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ADL Functional Training – Helping Burn Patients Regain Independence







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About the Course

Activities of daily living or ADL refer to the activities we normally do in daily living including any activity we perform for self-care such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, or more complex activities like work, homemaking, and leisure. But after a burn injury, the ability to perform ADLs can become compromised, and the patient’s independent living will be greatly reduced. This loss of independence has serious implications for the patient’s physical and emotional well-being, but also for his caregivers and family. In this course, we will explain how to analyze activities and design interventions to help our patients regain as much function as possible so that they can return to quality independent living.

Characteristics of the course

  • Combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, with concrete clinical examples.

  • Video lessons you can watch at your own pace, as many times as need.

  • Mini quiz after each lesson to review the key points.

  • E-Book Activities of Daily Living Functional Training – A Guide for Therapists to Help Burn Patients Regain Independence

Course objectives

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what are ADLs and why they are important

  • Explain what are the ADL training needs of burn patients

  • Explain what are the methods or strategies to carry out ADL training, as well as what are the assistive devices that can be used.

  • Explain how to carry out an ADL evaluation and plan an intervention.

Course content

  • What are ADLs and how this loss of function can impact burn patients and their caregivers.

  • How ADL independence is affected after burns.

  • What are the ADL training principles.

  • What are the methods of ADL training and how these methods are applied for eating and drinking, going to the bathroom, dressing, and bathing:

  • Improving physical functions

  • Adjusting the way activities of daily living are performed

  • Using assistive devices

  • Modifying the environment.

  • What are the basic steps to evaluate a patient’s ADL needs and plan an intervention.


The following evaluations will be done:

  • Pre-test to assess the level of basic knowledge of the participants.

  • Mini quiz after each lesson to review the key points of the lesson.

  • Post-test to evaluate the improvement of the knowledge of the participants.

Approval criteria:

  • Completion of all course elements within the allotted time period.

  • Post-test score of 80% and above.

The participant will need to complete all learning activities before the end of the training, after that date the participant will no longer have access to the course content and the learning record will be marked as "incomplete".

Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a certificate of completion.

This course is for

Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists working in burns.

Other burn professionals interested in learning more about this topic.


Yu-Hsien TU

Yu-Hsien TU

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