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May 02, 2023

NASS Launches Groundbreaking Online Course: Psychologically Informed Practice - Implementing a New Model of Patient Care

NASS has launched a new groundbreaking online course addressing Psychologically-informed Practice (PiP), defined as “an approach to practice, with a focus on the identification and management of psychological and psychosocial obstacles to recovery of optimal function.” Growing evidence suggests that risk screening, reassurance and advice to remain normally active positively affect outcomes. These recognitions, and the shift toward new reimbursement models, are increasing demand for practical means to optimize patient care through PiP.
Course Chair Greg Whitcomb, DC explains, “We are working in unprecedented times with unique stresses affecting every aspect of medical care. Despite major technological advances, the expenses surrounding chronic back pain and related disability continue to mount and providers are being held to ever higher standards and expectations for outcomes in cost management. This course will provide a better understanding of current research and thinking on the critical role of psychologically-informed practice.”

At present, PiP lags in spine care, with a lack of provider education as the primary obstacle. This comprehensive online, interactive course is the first of its kind, consisting of 10 modules led by expert faculty who thoroughly address PiP and its implementation.
“We have a wonderful faculty for this course, representing clinicians and researchers, international experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, psychology, neurophysiology and health and insurance policy,” said Co-Chair Sherri Weiser, PhD. “In this course, you’ll learn about the history, development and the implementation of PiP. We’ll also talk about some of the obstacles that health care providers face when trying to implement this approach to care.”

The course is designed to flexibly meet the interest of clinicians, administrators and payers who are increasingly engaged in health-systems design and value-based reimbursement strategies.
  • Distinguish between the biomedical and biopsychosocial paradigms of spine care.
  • Identify patients who can benefit from PiP.
  • Learn interpersonal communication techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral strategies and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Identify behavioral changes you can implement immediately.
As an introduction to the course NASS Members can watch this faculty panel discussion titled “It Takes a Village: Creating & Maintaining Psychologically-Informed Care Teams.”

Sherri Weiser, PhD
Gregory Whitcomb, DC

Jason Beneciuk, DPT
Daniel Bruns, PsyD, FAPA
Marco Campello, PT, PhD
Steven George, PT, PhD
Carol Greco, PhD
Lynn Gufeld, APRN
Brian Justice, DC
Chris Main, MA, PhD
Tamar Pincus, PhD
Michael Jacob Schneider, DC, PhD
Rob J.E.M. Smeets, MD, PhD
Inge Timmers, PhD
F. Todd Wetzel, MD

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