Pain Science With Vulnerable Populations: Transforming the Human Experience
Section: Section on Health Policy & Administration
Session Code: HP-2A-5133
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic
The biopsychosocial model holds that suffering and illness are affected by biological, psychological, and social dimensions. In line with the biopsychosocial model, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression are associated with greater rates of physical health problems and pain-related disability. Similarly, 10% - 50% of individuals receiving treatment for chronic pain have symptoms that satisfy criteria for PTSD. A mutual maintenance theory proposes that there are components of each condition that maintain or exacerbate symptoms of the other. Physical therapy, which integrates a pain science approach, is effective in treating pain and associated functional impairments in those with mental health factors.This session will present the evidence regarding the biopsychosocial assessment and treatment of individuals presenting with pain and mental health factors. This information is relevant for those working with persons in pain in a variety of contexts, from outpatient Orthopaedics Sectionpedic clinics to global health settings. The speakers will present results of a randomized controlled wait-list pilot study with a vulnerable population of prisoners in the Middle East, to explore cultural and social considerations for pain science as well as aspects of health equity and social justice. The session also will integrate live demonstrations of evidence-based interventions to promote the use of novel treatment approaches.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Discuss biopsychosocial considerations regarding the assessment and treatment of vulnerable populations presenting with pain, functional impairments, and mental health factors.
2. Describe the physiological underpinning for the interplay between pain and mental health factors, including symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.
3. Describe evidence-based interventions for persons that present with pain and mental health factors.
4. Discuss the clinical application of an evidence-based novel treatment service model for an underserved and vulnerable population presenting with pain and mental health factors.
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