February 2014

PT group raises $3M for research center

The Foundation for Physical Therapy announced January 24 that it has reached its goal of raising $3 million to fund a Center of Excellence for training physical therapists in health services research.

The mission of the Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research (COE) is to expand the number of physical therapist investigators specializing in health services and health policy research—including the delivery, organization, financing of care, and analysis of outcomes—to fill critical gaps in research data and demonstrate the value of physical therapy in the broader health care debate.

The foundation will award a $2.5 million grant to the most qualified applicant to launch and manage the COE and expects to begin accepting letters of intent for the grant later this year. An ad hoc scientific review committee with expertise in health services and health policy research will review the applications, and the foundation’s Board of Trustees anticipates granting the award in 2015.

The American Physical Therapy Association and many of its affiliated state chapters and components donated to the campaign.

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