APTA members were prominent once again at the annual Safe Patient Handling and Movement Conference, held March 18-22, in Orlando, Florida. APTA member Kenneth Harwood, PT, PhD, CIE, welcomed the nearly 700 participants on behalf of APTA. A highlight of the conference was an awards presentation in which association member Marc Campo, PT, PhD, and research partner Amy Darragh, PhD, OTR, received the Bernice Owens Award for Research in Safe Patient Handling. In their presentation, Campo and Darragh reported that "… therapists are getting injured at work … and these injuries affect their productivity and quality of life. In addition, safe patient handling strategies were found to prevent injuries and may actually help patients." In addition to Harwood's presentation, other presentations were provided by APTA members Margaret Arnold, PT, CEES, Drew Bossen, PT, MBA, Judith Burnfield, PT, PhD, Patti Mechan, PT, MPH, CCS, Stephanie Radawiec, PT, DPT, MHS, Alexandra Rella, PT, DPT, and Kathleen Rockefeller, PT, ScD, MPH, MS.
APTA cosponsored the conference, which has been held for 12 years, with the American Nurses Association, the Veterans Health Administration, and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.