HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 15, 2020 – Members of the High Point University community frequently conduct, publish and share research and creative works in a variety of ways. Below is a recap of recent research initiatives.
HPU Students Present at North Carolina Research Symposium
Dr. Joanne Altman, director of undergraduate research and creative works, and 50 students recently traveled to Duke University for the fall 2019 State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS). A number of underclassmen participating in HPU’s Research Rookies program supported 20 of their classmates, who presented research around a variety of topics, from history and politics, to communication and religion.
“Starting as early as freshman year, we work to incorporate students into the university’s culture of research and creative work,” said Altman. “Whether watching their peers or presenting themselves, attending a statewide conference provides life skills and experience that employers look for.”
HPU Professor Publishes Research on the Evolving Role of Physical Therapists
Dr. Lance Mabry, assistant professor of physical therapy, recently published research on the role of physical therapists in musculoskeletal health care titled, “Physical therapy musculoskeletal imaging authority: A survey of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Nations.” The research was conducted with fellow HPU professor of physical therapy Dr. James Smoliga; Dr. Robert E. Boyles, clinical professor of physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington; Dr. Jean-Michel Brismee, professor of physical therapy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas; and Hilmir Agustsson, assistant professor of physical therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida.
The study investigated whether physical therapists in World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) member nations are authorized to order musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging and, if so, what factors were associated with this decision.
As the first study to report MSK imaging policy within the WCPT member nations, Mabry’s research found that while many nations within the WCPT allow physical therapists to order MSK imaging, the majority of nations still restrict physical therapists from such practice.
“Factors like lower per capita health care costs and direct access were significant predictors of MSK imaging authority,” said Mabry. “We appreciate the opportunity to share our research findings and initiate conversations around roles in the health care space, and more specifically for physical therapists.”
The article suggests further research should consider additional factors like policy origin, insurance reimbursement and limitations on imaging modality.
HPU Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Obtains National Research Credentials
Dr. Alex Ebied, assistant professor of clinical services in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, recently completed the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Research and Scholarship Academy. The Research and Scholarship Certificate Program developed Ebied’s clinical research and scholarly abilities by integrating research theory with practical applications.
“This certificate has expanded my research knowledge and skillset,” said Ebied. “I look forward to introducing some of the modules into my curriculum and implementing these learnings in future research.”