Dr. Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme
Dr. Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme, PT, PhD received his degree in physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa (1999) and is now Professor and program chair at the Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. As a researcher, he is interested in developing and evaluating new ways to improve pain management in rehabilitation.
How can we provide high-value care for our patients? Should we emphasis on diagnosis? Treatment efficacy?… Or aim in the middle?
High-value care is defined as “an intervention in which evidence suggests it confers benefits on patients, or probability of benefit exceeds probable harm, or, more broadly, the added costs of the intervention provide proportional added benefits relative to alternative”. Although efforts have been made to facilitate the delivery of high-value care services in the management of MSK disorders such as low back pain, there is much less focus on the appropriateness and quality of the diagnosis. Recent evidence suggest that the use of a diagnostic framework, based on phenotype and prognosis for example, may play a critical role to address the complexity and heterogeneity of common MSK disorders.