Physical therapist studies will answer critical clinical questions about back pain and stroke
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ALEXANDRIA, VA, February 25, 2015 — APTA members Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD, FAPTA, are among 5 researchers to receive a total of $64.1 million in funding in the first-ever Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pragmatic Clinical Funding Initiative.
"We are extremely pleased that APTA member physical therapist researchers are among those selected," said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS. "Physical therapist researchers are on the forefront of developing an essential body of knowledge, demonstrating the efficacy of physical therapist treatment. With improved patient outcomes based on evidence, we will be closer to achieving APTA's vision of transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."
Delitto, professor and associate dean of research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, was selected for "Targeted Interventions to Prevent Chronic Low Back Pain in High Risk Patients: A Multi-Site Pragmatic RCT." The study will assess the transition from acute low back pain (LBP) to chronic LBP in an outpatient primary care physician (PCP) setting by comparing usual care with a team approach of PCPs, and physical therapists who will deliver cognitive behavioral therapy.
Duncan, professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was selected for "Early Supported Discharge for Improving Functional Outcomes After Stroke." The study will assess whether or not comprehensive postacute stroke services (COMPASS), which combines transitional care and early supported discharge for stroke patients who go home directly from the hospital, improves patients' daily function, as compared with usual care.
The PCORI initiative funds large patient-centered comparative effectiveness research studies involving thousands to tens of thousands of patients in "real-life," practice situations. The purpose is to fill critical evidence gaps and produce results that are applicable to a greater variety of patients and care situations, and that can be quickly applied to routine clinical practice.
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