Environmental Influences on Rehabilitation Outcomes
This course will equip you to discuss and address environmental influences on rehab outcomes as related to tobacco cessation, substance abuse, and clean air, water, and food sources.
Substance abuse may yield a greater impact in rehabilitation as the single biggest preventable risk factor for disease, beyond that even of diet and physical activity. Of our patients who smoke, the World Health Organization reports that half of them will die. Smokers also impact those around them, with 1.2 million deaths attributed to second-hand smoke.
According to research, smoking leads to suboptimal physical therapy treatment outcomes in all four physical therapy and rehabilitation practice areas: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary health. This reinforces the need for the implementation and effective application of evidence-based smoking interventions within physical therapy and rehabilitation practice and education.
And yet, research also reveals that only a small minority of physical therapists employ, and physical therapy schools include, tobacco cessation counseling (TCC) education. The literature posits that TCC education is consistent with professional values espoused by physical therapists, which can be useful for occupational therapy as well, and this course will cover the public health guidelines for TCC, and also tackle other common substance abuse issues, including discussion of the risks and benefits of steroid injection practices in orthopaedic practice and a review of environmental toxins and how they impact our practice, outcomes, and health and functioning.
NOTE: This 2 hour course is contained in the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine course. If you have purchased the ILM Certificate Course or the Level 3 Bundle, you do not need this version.
Clinical Objectives Overview
This course is a part of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate, but it can also be taken as a stand alone course.
Course Description & Clinical Objectives Overview
Handout - Elective Enviro 1
Smoking & Vaping
Other Common Substance Abuses
Environmental Health and You
Guidelines and Interventions
Handout - Elective Enviro 2
Behavioral & Pharmacology Therapies
Resources & Diagnostic Criterea
Intervention and Referral
Handout - Environmental Case Study
Smoking Cessation Case Study