Posted on April 04, 2016

Educational Committee (PTRH-EC) from the Physiotherapy Department at Rumailah Hospital – a member of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) - recently held a hands-on competency workshop entitled: “Stroke Physical Therapy Outcome Measures (SPOM)”. The workshop was designed for HMC’s physical therapists in order to augment their practical knowledge on usage of outcome measures recommended by PAAS (Physical Therapy After Acute Stroke) clinical guidelines, developed and implemented in March 2015, based on international best practice for patients requiring neurological rehabilitation after stroke.

“The Physiotherapy Department is always utilizing every opportunity to update the skills of all physical therapists across HMC so they can continue to provide the best care possible for each and every one of our patients,” said Ms. Noora Al-Mudahka, Chief of Physiotherapy Department. “We hope that this workshop, based on PAAS clinical guideline, has broadened the scope of expertise of our physical therapists in providing the required support for our patients who have suffered stroke and in need of rehabilitation.”

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Nearly 50 neurological physical therapists from across HMC attended the workshop. Twenty one internationally recommended outcome measures were selected as topics during the workshop. Course participants were able to boost their knowledge and take a competency examination at the end of the workshop leading to a ‘PAAS Guideline Outcome Measure Competency Certificate’ with 11 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points from Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department.

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Mr. Al Madzhar Ahmadul, Supervisor of Physiotherapy at Rumailah Hospital and the workshop co-organizer stated: “Under the guidance of Ms. Al-Mudahka and to improve quality and safety of patient care in delivering physiotherapy services, the PAAS guideline was commissioned through dedicated efforts made by physical therapists led by specialist, Dr. Ajimsha M S.” Mr. Ahmadul said that the SPOM workshop was based on a professional framework that incorporates evidence-based strategies for the evaluation of stroke patients. “This workshop supports our ambition to provide optimized care to our patients,” he said.

Dr. Ajimsha said: “This event is really significant because of the participation of many colleagues and presentation of the lectures compared to last year. They have exceeded expectations in their preparations and in their delivery.”