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  • PCORI Hopes Patient-Proposed Research Leads to Patient-Centered Care

    A web-based prototype crowdsourcing platform that lets users propose and support health-related research topics got a boost from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) last week with a $40,000 top prize in the PCORI Challenge.

    WellSpringboard, being developed by researchers from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, is designed to enable patients to propose, endorse, and pledge funds for research topics. Researchers then would apply for the funding to conduct studies on those topics.

    Other prize winners in the PCORI Challenge included these:

    • ACTONNECT allows users to search patient forums and other sites for health information and share the results graphically.
    • ResearchMatch is a national registry of potential study volunteers and researchers.
    • Estenda's Community-Driven Research lets patients, caregivers, and researchers share and rank ideas and establish collaborations.
    • S.T.A.R. Initiative is a mobile app that connects African-American women with researchers and educational curricula.

    APTA's PT in Motion explored crowdsourcing for health care research in its February 2013 issue.

    Move Forward Radio Presents Series on Boston Marathon Bombings

    Today MoveForwardPT.com kicked off a 3-part Move Forward Radio series examining the role of physical therapy for the victims of 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

    Beyond Boston: The Road to Recovery starts with a firsthand account by Dave Nolan, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CSCS, of the collaborative emergency care provided onsite at the finish line's medical tent. The series continues with interviews with Bill Waddell, PT, MS, and Bob Dorman, PT, DPT, GCS, of Massachusetts General Hospital, who provide insight about the treatment of burns. The series concludes with Ignacio Gaunaurd, PT, PhD, MSPT, of the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, who has worked extensively with the military's wounded warriors and discusses what is ahead for the victims with amputations.

    Links to all 3 episodes, debuting today through Saturday, can be found on MoveForwardPT.com and downloaded via iTunes.

    Move Forward Radio airs approximately twice a month. Episodes are featured and archived at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA's official consumer information website, and can be streamed online via Blog Talk Radio or downloaded as a podcast via iTunes.

    APTA members are encouraged to alert their patients to the radio series and other MoveForwardPT.com resources to help educate the public about the benefits of treatment by a physical therapist. Ideas for future episodes and other feedback can be e-mailed to consumer@apta.org.