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Utilizing ICF Guidelines and Treatment-Based Classifications

presented by Eric Robertson

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This course is part of our OCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge OCS Prep-Program.

In this course, participants will learn to utilize the International Classification of Functioning and Disability (ICF) guidelines in clinical practice and in preparation for the OCS examination. Dr. Eric Robertson describes the ICF model from an evidence-based practice lens. Participants will explore the Orthopaedic Section’s ICF Guideline project, including history and development, review of topics covered, guideline organization, and impact on orthopaedic specialist practice. This course also reviews the epidemiology of low back pain and its relation to classification systems. Low back pain is a commonly encountered problem and the most common condition seen in musculoskeletal physical therapy settings. Research supports the use of classification systems for low back pain, and the treatment-based classification system is one such system that has gained wide support, both in the literature and clinically. This course will provide an overview of treatment-based classification (TBC) and serve as an introduction to utilizing this approach for patients with low back pain.

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Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is the director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Graduate Physical Therapy Education, and associate professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Previously he served as assistant professor of physical therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and…

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1. Utilizing ICF Guidelines

In Chapter One, Dr. Robertson describes the International Classification of Functioning and Disability (ICF) model and how it relates to physical therapist practice. Participants review the topic of clinical practice guidelines from an evidence-based practice lens. Dr. Robertson demonstrates how to integrate clinical practice guidelines via a case example and integrative questions.

2. Treatment-Based Classification

Chapter Two begins by reviewing the epidemiology of low back pain and its relation to classification systems. Dr. Robertson compares and contrasts treatment-based classification with other LBP classifications, and defines the process, benefits, and limitations of TBC system. Participants will learn to integrate evidence related to treatment-based classification to broadly published clinical practice guidelines to develop an integrative strategy for managing patients with low back pain.

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