CSM 2014

Health Services Research in the Physical Therapy Industry: Paving the Way Forward
Section: Orthopaedics
Co-Section: Federal PT,Health Policy and Administration
Session Code: OR-1C-2802
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Venetian
Room: Bellini-2105

Speaker(s):   John Childs, PT, PhD, MBA, OCS
  Julie Fritz, PT, PhD, ATC
  Jean Mitchell, PhD

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Clinical research within the physical therapy profession has flourished over the last 10-15 years, with the emergence of many quality studies that support the effectiveness of physical therapy decision making. However, clinical research cannot stand alone because it does not account for the overall impact of physical therapy on the process of care and associated costs when delivered under routine clinical circumstances. Health services research (HSR) complements traditional clinical research by examining how people get access to health care practitioners and health care services, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care under real-world circumstances. HSR has become especially relevant over the last 5-10 years in light of our health care crisis and need for serious process of care and payment reform. The Foundation for Physical Therapy's establishment of a 'Center of Excellence' (COE) in health services/health policy research and training is but one example of the profession's having embraced HSR as an important research priority that complements its ongoing commitments to fund high-quality clinical studies and studies that are a combination of both. This session will discuss the potential to use health care claims and other data sources in HSR, review current innovations in care delivery attributable to HSR, and future research directions relevant to HSR.

Objectives: Describe HSR and its implications for the physical therapy profession. Discuss how HSR is complementary to clinical research and its potential implications on policy making. Describe the Foundation for Physical Therapy's 'Center of Excellence' in HSR and understand its role within the physical therapy profession. Identify innovations in care delivery attributable to HSR and describe optimal practice and business strategies that can be informed by HSR.

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