The Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) held the fourth Implementation Science Institute on May 1 – 2 in Providence, Rhode Island. Supported by a Foundation for Physical Therapy Research grant and cosponsored by Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, the event provided opportunities for over 100+ researchers and clinical leaders to develop strategies to improve the quality and effectiveness of rehabilitative care.
CoHSTAR was originally established with a 5-year Foundation grant of $2.5 million in 2015. Funding for this initiative was made possible with a $1 million gift from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), gifts from APTA components, and donations from physical therapists, foundations, and corporations with a shared passion for the field of physical therapy.
Speakers and Panels
The two-day Implementation Science Institute kicked off with the keynote address by Amy Kilbourne, PhD, MPH on Driving Innovation, Implementation, and Sustainability, and continued its course with leaders in the field, including:
Speakers presented implementation science topics and panels discussed different perspectives on the implementation agenda. The institute also included platform presentations and a poster session where the participants presented their research abstracts to fellow researchers.
In continuation of previous institutes, CoHSTAR sponsored its 4th Health Service Research Intensive Workshop on the second day of the event. Accepted workshop applicants discussed draft research projects. Through a one-on-one consultation with CoHSTAR faculty, the workshop participants discussed different strategies to improve their research agenda.
CoHSTAR held its first 2016 Summer Institute at Boston University, and has been hosting the event each year since through the support of the Foundation grant. The summer institutes have been a valuable opportunity for many researchers and clinical leaders, providing the opportunities to discuss the latest groundbreaking research among their peers and the transformation of health services research in physical therapy.