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Research: Training Rehabilitation Providers in Mental and Behavioral Health: A Pilot Study

May 2, 2022 • Musculoskeletal • Jessie Podolak, A.J. Steele, Adriaan Louw

The EIM pain team is publishing again! This was a pilot  study was on, “Training Rehabilitation Providers in Mental and Behavioral Health.” Read more and access the full paper below.

Mental and behavioral health issues are rising and becoming increasingly prevalent as a comorbid clinical presentation in rehabilitation

Objective: To assess rehabilitation provider’s knowledge and attitudes towards patients with mental and behavioral health issues, following a training session on behavioral health.

Design: Pre-immediate post and follow-up survey study

: A convenience sample of healthcare providers signed up for an online mental and behavioral class consisting of three 90-minute sessions. Prior to, immediately following and at 3-months following, participants completed a series of survey questions pertaining to beliefs, attitudes and knowledge related to mental and behavioral health. Likert scales were used to determine comfort with treating various mental and behavioral health issues and mental health-related knowledge was measured using the Mental Health Knowledge Schedule (MAKS).

Results: Fourteen healthcare providers (92.3% female) completed the training and all measures. All levels of comfort with mental health shifted immediately following training, with only trauma being significant (p = 0.047), but did not remain at 3-month follow-up. Mental health-related knowledge improved significantly immediately following training (p = 0.008), and was still significantly improved 3-months after training (p = 0.011).

An online training session is able to shift mental health-related knowledge in rehabilitation providers but not comfort with treating depression, anxiety and trauma. Additional research is needed to extrapolate and expand on the results of this pilot study

Keywords: Mental Health: Behavioral Health; Rehabilitation; Training; Knowledge

Read the Full Article

Landrus R, et al. Training Rehabilitation Providers in Mental and Behavioral Health: A Pilot Study. Ann Physiother Occup Ther 2022, 5(2): 000228.

Jessie Podolak

Jessie Podolak received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis, in 1998. She completed her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University, Denver, in 2011. She has been teaching pain neuroscience education and manual therapy techniques at continuing education courses since 2013 and now serves as the Program...

A.J. Steele

I’ve been working in the psychology and addiction fields for over 30 years. I graduated from Spalding University in Louisville, KY with my MA and PsyD in clinical psychology and I have a MA in Health & Human Performance with a focus of Sport Psychology from Michigan State. Additionally, I am a Licensed Clinical Alcohol...

Adriaan Louw

Adriaan earned both an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree in physiotherapy from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University, South College and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, teaching pain science. Adriaan has taught throughout the US and internationally for 20...

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