Pediatric Physical Therapy:
Section Information: ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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UPCOMING MEETINGS

Combined Sections Meetings

2004: Opryland, Tenn, February 4–8.

2005: New Orleans, La, February 23–27.

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Annual Conferences

2003: Washington, DC, June 18–21.

2004: San Francisco, Calif, June 18–21.

2005: Boston, Mass, June 8–11.

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GRANT AWARDS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RESEARCH PROPOSALS

A research development award of $1000 is available to Section members to assist in the development of research proposals that will be submitted to an institution or public or private agency for funding. The purpose of the award is to fund consultants who will assist the section member to develop a competitive grant proposal. Consultants may be individuals with content or research expertise in the proposed area of investigation. Consultants may also be individuals with expertise in measurement, research design, or statistics. Consultants do not have to be physical therapists.

The research proposal that will be developed must have potential for providing information that is meaningful to pediatric physical therapy. Applicants should submit a research plan which includes: 1) a purpose statement, 2) rationale for the study, 3) an explanation of why consultation is being requested and how the consultant(s) will contribute to the proposal, and 4) where the proposal will be submitted for funding.

Include a budget indicating how the award will be spent, an abbreviated curriculum vitae of the primary investigator, and the consultant(s), and a letter from the consultant(s) agreeing to provide services that are requested. The budget may include consultation fees, travel expenses, and costs incurred in the consultation process such as long distance telephone conversations and sending printed materials.

Send four copies of your proposal to Cindy Sliwa, Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Address any questions concerning the application guidelines to Sally Westcott, PhD, PT; US mail address: Lake Washington School District, PO Box 97039, Redmond, WA 98073–9739. Letter Service Delivery address: 1650 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052. Phone: (425) 882–8170; Fax: (425) 882–8171; E-mail: swestcott@lkwash.wednet.edu.

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CLINICAL RESEARCH GRANT AWARDS

Clinical Research Grant Awards are provided to Section members who have submitted research proposals that have potential for providing meaningful information relevant to improving the clinical practice of pediatric physical therapy.

The research committee will be accepting and reviewing grant proposals in 2003 with an April 1 and October 1 deadlines.

For 2003, the Section will be able to fund a minimum of four proposals with budgets of $1000 or less. The proposed study can be a thesis or dissertation. Graduate students are encouraged to apply. Budgets cannot include overhead or indirect costs.

To request application guidelines contact: Cindy Sliwa, Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: (800) 999–7282, ×2782; Fax: (703) 706–8578; E-mail: cindysliwa@apta.org.

Address any questions concerning the application guidelines to Sally Westcott, PhD, PT; US mail address: Lake Washington School District, PO Box 97039, Redmond, WA 98073–9739. Letter Service Delivery address: 1650 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052. Phone: (425) 882–8170; Fax: (425) 882–8171; E-mail: swestcott@lkwash.wednet.edu.

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RESEARCH AWARD

The Research Committee of the Section on Pediatrics is pleased to announce a call for nominees for the Section's Research Award.

The Research Award is to be given in recognition of a Section on Pediatrics member who has performed sustained and outstanding basic, clinical, and/or education research pertaining to pediatric physical therapy. Evidence must be giving that the published body of research material makes meaningful contribution to the scientific basis of pediatric physical therapy.

In addition, evidence of one or more of the following should be provided: 1) oral presentations and written articles of the research have been reported to the appropriate audiences, 2) there has been an active attempt to foster research of others, and 3) work has been recognized by receipt of grants.

Submit both the name and address of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is November 1. The research award is presented to the recipient at the business meeting of the Section on Pediatrics during Combined Section Meeting. Nominations should be sent to Cindy Sliwa; Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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THESIS AND DISSERTATION AWARDS

The Thesis Award is given as recognition to an active or student member of the Section on Pediatrics who has completed an outstanding research project as partial fulfillment for a master's degree.

The Dissertation Award is given as recognition to an active or student member of the Section on Pediatrics who has completed an outstanding research project as partial fulfillment for a doctoral degree.

Submit eight copies of the study abstract: seven (7) without name or address, and one (1) copy containing the name and address. Provide a cover letter with evidence that the thesis or dissertation was completed after January 2001, and a discussion of the relevance of the completed research to the practice of pediatric physical therapy. Research may be basic, clinical, or educational.

After screening, four (4) copies of the thesis or dissertation may be requested for review by the research committee. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is November 1. The thesis and dissertation awards are presented to the recipients at the business meeting of the Section on Pediatrics during the Combined Section Meeting.

Submit abstracts to: Cindy Sliwa, Executive Secretary, Section on Pediatrics, APTA, PO Box 327, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Address any questions concerning the application guidelines to: Sally Westcott, PhD, PT; US mail address: Lake Washington School District, PO Box 97039, Redmond, WA 98073–9739. Letter Service Delivery address: 1650 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052. Phone: (425) 882–8170; Fax: (425) 882–8171; E-mail: swestcott@lkwash.wednet.edu.

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CDC RELEASES NEW HAND-HYGIENE GUIDELINES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidelines that advise the use of alcohol-based handrubs to protect patients in healthcare settings. The new hand hygiene guidelines were released in October 2002 during the 40th annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in Chicago.

“Clean hands are the single most important factor in preventing the spread of dangerous germs and antibiotic resistance in health care settings,” said Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the CDC. “More widespread use of these products that improve adherence to recommended hand hygiene practices will promote patient safety and prevent infections.”

CDC estimates that each year nearly two million patients in the United States get an infection in hospitals, and about 90,000 of these patients die as a result of their infection. Infections are also a complication of care in other settings including long-term care facilities, clinics, and dialysis centers. Improving hand hygiene will help prevent the spread of germs from one patient to another. Data show that healthcare personnel may be more inclined to use alcohol-based handrubs because they are more convenient to use. Recent studies show that these handrubs actually reduce the number of bacteria on the hands more effectively than washing hands with soap and water.

“Health care personnel are always on the go, which sometimes makes handwashing with soap and water difficult,” said Dr. Steve Solomon, acting director of CDC's healthcare quality promotion division. “These handrubs should help promote hand hygiene because they are much more accessible than sinks, take less time to use, and cause less skin irritation and dryness than many soaps.”

The new guidelines recommend additional steps that administrators can take to increase adherence to good hand hygiene practices. When deciding what products to purchase, administrators should consult with healthcare personnel on issues like smell, consistency, and the amount of skin irritation the product may cause. If, as expected, hand hygiene products improve hand hygiene practices, preventing even a few additional healthcare-associated infections per year will lead to savings that will exceed any extra costs for better hand hygiene products.

The hand hygiene guidelines were developed by the CDC's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), in collaboration with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).

The hand hygiene guidelines are part of an overall CDC strategy to reduce infections in healthcare settings to promote patient safety. For more information about the hand hygiene campaign, go to http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene. For more information about CDC's seven healthcare safety challenges, go to http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/hip/challenges.htm.

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APTA's Hooked on Evidence Project Needs Your Help

APTA's Hooked on Evidence project represents a “grassroots” effort to develop a database containing current research evidence on physical therapy interventions. The database currently under construction is available at the Hooked on Evidence website. It has grown to almost 400 “extracts” since it was activated in Spring 2002. An extract is a summary of critical information used to judge the effectiveness of an intervention. The Hooked on Evidence project was motivated by a concern that clinicians lacked access to the knowledge available from current research, thus hindering evidence-based practice. Contributions to the database have been received from physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and students. The efforts of many individuals have been responsible for the phenomenal initial growth of the project. Individuals who are interested in extracting articles related to pediatric physical therapy interventions are especially needed to assist with the project.

More than 100 groups have been formed to compile and analyze the published literature on the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions. Groups range in size from one to 80 individuals. These groups select articles related to a specific condition, intervention, and/or outcome to submit to the database. Participants summarize the data and findings from research articles using structured online extraction forms that can be found on the website. The experiences of contributors to date indicate that an extract takes between one and two hours to complete. The length of time can vary, however, depending on the quality of the original article and the experience of the contributor. The ability to save and return to an online extract is available for those who are not able to complete the extract of the article in one visit. Staff of APTA's Research Services Department review each submission for completeness and provide feedback to the contributor. Feedback received from APTA members has been used to enhance the website through revisions to the extraction forms and provision of an online manual for extractors.

A basic Search function was added to the website in October 2002 to allow APTA members access to selected information from the extracts that have been published on the website, and the extracts of each article are link to PubMed abstracts. Searches in the Hooked on Evidence database should not be considered complete as only an estimated 10% of the randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, and case reports of physical therapy interventions are currently included in the database. Enhancements to the Search function are planned as the database continues to grow.

Plans for Hooked on Evidence in 2003 include implementing a measure of effect size into the search results and making clinical recommendations for physical therapy interventions based on evidence. The Advisory Panel on Research along with expert consultants met in January to help guide these efforts. It is hoped that some of these enhancements will be in place prior to Annual Conference. In the mean time, additional contributors are being invited to form new groups or join existing groups to ensure the continued rapid growth in the size of the database.

The website is available to APTA members at www.apta.org/hookedonevidence/index.cfm. Your Member ID and Last Name are required to log in to the website. Once logged in, you may Search for extracts currently in the database, view a sample of the extract form, view existing groups, and sign-up to create a new group. Individuals who participate in extracting articles have access to additional areas of the site, including the extraction forms and the on-line instructional manual for extractors.

For more information on Hooked on Evidence, and to become an extractor, please contact David Scalzitti, PT, MS, OCS, Associate Director of Research Services at davidscalzitti@apta.org or by phone at (703) 706-8555.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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