FPTR-Funded Researcher Uses His 2020 Education Research Grant to Advance PT Clinical Education
Douglas Haladay, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS, of the University of South Florida, is using his $40,000 Education Research Grant from the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research to develop a new Evidence-Based Practice specific Entrustable Professional Activity to be used during physical therapy clinical education.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) funds scholarships and research grants to promote education research in physical therapy. The Academy of Physical Therapy Education (APTE) made a generous investment to partner with FPTR to offer research grants in alternating years.
In 2020, Douglas E. Haladay, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS. was awarded the first $40,000 Education Research Grant. Haladay will apply this grant towards his project, “Development of a Novel Evidence Based Practice-specific Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) for Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Clinical Education.” This grant is generously supported by the Academy of Physical Therapy Education.
“As a profession, we have embraced evidence-based practice for patient care,” said Haladay. “It is now time for us to continue to embrace and support evidence through educational research in physical therapy programs. There is such a need and opportunity to challenge our traditions and improve our outcomes through research in physical therapy education.”
“Just like clinical practice, there is a need in education to support what we do with evidence. Educational research can positively impact thousands of future providers who will each impact thousands of patients,” said Haladay.
Haladay is an Associate Professor and Director School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of South Florida. Recently, Haladay participated in FPTR’s live virtual Donor Reception, where he also shared with viewers the importance of this new study.