Confidence and Perceived Role of Physical Therapists in Treating Patients Who Are Pre- and Postpartum in the Outpatient Setting: A Survey Study

Currently, there are no national or international
guidelines available for therapists to utilize as they treat patients who wish to continue or return to a specific activity after having a baby. Our survey aims to identify a gap in the literature and existing knowledge contributing to a perceived decrease in confidence levels of outpatient physical therapists when treating patients who are presenting pregnant or postpartum. These findings will serve to substantiate preliminary recommendations regarding treatment guidelines, guide future research, and raise awareness regarding treating this patient population.
With our research, we hope to fill this gap of knowledge within the field of physical therapy. Researchers in the Department of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University are conducting a survey study to gain insight into outpatient physical therapists' confidence and perceived role as they treat patients who are presenting pregnant and postpartum. Our research team includes six Doctor of Physical Therapy students and Dr. Natalie Turrentine as the Principal Investigator.


Natalie Turrentine, PT, DPT, OCS, MSHA. Email address: or
IRB approval number - CHP20-211
Rosalind Franklin University
Study Dates: February 2020 to June 2022, with initial distribution and follow up from all distributors to assist with response rate at the 3rd week and 6th week from the published date

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Stakeholder Perspectives on MyHand

Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center are conducting an anonymous web-based survey of occupational and physical therapy professionals to determine their perspectives on a wearable robotic device that helps stroke survivors open their weaker hand. We are collecting the views of stakeholders to help inform and refine the design of this device so that it can better meet the needs of its consumers.

We are looking for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, and physical therapy assistants who have:

• More than one year of experience working with stroke survivors

• Some experience with assistive technology (even low-tech)

The survey is anonymous and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Questions? Please contact Dawn Nilsen EdD, OTR/L at


Dawn Nilsen EdD, OTR/L Email Address:
IRB Approval Number: AAAT3351
Institution: Columbia University
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Dates of Study (Start/End): April 7, 2021 - July 1, 2021

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“Perceptions of the Educational Value of an Academic Clinic in Professional Graduate Programs”

We are looking for any individual who is currently enrolled in or has graduated from a professional graduate program within the past five years. For the purposes of this study, a professional graduate program is defined as continued education, following an undergraduate degree or a previously completed degree, focused on a specific area of interest and on acquiring specialized skills for a profession or to do advanced research. Frequently internships and/or field experiences which offer the opportunity to practice professional skills are also a part of the curriculum. An academic clinic is a space attached to a college or university where students provide skilled services to the community with oversight from faculty, licensed professionals, or clinical instructors. The study is anonymous and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Our hope with this project is to better understand operations of academic clinics as well as the educational value of an academic clinic. In particular, we are interested in student and alumni perceptions of their education and readiness to enter the workforce. You do not need to have been involved in an academic clinic in order to participate.


Brittany Adams, OTD, OTR/L
IRB approval number: 116
Institution: Western New England University
Study Dates: 6/18/21 - 7/18/21

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Updated 2.25.2021