32.5 - Advanced Therapy Programs in Occupational Health

Course Description

This is the 2nd in a series of 3 courses included in the Occupational Health Practitioner certificate program that is managed by the Occupational Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG) of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA. It expands on essential content provided in the 1st course, Bridging the Gap Between the Workplace and Clinic, to address best practices in advanced therapy programs in occupational health.

The first monograph emphasizes the elements of a comprehensive ergonomics program and best practices for implementing job interventions to support injury prevention or worker accommodation. Ergonomics interventions are applied to 3 common areas of ergonomic practice: industrial ergonomics/manual material handling, healthcare ergonomics, and computer/office ergonomics. The second monograph emphasizes evidence-based, worker-centered, and clinically relevant strategies to implement advanced work rehabilitation programs for individuals experiencing prolonged episodes of care precluding return to work.

Finally, the third monograph provides in-depth instruction on how to administer a functional capacity evaluation to establish cause and nature of an individual’s injuries, symptoms, biopsychosocial factors, impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions, return to work barriers, and facilitators. This includes recommendations for selection of functional performance tests, assessment of performance validity, and interpretation/reporting of information to promote greater fairness and objectivity in disability determination. Finally, each monograph concludes with 3 or 4 applied case scenarios to demonstrate delivery of advanced occupational health programs to prevent needless work disability or expedite functional recovery of injured workers.

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Course Overview

Course Format: Online with an option to purchase the print version

Contact Hours: 15 contact hours

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Advanced Therapy Programs in Occupational Health

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Course Objectives

  1. Identify occupational and non-occupational risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders and understand how they impact the workplace.
  2. Understand and describe types of ergonomics evaluations.
  3. Recognize key elements of effective ergonomics programs including appropriate outcome measures resulting from effective interventions.
  4. Identify appropriate candidates for comprehensive work rehabilitation programs beyond entry point care.
  5. Describe the components of a comprehensive evaluation for a worker experiencing a prolonged episode of care.
  6. Design an individualized comprehensive work rehabilitation program that aligns with worker needs and balances system demands.
  7. Consider performance validity factors used in determining an individual’s safe functional capacity and functional limitations.
  8. Describe the process for differential diagnosis to assess the causal relationships between health conditions, physical impairments, and resulting functional limitations.
  9. Compare the physical capacities of a worker to the physical demands of a job.

Topics and Authors

  • Ergonomics for General Industry, Office, and Healthcare
    Leslie Pickett, PT, DPT, CPE; Joanette Lima Nativo, PT, MS, CPE; Brian Lowe, PhD, CPE; Aresio Souza, PT, MS, CIE
  • Work Rehabilitation: Managing Prolonged Episodes of Care
    Katie P. McBee, PT, DPT, MS, OCS; Colleen Medlin, PT, DPT; Brocha Z. Stern, PhD, OTR, CHT; Sarah Martin, OTR/L
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation and Disability Determination
    Wayne MacMasters, PT, DPT; Steve Allison, PT, DPT, CME; Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME; Peter McMenamin, PT, DPT, MS
  • Collective Glossary of Occupational Health Terminology
    Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME; Steve Allison, PT, DPT, CME