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An Introduction To The Integrated Systems Model For The Complex Patient

An Introduction To The Integrated Systems Model For The Complex Patient

An Introduction To The Integrated Systems Model For The Complex Patient

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:00 (EST)
60 minutes

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No study to date has demonstrated a direct relationship between pathology and pain for any pain related condition (Clauw, 2015). Neither the presence or absence of pain nor the intensity of pain can be accurately predicted by the presence or absence of pathology (Catley, Moseley, & Jones, 2019).

How do you know when to treat what in any individual with multiple impairments and persistent pain?

Research-supported management efficacy is still lacking for most clinical problems; therefore, skilled reasoning is the clinicians' best tool to minimize the risk of mismanagement and over-servicing (Jones & Rivett, 2019). Clinical experience and the evidence suggests that clinical reasoning and individualized assessment and treatment are required for best outcomes.

The Integrated Systems Model (ISM) is an evidence-informed, clinical reasoning framework to optimize strategies for function and performance. 

In this one hour complimentary webinar, Diane Lee and Nicole Sullivan will discuss models that consider the interdependence of body regions. They will present a synopsis of the current evidence on motor control, posture, movement, and the neuroscience of pain that informs the ISM approach.


What You Will Learn:

  • Principles of the ISM approach
  • Discuss the role of clinical reasoning in ISM
  • Outline the specific tests and clinical reasoning of the findings that are used to facilitate better predictions of the relationships between impaired regions to determine where to focus on treatment. In ISM this is called finding the driver
  • Outline the further tests of the driver that help determine the underlying system impairment(s), articular, neural, myofascial, and/or visceral, and thus develop individualized treatment programs based on the patients' meaningful tasks and goals
  • An introduction to individualized assessments and treatment plans for the whole person



Any healthcare provider and movement specialist who is interested in learning an evidence-informed, clinical reasoning framework that they can use with their patients.


The Details:

When: Dec 10, 2019 - 12:00 pm (EDT).

Where: Online - join from anywhere! Once you register you will receive instructions on how to join.

Who: All health and fitness professionals.

What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask Diane Lee and Nicole Sullivan questions directly.

WARNING: Space is limited to the first 500 clinicians who register. 

These LIVE training always fill up fast so claim your spot right now to avoid disappointment. At Embodia's last webinar, we had over 550 people register and ran out of space.

There are less than 20 seats left for this webinar with Diane Lee and Nicole Sullivan! Register now to claim your spot! Once these spots are full we will start a waitlist. 

The instructors
Nicole Sullivan
Owner, Co-Director & Registered Physiotherapist at [mend]physio + Therapy Lead at Volleyball Canada Beach National Team
Nicole is a physiotherapist, strength and conditioning specialist, lead therapist with Volleyball Canada’s Beach National Team, and co-founder of [mend]physio. An avid learner, she has studied and taught with many teachers in a variety of settings, but continues to learn the most from her patients and their stories. She uses an individualized, evidence informed approach in clinical practice, and is passionate about patient empowerment, simplifying complex concepts, and understanding the barriers to knowledge translation in physiotherapy education and practice.

Diane Lee

Diane graduated with distinction from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor degree in the Science of Rehabilitation in 1976. She has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1976 and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy since 1981 (FCAMT). She completed  certification in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in 2001, Yoga teacher training in 2012, pelvic floor certification in 2013 and was recognized by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as a clinical specialist in Woman’s Health in 2016.

She was an instructor and a chief examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of CPA’s fellowship examinations (CAMT) for over 20 years and has extensive experience in curriculum development both for the CAMT program and her own series of courses.

She is well published (books, chapters and journal articles) and the innovator of two pelvic support belts for which she holds the patent; The Com-Pressor and the Baby Belly Pelvic Support (

Diane owns, directs and is a practicing physiotherapist at Diane Lee & Associates She has continued to maintain an on-going clinical practice for over 40 years and while she follows the research evidence closely, she draws from this deep clinical experience for her teaching and lecturing in the clinic, in Canada and internationally.

Diane has had the honour of collaborating with local, national and worldwide authorities to further her own education and integrates this knowledge into courses/models she teaches.  Her combined clinical and education experience culminated in the co-development of The Integrated Systems Model for Disability & Pain (ISM), (Lee Diane & Lee Linda-Joy 2007 – 2013) the model she continues to teach and now solely evolve under the abbreviated title – the Integrated Systems Model – alongside her senior assistants from Diane Lee & Associates.

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