LOW BACK PAIN
(Non - pharmaceutical)
The goal of this educational initiative is to provide clinicians with the most up-to-date evidence-based data, recommendations, and strategies on how to safely and effectively utilize thermal therapy in the treatment of low back pain.
It will include strategies to effectively educate and engage patients on the utilization of thermal therapy.
By implementing education from this multidisciplinary curriculum providers will be able to make more appropriate management decisions and assist their patients in the safe and effective use of thermal therapy while optimizing their treatment of acute low back pain.
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a key contributor to cardiovascular morbidity and early mortality; however, reports are lacking on the epidemiology of PH in at-risk patient populations.
Observations from epidemiological reports have indicated that compared with other community-based populations, the US military veteran patient population has an increased prevalence of PH-associated primary lung and cardiovascular dis- ease however, the epidemiology of PH for this population is not known.
Evidence from prior studies also suggests that providers are not uniformly aware of the clinical parameters for effectively evaluating PH in veterans and may not be adequately trained to assess the patient characteristics and echocardiographic data associated with increased recognition of PH. In addition, a study conducted by the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 2005 to 2006 quantified a tangible and quantifiable capability gap contributing to the delay of appropriate healthcare to the nation’s service members, veterans, and their families by our commercial healthcare system and its providers.
Recently published findings suggest that in at-risk patients, PH is prevalent yet largely under diagnosed. Enhanced awareness is necessary among providers and practitioners regarding contemporary PH diagnostic strategies. In this webcast, Dr. Argula will provide an overview of PH and PAH, its related risks as associated with age, gender, ethnicity and veteran status in addition to its diagnostic and therapeutic complexities.
Lupus is a multi-system autoimmune connective tissue disease of unknown etiology. It affects people of African, Asian, or Native American descent two to three times as often as it affects whites.
Nine out of 10 people with lupus are women of childbearing age (15 to 44) but can occur in older individuals. Because the disease occurs primarily in women, less is known about the disease in men.
In addition, significant correlations between PTSD and autoimmune disorders continue to be uncovered. A recent study of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reported that those diagnosed with PTSD are more likely to develop autoimmune disorders to include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, thyroid inflammation and inflammatory bowel disease.
In addition, the research team at the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, found a two-fold increase in autoimmune disorders among veterans with PTSD compared to those who had no psychiatric diagnoses.
In this webcast, Dr. Kamen will provide an overview of lupus, its related risks as associated with age, gender, ethnicity and veteran status in addition to its diagnostic and therapeutic complexities.
HOW HEALING WORKS
We now know that most of health – possibly up to 80% – comes from factors outside of what we usually do in the clinic or hospital. The primary determinants of health involve social, environmental, lifestyle and complementary medicine factors that few clinicians learn to deliver. How can we integrate these health determinants into our routine practice?
In this talk, I will describe a simple, systematic approach called a HOPE (Healing Oriented Practices and Environments) visit, that helps patients tap into their inherent healing capacity. Drawing on the most rigorous scientific evidence available, I will show that by adding some simple questions and tools to your office practice, you can quickly move toward more patient-centered, integrative healthcare and enhance your patients healing for any chronic disease.