Thursday April 7, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Track(s): 
Track 1: Quality
Assessment and Implementation of Evidence Based Pain Competencies in Entry Level Physical Therapist Education
Pain is the number one reason patients will seek support from all health professions. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and pain experts have provided coordinated guidelines and a framework for both physical therapy and inter-professional pain education, but exactly how these competencies should be implemented was not delineated. A team of physical and occupational therapy faculty completed a 2-step process to evaluate current pain content and test pain knowledge and attitudes to determine if their curriculum covered critical content related to pain. First, the faculty evaluated the curriculum by mapping it to the IASP core competencies to identify gaps. Second, students were evaluated on pain knowledge and attitudes using the City of Boston’s Rehabilitation Professional’s Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain (COBS). Statistical procedures were used to assess results.
Annie Burke-Doe
Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Science
Anna Edwards
Assistant Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Christopher Ingstad
Assistant Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Christopher Ivey
Assistant Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Kristen Johnson
Assistant Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Steve Laslovich
Assistant Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Ellen Lowe
Associate Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Jim Mathews
Assistant Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Susan McNulty
Instructor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Kayla Smith
Assistant Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Terri Roberts
Assistant Professor
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences