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As one of the largest pediatric therapy
programs in the nation, we contribute to evidence-based practice initiatives
and professional practice research agendas. We share the vision of Cincinnati
Children’s overall mission: to be the leader in improving child health and to
transform care through research, education and innovation. Within the Division of Occupational Therapy
and Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation (OT / PT / TR), our vision is to
be the scientific leader in the development of transformative strategies and
interventions for children which promote participation, active lifestyles and
improve quality of life.
Our research initiatives are focused on
pediatric and adolescent patients in the areas of:
We aim to support and advance the research
program with the goal of improving the outcome of children who seek services
not only here at Cincinnati Children's, but around the world.
Our research efforts have been recognized and funded by national
agencies such as the:
Our staff includes PhD-prepared clinical
scientists whose expertise spans physical therapy, occupational therapy, and
biomedical engineering. Externally, we strive to publish and present our
findings regionally, nationally and internationally. Internally, the division has developed
mechanisms for dissemination of findings within our large OT / PT / TR staff to
ensure the delivery of consistent, evidence-based care from all of our
providers. The Division of OT / PT and TR
is working diligently to improve the quality of research produced in the
therapeutic environment and to enhance the scientific rigor of therapeutic
PT research programming has responded to the demand for
evidence based practice by strategically growing the scientific arm of clinical
practice. Over the last 5 years, junior
faculty has demonstrated early success in terms of grant awards, publication,
Current research focuses on four thematic areas. These include:
in Chronic Care Populations
Additionally, research in health service utilization has
become a dedicated area of work, spanning all thematic areas. Physical therapy research in the
neurodevelopmental area emphasizes optimized care delivery. We embrace a multidisciplinary approach to
problem solving. Collaborative
relationships are now in place in several departments within the hospital and
OT research at Cincinnati Children's has a strong focus on clinical
research designed to generate new knowledge and provide evidence based
interventions in order to deliver superior care to the patients and families we
serve. The occupational therapy research
team collaborates with a variety of disciplines throughout Cincinnati Children's including:
In addition, we have established research projects with
outside universities. Our research
efforts have a focus on assessment, intervention efficacy and dosing.
Our assessment studies include:
Our current and future efficacy studies focus on:
Our dosing studies focus on our specialized programs
The Motion Analysis Lab (MAL) is housed within the
Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.
The lab includes:
The equipment available within the Motion Analysis Lab
for biomechanical assessment includes:
In addition, a suite of Windows-based workstations are
available for data collection and analysis.
The MAL is directed by Jason Long, Ph.D. Dr. Long has an
extensive background in motion analysis and biomechanics and has published a
number of peer-reviewed articles in the field. Additional staff includes
physical therapists trained in motion analysis techniques, as well as a
The MAL serves dual clinical and research purposes. In
its clinical capacity, the MAL provides quantitative motor biomechanics data
for use in patient evaluation and treatment planning. Typical studies include
analyses of gait and balance, strength, and energy consumption. Key research
areas within the MAL are based around three primary tenets:
We have found that a combination of data acquisition
technology (3D motion analysis, pedobarography, EMG, etc.), higher level
modeling (inverse dynamics, musculoskeletal models), and biostatistical
analysis is required to best understand the complex relationships between a
patient’s underlying impairment and his/her functional and ambulatory
abilities. To this end, we seek to establish a laboratory environment in which
staff and trainees are familiar with each of these areas, with routine feedback
from clinicians regarding the applications of lab-based findings.
Orthopaedic and Sports PT research is focused on
developing new and innovative assessment and intervention methods to improve
the outcomes of the patients we serve.
We partner with the Divisions of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery
to investigate the outcomes of the patients we serve with the goal to improve
the quality of care and the ultimate outcome of all of our patients. Here are a few of our projects currently underway:
We want to be the leader in improving child health.
Learn more about the faculty and staff who comprise the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, including contact information.
OT / PT / TR staff members were actively involved in research initiatives in FY 2015.
OT / PT / TR Staff Presentations:
Grant Funding Sources:
OT / PT / TR Publications:Download a list of recent publications (PDF)
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