Physical Therapy and Public Health: Connecting perspectives with research and practice


Physical Therapy and Public Health: Connecting perspectives with research and practice

450.00 495.00

August 4-5, 2018 in Chicago
Instructors: Dr. Steven Kamper and Dr. Christopher Williams

Musculoskeletal pain is a public health problem because it affects a large
proportion of the population. There is also consistent evidence that people with persistent musculoskeletal pain are those most likely to have lifestyle related health risk factors, and suffer from other chronic diseases. For example, meta-analyses have found strong associations between pain and; diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, smoking, inactivity, alcohol misuse and mental health problems. This suggests that making substantial improvement to general and musculoskeletal health requires alignment of clinical care, population health and public health sectors. At this point however, musculoskeletal practitioners and researchers do not work effectively in the population health or public health space.

Research and development of models of care (clinical and population health) that integrate consideration of pain and lifestyle-related health risks is relatively new. Interest in the idea is high, new initiatives are being actively encouraged by governments and providers, and more efficient use of resources is an imperative faced by healthcare systems across the world. But arguably, intentions have progressed further than action.

**We realize travel is a challenge - we do have a virtual attendance option available for those who are not able to travel to Chicago on August 4-5. Please contact Sarah if you are interested!

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Course Objectives:
·     Provide understanding about population health and public health perspectives

·     Showcase evidence and examples of research aimed at developing and evaluating clinical care models that address lifestyle-related health factors

·     Describe research aimed at incorporating pain education into population health interventions

·     Workshop approaches and strategies for incorporating population health and public health into clinical practice, and explore opportunities for clinical professionals in population health and public health.


Bringing together public health, treatment of musculoskeletal issues and pain.  

More information on what Dr. Steven Kamper and Dr. Christopher Williams are working on with their team.

Click here to learn more about Centre for Pain, Health, and Lifestyle

This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association for 12 CE Hours. Approval #647-7037

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