At EMH Physical Therapy, we support an interdisciplinary approach to treating our patients. We are in constant communication with primary care physicians, urologists, psychologists, gynecologists and other healthcare providers to make sure all our patients have a strong team working for them.
A team based approach to medical care has been shown to prevent medical errors (1), improve patient-centered outcomes and chronic disease management (2-4).
This week the EMH team are packing our bags and headed to Chicago to attend the International Pain Society’s annual fall meeting on chronic pelvic pain where we’ll hear practitioners of various disciplines discuss advances and techniques in treating pelvic pain. Some topics we’re excited about exploring include the “mind-body” connection, psychosocial aspects of pelvic pain, cancer and pelvic pain, cystitis, hormone treatments, vulvodynia and more.
The International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) was established in 1996 with the goals of educating health professionals on how to diagnose and manage chronic pelvic pain and to bring hope to men and women who suffer from this pain by raising public awareness (5).
Their website, pelvicpain.org, contains articles which can help to educate patients on a wide variety of conditions and find healthcare providers. We are excited to share the information we learn at IPPS conference with all of you when we return to New York City next week! Stay tuned.
P.S. We’ll be active on Instagram, @emhpysicaltherapy, and Twitter, @EMHPH, while we’re away, so keep up with us there!
1. IOM (Institute of Medicine) To err is human. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1999.
2. Bodenheimer T, Wagner EH, Grumbach K. Improving primary care for patients with chronic illness: The chronic care model, part 2. Journal of the American Medical Association.2002;288(15):1909–
3. Ponte P, Conlin G, Conway J, et al. Making patient-centered care come alive: Achieving full integration of the patient’s perspective. Journal of Nursing Administration. 2003;33(2):82–
4. Wagner EH, Austin BT, Davis C, Hindmarsh M, Schaefer J, Bonomi A. Improving chronic illness care: Translating evidence into action. Health Affairs. 2001;20(6):64–78.
5. International Pelvic Pain Society. Pelvicpain.org