In this episode, you will meet two physical therapists who are breaking ground and have created Core Principles for the Education of Physical Therapists in the Context of the Opioid Crisis in the United States. Their work present model educators can use on a state, national and global level with regards to the development of opioid education for physical therapists and other licensed health professionals. The research which we'll discuss all about on this episode recognizes not only the role of physical therapists in the care of chronic pain but most importantly, a profession that engages patients who are at risk for opioid misuse and patients who have opioid use disorder as a primary diagnosis. This episode's expert guests are professors Julia Chevan and Amy Heath. Professor Chevan is a Professor of Physical Therapy and the Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at Springfield College in Massachusetts.
Professor Amy Heath is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Western Michigan University. Both are authors of several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts related to the profession of physical therapy. You'll learn how to create Core Education Principles that physical therapists can use to educate the public, how to screen for and prevent opioid use disorder? The importance of the movement system and how physical therapists can engage in interprofessional care of chronic pain and opioid use disorder? As you all know, the care of chronic pain and the treatment of opioid use disorder is an important topic and developing education initiatives for physical therapists in response to the crisis is deeply needed. Without further ado, let's meet professors Amy Heath and Julia Chevan.
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