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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: 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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