The Science

Exploring Contextual Human health

Our commitment to scientific rigor through functional contextualism drives our pursuit of evidence-based solutions for addressing complex human problems.

The Human rehabilitation Framework (HRF)

The HRF is an initial working technology proof of concept prototype developed by the IOCH, purposefully crafted for advanced clinical reasoning in working with movement and pain problems. Its aim is to embrace the intricacies of the human experience, facilitating comprehensive, individualized care. The HRF moves beyond the conventional reliance on diagnoses and protocol-based strategies to offer an in-depth patient case management approach using a unified biopsychosocial language to bridge communication across multiple disciplines. Grounded in Applied Evolutionary Science and Network Theory, the HRF’s construction cohesively aligns with the philosophy of functional contextualism, championing scientific rigor and precision.

Overview of HRF Benefits

  • Personalized Care through Network Sciences: Data driven analytics tailor treatments to each patient's unique biopsychosocial processes. Supported by software that pragmatically moves the rehabilitation field into precision medicine and value-based care.

  • Embraces Applied Evolutionary Science: Embraces the contemporary multilevel selection theory of evolutionary science and prosocial behavior.

  • Coherent and Comprehensive Perspective built on Functional Contextualism: Emphasizes understanding of the individual's history and multiple levels of context for greater precision in individualized care.

  • Incorporation of Psychological Flexibility Processes: Encourages individual level growth of the client and clinician toward adaptability and responsiveness.

  • Emphasis on Biological Behavior: Embraces looking at health and life as biological behavior and embracing the behavior tradition of analysis and interventional perspective in the broader healthcare landscape.

  • Transdisciplinary and Software Technology Synthesis: Encourages collaboration across healthcare disciplines through a shared transdisciplinary language and supported by Process-Based Biopsychosocial Case Management Suite (PBB-CMS) software technology.

  • Embraces Biopsychosocial History and Context: Integrates a multilevel perspective of genetics, biologic behavior, and environment. Proactively addresses preventive measures and immediate health concerns to provide foresight and immediate insight, ensuring comprehensive care.

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