Center of Excellence (COE) for Health Services/Health Policy Research
A successful clinical practice depends on two bodies of knowledge:
- Quality research which provides the scientific basis to develop new treatments and new approaches to prevent common injuries and diseases;
- Data that identifies the most effective ways to organize, manage, and finance high quality care and to improve patient safety.
The Foundation Board started work on a ground-breaking initiative to address the great need for health services and health policy research. The initiative, The Center of Excellence (COE) for Health Services and Health Policy, will be dedicated to expanding the number of physical therapy scientists in this critical field.
The Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $3 million to support this initiative as well as fund health services research through its internal grant and scholarship process. The campaign was kicked off by a $1 million leadership pledge from the American Physical Therapy Association. In just 6 months the Foundation has passed the half way mark in the campaign, having raised over $1.7 million. Read full news release.
The $2.5 million grant will be awarded to the most qualified institution or health systems network to set up and manage the training program, which will expand the number of physical therapy investigators conducting health services and health policy research. The request for applications for this opportunity is currently under development.
Physical therapist researchers who are accepted into the program will receive the training and skills necessary to examine the most effective ways to deliver, organize, and finance health care delivery, which will ultimately help all of us in the profession dramatically improve patient outcomes. The training will allow them to:
- Answer key questions related to best physical therapy practice principles and models
- Review information from electronic health records and other large scale databases and registries
- Build capacity for creation, dissemination, and application of health policy knowledge among practitioners, policymakers, payors, and other stakeholders
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PODCAST: Health Services Research Funding and the Foundation for Physical Therapy Participants: William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, and Rebecca L. Craik, PT, PhD, FAPTA. Moderator: Daniel L. Riddle, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Deputy Editor in Chief, PTJ [Podcast] [About the Podcast]