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low back pain treatment by athletic trainers and athletic therapists: biopsychosocial or biomedical?

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low back pain treatment by athletic trainers and athletic therapists: biopsychosocial or biomedical?

MacDougall, Hana L. (2018) low back pain treatment by athletic trainers and athletic therapists: biopsychosocial or biomedical? Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Low back pain’s (LBP) continues to burden society and the individual through high rates of recurrence and chronicity. Recent evidence suggests that the way a clinician thinks about pain influences treatment practices and rehabilitation outcomes. Our study characterized the way American Athletic Trainer’s (AT) and Canadian Athletic Therapist’s (C-AT) think about LBP by measuring treatment orientation. 273 ATs and 382 C-ATs completed a questionnaire containing demographic questions and the Pain Attitudes and Beliefs Scale for Athletic Trainers/Therapists (PABS-AT/C-AT), which classifies treatment orientation as biomedical or biopsychosocial. We noted that overall ATs and C-ATs reported a stronger biomedical orientation than biopsychosocial. In addition, treating more LBP patients per year was associated with a decreased AT’s and C-AT’s biomedical orientation. Age and experience was associated with a decreased C-AT’s biomedical orientation, and primarily treating the general public was associated with a stronger C-AT’s biopsychosocial orientation. Further research is needed to determine the impact AT’s and C-AT’s biomedical orientation has on rehabilitation outcomes since this orientation in other clinicians has been predictive of poor rehabilitation outcomes in LBP patients.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Exercise Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:MacDougall, Hana L.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Exercise Science
Date:May 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Dover, Geoffrey C.
ID Code:983837
Deposited By: HANA MACDOUGALL
Deposited On:16 Nov 2018 17:01
Last Modified:16 Nov 2018 17:01
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