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  • Foundation Researcher Receives Major Grant Award

    A former Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) grant recipient has been awarded a $1.7 million grant to continue work she began with Foundation funding.

    Kristin Archer, PT, DPT, PhD, assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was awarded $1.7 million Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant on December 17 for her project "Comparative Effectiveness of Postoperative Management for Degenerative Spinal Conditions." Pilot information for this project was funded in part by the Foundation's 2011 Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant.

    Archer's research is focused on patients recovering from lumbar spine surgery and will compare 2 approaches delivered over the phone: cognitive-behavioral-physical therapy (CBPT) emphasizing self-management and an education program about postoperative recovery. The study will identify important patient outcomes, the impact of CBPT on these patient-centered outcomes, and the ways in which CBPT can improve outcomes in various patient subgroups. A project summary is available at the PCORI website.

    The project is one of 82 grants recently announced by PCORI, which is providing $191 million in funding for a range of work focused on patient outcome research.

    PCORI is a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The organization's research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment, and care options available, and the science that supports those options.

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