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This Week in Physical Therapy

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This Week in Physical Therapy

April 18, 2018




We're pleased to present the latest edition of This Week in Physical Therapy.



APTA Participates in Development of Opioid

Playbook for Interdisciplinary Care
The opioid epidemic is a complex problem that will be solved only through multidisciplinary collaboration and interdisciplinary care coordination. Individuals with chronic pain must be offered interventions that not only control pain but also empower those individuals to take an active role in understanding and addressing that pain while promoting movement and function. Health care organizations must reevaluate their pain management efforts and offer patient-centered, multimodal pain management strategies, including physical therapy. This was the impetus behind the development of NQF's National Quality Partners™ (NQP) Opioid Stewardship Action Team, which just released the National Quality Partners Playbook™: Opioid Stewardship, an essential guide for health care organizations to reduce harms associated with opioid use and abuse. The American Physical Therapy Association is proud to be a contributing member of the Action Team, a group of 40 experts and recognized leaders from the private and public sectors committed to addressing the nation's opioid epidemic. Learn more here.



National Advocacy Dinner
The APTA Student Assembly is organizing "National Advocacy Dinners" around the country. Lexington will be a host city, with a dinner convening on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00pm at Mr. Brew's Taphouse. Learn about the legislative issues affecting your future profession and patients. Discover how YOU can get involved and make a difference NOW as a student advocate. The dinner offers a great chance to meet and mingle with physical therapy students, faculty, and leaders from your area. Not just for students, licensed clinicians are welcome to attend the dinner and help mentor the next generation of PT and PTA advocates! Appetizers will be provided. A special thanks to KORT for helping to sponsor the National Advocacy Dinner.


It's Time to Act on the Evidence for Low Back Pain
Recent features on Good Morning America and WebMD aside, the idea that low back pain (LBP) is best managed through nondrug, nonsurgical approaches isn't exactly news to physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistant (PTAs). What would be news is if health care systems and providers widely accepted that reality and began taking steps to apply evidence to practice and payment. The latest rise in media attention on LBP was sparked by a recent series of articles published in The Lancet (free registration required) that highlighted the lack of adherence to clinical practice guidelines advocating "self-management, physical and psychological therapies" as first-line treatment for LBP. It's a disconnect that authors believe deserves immediate attention, given that LBP is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a condition that is increasing more rapidly in low-income and middle-income countries, according to the Lancet articles. Read more here.


Help Patients Find You with APTA’s “Find a PT”
APTA’s “Find a PT” helps consumers find physical therapist services through a national database of APTA members. Gain patients and clients by setting up your free profile in the Find a PT database. Because APTA values your privacy, only members who sign up for Find a PT through their member profiles may access this benefit.


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