Healthcare Insider Blog

Physical therapists use virtual reality to enhance patient rehabilitation

  • Healthcare Alvernia

In a previous Healthcare Insider blog, we discussed the use of video games as part of physical therapy practice to motivate patients and combat noncompliance — which can be as high as 70 percent when it comes to patients doing their home exercises. Virtual Reality (VR), which is used in popular video games is making […]

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How can disease registries help improve our model of patient-centered care?

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In the healthcare realm, the comprehensive collection of patient data — such as information on patients’ diagnoses, care, and outcomes — through registries is crucial for research. It allows DNPs and other healthcare professionals across the board to compare and analyze data and ultimately improve population health management and interventions. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) […]

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DPT Career Spotlight: Pediatric Physical Therapy

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According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recreational activities, including sports, account for approximately 3.2 million emergency room visits each year in the U.S. in children ages 5-14 years — and for children ages 12-17, sports-related injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits. Add that to the millions of children here […]

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VA issues new rule granting NPs full practice authority serving veterans in the VA system

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In a previous Healthcare Insider blog we discussed how Pennsylvania has one of the largest populations of veterans in the U.S. — approximately 939,069 — and the growing need of healthcare providers to care for this population. To meet this need across the nation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), with the support of […]

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DNP students focus on preventing leading causes of death in women

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For years heart disease, above cancer or any other factor, has acted as the number one leading cause of death in women in the U.S according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — Even more so than in men. In the past, the majority of research done on heart disease and effort […]

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DNP Career Spotlight: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

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In a recent Healthcare Insider blog we addressed the large population of aging adults in the state of Pennsylvania and across the country — projected to grow by 83.7 million by the year 2050 — and their great need for dedicated primary care doctors of nursing practice. In this blog we’ll highlight what exactly it […]

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The important role of physical therapy during post-surgical recovery

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According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between the years 2000 and 2010, total knee replacement surgery was one of the five most frequent of all inpatient procedures, and still continues to be a prevalent procedure today — the number of surgeries more than doubling over the past sixteen years. In a previous […]

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The important role of a DPT in the pre-surgery education process

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Every year, approximately 700,000 knee replacement procedures are performed in the U.S. — a number expected to grow to 3.48 million by the year 2030, according to an UpToDate study. Many patients enter into procedures such as knee or hip replacements without a complete, comprehensive understanding of what to expect on the road to recovery […]

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DPT Career Spotlight: Travel Physical Therapist

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There are countless ways Alvernia Doctor of Physical Therapy students can use their degree after graduation. In this blog post we’re going to spotlight one career possibility — travel physical therapist. Travel PTs differ from traditional PTs in the sense that rather than being attached to a specific practice or facility, they travel on assignment, […]

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A few professional development tools for DNP students

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As a doctor of nursing practice student, you have embarked on a life-long journey of learning. In addition to the many resources found on campus and through your classes and professors, there are a variety of other tools for professional development that you may find helpful. Below are just a few of these resources:  Blogs […]

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