Health Services Research on the Rise
— Today more than ever, physical therapist researchers are focusing on health services research to validate the value and cost effectiveness of physical therapy services. One such researcher is two-time Foundation scholarship recipient Adam P. Goode, PT, DPT, PhD. Goode joined the Foundation-funded Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR) initiative in 2015 as the program’s first faculty fellow. Under the mentorship of Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Kelley Fitzgerald, PT, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, Goode worked on the development of integrated and collaborative care models between physical therapists and primary care physicians, and worked with CoHSTAR collaborators in the developing patient-reported outcome measures to be included in electronic health records for patients with knee osteoarthritis. As one of many Foundation-funded researchers who go on to secure add-on funding, Goode recently was awarded a $2.4 million R01 grant from NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to study biomarkers to advance clinical phenotypes of low back pain. From this longitudinal study, Goode hopes to use biochemical biomarkers related to mechanical cartilage degradation, inflammation, and pain to better understand individuals who may develop low back pain from intervertebral disc degeneration or facet joint osteoarthritis.