Online Program

Examination of cost-effective community-based rehabilitation for adults with SCI

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Jennifer Piatt, PhD, CTRS, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Inpatient hospital stays have drastically decreased within the past 10 years effecting the health status of the adult Spinal cord injury population. This has led to an increase in sedentary lifestyle directly impacting the growth in secondary health concerns among this population (i.e. bowl and bladder issues, pain, pressure sores). The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides a solid framework to develop public health initiatives with this population. The ICF approach shifts the focus in health care away from the traditional medical model which relies primarily on one specific medical “diagnosis” toward examining the individual’s health within a variety of contexts and other external and environmental factors. Research grounded in the examination of cost-effective community-based rehabilitation across different disability groups will be presented providing a foundation for the facilitation of evidence-based practice within the realm of public health. As defined by the World Health Organization, community-based rehabilitation “…focuses on enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families…and ensuring inclusion and participation.” This session will present various models of cost-effective community-based rehabilitation designed specifically for the SCI adult population.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify five barriers associated with engagement in community-based rehabilitation Formulate three clinical outcomes addressed through community-based rehabilitation with the adult SCI population Compare different programs and evaluate their effectiveness

Keyword(s): Community Health Programs, Health Promotion and Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Piatt has worked in the health care field as a recreational therapist for over 19 years in acute mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, community wellness programs and adapted sports. Her research focus is in the area of cost-effective community-based rehabilitation and participation as defined by the International Classification of Disability and Health (ICF).She currently has 14 refereed research publications and 5 book chapters. Dr. Piatt has delivered over 60 presentations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.