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Transforming the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy: Reflections from New Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Chiarello (Part 2)

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

Evolution is a natural part of all publications, especially those dedicated to sharing the latest research. As the Section on Women’s Health celebrates its 40th anniversary, change is underway for SOWH’s popular Journal for Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

Leading an effort to update the journal’s long-term strategy is new Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Chiarello, PT, Ph.D., MS, an assistant professor of clinical rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia University Medical Center Program in Physical Therapy. She is supported in this work by an impressive team of four women’s men’s, and pelvic health physical therapists who are generously volunteering as associate editors.

Here, Chiarello talks about the transformation process and the status of evidence-based research in this specialized area of physical therapy.

SOWH: What are some of the challenges for PT researchers today?

Chiarello: The biggest barriers to PT research are the interrelated issues of funding, time and qualified researchers. There is a tremendous need for greater funding of the type of projects needed to advance the profession of physical therapy.

Many physical therapists pursue research in addition to a full academic workload or a full clinical schedule. Accomplishing meaningful research requires the dedicated efforts of qualified researchers with the necessary amount of time and personnel to achieve the goals of the project.

As an academic at a prestigious university, you help prepare the next generation of physical therapists by arming them with the latest knowledge to care for their patients’ diverse needs. What trends or special areas of emphasis do you see emerging from America’s PT schools? Are they adjusting course content and skill competencies to reflect changing demographics, higher numbers of complex cases, a volatile health care system, etc.?

I am continually amazed at the transformation of PT students from their entry into the curriculum to graduation as they become capable, independent clinicians we are proud to have as colleagues.

All entry-level PT curricula are jam-packed with courses for basic and clinical science, as well as professional socialization and clinical education. With our packed curricula, not much room is available for additional fields of study or extras.

With the demanding accreditation requirements of physical therapist education, it is remarkable that each program is able to place its own special signature on its graduates. I do see increasing attention to intra-professional education and service learning, and greater emphasis on clinical reasoning.

Why did you become involved in women’s and men’s health physical therapy?

As an orthopedic clinician and researcher, I have always been interested in low back pain and lumbo-pelvic dysfunction. Pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy and post-partum has been delineated as a specific classification facilitating diagnosis and research investigation.

Once it was known I was researching perinatal back pain, some of my graduate students brought issues of diastasis rectus abdominis to my attention. We then began a series of studies on this interesting musculoskeletal impairment.

Chiarello welcomes all submissions for the Journal for Women’s Health Physical Therapy, and author guidelines are here[LINK TO X] Also needed are manuscript reviewers. If you are interested, please email [email protected].

AUTHOR: Cynthia Chiarello, PT, PhD, MS, is assistant professor of clinical rehabilitation & regenerative medicine at Columbia University Medical Center Program in Physical Therapy.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Transforming the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy: Reflections from New Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Chiarello (Part 1)

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

 

A new team of leaders in women’s, men’s, and pelvic health physical therapy has united to strengthen and innovate the top-rated membership benefit of the Section on Women’s Health: the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

Helming the revamp is freshly minted Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Chiarello, PT, PhD, of Columbia University. Here, she talks with Interel-AMG Account Executive Kristin Clarke, who consults to SOWH, about the transformation process and the status of evidence-based research in this specialized area of physical therapy.

SOWH: Where do you see the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy going in the next two to three years?

Chiarello: I am honored to be in the company of the talented group of individuals who make up the current editorial board for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. As the scientific voice for the Section on Women’s Health, we are dedicated to enhancing the dissemination of scholarship and providing high-quality evidence for practice.

We are working together for the first time and will be meeting this summer for our first strategic planning meeting for the journal. We have much to discuss as we plan directions while maintaining the JWHPT‘s standards of research excellence.

When SOWH was born 40 years ago, the earliest members noted that little to no research was being conducted in the areas of pelvic and abdominal physical therapy. It was a milestone for SOWH when enough evidence-based information was available to allow the Section newsletter to evolve into a peer-reviewed journal. How would you describe the state of physical therapy research today, particularly in our specialty field, and what forces or trends do you think are influencing it? 

Despite the fact that it has been 20 years since research funding by the National Institutes of Health was required to include women, there is a still a large gender gap in biomedical research. Women remain underrepresented in all domains of health-related research impacting societal concerns and health care policy.

Viewing physical therapy research in this larger context, it is vital to maintain high standards of quality research regarding the health care needs of women. JWHPT is an enthusiastic proponent of advancing the science of women’s and men’s health, and we encourage authors to submit their research to the journal in accordance with this mission.

What can SOWH members do to accelerate and support progress in pelvic and abdominal PT research?

Physical therapists who would like a career in research may want to consider an advanced research degree such as a PhD or EdD to acquire the suitable training to conduct research. Clinicians interested in participating in research might want to consider partnering with experienced researchers who can mentor them through the research process.

To volunteer as a manuscript reviewer for JWHPT, email [email protected]. Look for Part 2 of this interview later this summer.

AUTHOR: Cynthia Chiarello, PT, PhD, MS, is assistant professor of clinical rehabilitation & regenerative medicine at Columbia University Medical Center Program in Physical Therapy. Kristin Clarke, CAE, is an Interel-AMG account executive consulting to SOWH. The association management firm manages all operations for SOWH.

 

 


 

 

 

$10,000 SOWH Grant Awarded for Pelvic Health and Incontinence Research 

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2017

CONTACT: SOWH Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, [email protected]

McLean, VA: The Section on Women’s Health has awarded a $10,000 grant to support the research of Erin Hartigan, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, ATC, an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England. Affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association, SOWH is a professional association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists who specialize in women’s, men’s, and pelvic health.

The one-year grant will underwrite Hartigan’s study, “Pelvic floor muscle function and hip profiles in women with and without stress urinary incontinence.” Results will be published in SOWH’s Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy after the study is completed, tentatively scheduled for July 2018.

Assisting Hartigan with the project as investigators will be Adrienne McAuley, PT, DPT, MEd, OCS, FAAOMPT; Michael Lawrence, MS; and Mary De Silva, ScD.

The annual SOWH Research Grant program aims to encourage the scientific study of topics that support the SOWH mission.

2017 research grant winners

 

 

“The Section on Women’s Health is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and supporting research has always been core to its mission and vision,” says SOWH Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, PT, PhD. “Awarding grants, disseminating evidence-based research through multiple channels, and integrating leading-edge practical applications of research into practice are all ways that we are pushing forward the specialty profession of women’s, men’s, and pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy.”

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Founded in 1977, the Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association is a professional membership association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients across the life span and around the globe. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone, including LGBTQ populations, young athletes, childbearing women, peri-menopausal mothers, and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to peer-reviewed research, inclusion in a PT Locator directory, and more. Learn about SOWH’s many other benefits at www.womenshealthapta.org.

 

 

 


 

 

 

3 Ways to Ensure Your Research Data Add Up Right: Tips from the New JWHPT Statistician (Part 1)

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

In 2016, members of the Section on Women’s Health rated the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy as their most used and valued benefit. Their allegiance to the peer-reviewed publication prompted the SOWH Board of Directors to invest in a major upgrade, including development of a revamped strategic plan, now underway.

Key to the process has been engaging fresh volunteers and contracting with top physical therapy research professionals. Newest to the editorial team, led by Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Chiarello, PT, PhD, of Columbia University, is Mark Bishop, PT, PhD. An associate professor at the University of Florida Department of Physical Therapy, Bishop had not worked with a publisher before he started as statistician for JWHPT. He had, however, performed experimental design and statistical analyses for both funded and unfunded projects.

In this conversation with SOWH, Bishop advises researchers how best to ensure their evidence-based manuscripts pass the rigor of at least one aspect of peer review—his close inspection of their data.

SOWH: Your role as the new JWHPT statistician should further strengthen the data integrity presented in the journal’s articles. What will you be looking for when a manuscript arrives for your review?

Bishop: “Once a paper is submitted for review, my primary focus the first read-through is to ensure that (1) the primary question or purpose matches the design (including the outcomes chosen), (2) the analysis presented matches the design of the study and form of the data, and (3) the conclusions presented match the results of the analysis.”

What are the most common errors you spot?

“There are a few common slips that can happen. Probably the most important of these is overreaching on the conclusions, especially about causation; for example, the analysis tests association using correlations and the discussion talks of relationship of one predicting the other.

“A second example is attempting to draw broad conclusions from a case study or case series, and a third example is that the analysis performed doesn’t match the question being asked. Many papers include tests of differences in means (t-tests, F-tests, etc.) when the question might be much broader about general differences between or among groups rather than specifically about mean differences–or maybe the question is about specific ordering or if the frequency of an event occurring differs from the expected frequency. Related to the last example, sometimes the analysis doesn’t match the form of data as well as it could, particularly when the samples are small.”

What are the top three actions an author can take to ensure his or her statistical data hold up to careful scrutiny? 

“I think the important first step relates to the issues mentioned above. For example, check that the design and analysis match. For investigators working deductively, this should be done before beginning–that is, start with the question, then design the data collection and analysis to answer that question.

“Of course, this is not always the case, and sometimes questions arise after data are collected. In that case, this should be clearly stated.

“Second, investigators should make sure they have used the correct test for the type of data they have collected. Involving a biostatistician or someone with experience in experimental design to assist in developing the experiment can really help if there are questions about this.

“And third, check that the conclusions can be supported by the results.”

Watch for Part 2 of this interview in July, when Bishop identifies the two key statistical skills needed by PTs today.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Section on Women’s Health and SmartBrief Launch News Service

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2017

CONTACTS: Carly Chomer, SmartBrief, 202-407-7864, [email protected]

Meryl Alappattu, PT, PhD, [email protected]

 

WASHINGTON, DC – SmartBrief announced today the launch of a bi-weekly news service in partnership with the Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association to keep its members  on top of the essential news shaping their industry.

SOWH uPdaTe SmartBrief provides a comprehensive summary of the latest research and news related to practice, nutrition, wellness, emerging health care trends and SOWH—all uniquely relevant to these specialized health professionals.

“We have launched uPdaTe SmartBrief in direct response to overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from the 2016 Membership Survey,” says SOWH President Patricia Wolfe, PT, MS. “The profession of physical therapy is changing rapidly, and our members are committed lifelong learners who want the best evidence-based research and information they can put into practice with their patients. Time constraints and the sheer scale of health information worldwide meant we needed a partner who could handle the rapid-delivery operations and information our members deserve.”

“Research and education have been at the heart of the Section on Women’s Health since its birth 40 years ago,” says Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, DPT, PhD, who led development of the content strategy and is an ongoing curator for the publication. “We are in the early stages of executing our new strategic plan under a more-focused mission and vision of serving as a global authority for pelvic and abdominal health. Getting the latest evidence-based research and news into the hands of both our members and any interested physical therapist, physical therapist assistant and student worldwide is imperative. Our patients need us to have the latest knowledge so we can help them recover from their diverse, often complex conditions.”

To learn more or sign up for SOWH uPdaTe SmartBrief, visit www.smartbrief.com/SOWH.

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Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SOWH) is a professional association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients with pelvic and abdominal health issues worldwide. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone from childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers, young athletes to men with incontinence or other pelvic complications. In addition to continuing education, certifications, and Clinical Practice Guidelines, SOWH members receive the Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy, a PT Locator directory listing, conference discounts, and career resources.

Serving nearly 6 million senior executives, thought leaders and industry professionals, SmartBrief is the leading digital media publisher of targeted business news and information by industry. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief filters thousands of sources daily to deliver the most relevant industry news in partnership with leading trade associations, professional societies, nonprofits and corporate entities.

 

 


 

 

 

Subscribe to Our uPdaTe SmartBrief Newsletter!

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

uPdaTe SmartBrief is a free biweekly newsletter for all physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and student specializing or interested in pelvic and abdominal health, as well as women’s and men’s health in general. Topics covered include but are not limited to

  • pelvic and abdominal pain
  • incontinence
  • pre- and post-menopausal issues
  • sexual dysfunction
  • cancer rehabilitation
  • lymphedema
  • constipation
  • osteoporosis
  • wellness and nutrition
  • health care trends
  • athlete issues
  • other evidence-based research and news.

You do NOT need to be an SOWH member to subscribe to this quick-read, curated research publication.

SOWH uPdaTe SmartBrief

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Columbia Professor Chosen as New Editor-in-Chief of Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

New Editor-in-Chief Cindy ChiarelloFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2016

CONTACTS: Meryl Alappattu, SOWH Director of Research, [email protected]

Kristin Clarke, CAE, Executive Director, [email protected], 571-344-5422

Columbia Professor Chosen as New Editor-in-Chief of Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy

McLean, VA: The Section on Women’s Health’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Cynthia Chiarello, PT, Ph.D., of Columbia University will be the new editor-in-chief of the Journal for Women’s Health Physical Therapy.

Dr. Chiarello is a past recipient of the SOWH Research Award, as well as its  Research Grant. She has been a respected reviewer for JWHPT and several other journals. Dr. Chiarello is an assistant professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia University’s Program in Physical Therapy, where she teaches and conducts clinical research on spinal instability, diastasis rectus abdominis, and lumbopelvic dysfunction during the child-bearing year. She received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University and her doctorate in pathokinesiology from New York University.

“Dr. Chiarello is a frequently published researcher and well-respected instructor who knows our membership well, so we are very pleased that she will be helming JWHPT at this critical time in our profession,” says SOWH Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, Ph.D. “She enters at a time of great change for the journal and will be able to use her decades of experience and her wide professional network to help transform the journal and ensure its continued relevance and integrity.”

“I am thrilled to accept the position of editor-in-chief for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy,” says Dr. Chiarello. “I have watched as the journal has grown to establish the Section’s expertise, scholarship, and professional authority on women’s and men’s health. I look forward to working with the wonderful Section members to further advance the journal’s scholarly excellence.”

SOWH publishes the journal three times a year for institutional subscribers and its nearly 3,000 member physical therapists specializing in pelvic and abdominal physical therapy and other related men’s and women’s health conditions. JWHPT is a peer-reviewed publication whose evidence-based research content is accessed by facilities, higher education organizations, and professionals in 45 countries.

The Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association is a professional organization of nearly 3,000 physical therapists who serve patients across the life span and around the globe. SOWH has focused on education, networking, and research since its founding in 1977. For information, go to www.womenshealthapta.org.

 

 


 

 

 

SOWH: Pioneering Women’s and Men’s Health Research through the Foundation for Physical Therapy

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by Kristin Clarke No Comments

Barbara Connolly By Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, Ed.D, FAPTA

Just six years ago, Section on Women’s Health leaders and members committed $100,000 to be pioneers and establish the SOWH Endowment for Research Excellence through the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

While other sections have developed funds previously, yours stood apart in its enthusiasm to continuously raise money to increase the size of the SOWH fund to support new investigators and facilitate research and evaluation of physical therapist interventions in women’s and men’s health.

The SOWH should be commended that in a very short time, your fund balance is nearly $150,000. SOWH members have on numerous occasions proven their commitment to the profession:

  • You have a member who has put the foundation in a will, directing contributions to the SOWH Fund.
  • You have members who make monthly contributions, and others who make tribute gifts in honor or memory of someone special.
  • At conferences you answer the call to support physical therapy research by making small and large gifts to support your fund.
  • Not only do section members support your own fund, but you also agreed to help when we asked you to support health services research. Thank you for helping to make the Center on Health Services Research (CoHSTAR) a reality.

In our 37-year history and through the generous support of donors, we have provided more than $17 million in scholarships, fellowships, and grants—enough to jumpstart the careers of 500-plus leading physical therapists. Of those, 17 SOWH members who are researchers have received 10 scholarships and seven grants totaling $148,464.

Our researchers have gone on to receive $755 million in follow-on funding from the National Institutes of Health and other funders. In addition, they have published more than 9,000 scholarly journal articles.

SOWH grant and scholarship recipients are successfully working to improve physical functioning and health in the lives of countless men and women. To name a few, Drs. Meryl Alappattu and Lori Tuttle are striving to improve the level and quality of care in the lives of those affected by pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, and urinary incontinence.

Dr. Alappattu, PT, DPT, Ph.D., is SOWH director of research and research assistant professor at University of Florida’s Department of Physical Therapy. She received four foundation scholarships to assist her efforts to understand the neurobiological and psychological influences on female pelvic pain and the effects of inter­ventions and rehabilitation.

Today, she is working to help patients struggling with vulvodynia, chronic pain affecting the vulvar area with no identifiable cause.

Dr. Tuttle, PT, Ph.D., is director of Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Laboratory and assistant professor at San Diego State University School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences. She focuses on the aging process and women’s health, and is working to understand the role of muscle and other support structures on pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as the role of rehabilitation on the area. Dr. Tuttle also is a four-time foundation scholarship recipient.

Of all of our accomplishments, 2015 and 2016 have been the most fiscally groundbreaking. Not only have we budgeted to award more than $1 million in 2016 for the first time in foundation history, but last year we also awarded our largest grant ever–$2.5 million–to Linda Resnik, Ph.D., of Brown University to establish CoHSTAR, a multi-institutional center dedicated to advancing health services and health policy research in physical therapy.

Through the support and commitment of donors and APTA sections and chapters, the foundation has assembled a cadre of high-quality researchers to forward the important research needed in the physical therapy profession. Together, we will continue to fund and publicize physical therapy research in the hopes of changing the face of healthcare.

To donate to the SOWH fund, please click herehttps://8928.thankyou4caring.org/WomensHealth.

Author: Barbara Connolly, PT, DPT, Ed.D, FAPTA, is president of the Foundation for Physical Therapy. She also is professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, where she chaired the Physical Therapy Department for 24 years. To learn more about the foundation, visit Foundation4pt.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

$10,000 SOWH Grant Awarded for Research on Techniques to Reduce Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by SOWHeditor No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2016

CONTACTS: Meryl Alappattu, director of research, Section on Women’s Health-APTA, [email protected]

Kristin Clarke, CAE, executive director, Section on Women’s Health, 571-344-5422, [email protected]

 

$10,000 SOWH Grant Awarded for Research on Manual Therapy Techniques to Reduce Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain

McLean, Va.: Jennifer Wasserman, DPT, MS, Ph.D. candidate, is the 2016 recipient of the Section on Women’s Health $10,000 Research Grant for her proposal titled “Fascial Scar Mobilization Techniques in Treating Chronic Caesarian Section Scar Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” The Section on Women’s Health, a professional organization affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association, awards the grant annually to advance research on bettering men’s and women’s health through physical therapy.

Drs. Karen Abraham, Mary Massery, and Beth Marcoux will serve as Wasserman’s team of co-investigators. The grant funding and project length run August 1, 2016, to July 30, 2017.

“The Section on Women’s Health is pleased to continue its long tradition of financially supporting evidence-based physical therapy research in the areas of women’s and men’s health,” says Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, Ph.D. “We congratulate Dr. Wasserman and her team for their vision and commitment to reducing pain in women post-partum. We also thank the other grant candidates and encourage their continued efforts to expand much-needed research in this important specialized physical therapy area of women’s and men’s health.”

Wasserman also will receive an award plaque at the 2017 SOWH Business Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in February. Photos are available below for use by media.

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The Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SOWH) is a professional membership association of nearly 3,000 physical therapists treating patients across the life span and around the globe. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone from young athletes and childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers and men with pelvic health complications. In addition to a major focus on providing top-quality continuing education, the Section provides networking opportunities, access to its peer-reviewed journal, inclusion in a PT Locator directory, and more. For information on membership, products, or services, go to http://www.womenshealthapta.org.Credentials:

photo 5Jennifer B. Wasserman, DPT, MS, PhD candidate
Principal Investigator
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Franklin Pierce University
Manchester, New Hampshire

 

 

Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham, PT, PHD
Co-investigator
Director, Physical Therapy Department
Shenandoah University
Winchester, Virginia

 

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Mary Massery, DPT, DSC
Co-investigator
Massery Physical Therapy
Glennview Illinois

 

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Beth C. Marcoux, DPT, PhD
Co-investigator
Franklin Pierce University
Manchester, New Hampshire

 

 


 

 

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