The Trend Towards Integrated Spinecare
Spinecare of the future will be integrated, predictive, personalized, and preventive all of which will be influenced by regional, national and global initiatives. This process requires informatics. Individual spine specialists will rely less on their own expertise and more on the collective insights and efforts of an integrated or team approach and databases of information.
Spinecare is less commonly practiced individually. Specialists are gravitating towards group settings where care can be delivered more efficiently and the patient can receive greater benefits. Healthcare professionals of various disciplines are developing a growing appreciation for the complexity of the spine which encourages interdisciplinary efforts and collaboration. The prioritization of cooperative and conservative intervention will continue to improve the outcome of spinecare. The American Academy of Spine Physicians is dedicated to facilitating integrated and evidence-based spinecare by providing educational opportunities and resources to healthcare professionals and the public. The AASP keeps its members informed by acknowledging advances in technology and techniques and by implementing novel communications technology to promote the development of interdisciplinary spinecare networks.
At the beginning of 2010 the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) expanded its membership to include non-physician members of the spinecare team. This includes but is not limited to physical therapists, nurses, physician assistants, exercise physiologists, imaging technicians, personal fitness trainers and massage therapists. The AASP is also extending continuing education and credentialing opportunities to non-physician members. This commitment was made to help advance the quality of spinecare and to enhance the role of all members of the spinecare team.