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  • NIH Seeking Input From PTs on Activity and Disease Prevention

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund wants to identify potential research on the molecular-level connection between physical activity and disease prevention, and is looking to the physical therapy community for input.

    According to an alert from NIH, the intent behind this effort is no less than to "identify potential next steps for moving the entire biomedical research enterprise forward in this area." The work is being overseen by leaders from the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, with broad support throughout NIH.

    Physical therapists interested in providing input on this project can submit information at the project's Request for Information webpage. Deadline for submission is December 31.


    • I would be pleased to sincerely contribute and fully participate with NIH, but only if NIH would change its policies and practice so that it's published documents include language that: 1) correctly describes to the public 21st century physical therapist education, practice settings, and board-certified specialities; 2) fully acknowledges that many States now legally permit patient direct access to physical therapists thereby eliminating the step of patients needing to first seek advice from "their doctor"; 3) accurately provides a link for the public to determine if in they are in a direct access State; and 4) sincerely embraces physical therapists with the designation of DPT as members of a doctoring profession.

      Posted by Dr. Lise McCarthy, PT, DPT, GCS on 12/21/2013 8:42 AM

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