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  • CSM Delivers: Moving Evidence Into Practice

    The evidence base for physical therapy is growing stronger by the day, and patients, payers, and other stakeholders are taking notice. The next step: making the all-important connection between research evidence and real-world practice.

    The 2019 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, set for January 23-26 in downtown Washington, DC, has no shortage of sessions focused on how physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can bring that evidence into practice. Here are a few suggestions (and you can always find more by searching the CSM programming page).

    The Ten Commandments for Fear of Falling: Evidence-Based Management Strategies
    This session provides evidence-based guidance for managing fear of falling in older adults in a variety of practice settings. Hear about the evidence for comprehensive interventions such as exercise, floor recovery, hip protection, cognitive-behavioral approaches, and functional mobility training as well as recent developments in emergency alert systems for older adults. The presenters will highlight community-based programs that target fear of falling reduction and fall prevention in older adults. Thursday, January 24, 8:00 am–10:00 am.

    Spotlight on Research: Translating Rotator Cuff-Related Research Into Practice
    Time to get interactive in a session that will present a series of rotator cuff-related abstracts accompanied by a 20-minute discussion focused on translating the evidence into practice, with plenty of opportunities for audience debate. The topics of this session can cover the spectrum of examination, rehabilitation, and treatment outcomes of subacromial pain pathologies, which may include areas such as rotator cuff tendinopathy, subacromial pain or impingement, tears, surgery, and postoperative management, depending on the research submitted to the section. Friday, January 25, 11:00 am–1:00 pm.

    Aquatic Therapy for the Lower Extremity: Applying CPG Recommendations to Practice
    In this session, a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist, aquatic therapy specialist, and clinician will review the importance of incorporating recommendations and findings of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) into practice. The focus will be on linking recommendations from 3 lower-extremity CPGs to aquatic therapy interventions, with plenty of discussion of aquatic therapy research as it relates to the clinical decision-making process. Saturday, January 29, 8:00 am–10:00 am.

    Register for CSM by midnight ET on Wednesday, December 5 to grab advanced discounts and your chance to win 1 of 2 $500 in VISA gift cards.

    CSM Delivers: Technology and Physical Therapy

    Technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, but what does that mean for the profession? More important, what does it mean for patients in the here-and-now?

    The 2019 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, set for January 23-26 in downtown Washington, DC, includes multiple sessions that go beyond the wow factor of technology and gets to practical applications in the clinic. Check out these suggestions, and find other relevant programming by searching the CSM programming page.

    Why We Love AND Hate Our Robots: Implications for Everyday Clinical Practice
    When it comes to the utilization and efficacy of robotic technology in rehabilitation of individuals with neurological diagnoses such as stroke and spinal cord injury, the research can be both encouraging and discouraging. What's behind the discrepancy in outcomes? Learn about the good and the not-so-good in robotic technology, implications for clinical practice, and when other evidence-based therapies are worth considering. Friday, January 25, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm.

    Virtual Reality to Improve Mobility: Not Just Pretty Pictures
    While the availability, fidelity, and cost of virtual reality (VR) and gaming systems have improved dramatically, scientific evidence supporting their use has lagged. Here's your opportunity to glean information from several decades of combined speaker experience using VR and gaming technologies to scientifically study deficits associated with neurologic injury and disease. The session will include an overview of the range of currently available technologies, from complex and costly virtual reality systems to low-cost, easy-to-use clinic-friendly systems, as well as ideas from basic science and clinical experience that can be used to guide scientific study and clinical care. You'll also get tips on identifying the most appropriate VR or gaming technologies for your clinical applications. Thursday, January 24, 11:00 am–1:00 pm.

    Moving Technology to Clinical Practice: Sensors and Real-World Activity Assessment
    The growth of sensor technology provides an opportunity for the physical therapist to capture patient functions over longer periods of time in their unstructured, natural environments. Find out why measuring activity outside the clinic is important, and how these remote measures reflect (or don't reflect) clinical measures. You'll also get updates on current research and examples of sensors clinicians can use now, accompanied by examples from pediatric and adult patient populations. Friday, January 25, 11:00 am–1:00 pm.

    Register for CSM by midnight ET on Wednesday, December 5 to grab advanced discounts and your chance to win 1 of 2 $500 in VISA gift cards.

    USBJI Young Investigators Program Accepting Applications for 2019 Program

    Physical therapist investigators have an opportunity to receive guidance in getting their research funded and "other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career" through a program that connects them with experienced researcher-mentors.

    The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) and Bone and Joint Canada are now accepting applications for the Young Investigator Initiative, a career development and grant mentoring program. Investigators chosen for the program will attend 2 workshops 12 to 18 months apart and work with faculty between workshops to develop grant applications.

    This grant mentoring workshop series is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows, or postdoctoral researchers nominated by their department or division chairs. It also is open to senior fellows or residents who are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed and have a commitment to protected time for research. Basic and clinical investigators, with or without training awards, are invited to apply.

    Application requirements and more details can be found at the USBJI website. Deadline is January 15, 2019, to participate in the next workshop, April 26-28, 2019, in Rosemont, Illinois.

    APTA is a founding member of USBJI.