Surveys and Studies

APTA Maryland is often asked to disseminate surveys to our members related to health and the profession. This web page lists current study requests. Please see the Chapter's disclaimer for additional information.

Survey Topics

Balance and vestibular disorders via telehealth

Survey Link
Duration: 10 Minutes
Author:  Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, FAPTA at University of Pittsburgh

We are asking you to participate in a research study about telehealth and the use of vestibular physical therapy. If you are a physical therapist (physiotherapist) who has treated persons with balance and vestibular disorders via telehealth, we would like your help with this survey that will take 10 minutes to complete.

We are trying to understand which patients are optimally treated with telehealth and which examination and interventions are safe to administer. It has been approved as an exempt study (IRB STUDY21020099) at the University of Pittsburgh


APTA feedback request: EHR systems collecting & sharing information on functional status

APTA is seeking feedback from members regarding their EHR systems and the extent to which EHRs are collecting and sharing information on functional status. 

As a brief background – To promote interoperability and the sharing of information, the federal government (HHS ONC) has identified data elements that must be shared between providers. The “list” of data elements is referenced in the U.S. Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI). Keep in mind that the USCDI is the initial scope of electronic health information that must be shared under the information blocking regulations; CMS also has put forward regulations that requires the data elements included in the USCDI to be shared.

Currently, the USCDI version 1 includes basic clinical information such as problems, allergies, intolerances, immunizations, medication, procedures, plan of treatment, laboratory and clinical notes, vital signs and more. At present, functional status is not part of the USCDI.

ONC has established a process to identify additional data elements that will be included in future versions of the USCDI. (For information about the process, see: ONC New Data Element and Class (ONDEC) submission system). To ensure that functional status (activities/participation) is included in a future iteration of the USCDI, we must clearly demonstrate to ONC that functional status is documented consistently across different EHRs and frequently exchanged between systems.

To support this effort, please click here to access the HUB and provide your responses by February 26, 2021.

Ethics of Global Health Participation and Education

Survey Link
Duration: 15 Minutes
Author: This study has been approved by the University of Wisconsin, Madison Health Sciences Internal Review Board (IRB)

Purpose: Investigating scope of practice issues related to physical therapists and PT students from high-income countries who practice, study or volunteer in low-middle income countries. We were wondering if there was a mechanism in which we could have this study distributed throughout your state association. This anonymous survey has been approved by the University of Wisconsin IRB  and will take approximately 10 minutes to fill out. We believe the results of this study will contribute to ongoing conversation around the ethics of global health participation and education and will potentially guide future curricular development and investigation. 

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