Evolution or Revolution? PTs in Prevention and Population Health
Section: Private Practice Section
Session Code: PP-2C-5486
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Hilton Palacio del Rio
Room: Salon del Rey B
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic
Chronic diseases kill more and cost more than anything we face. We want to 'transform society', play a role in prevention and wellness, and to lead. First we must change. Physical therapists' roles in health care traditionally involve individual patient care initiated by referral and paid by a third party. These roles incentivize quantity of care in already-affected individuals rather than wellness, prevention, health, or even outcomes across a population or lifespan. These roles also reinforce ineffectiveness, inefficiencies, and system-wide disparities.
We need a fundamental (r)evolution in the field of physical therapy, including a shift from the patient/client as our fundamental unit of analysis or the hospital as the center of the health care universe to a broader focus on health services and outcomes in populations.
This session will discuss the role of population health and public health models in physical therapist practice and emphasize applying population health principles to actionable examples in practice and advocacy.
1. Describe business models, both actual and theoretical, where physical therapists are paid to influence the health of the population.
2. Describe the total burden of noncommunicable disease on individuals and society at large, and appreciate the relevance of population health competencies for physical therapists.
3. Describe common risk factors for chronic disease, current tactics within the scope of physical therapist practice, and potential future opportunities to help mitigate the disease burden.
4. List methods to gain influence as health leaders and advocates for movement, in order to 'transform society' and help achieve the APTA Vision.
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