ProfessionsJournal of the American Physical Therapy Association pushes role of psychological factorsColleague Matthew Taylor PhD, PT sends notice of a special issue of the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. The May 2011 issue leads with a piece

 

Journal of the American Physical Therapy Associationpushes role of psychological factors 

Colleague Matthew Taylor PhD, PT sends notice of a special issue of the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. The May 2011 issue leads with a piece entitled A Convincing Case for the Psychologically-Informed Physical Therapist. The writer notes numerous places in the profession’s organizational and accreditation documents where psych components are deemed important. Yet the therapy is not fully reflected in practice. The underscores the importance of the special issue: 

“So, we have long paid lip service to the influence of psychosocial factors on clinical outcomes, but the time has come to YELL about the importance of these factors. This special issue is deliberate in laying out evidence to support adopting a broader approach for practice that includes a cognitive-behavioral framework, using low back pain as the example  … We hope that we will stimulate and encourage the development of a broader approach to physical therapist practice, with a focus on the identification and management of psychological and psychosocial obstacles to recovery of optimal function. This is a call to action for educators, research scientists, and clinicians to move forward with this agenda.”

One web-available article is entitled Psychologically-Informed Practice for Low Back Pain: Future Directions in Practice and Research

Comment: This focus is a smart fit with the multimodal and multidisciplinary approach toward pain advocated in the new Institute of Medicine blueprint, reported above. I find myself curious about the ways the standards for chiropractic education and accreditation line up with those for physical therapists. If so, or even if not, is that field adequately embracing the psych components? Thanks for the head-up, Matt.