INSTRUCTIONS & CRITERIA FOR HOME HEALTH SECTION RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS
The Home Health Section funds pilot research in the home care clinical setting. The purpose of this grant program is to encourage the process of data collection and care practice investigation, thereby enhancing opportunities for evidence-based practice by Section members. Moreover, the program is intended to develop viable pilot studies, ultimately serving as the foundation for larger investigations with industry-wide implication.
Eligible studies will address one of the following areas:
- Examine the effectiveness of a treatment approach that is specific to the home care environment (ex- front-loading visits, telemonitoring, chronic care management, disease-specific program, etc.).
- Examine the impact of individualized care practice procedures on process or outcome based measures.
- Examine home health service delivery and impact on hospitalization or rehospitalization rates.
- Examine the use and effectiveness of evidence-based standardized measure(s) with specific health conditions (ex- Parkinson’s Disease, heart failure, frequent falls, etc.).
AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING
The Home Health Section has allocated a total of $10,000 for 2017 to fund pilot research by Section members. The grant may be used to purchase equipment, pay consultation fees, recruit patients, or fund clinicians to collect data. Grant funds from this program cannot be used for administrative or overhead expenses. Physical Therapists receiving funding from this program will be expected to submit their findings in abstract form to the Home Health Section Research Committee within three years of receipt of funding. The Research Committee will then consider the project for presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Evidence of approval from the investigator’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Biomedical Research must be provided before the funding will be released. Grant award recipients will have 180 days to submit proof of IRB approval once notified of grant award acceptance. If the awardee requires additional time to obtain IRB approval, an extension request must be sent to the Home Health Section Research Chair prior to 180 days after notification. Extensions may be granted at the discretion of the Home Health Section Research Committee with a timeframe of up to 90 days.
GRANT APPLICATION COMPONENTS
- Cover page
- Title of project
- Principal investigator with contact information and mailing address
- Abstract (1 page maximum)
- Background, Purpose, Design, Methods, Anticipated Results
- Needs Statement (5 page maximum)
- Background of topic requiring investigation (Note Funding Eligibility criteria)
- Literature review
- Proposed research plan description
- Anticipated results
- Budget and budget justification
- Principal Investigator Curriculum Vitae
CRITERIA FOR REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS
Priority will be given to applications that meet the following criteria:
- Have a specific and well-designed purpose related to ‘hot topics’ in today’s home care industry (ex- acute care hospitalization, falls intervention, PPS revenue).
- Projects that measure the effectiveness of home care physical therapy interventions.
- Projects that are expected to enhance the clinical practice of fellow Section members.
The application must be submitted via the form below on or before October 31, 2016.
Members of the Home Health Section Research Committee will review each proposal to determine if it is one of the five types of proposals eligible for funding. Eligible applications will be forwarded to an appointed grant review committee that will review and rate each eligible application. The highest rated application will be selected for funding. All applicants will be notified of the results no later than December 16, 2016 and receive funding following submission of IRB approval. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Home Health Section Research Chair with any questions.