Gerard P. Brennan: Management of Patients with Low Back Pain February 23, 2013

Gerard P. Brennan
Gerard P. Brennan, PT, PhD

joined by

Tony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Pamela Peele, PhD
Everette James, JD, MBA

Managements of Patients with Low Back Pain

February 23, 2013







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Course Objectives
  1. To understand the factors contributing to poor outcomes and compromised value in the care of patients with low back pain.
  2. To understand how the impact of payment reform policy as it relates to low back pain may serve as a significant opportunity for physical therapists within a health care team.
  3. To describe how the re-design of work processes in health care with advanced practice professionals, specifically physical therapists, will impact care delivery to improve clinical and cost outcomes for low back pain.
  4. To understand how variation in the process of care for low back pain results in poor outcomes and increased costs.
  5. To describe how the value of care can be improved by improving the process of care, tracking outcomes, and delivering care at the right time.
  6. To facilitate small group discussions that explore how care could be redesigned in your environment to improve quality.


Continuing Education Units

General Access CEUs: 6.5

Course Level: Intermediate


Course Schedule
8:00 Speakers: Tony Delitto, PT PhD and Gerard Brennan, PT PhDLow Back Pain: Can We Start to Get It Right? Overview of Epidemiology and Natural History
9:00 Speaker: Pamela Peele, PhD

What are Our Best Solutions in Moving Forward?

10:00 Discussion and Questions
10:15 BREAK
10:30 Speaker: Everette James, JD, MBA

Re-engineering Health Care with Advanced Practice Professionals

11:30 Discussion and Questions
12:00pm LUNCH
1:00 Speaker: Gerard Brennan, PT PhD

Low Back Pain: Can We Start to Get It Right?

2:00 Discussion and Questions
2:15 BREAK
2:30 Speaker: Gerard Brennan, PT PhD

What is Value in Health Care and Physical Therapy?

 3:15 Speaker: Gerard Brennan, PT PhD

Re-design the Care and Change the Focus: A Path Forward for Physical Therapists

4:00 Speaker: Gerard Brennan, PT PhD

What Can You Do Now in Your Clinical World to Improve?

4:30 END







About the Speakers (coming soon)

Gerard Brennan, PT, PhD:

Tony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA:

Pamela Peele, PhD:

Everette James, JD, MBA


January 11, 2013 |

Log ‘N Blog 4 PT

PT Research Happens When You Tri

Pledging Our Support

The Log ‘N Blog for PT Research has just announced a way for team captains to sign up their program- and the University of Pittsburgh doctor of the physical therapy students are eager to get going! Now, the minimum pledge amount is $1,000 but at $10 for the minimum donation per user, getting 100 participants and exceeding that goal seems easy! We’ll probably shoot for something much higher just to set our typical lofty goals!

Team Captain

Every team, like the Log ‘N Blog said, needs a Team Captain and here is a description of the Team Captain role. Now, we’re still unsure who will take the reigns and lead our team as Team Captain at Pitt- but there is a lot of buzz surrounding this event. Looks like that by downloading, filling out and sending this form back to, they will ‘pre-approve’ the registration process so that as soon as the website goes live, you can start building your team! Here’s the form for the 2012 – 2013 Log ‘N Blog Team Captain Letter.

November 9, 2012 |

Fall 2012 SHRS Open House

University of Pittsburgh

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences  –  Open House

Saturday, October 20th 2012
10:00am  –  1:00pm
Forbes Tower

Come see all that the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has to offer at our Fall 2012 Open House. It’s your chance to meet staff, faculty and students, tour our facilities and learn more about our graduate and undergraduate programs. If you’re looking for more information about physical therapy, please join us on the 6th floor in Forbes Tower!

Undergraduate and Graduate programs available in:
  • Athletic Training (BS)
  • Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition (BS, CMD)
  • Communication Science & Disorders (BA, MA/MS, PhD)
    • Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
    • Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD) in Medical Speech-Language Pathology
  • Emergency Medicine (BS)
  • Health Information Management (BS)
  • Occupational Therapy (MOT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics (MS)
  • Rehabilitation Science (BS)
  • MS in Health & Rehabilitation Science with concentrations in:
    • Health Information Systems
    • Health Care Supervision and Management
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Rehabilitation Counseling
    • Rehabilitation Science and Technology
    • Sports Medicine
    • Wellness and Human Performance
Download our Open House Fall 2012 flyer
October 10, 2012 |

#solvePT Day

#solvePT Day: 6/7/2012

What is #solvePT Day?

Fueled by the wildly successful movement on Twitter started by @SnippetPhysTher and her blog, we’ve decided to take advantage of the growing momentum! On Thursday, June 7th we’ll proudly wear our t-shirts at the Annual Conference and enter the “#solvePT Photo Extravaganza” to spread the word about #solvePT.


Now, don’t worry, you absolutely do not have to be in Tampa to participate! Even those NOT at #PT2012, on Thursday, June 7th tweet pictures of yourself wearing the t-shirt and demonstrating the ways YOU are the change that will #solvePT. To increase awareness and reach more physical therapists, use the hashtags #solvePT and #PT2012 together! We’ll stand out from the crowd, promote our cause and get others involved in the terrific discussions we’ve been having each week. Harness the powers of social media!


Shirt Design


#solvePT t-shirt design


Ordering: First We Ask, Will You Be In Tampa?


  • Yes, I’m going to Tampa! (bulk discount means cheaper shirts)Tampa Order
    1. Great! Place the size and quantity of your order on the sign-up sheet by Friday, May 25th!!!!
    2. Send $20 per t-shirt to via PayPal
    3. Pick up shirt and meet other #solvePT advocates at the “Pick Up Party” in Tampa!
  • Nope, I’m NOT going to Tampa
    1. Place your own individual order using this link. (*ask a friend to order too; make it cheaper!)
    2. You’ll receive your order in time to participate in the “#solvePT Photo Extravaganza”!

*For those not participating in the Tampa order, I encourage you to ask your colleagues, classmates and coworkers if they’d like to do a group order with you! That way, you can decrease of the cost with a bulk order!

Where and when is this “Pick Up Party”?

All orders on this sign-up sheet will be available for pickup in Tampa at:

“Pick Up Party”

 Wednesday, June 6th

5:30 – 6:30pm

Champions Sports Bar

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 

700 South Florida Avenue Tampa, Florida 33602


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May 20, 2012 |

National Public Health Week April 2 – 8, 2012

Dear Graduate Students, Staff, and Faculty at PITT:

As part of National Public Health Week (April 2-8), University of Pittsburgh’s
Graduate and Profesional Student Association (GPSA) in collaboration with the
Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, Rehab Sciences, Dental and Law have
put together a panel Q&A on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)!


Discussion will be geared around how the ACA- the BIGGEST healthcare reform law in
HISTORY- will affect different groups of people such as young healthcare
professionals (us), insurance companies, and researchers. Experts will also discuss
how the ACA will affect quality-of-care and various communities in Pittsburgh. On
our panel:


Bruce Dixon, MD – Allegheny County Health Department;
Sheryl Kashuba, Esq. – UPMC Insurance Services Division and UPMC Health Plan
Lauren Jonkman, PharmD – University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Mark S. Roberts, MD, MPP – University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Moderator: David Barnard, PhD, JD, Department of Medicine and Center for Bioethics
and Health


Discussion will begin by 4:30pm at A115 Crabtree (GSPH Building)! This event is FREE and OPEN to all Pitt grad/professional students, so bring your friends! DINNER Will be served.

Event Sponsored by Graduate and Professional Student Assembly in collaboration with Graduate Student Organizations at the Health Sciences Schools (Public Health, Dental, Medicine, SHRS, and Pharmacy).

April 3, 2012 |