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Patient-Reported Feedback: HPU Professor, Graduate Publish Research

05.27.2014

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 27, 2014 – High Point University physical therapy professor Dr. Alexis Wright recently published her research on hip-related patient-reported feedback in Physical Therapy Reviews, an international journal of contemporary reviews, discussion papers and editorials within physical therapy.

Practicing clinicians often require questionnaires from the patient’s perspective to track their patient’s response to a specific treatment approach. Titled, “Do the reported estimates of minimal clinically important difference scores amongst hip-related patient-reported outcome measures support their use?” Wright reviewed patient’s feedback outcomes with recent HPU exercise science graduate Jennifer Johnson. The research aims to highlight the multiple definitions of “response,” and alert clinicians on the limitations of patient feedback, as the responses vary depending on pathology, age and baseline functional status of the patient.

“This has been yet another rewarding opportunity to work with great students from the exercise science department,” says Wright. “It helps in preparing them for graduate school, giving them that extra ‘plug’ on their resume, and exposing them to research opportunities that may instill a passion for research in their careers.”

Before graduating on May 3, Johnson received a grant to travel to and present the research at the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association’s 2013 annual meeting in Asheville, N.C.

“I feel so honored, and I am truly blessed to have worked with Dr. Wright with her research,” says Johnson. “The entire research experience and accompanying publishing of the research is a cornerstone and true highlight of my High Point University undergraduate career. I know this experience will help me later on in life.”

The article can be found online here: http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/1743288X14Y.0000000134?journalCode=ptr.

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