Encompass Health extends open call for therapy research grant applications

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Since 2016, Encompass Health has led an initiative to further research in the area of rehabilitation therapy. Because of this dedication to improved processes, the Company is pleased to invite Encompass Health physicians, employees and other qualified candidates in the medical community to apply to receive funding for research and projects related to the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) post-acute care setting. 

What type of research can receive funding? 
Research should be aimed at the investigation of the impact or effectiveness of therapy in the inpatient rehabilitation facility post-acute care setting. When reviewing the applications, evaluators are looking for:

  • Efficacy of physical, occupational or speech therapy assessments or interventions
  • Impact of modes or intensity of therapies on patient outcomes and experience
  • Impact of therapy assessments or interventions on outcomes or experience
  • Prevention or control of rehabilitation-related conditions
  • Patient and caregiver education programming impact or outcomes
  • Impact of IRF therapy services on the continuum of care throughout a patient’s medical event
  • Implementation research aimed at the study of methods to implement research findings

What studies have been funded in prior years? 
Of the 34 applications submitted since the program’s inception in 2016, an average of four applicants per year have received funding. Previous winners achieved grants to help fund research studies related to the impact of progressive exercises, the effectiveness of occupation-centered interventions, the impact of dynamic body weight support, the scope of mobility and patient-perceived outcomes of rehabilitation after lower extremity amputation surgery, the impact of virtual reality on pain management, and more. 

Funding is available for research only. Funding in 2020 is limited to $30,000, which may be divided between several proposed studies, and must be budgeted on the application(s) prior to conducting the research.

How can I apply?
A copy of the application and the full details may be found at ehc.news/therapygrants. Applications will be evaluated based on scientific merit, relevance to the grant program objectives and expected outcomes and study feasibility. The research should be conducted no more than 12 months after receiving the grant. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on July 31, 2020. Final selection will be completed by Aug. 31, 2020.

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