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  • NIH Launches Resources to Promote Clinical Research

    Only through clinical research can the health care profession gain insights and answers about advancing prevention, treatments, and cures for disease and disability. To that end, the National Institutes of Health has compiled resources to raise awareness of the importance of clinical research and get the public to think about participating in clinical trials, including those involving physical therapy. Information for physical therapists and other health care providers includes opportunities for education and awareness; promotional posters, flyers, and slides; and guidance for talking with patients about, and referring them to, clinical trials.

    USBJI Defines Value in Musculoskeletal Care, Proposes Road Map for Future Actions

    A new report summarizes key issues and recommendations discussed at the Summit on The Value in Musculoskeletal Care, sponsored by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI). The summit, held in Washington, DC, October 12-13, 2011, was attended by 127 invited representatives of the musculoskeletal community, including APTA staff and members, patients, health care professionals, payers, industry, and government. 

    Specifically, the report provides a definition of the value in musculoskeletal care, addresses the need for accurate and reliable measurements to assess quality and value of musculoskeletal care, outlines advocacy strategies, and makes recommendations on health organizations' roles in efforts to increase the value of musculoskeletal care. 

    According to USBJI, the report's proposals should meet several important goals to:

    • Redirect resources to control costs in the short and long term;
    • Fund innovative clinical, basic science, and translational research to an extent commensurate with the health care burden of musculoskeletal disease;
    • Develop and implement more effective multidisciplinary programs for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation to decrease current and future costs;
    • Improve outcomes and reduce costs through integrated systems of care; and
    • Improve quality of life by enhancing the general health of all people.

    APTA is a founding member of USBJI. Member organizations are encouraged to consider strategic plans for collaborative implementation of the recommendations, in concert with USBJI and other groups.

    CSM Daily News Recaps Lectures and Sessions

    Read summaries of the Pauline Cerasoli and Linda Crane lectures and learn about the implications of cardiac comorbidities in outpatient settings, use of red flags when assessing low back pain, benefits of aquatic physical therapy as a complement to land-based therapy, and more in the February 11 issue of CSM 2012 Daily News. The February 9 and February 10 issues also are available on the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) Web page , and a final, digital "wrap-up" issue will be e-mailed to all members in the next 2 weeks.