APTA has pledged $1 million to the
Foundation for Physical Therapy to help create the Center of Excellence (COE)
for Health Services/Health Policy Research.
The COE will provide training for
physical therapy researchers to conduct health services/health policy (HS/HP)
research. HS/HP research will examine physical therapy resource utilization,
costs, and quality, and will identify the most effective ways to deliver,
organize, finance, and assess outcomes of health care services.
Academic institutions will compete
for funds to start the nation's first training program to develop physical
therapy investigators in HS/HP research. The selected institution must promote
an intellectual environment that attracts members of the physical therapy
profession to HS/HP research, provide research experience, mentorships, and
opportunities for collaboration with scientists from other disciplines, and
conduct pilot projects leading to future high-impact health services research
more about the COE at www.apta.org/.