Occupational Therapy and Biopsychosocial Pain Treatment: The “Other Therapy” You Never Knew Your Patients Needed
Multiple governmental health institutions have recognized and recommended occupational therapy as a restorative therapy and nonpharmacological pain treatment, both for acute and chronic pain. The Department of Health and Human Services specifically recommends that individuals with pain receive a multidisciplinary treatment plan. Recent evidence shows that multidisciplinary pain programs are an effective option for reducing pain and pain-related disability, with significant improvement in patient-reported outcomes. Occupational therapy as a discipline is considered a primary component of these pain programs, with a focus on restoring levels of functioning, independence, and self-efficacy. Despite this evidence base, however, occupational therapy continues to be underrepresented and underutilized. This course will provide the participant with a foundational knowledge of occupational therapy’s scope within the treatment of pain, including how it aligns directly with the biopsychosocial model. A case study will provide a real-world application of the positive outcomes of occupational therapy in the treatment of pain. Participants will have a new understanding of occupational therapy's distinct value in improving compliance, functional outcomes, and pain self-management. In other words, how occupational therapy can improve your practice!
- 1.00 AANP
- 1.00 ACCME (All Other)
- 1.00 ACCME (MD/DO Only)
- 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
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