The newly established Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) completed its first year, but has already made significant contributions toward advancing health services research (HSR) in the physical therapy profession. Our accomplishments include the appointment of two Visiting Scientists and the first Faculty Fellow, the funding of four Pilot Studies, and our first ever Summer Institute on Health Services Research which will be held at Boston University, with a live webcast of the proceedings.
Why is CoHSTAR important and necessary?
CoHSTAR was established by the Foundation for Physical Therapy to promote HSR to ensure that we will be better prepared to address critical issues facing our profession and the health care system. Government agencies, lawmakers, payers, providers, and consumers rely on HSR to make important decisions. HSR impacts the healthcare landscape by enabling providers and patients to make better decisions about health care, leading to improvements in the health of our society. HSR informs decisions regarding payment policy and health care coverage, aiding in the improvement of health care delivery. Ultimately, HSR can be used to demonstrate the value of physical therapy and identify optimal strategies for the delivery of care.
As a physical therapist, how can you get involved?
To start, register to attend Summer Institute on HSR webcast and join our virtual community. The Summer Institute agenda features leading physical therapy health services researchers. Presentations will emphasize effective models and strategies for health services research. The live webcast provides an opportunity for physical therapists around the country to be part of this groundbreaking event.
Click here to learn more about the Summer Institute and register for the live webcast on June 29th! (note: webcast registration closes June 24, 2016)
– Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, CoHSTAR’s Principal Investigator and Director