CURRENT RESEARCH

DISORDERED BREATHING IN INDIVIDUALS WITH PERSISTENT PAIN

We are seeking individuals with chronic (>3 months) neck pain and/or face pain due to temporomandibular disorder to participate in a study assessing breathing. Participation includes a single 70-minute visit to the Physical Therapy Institute at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic (Downers Grove, IL) based on your availability. Participants will be screened by telephone prior to participation. During the study visit participants will complete questionnaires, undergo direct measurement & observation of different breathing components. This study will provide information to inform future studies investigating interventions for disordered breathing. At end of participation, you will receive a $20 Target gift card.

Please contact Janey Prodoehl ([email protected] or 630-515-6451) if you are interested in participating

CONTACT INFORMATION

Janey Prodoehl ([email protected]
or 630-515-6451)
IRB Approval #: IRB-IL-22008
Midwestern University
Study Dates: November 1, 2022 - May 1, 2024

Email Dr. Prodoehl: [email protected]

DPT and PTA Student Perspectives on Professional Preparedness to Manage the Clinical Needs of Older Adults

This study is a survey designed to assess the self-perceived readiness of DPT and PTA students in their final year of school and up to 12 months out of graduation to work with older adults in the physical therapy field. The survey is 34 questions and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Heidi Moyer ([email protected])
IRB Approval #: MOY-063023
Institution: Angelo State University (San Angelo, Texas)
Dates: Start: August 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024

Survey Link

Use and perceptions of the core set of outcome measures in neurologic physical therapy.

Outcome measures (OMs) are standardized tests used in physical therapy practice to assess an individual’s performance or change in function over time. A clinical practice guideline (CPG) on a core set of outcome measures for adults undergoing neurologic physical therapy was published in 2018 (Moore et al, 2018). The CPG recommended specific OMs to assess balance, gait, and transfers. In addition, the CPG recommended that clinicians use an OM to assess patient-stated goals and share decisions with their patients about how the measurement results should guide care. The objective of this study is to solicit feedback and perspectives from the physical therapy community (clinicians, academicians/researchers, and supervisors) about the utility of and potential gaps in this CPG. The data gathered in this survey will inform the revision of this guideline expected to begin in fall 2024.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Primary Contacts:
Jane E. Sullivan
[email protected]
IRB Approval #: STUDY00004522
Tufts University, Northwestern University
Study Dates: 2/15/2024 - 4/14/2024

Survey Link

Survey of Physical Therapists' Views and Referral Processes on Objective Vestibular Testing

Research survey study with Physical Therapists to better understand the referral process between physical therapists specializing in vestibular and balance therapy and vestibular audiologists.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Primary Contacts: Julie Honaker, PhD ([email protected]) and Mikayla Massa, AuD ([email protected])

IRB Approval #: 23-148,
Cleveland Clinic:
Study Dates: Ongoing

Survey Link

Disordered Breathing Intervention

The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of an at-home intervention program on breathing and sleep in adults.

Seeking individuals > 18 years of age who think they may have problems with their breathing affecting their daily function and/or sleep.
You CANNOT participate if
you can’t speak English, have a breathing disorder such as asthma, arm tingling or numbness, or any open neck wounds.
After telephone screening, participation
includes a total of 5 study visits and a 4- week at home breathing program guided by an audio track. Study visits will involve completing questionnaires, and measurement of breathing and function, and a wrist worn sleep monitor to wear at night. This study will provide information to help develop an intervention program for individuals with chronic pain who have disordered breathing. Participants are eligible to receive up to $140 in the form of gift cards for their participation.

TO PARTICIPTE: CONTACT JANEY PRODOEHL at
[email protected] or 630-515-6451

CONTACT INFORMATION

Primary Contact: Janey Prodoehl, PT, PhD at
[email protected] or 630-515-6451
IRB ID: 45 CFR 46.110 Categories 4 & 7
Institution: Midwestern University
Dates:Start/End: 2/4/2024 - 2/1/2026

EMAIL NOW: [email protected]

Professional Experiences of Physical Therapists Who Identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC)

The purpose of this study is to obtain information from physical therapists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a person of color (BIPOC) about their lived experiences in professional contexts, including in their professional academic, employment, and continuing education roles. We are asking you if you want to be in this study if you identify as a BIPOC physical therapist and would like to share your experiences via a survey.

Contact Information

Kathryn Lent, PT, PhD, DPT Email: [email protected]
IRB Approval # IRB-2022-1457
Oregon State University-Cascades
Dates: Start/End: 02/15/2024 to 03/31/2024
Funding Source: Internal faculty funding from university

Link for Survey

DPT Student Knowledge and Confidence when Interpreting Medical Images

The purpose of this study is twofold. First, to determine the knowledge and confidence of DPT students in interpreting basic medical imaging (radiographs and ultrasound images) compared to practicing PT clinicians. Second, to compare knowledge and confidence related to medical imaging of students from a DPT program where the bulk of the medical imaging content is delivered in a single course (GSU), versus a program where the content is delivered in separate courses related to specific body systems (i.e. courses specific to the musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary systems) (MWU).

Inclusion criteria: This study is open to licensed PT clinicians in Illinois who have been practicing for > one year post graduation and to 3rd year entry-level DPT students at either Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL or at Governors State University, University Park, IL.

Exclusion criteria: Physical therapists who are certified as a radiology technician and clinicians in IL who are within one year of graduation from an entry-level PT program.

The quiz/questionnaire is designed to refrain from collecting any information about your identity. Your participation is voluntary and you may choose to not participate at any time by leaving the survey and quiz at any point. Not participating will have no effect on your current PT program, profession or your practice as a licensed PT clinician.
By completing this survey, you are providing your consent to participate.

Contact Information

Christian Evans, PT, PhD
Email: [email protected]
IRB Approval # IRB 24008
Midwestern University and Governors State University
Dates: Start/End: 3/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

Link for Survey

Telerehabilitation Disparities for Patients with Limited English Proficiency

The purpose of the study is to examine clinical workflow efficiency when providing outpatient telehealth/telerehabilitation services for patients/clients with Limited English Proficiency.

Currently we are looking for physical therapists to participate in the study. If you choose to be part of this study, you will be asked to:

· Complete an initial videocall interview with a research assistant ~ 30-45 mins

During this interview you will also be asked to complete a Job Tasks Checklist where you report common tasks that you complete during telehealth/telerehabilitation appointments

· Complete a second videocall interview 1-3 months after the first interview with a research assistant ~ 30-45 mins

During this interview you will also be asked to review a workflow diagram depicting the sequence of tasks completed during a telehealth/telerehabilitation appointment. You can decide whether you would like to participate in one or both interviews. Both interviews will be recorded. You will be asked to keep your camera off and microphone on during the videocall. While both audio and video will be captured, we will only retain audio recordings and delete video recordings.

You will receive a $25 Target gift card for participating in this study. The gift card amount will be the same regardless of whether you complete one or both interviews previously described.

You are eligible to participate if you meet the following criteria:

• Physical therapist (students completing clinical rotations are eligible), currently working in a clinical capacity

• At least 3 encounters with Limited English Proficient patient(s) in the past 5 years.

• At least 3 telehealth/telerehabilitation encounters in the past 5 years.

• Over 18 years and able to communicate in English.

If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time. You have the right to leave a study at any time without penalty. Specifically, choosing not to be in this study will not negatively affect your relationship with the University of Illinois or UI Health.

For more information, please contact Mansha Mirza, [email protected]

Contact Information

Mansha Mirza, [email protected]
IIRB Approval # STUDY2022-1013-MOD001
University of Illinois Chicago
Dates: Start/End: June 1/23 to May 1/2024
Funding Source: UIC-OSF Community Health Advocacy (CHA) program.

TO PARTICIPATE: please EMAIL Mansha Mirza, [email protected]

Why the Variability? Investigating the Optimal Length of Clinical Educational Experiences: A Mixed-Methods Study

Full-time clinical educational experiences (CEEs) comprise a significant portion of a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum. Yet, there are no established evidence-based standards or recommendations to guide DPT programs clinical education decision making as to the optimal number of weeks of full-time CEEs needed to maximize students’ clinical learning and performance. The absence of supporting evidence has led to wide and potentially unjustified variability in the length of full-time CEEs. With increasing numbers of new DPT programs, escalating costs of DPT education and rising student debt, investigating the optimal length of full-time CEEs is needed to inform and guide the development, implementation, and refinement of high-value DPT curriculum models that prepare students to meet the needs of our health system. Our research study aims to explore and describe clinical education faculty (Site Coordinators of Clinical Education & Clinical Instructors) experiences and perspectives regarding the lengths of full-time CEEs (first full-time CEE, terminal full-time CEE, total length of full-time CEEs).

CONTACT INFORMATION


Primary contact and email: Mitch Wolden; [email protected] IRB Approval Number: 030PT-2023
Start date: 102/01/2024
End date: 04/01/2024
Institution: University of Jamestown
Funding Source: APTA Academy of Education

Survey Link

YOUR RESEARCH HERE

To submit your project to be posted, email the following to Linda Griffith, Operations & Special Projects Manager

Program Title
Description
IRB Approval Information
Dates of Study (Start/End)
Funding Source
Primary Contact Name and E-Mail Address
Institution (if applicable)

Projects are reviewed and, if accepted, are posted within 30 days of submission.

Questions?
Contact Linda Griffith at 630.904.0101 or [email protected]

 
 

Updated 1.23.24