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Implementing evidence into practice: the role of pragmatic trials

ACAPT's Research-Intensive Programs in Physical Therapy (RIPPT) promotes academic excellence by strengthening the community of research-intensive physical therapy programs in ACAPT. Individual members of ACAPT member institutions can join RIPPT for free.

The RIPPT seminar series is a monthly webinar that provides an interactive forum on topics of interest to the community of researchers, academics, and clinicians in physical therapy and rehabilitation-related fields.

The overarching theme for 2022 is: How research informs clinical practice and clinical practice informs research.

In this session Janet K. Freburger, PT, PhD, FAPTA who served as a co-investigator on two of the first large pragmatic trials funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the COMPASS trial and the TARGET trial, covers:

  • Review principles of implementation science and pragmatic trial design
  • Discuss lessons learned from the conduct of the COMPASS and TARGET trials
  • Discuss opportunities to advance rehabilitation care delivery through implementation research.
  • The presentation will be followed by an open discussion amongst participants.
      • Listen to Implementing evidence into practice: the role of pragmatic trials here. This webinar took place August 30, 2022.
      • Target audience: Audience: Faculty, post-docs, program directors/chairs, PhD students, physical therapists and others interested in improving their understanding of implementation science/implementation research and how it can be used to advance the field of rehabilitation.
      • Fee: No-charge
      • CEU: None

      Learning objectives: The participant will reflect and identify:

      • Define key terminology in the field of implementation science/implementation research. 
      • Describe characteristics of pragmatic trials and the advantages/disadvantages of this type of study design.
      • Identify key constructs that are associated with effective implementation of evidence into practice.
      • Identify implementation research opportunities in the field of rehabilitation. 



      • Janet K. Freburger, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh


        • Deborah L. Givens, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, Director, Division of Physical Therapy, UNC Chapel Hill

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