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CSM 2017 Section on Research Events
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Section Meetings and Events
WEDNESDAY 2/15/2017
  • Section on Research Executive Committee Meeting
          1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
THURSDAY 2/16/2017
  • Edge Taskforce (by invitation only)
8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Section on Research - Evidence Based Practice SIG
          6:30-8:00 PM
  • Section on Research - Biomechanics SIG
          6:30-8:00 PM
  • Section on Research - Qualitative Research SIG
          6:30-7:30 PM
  • Section on Research - Early Career Researcher SIG
          7:30-9:00 PM
FRIDAY 2/17/2017
  • Section on Research Business Meeting
          7:00 am – 8:30 am
  • Student/Researcher Roundtable
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
  • SOR/RIPPT/ACAPT PhD & Post-doc Mixer
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday 2/18/2017
  • Section on Research: Cocktails & Cogitation
          5:00-8:00 pm
Platforms Sessions
This year, we are hosting 2 moderated sessions during which your colleagues in science present their latest research findings:
15th Annual Gossman Graduate Student Platforms
Friday, 2/17, 8:30 AM – 10:00 am
The Marilyn Gossman Graduate Student Research Seminar works to showcase the profession's developing researchers. Given Marilyn Gossman's commitment to developing the physical therapist researcher, this session is dedicated to serve as a unique forum for presentation and discussion of post professional research and interaction among graduate students, physical therapy researchers, and clinicians.

Start Time End Time Title Speaker
8:30 8:32 Marilyn Gossman Graduate Student Research Seminar  
8:32 8:46    
8:46 9:01    
9:01 9:16    
9:16 9:31    
9:31 9:46    
9:46 10:00    
Section on Research Platform Session
Saturday, 2/18, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
This session will present current research and perspectives of physical therapy practice, research and education with a particular focus applicable to Section on Research. This session may present both scientific and/ or clinically oriented topics to promote physical therapy practice and ongoing research initiatives in the format of short research reports, case studies, and/ or description of current practice or programs.
Start Time End Time Title Speaker
8:00 8:08    
8:08 8:21    
8: 21 8:34    
8:34 8:47    
8:47 9:00    
9:00 9:13    
9:13 9:26    
9:26 9:39    
9:39 9:52    
Education Sessions
Thursday, February 16, 2017
8:00 am–10:00 am
Research Funding Symposium
Speakers:  Theresa Cruz, PhD; Dario Dieguez, PhD; Karen Lohman Siegel, PT, PhD;  Ralph Nitkin; Mary Rodgers, PT, PhD,FAPTA, FASB; David Scalzitti, PT, PhD, OCS; Harvey Schwartz

This session is for novice and experienced researchers who are interested in the latest information from foundations, federal agencies, institutes, and centers that support funding for rehabilitation research. The speakers will present information on extramural research programs, current research interests and initiatives, and opportunities for training and career development. A panel discussion will include representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. There will be opportunities for one-on-one discussions.
Knowledge Brokering: Be the Change Agent
Speakers:  Judith Deutsch, PT, PhD ; Victoria Hornyak, PT, DPT, GCS; Jennifer Moore, PT, DHS, NCS ; Wendy Romney, PT, DPT, NCS
Co-Sponsor: Academy of Neurologic PT
Have you tried to implement new practices at your clinic? Are you struggling with getting buy-in from your colleagues or managers? Knowledge brokers are individuals who bridge the gap between research and practice. They understand the barriers faced by clinicians, create solutions to overcome these barriers, and implement change. During this session, the presenters will discuss the role of knowledge brokers in knowledge translation, define internal and external knowledge brokering and required skills, describe strategies to develop a knowledge broker role, and provide methods to assess the effectiveness of knowledge brokering. Attendees will be asked to complete a self-assessment to determine readiness to become a knowledge broker.
11:00 am -1:00 pm
Pragmatic Trial of COMprehensive Postacute Stroke Services
Speakers: Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD; Janice Eng, BSR (PT/OT), MSc, PhD; Janet Freburger, PT, PhD; Amy Pastva, PT PhD
Co-Sponsor: Academy of Neurologic PT
Stroke survivors are vulnerable to inactivity, falls, and hospital readmission, particularly early after discharge. The COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) trial is a large, pragmatic trial assessing the effectiveness of a postacute care model for patients discharged home following hospitalization for stroke. COMPASS will assess the effectiveness of early supported discharge and multidimensional transitional care (including physical therapist care) compared to usual care on survivor functional abilities and caregiver burden. The Movement Matters Activity Program (MMAP), a signature component of COMPASS, was developed to maximize physical function and independence in the home and community. It prescribes structured physical activities and exercises that are progressed according to evidence-based parameters required for fitness and health, tailored to the survivor’s stroke-specific deficits and functional level, and prescribed across the continuum of recovery. The MMAP is designed to be delivered within the context of the patient’s resources, environment, and wishes, and aligns with Medicare's quality reporting initiatives. COMPASS incorporates physical activity and exercise as key aspects of successful transitional care and may serve as a care transitions model for other complex patient populations.
Bringing Pain and Psychosocial Factors to the Forefront of Sports Rehabilitation
Speakers: Kristin Archer, PhD, DPT; Brian Noehren, PT, PhD; Scott Stackhouse, PT, PhD
Co-Sponsor: Sports PT Section
Greater pain sensitivity (hyperalgesia) and psychosocial risk factors, such as fear of movement, have a negative influence on rehabilitation outcomes and often result in higher levels of pain and disability. Despite widespread use in other disciplines, assessments of these factors in patients with sports-related injuries are still not common in physical therapist practice. This session will provide an overview of pain science directed towards sports injuries. Both clinicians and scientists will learn assessments of pain sensitivity and psychosocial factors, how this impacts movement mechanics, return to sport/activity readiness, and the use of novel cognitive and behavioral strategies to address these factors. Participants in this session will come away with the framework for addressing these important and often underappreciated risk factors to improve clinical practice.
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
PTJ Symposium: Rehab for Women, Men, and Children With Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Speakers: Diane Borello-France, PT, PhD; Patricia Ohtake, PT, PhD
Co-Sponsor:  Section on Women’s Health
Pelvic floor dysfunction affects women, men, and children of all ages. Individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction may have urinary symptoms, bowel symptoms, pelvic organ prolapse, lower urinary tract pain and/or other pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction. Although rehabilitation interventions are known to be beneficial in the management of many of these conditions, new strategies are emerging to address pelvic floor dysfunction and improve patient well-being. During this session, authors contributing to PTJ's Special Series on the Rehabilitation for Women, Men, and Children With Pelvic Floor Dysfunction will share their insights on the role of rehabilitation in the management of people with constipation; the prevalence of urinary incontinence in people with low back pain; management of pelvic organ prolapse using a movement system impairment guided approach; and the role of primary care pelvic floor muscle programs in the management of urinary incontinence.
Navigating the Connections Between Research and Clinical Practice
Speakers:  Stephanie Di Stasi, PT, PhD, OCS; Audrey Elias, DPT; Airelle Giordano, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS; Ann Harrington, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS; Leann Kerr, PT, DHS, CBIS; Kellie Stickler, SPT; Sara Voorhees, PT, PhD
Clinical research is the cornerstone of generating high-level evidence for physical therapist practice, but there are significant barriers to successful implementation. These barriers include, but are not limited to, time constraints, lack of funding, insufficient research infrastructure, and poorly developed mentor/mentee relationships. This session, sponsored by the Early Career Researcher Special Interest Group of the Section on Research, will provide real-world perspectives on the challenges that underlie applying research to practice and engaging clinicians in active research projects. This session will be led by experienced stakeholders in this process, including researchers, full-time clinicians, educators, and clinician-scientists who represent both large and small academic and clinical environments. The panel will discuss common barriers and related strategies for improving the collaboration between lab and clinic.
To Postdoc or Not to Postdoc: Deciding, Finding, and Funding a Postdoc (RE-1C-8725)
Speakers: Dario Dieguez, PhD; Michael Lewek, PT, PhD; Federico Pozzi, PT, MA, PhD; Miriam Rafferty, PT, DPT, NCS; Michael Tevald, MPT, PhD; Richard Willy, PT, PhD, OCS
Co-Sponsor: Education Section

When nearing completion of their degree, PhD students with clinical backgrounds must decide whether to complete a postdoctoral fellowship. Some of the benefits of a postdoctoral fellowship include the opportunity for additional training, protected time to complete research and publications, and experience in grantsmanship. In most academic fields, a postdoctoral fellowship is necessary to be competitive for a faculty position. However, there is high demand for PT faculty with doctoral training, meaning that people with the 'PT-PhD' combination are eligible for full-time faculty positions without a postdoctoral fellowship. These job opportunities can make the drawbacks of a postdoctoral fellowship, including low salary relative to peers and lack of settled life, seem insurmountable. This session present the benefits and drawbacks of completing a postdoctoral fellowship and provide information on opportunities for finding and financing a postdoctoral fellowship. A panel of current and past postdoctoral trainees, as well as faculty who have not completed postdoctoral training, will share their experiences.
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:00 am–10:00 am
Marilyn Gossman Graduate Student Research Seminar (See above for additional details)
11:00 am -1:00 pm
The First Annual Kay Shepard Qualitative Research Symposium
Evidence-Based Practice for Running Injuries: Are We on the Right Path?
Speakers: Cristine Agresta, MPT, PhD; Allison Brown, PT, PhD; Robert Maschi, PT, DPT, OCS
Co-Sponsor: Sports PT Section
Over the last 40 years, both our understanding of running injury etiology and evidence-based approaches to treatment have evolved, while, accessibility to technology in the clinic has led to new methods of patient evaluation and treatment. But have these breakthroughs reduced the likelihood of injury in runners? This session will review the spectrum of interventions and shifting trends in clinical practice models, including hypotheses and research studies that have driven paradigm shifts and their influence on running-related injury rates. Attendees will learn about outcome measures used to assess injury severity and recovery and explore how accurately these tools capture 'successful' treatment and patient-reported expectations. The speakers will discuss the current literature regarding long-term efficacy of clinical interventions and the extent and success of translating research into clinical practice. Emphasizing clinical reasoning, they will provide suggestions for integrating the 3 pillars of evidence-based practice - individual clinical expertise, best external evidence, and patient values - when providing care to runners.  

Ask a Librarian: Smarter Searching in 2 Hours or Less
Speaker: Gini Blodgett Birchett, MSLS
Co-Sponsor: Education Section
Finding the research you need for the clinical services you provide can be frustrating and time consuming. In 2 hours, APTA's information specialist will walk you through a variety of resources and searching techniques to help you find the literature you need more efficiently. The session will cover selecting the best database for your needs, crafting a research question into a search query using the P-I-C-O framework, incorporating Boolean connectors in your search, selecting between keyword or subject searching, refining search results, and saving results for future use. Before wrapping up, the speaker will explore synthesized research sources and time-saving tools common to many databases: personal research accounts, alerts, evidence search engines, and more. Participants should have basic experience with database searching.
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ask a Librarian: Searching PTNow
Speaker: Gini Blodgett Birchett, MSLS
Co-Sponsor: Education Section
Search across PTNow, APTA's multifaceted collection of evidence-based resources and custom content designed for physical therapist practitioners. APTA's PTNow librarian will walk you through searching across and inside the collections of clinical summaries, systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines, functional outcome measures, evidence-based websites, literature databases, Rehabilitation Reference Center, and more. After 2 hours you will walk away with knowledge guaranteed to help you find the research you need for your clinical practice.
Using Data to Inform Health Policy and Reimbursement
Speakers: Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, GCS ; Andrew Kittelson, DPT, PhD; Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD; Beth McManus, PT, PhD
Co-Sponsor: Section on Health Policy and Administration
As the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, healthcare providers will be increasingly pressed to ensure high value care to improve population health despite fewer resources. Indeed, post-ACA fiscal constraints will disproportionately adversely affect certain populations (e.g., Medicare beneficiaries, children with special healthcare needs) leading to limitations in reimbursement and coverage for physical therapy (PT) services. This session will address the strengths and challenges of using 'big data' to demonstrate high-value PT and inform health policy that promotes PT access, service use, and equitable reimbursement rates. To address this goal, the session will provide an overview of big data. Then, we'll discuss examples of existing big data sources that are relevant to PT practice and research. Specifically, speakers will draw from their clinical and research experience to present case studies, ranging from pediatrics to older adults, where big data can address questions related to PT unmet need, service use, cost-effectiveness, and care quality. We will then address the challenges of using big data with regard to information technology, analytics, and data quality. To address these challenges, we'll present a case example of building a clinical database to inform individual patient decision-making while simultaneously improving population health. Finally, we'll discuss the training and resources required to conduct rigorous health services and policy research.
Triggering Plasticity to Improve Rehabilitation Outcomes After Neurologic Injury
Speakers: Catherine Lang, PT, PhD; Gordon Mitchell, PhD; Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD
Central nervous system injuries, such as spinal cord injury and stroke, destroy neural connections, causing devastating loss of movement and independence. Spontaneous plasticity in spared neural pathways underlies some degree of functional recovery, although the extent of this recovery is often slow and frustratingly limited. New therapies to enhance functional gains are essential. In recent years, scientific advances in understanding endogenous mechanisms of neuroplasticity are inspiring novel therapies to treat central nervous system injury. In this session, the speakers will explore some of these innovations, which challenge traditional concepts of rehabilitation. In particular, they will describe new insights concerning cellular mechanisms of induced plasticity, and studies demonstrating their potential to restore mobility in persons with catastrophic injuries affecting the brain and spinal cord.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
8:00 am–10:00 am
Section on Research Platform Presentations – see above for details
Writing With the Editors
Speakers: Various Editorial Board Members, PhD; Alan Jette, PhD, PT; Diane Jette, PT, DPT, DSc, FAPTA; Jan Reynolds, MA; Samuel Ward, PT, PhD
Co-Sponsor: Education Section
Get guidance directly from the editors and give them feedback as well! PTJ's editorial board members know the scholarly publication process inside and out, not just as editors, but as authors who have had their own share of rejected manuscripts. In this session, they will share their insights and experience with study design, writing for publication, and peer review. Participants will have the opportunity to break into small groups, each including an editor, with interactions geared for authors who plan to submit a paper to a journal or who have specific questions about writing and revising. The session will be informative for reviewers as well.
11:00 am–1:00 pm
Research Evidence and Clinician Expertise: How to Have a Happy Marriage
Speakers: Hilary Greenberger, PT, PhD; Traci Norris, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA; Randy Richter, PT, PhD; Julie Tilson, DPT
Over the past 2 decades, evidence-based physical therapist practice has focused on searching for and appraising scientific research. Little attention has been given to the role of clinical expertise and clinical decision making within the evidence-based practice model. This session will focus on clinical expertise and clinical decision making within the framework of evidence-based physical therapy. Clinical examples will be used to illustrate the importance of clinician expertise in the delivery of evidence-based practice. Models of learning will be used to illustrate how clinicians can purposefully enhance clinical decision making through conscious awareness of the processes by which we make decisions. Common cognitive biases will be discussed and attendees will learn strategies to recognize and avoid them. The speakers will provide a checklist that attendees can use to judge the soundness of their own and others clinical expertise. Case studies will illustrate effective strategies for integrating clinical expertise and clinical decision making within an evidence-based practice framework.
Use of EHR and Clinical Outcome Data to Assess Patient Care
Speakers: Robyn Watson Ellerbe, PhD; James Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC, FAPTA; Meghan Warren, PT, MPH, PhD
The use of electronic health records (EHR) in outpatient settings is rapidly expanding for patient documentation, as well as providing new opportunities for researchers as well as clinicians to track patient progress and outcomes. With EHR use, data on demographics can be linked with data on clinical characteristics collected at the point of care to generate quality reports. APTA, in partnership with Cedaron Medical Inc, has developed an EHR (APTA CONNECT), as a point-of-care, computerized patient record system designed specifically for physical therapists. In addition to EHR, registries of patient-generated information are becoming efficient tools for quality reporting. The APTA Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry is an organized system for collecting data to evaluate patient function and other clinically relevant measures. This session will allow clinicians the opportunity to develop questions that can be answered using their EHR data. The speakers also will discuss strategies for collecting and analyzing patient-reported outcome measures.  
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Eugene Michels Research Forum (EMRF): What Not to Do and Why
Speakers: Thubi Kolobe; Catherine Lang, PT, PhD; Tara Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS; Iona Novak, OT, PhD
From valid yet infrequently used tools for early diagnosis of cerebral palsy, to high-dose strength training in elderly patients, the Eugene Michels Research Forum tackles the state of the science in rehabilitation across the lifespan. Controversial topics including what not to do are explored in the context of a challenging research environment that has quickly adopted clinical networks, patient registries, and large databases. Strengths and limitations of all of these research opportunities will be discussed with an eye toward translational research and patient-centered outcomes. A highlight of the Eugene Michels Forum is audience participation, so bring your questions, and prepare to participate in the dialogue.
5:00-8:00 pm
Section on Research: Cocktails & Cogitation
Come celebrate the 31st Eugene Michels Research Forum and catch up with your colleagues one last time before the meeting ends.
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