cognitive and linguistic abilities and communicative participation of people with neurologic communication disorders.


  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Introductory Level; Professional Area).

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe principles of patient-centered care (PCC) and a rationale for the use of quality of life (QoL) outcome measures.
  2. Describe different types of QoL measures suitable for people with dementia across the severity spectrum.
  3. Summarize advantages and limitations of different types of QoL outcome measures.
  4. Outline barriers to the implementation of PCC and the use of QoL outcome measures for SLPs.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Principles of patient-centered care (PCC)
  • 0:05 - Application of PCC to the clinical practice of SLPs working with people with dementia
  • 0:10 - Construct of quality of life
  • 0:15 - Types of QoL assessment methods
  • 0:30 - Recent research on current use of QoL assessment tools
  • 0:40 - Implications for rehabilitation therapists
  • 0:45 - Summary
  • 0:50 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

Physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and speech-language pathologists who work with people who have dementia.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until January 20, 2025.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
  • Presenter is a salaried faculty member who conducts research related to the content of this presentation. Her employer is the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • None.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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