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Research Participation

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Research participation

Research is an important part of the Section on Women’s Health. The advancement of women’s and men’s health physical therapy depends on research requiring the participation of investigators, research assistants, and participants. We invite you to become involved in research in one or more of these roles. Below you will find links to research projects which need participants, investigators, and/or research assistants. Some of these may offer payment for participation. Other links may inform you of available opportunities for independent study credit.

To learn about opportunities to participate, follow the links below.

This online resource is provided at no extra cost to members. It is updated whenever new studies are sent to the SoWH.


  • For more information about a specific study, please contact the contact person listed for that particular study.



Survey: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pelvic Pain

Section on Women’s Health invites you to participate our Clinical Practice Guidelines Pelvic Pain survey. Your participation will be invaluable to developing clinical practice guidelines for the management of pelvic pain.

This survey is intended for healthcare providers who manage the care of patients with pelvic pain, including licensed physical therapists, physicians, nurse practitioners, and chiropractors. Specifically, we are interested in learning more about the treatments you use in clinical practice for pelvic pain. This information will be used to assist with the development of clinical practice guidelines for pelvic pain. Thank you for your participation in this important project.

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Survey: Methods Used by Physical Therapists to Learn Pelvic Floor Muscle Examination

10 years ago Beth Shelly completed research about PT education in pelvic health. This research was presented at the International Continence Society in 2009. A secondary analysis on confidence in PFM examination was published in the Journal of Women’s Health PT the next year. Beth Shelly teamed up with Dr Kari Smith of Des Moines University to relook at the status of education in Pelvic PT.

The purpose of this research is to document the methods used by physical therapists (PTs) in the United States to learn the skill of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) examination. It will also document the types of examinations currently being used by PTs, where they learned this skill and evaluate any changes that have occurred in the past 10 years. This information will be helpful in educating physicians, nurses, insurance companies, and others about the skill level of PTs who treat PFM dysfunction.

You are being asked to participate in this research by completing an Internet based survey which should take approximately 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Only one response per computer will be accepted by the survey system SurveyMonkey. Please share it with other US Pelvic PTs. This survey is open to pelvic Physical Therapists.

Please take a few moments and complete the survey.
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Survey: Use of Physical Therapy for Sex-Related Concerns

Please consider taking a 5-minute survey that is designed to help research and practice in our field!

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about the degree to which female and male patients use physical therapy for sex-related concerns, the degree to which sex-related communication occurs in the context of your work, and your reactions to your education as it pertains to sexual health topics. Your participation may benefit others by giving information that could help increase the use of physical therapy for female and male patients who have sexual health concerns.

The survey is completely anonymous and voluntary.

To participate, simply click on this link:

Take Survey

This survey is being conducted by: Gayla Pleggenkule, PT PRC, a SOWH member, and Brian Zamboni, Ph.D. in the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


The Section will provide Email Blasts to members in support of a member(s)’ research project when the following criteria are met: 

  1. The person making the request is a member of the Section and is directly involved with the research project.
  2. The research project is directly related to the practice of women’s health physical therapy.
  3. The research project has received IRB approval and proof is given to the Section’s Director of Research.

All other requests for research-related Email Blasts will be handled as follows: 

  1. The person making the request is a member in good standing of the Section for at least 1 year.
  2. The blast is determined by the Board to be of benefit to the membership.
  3. The person making the request agrees to pay $75 (sent payable to: Executive Director Section on Women’s Health APTA, 8400 Westpark Dr. 2nd Floor, McLean, VA 22102) to cover costs. Payment needs to be received and processed before the Blast will be developed.

Please, send all requests and inquiries to Meryl Alappattu, Director of Research.

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