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Research requests

PT research studies addressing DPT education

ACAPT remains committed to its membership and the pursuit of scientific endeavors to improve physical therapist education.

As a service to ACAPT members and the research community, ACAPT has agreed to share approved member research survey invitations.  This does not represent an endorsement of a research project.  ACAPT is acting solely as an agent for the dissemination of research surveys.  

“Distribution of our research survey through ACAPT was a huge help!” says Krista Rompolski from Monrovia University.

Current surveys for your participation

Physical Therapists’ Perceptions of the Methods and Quality of Anatomy Education

Practicing physical therapists have the most to gain or lose from curricular reform in anatomy education. Therefore, gathering their perceptions of their anatomy education should be a key component in the development of standard learning objectives for PT anatomy education.

The purpose of this investigation is to explore the perceptions of the sufficiency and relevancy of the anatomy education received in PT school, with a specific focus on its sufficiency and relevancy for clinical practice among early, mid, and late career physical therapists. Similar studies have been conducted among medical doctors and medical students, but to our knowledge, there have been no studies surveying physical therapists in the United States focused on post-graduate outcomes.

This study will also seek to determine any relationships between the method of anatomy education, the length of time in practice, and other demographic factors and perceptions of practicing PTs in the United States. This is a cross-sectional study design utilizing a survey taken one time. The survey will include demographic questions, questions regarding how the survey respondents learned anatomy in physical therapy school, and a series of Likert scale questions to investigate their opinions about the sufficiency and relevancy of anatomy education in physical therapy school.

As the survey contains no sensitive information and there is no intervention with the subjects, there are no known or anticipated risks to the subjects. Participation is entirely voluntary.

Qualifications: Any practicing physical therapist who does not teach and has never taught gross anatomy in physical therapy school.

Time: It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete the survey. The deadline to complete the survey is November 30, 2021.

Survey link: https://moravian.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56dGyVyCAlXZPp4

Contact: Krista Rompolski, PhD, rompolskik@moravian.edu

Krista Rompolski, PhD
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Moravian University

Christina Fojas, PhD
Marist College
Department of Physical Therapy
3399 North Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Melissa Taylor, PhD
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Link 520
855 Monroe Ave
Memphis, TN 38103

Tyler Countess, MS
Moravian University
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences – Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
1441 Schoenersville Road
Bethlehem, PA 18018


Interested in promoting your own PT-related research survey?

If you meet the criteria below, you may purchase ACAPT advertising to post your PT research survey:

  • Researchers requesting assistance must be from an ACAPT member institution.
  • You must have an IRB-approved research study that addresses a valid PT educational topic.
  • Approved research survey requests will:
    • Be posted to this page for one month.
    • A link to your provided research survey link will appear in two ACAPT Enews editions.
  • Review & advertising fee: $150

How to submit

  • Send the following information to acapt@acapt.org.
    • Three-sentence statement explaining why the researcher wants to survey ACAPT Enews subscribers
    • Survey title
    • Description of research project, including purpose, desired outcomes and type of information to be collected
    • Qualifications to participate in the survey
    • Estimated number of minutes to complete the survey & survey deadline
    • Final survey link
    • Investigator names, credentials and contact information - and host institution
    • IRB approval number & statement confirming IRB approval (or) document stating that survey is exempt
  • Requests meeting the above requirements will be provided to the ACAPT Education Research Committee Chair.  The criteria and process for review include:

    • Proposed research is relevant and important to ACAPT members.
    • Principle investigator or a co-investigator must be an ACAPT member.
    • The Education Research Committee board liaison and ACAPT Executive Director must also approve the request.
    • Once the final review is completed, a communication will be sent to the approved requestor with a link to secure payment.
    • After payment is received, the survey information provided will appear on this web page and within two editions of ACAPT Enews.  ACAPT Enews is delivered to members and non-members every two weeks (on Wednesdays.)

  • Tips for your survey:

    • Because the survey will appear publicly on this site for one month, we encourage researchers to design their survey to eliminate responses that do not fit the desired characteristics of participants.
    • We ask researchers to credit the "American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) - www.acapt.org" in your survey references.
    • Upon completion of your research, we ask researchers to share a summary of your results with ACAPT participants and also send results to acapt@acapt.org, referencing your survey title and purpose.


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