The CoPE (conquering pain effectively) program at Texas Back Institute (TBI), Plano, Tex, has achieved 3-year accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This is the first accreditation that the international commission has awarded to the CoPE program, which began last year at TBI.

The 4-week CoPE program is designed to help patients improve physical functioning and reduce pain medication usage by teaching strategies that help with pain control, while strengthening emotional stability and sense of emotional well being. The CoPE program integrates physical exercise and conditioning, pain coping strategies, education, counseling and vocational readiness and referral.

According to Andrew R. Block, PhD, head of the CoPE program, Our team has worked hard to reach this milestone and we are thrilled to have achieved it at such a quick pace. The accreditation reconfirms our commitment to patients.

The CARF outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the CoPE programs substantial conformance to the standards established. An organization receiving a 3-year accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an onsite visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable.

Participants entering the program take an initial functional capacity evaluation (FCE), which measures a persons physical and potential ability to perform work. The medical director, a psychologist or licensed professional counselor and an occupational therapist also perform additional evaluations. Information from the evaluation is then used to establish unique treatment plans and weekly goals for each patient.

Treatments are individually designed to meet the needs identified in the initial evaluations and are adjusted as patients progress through the program. Daily treatments include physical therapy, educational group sessions, individual psychotherapy and relaxation exercises.

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