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Optimizing Value and Outcomes in Spine Care: The Key Role of Psychologically-Informed Practice


Starts: Thu 8:00AM CT (Nov 17, 2016) Ends: Thu 8:00AM CT (Nov 17, 2016) OnDemand

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For more than two decades, research has called into question a purely pathoanatomical basis for axial pain and its treatment. It also is well established that spine treatments are often of limited benefit. In an environment of spiraling disability, heavy investment in purely biomedical spine care has led to skyrocketing health costs, heightened stakeholder scrutiny and calls for improved cost-to-outcome value.

Concurrently, extensive science has shown that psychosocial factors are probably more predictive of the transition from acute to chronic and disabling spine pain. Data supporting the importance of early return to normal activity and work have elevated the importance of effective screening and management of nonphysical barriers to recovery.

This course assembles thought and research leaders in an in-depth conference on spine care as informed by the latest science on the neurophysiology and neuropsychological aspects of pain, risk screening and modification, current and future provider training, developing psychologically-informed care teams and identifying and overcoming barriers to the implementation of a biopsychosocial care model.


Gregory L. Whitcomb, DC

Sherri Weiser, PhD


Francis Keefe, PhD

Margareta Nordin, Dr. Med. Sci.

Tamar Pincus, PhD

Joel Press, MD

Emily Karlen, MPT

Daniel Bruns, PhD

Douglas Gross, PhD

Chris Main, PhD

Annie O'Connor, PT, OCS

Alex Baria, PhD

Kenneth Harwood, PT, PhD, CIE

Scott Haldeman, DC, PhD, MD

What You'll Learn

Introduction and Overview: What Is PIP & Why Do We Need It Now?

Trends in Back Disability: What Are We Observing With Current Back Care?

Societal Perceptions in Back Disability: Are They Modifiable?

Current Science on the Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology of Pain

Identifying Psychological Factors in the Reporting and Persistence of Low Back Pain

Changing Paradigms in Spine Care: From Biomedical to Biopsychosocial

Value & Outcomes in Population-Based Back Care: The Role and Implementation of Risk Screening

Psychologically Informed Surgical Decision Making

Fordyce’s Behavioral Method Revisited

The Psychologically Informed Clinical Evaluation

How Pain Mechanism Classification System Guides Specific Patient Education and Active Care

Training Practitioners to Deliver Psychological Treatments That Can Modify Risk Factors

Creating Interdisciplinary Teams

Integrating Psychological Principles in Spine Practice and Professional Training and Curricula


This course is open to all members and nonmembers, including but not limited to: Anesthesiologists, Pain Management, Chiropractors, Physiatrists, Neurologists, Physical/Occupational Therapists, Neurosurgeons, Psychologists, Nurse Practitioners, Radiologists and Orthopedic Surgeons.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)s

The North American Spine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The North American Spine Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Registration: General Registration

 Commercial Affiliate$75.00
 Commercial Business Interest$95.00
 Member Affiliated Healthcare$45.00
 Member Doctor$75.00
 Member Emeritus$45.00
 Member In-Training$45.00
 Non-Member Affiliated Healthcare$65.00
 Non-Member Doctor$95.00
 Non-Member In-Training$65.00



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