FPTR-Funding Recipient Receives CoHSTAR Pilot Study Award

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) continues to prepare physical therapist researchers to pursue external funding and growth. Joshua K. Johnson PT, DPT, PhD, is one of many FPTR-funded researchers receiving training and support in health services research.

When the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) was originally established in 2015, it set out to train rehabilitation professionals in health services research. These researchers would go on to inform rehabilitation practice, care delivery, and policy.

To accomplish this goal, CoHSTAR instituted a Pilot Study Program to provide funding for pilot research in areas related to physical therapy health services research. This funding generally goes to one of three areas: the analysis of large data sets, rehabilitation outcome measurement, and implementation science and quality assurance research.

Recently, Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) funding recipient, Joshua K. Johnson PT, DPT, PhD, joined CoHSTAR’s Pilot Study Program. The title of his study is “Examining the Effectiveness of a ‘SNF at Home’ Program on Patient-Important Outcomes.”

Johnson will evaluate the clinical effectiveness of a high intensity home-based rehabilitation (HIHR) approach for patients discharged from a hospital following total joint arthroplasty. This project will be an important initial step to understanding the implications of HIHR. Knowledge of the effectiveness of the care model for patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty should inform future iterations of the model for this population and for other populations known to benefit from post-acute rehabilitation.

Johnson is one of many FPTR-funded recipients pursuing opportunities with CoHSTAR. Johnson first received a 2015 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarship. He went on to also receive a 2017 Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I Scholarship. A total of 17 CoHSTAR Pilot Study Award and Fellowship recipients have started their careers with FPTR-funding.

FPTR finds the best qualified candidates for scholarships, research grants, and fellowships. Learn more about our funding and review process and how you too can get started.


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