How do you apply the biopsychosocial model in day-to-day clinical practice?

If you’ve read The Manifesto, or listened to past episodes of the show, you know that I’m a big proponent of adopting a biopsychosocial approach to patient care. But often times, there’s a breakdown between understanding the theory and applying it in practice (you can check out our past episode on Knowledge Translation for more on that topic).  Many times, clinicians struggle to find ways to take a biopsychosocial approach with patients in their day-to-day practice.

My guests this week, Kimberly Breeden, OTR/L  and Niccole Rowe, COTA/L, are just the people to talk to about this topic. They run Aspire OT, a continuing education company aimed at providing high quality, evidence-based education courses for Occupational Therapy practitioners.

What we cover in this Episode:

  • What is the biopsychosocial (BSP) model?
  • Practical strategies to implement a Biopsychosocial Approach
  • Communication & it’s role in the patient engagement
  • How understanding Behavioral Change improves outcomes
  • The value that motivational interviewing can provide when establishing treatment plans
  • The common challenges that clinicians face when trying to apply a biopsychosocial approach


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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. Rafi has worked in a variety of settings, from orthopedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, to academia, and even healthcare consulting. He spent the majority of his clinical experience working at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, where he was the lead clinician and clinical education coordinator for the outpatient specialty rehab program. In this role, he treated many veterans with chronic pain and helped to establish an interdisciplinary pain management program. He has worked on projects ranging from patient engagement initiatives to marketing communication campaigns to a multi million dollar project assisting the State of Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transition individuals out of state institutions to community residences. He also has experience as a core faculty member at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, and he serves on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through training & advisement and through courses & training programs.

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