In Pursuit of the Big Picture: What are Social Determinants of Health and Why Do They Matter In Physical Therapy?


Physical Therapy


Social and economic factors are known predictors of disease and injury, as well as access and outcomes associated with medical care. Current legislative and policy trends in payment for health and medical services have made these social determinants of health increasingly important for physical therapists to consider. This course will consist of two parts. The purpose of the asynchronous, online portion of the course is to define social determinants of health and health care, and to discuss how they are measured across populations. Special emphasis will be placed on specific examples from physical therapy practice. A live discussion will then take place, which will permit participants to interact over the course content and refine specific action items to apply understanding of social determinants of health to practice.

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Conference Presentation

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American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) - Learning Center