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Physical Activity Module

Other mechanisms for enabling these changes could include curriculum development, and subsequent advocacy to professional and health-science academic programs, throughout Canada. Several members of SCI Action Canada have developed courses to foster health-promotional behaviours among health professionals - and to use SCI rehabilitation as a content area to provide these materials, within a clinical context. Sharing these course materials, across an expanded physical activity-related network that links SCI rehabilitation programs with SCI Action Canada, would enable capacity building among students embarking on a career in healthcare. Another key strategy for change is the identification of practice indicators that would signify success in meeting these goals. Table 1.0 summarizes some suggested practice indicators, the most important of which is a measure that assesses the number of individuals with SCI, living in the community, who meet a minimum standard of adherence to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with SCI. Table 1.0 Best Practice Indicators Best Practice Indicator How measured? How measured? Who measures it? Where? When is it idealy measured? Routine assessment of patient physical activity preferences, abilities and readiness Interview / Customized assessment Designated care provider within the rehab team – therapeutic recreation or kinesiology During inpatient rehab stay (near admission with follow up close to discharge) Inclusion of customized physical activity goals incorporated into the inpatient rehab program and discharge summary Checklist Designated care provider within the rehab team – therapeutic recreation or kinesiology During inpatient rehab stay Routine evaluation of patient adherence to the PA guidelines during routine outpatient follow up PARA-SCI (or short form LTPAQ-SCI) Rehab providers during routine follow-up assessments Six months and one year, post injury The organization implements documented protocols and procedures to improve physical activity participation Checklist from assessor Organizational level linked with Accreditation Canada (AC) Based on Accreditation Canada PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | PARTICIPATION 175


Physical Activity Module
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