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Confabulation: Assessment and Intervention - PT709

Confabulation: Assessment and Intervention

by George M. Fluharty, MA, CCC-SLP and Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN
(4.1 / 41 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Healthcare professionals often work with clients suffering from traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accidents, or dementia. These conditions are often accompanied by confabulation, which may interfere with obtaining clients’ cooperation for nursing care and rehabilitation. Recent studies suggest that some traditional approaches for reducing confabulation, such as teaching clients to double-check the accuracy of their memories, may sometimes be ineffective or even counterproductive. Healthcare providers must understand alternative approaches.


The goal of this continuing education module is to educate healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines about recent developments in the assessment and remediation of confabulation. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define and describe at least five types of confabulation
  • Differentiate two formal and two informal measures of confabulation as well as describe strengths and limitations of these measures
  • Discuss two approaches for treating confabulation and at least one technique that is consistent with each approach

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the:
Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 15S0691 for 02/09/15 to 02/09/16; 16S0789 for 02/10/16 to 02/10/17; 17S0887 for 2/11/17 to 2/11/18; 18S0797 for 2/12/18 to 2/12/19)
Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE15-25422 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27238 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-476088 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-476088 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 6013 for 02/01/15 to 01/31/16; 2016-45 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/17; 2016-539 for 02/01/17 to 01/31/18; 2018-047 for 02/01/18 to 01/31/19)
Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE008454 for 03/26/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009928 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18)
New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 2014-1841 for 09/08/15 to 01/31/16; 2016-834 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18)
This course has been approved by the:
Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 03/16/15 to 03/16/19
Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 03/10/15 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 5/1/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/27/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/27/2020


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


For Florida professionals:

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Amy F - Lithia , FL  ·  Jun 06, 2018
Course was very educational. Will be able to utilize new knowledge during tomorrow's treatments.
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Toby M - Woodland Hills, CA  ·  May 24, 2018
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Lisa F - Worland, WY  ·  May 23, 2018
Very informative and applicable to treatment of patients.
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LAURA D - Cedar Rapids, IA  ·  May 20, 2018
good description of confabulation and how to treat patients that have it.
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Kristina B - Riverview, FL  ·  May 14, 2018
Very informative course. I will be using this information in my career.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50