More than 100 million Americans are currently experiencing some form of persistent pain. Persistent pain is associated with increased utilization of healthcare dollars, burnout of healthcare providers and increased burden on ancillary staff. In 2015, more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids. As a result, the "opioid epidemic" has gained a lot of attention in the media as well as in healthcare. The CDC published new opioid guidelines in 2016 that made strong recommendations for conservative care including physical therapy. The APTA continues to promote physical therapy as an alternative to pain medication with campaigns such as #ChoosePT. However, many clinicians and practice owners feel ill equipped to treat patients in persistent pain. This presentation will focus on strategies for clinicians and practice owners to adjust their current practice to better treat patients in pain. Topics covered will be marketing strategies for building your practice to serve the persistent pain client, staff development, creating a healing culture in your clinic, time management strategies for therapists, and alternative care delivery models. Making these "tweaks" to your practice will position your organization to take advantage of this opportunity to help the millions of people suffering with persistent pain.

Participants can expect to gain knowledge of strategies and the latest evidence to better build their practice( s) around serving the persistent pain client. They will learn marketing strategies, options for staff development, ideas for creating a healing culture within their clinic, time management strategies in managing the complex persistent pain patient and alternative care delivery models. All of these strategies are based on the latest evidence and recommendations from clinicians currently working in this environment.

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Brett Neilson, Pt, DPT

Learning objectives

1. Identify three elements that contribute to the current practice gap that exists between current models of physical therapy care and the needs of the chronic pain patient.

2. Explain the process of pain and list factors for how the latest pain-science research creates unique opportunities for physical therapy helping people with persistent pain.

3. Immediately integrate three or more strategies to evolve your current practice to better treat patients dealing with persistent pain.

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1The Opioid Epidemic_ Your Practice is Ready and You May Not Even Know.mp4
Type:E-Learning Course
Learning Time:1h  30m
Domains:Pain, Private Practice, marketing, community outreach, Opioid, Practice
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