• Beyond Opioids: Transforming Pain Management to Improve Health

    February 22, 2018: The opioid epidemic has been much discussed in recent years, and yet it still needs more action and attention. Illicit use of heroin and fentanyl are a large part of the crisis, but also problematic is a health care system that often makes opioids more accessible to patients with chronic pain than safer nonopioid options.

    For the past 2 years, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has been raising awareness about the opioid epidemic, and looking to improve access to nonopioid options through its #ChoosePT campaign.

    On February 5, 2018, APTA convened a panel of 7 experts to discuss how pain management in America can be transformed to move beyond opioids and improve the health of society. “Beyond Opioids: Transforming Pain Management to Improve Health” was broadcast live on Facebook and included the debut of APTA’s latest public service announcement for the #ChoosePT campaign.

    In this special episode of Move Forward Radio, we’re providing full audio from that event.

    Click here to learn more about APTA’s #ChoosePT campaign, and to view the new public service announcement.

    Grant Baldwin, PhD, MPH, director of the division of unintentional injury prevention for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Bill Hanlon, PT, DPT,board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy, staff physical therapist working in addiction recovery at St Joseph Institute in Port Matilda, Pennsylvania.

    Joan Maxwell, patient and family advisor for John Muir Health, and patient-member of Patient & Family Centered Care Partners, Inc.

    Tiffany L. McCaslin, senior policy analyst, public policy, for National Business Group on Health.

    Donald Norcross (D-NJ), US congressman, vice chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic.

    Steven Stanos, DO, medical director, Swedish Pain Services; medical director, occupational medicine services, Swedish Medical Center; and president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

    Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy, associate clinical professor at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions.

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