HealthSouth is now accepting applications for a total of $30,000 in research grants investigating the effectiveness of therapy in the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) post-acute care setting.

According to a media release from HealthSouth, among the topics could be: 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; and Prevention or control of rehabilitation-related conditions.

Additional topics ideas could include: Patient and caregiver education programming impact or outcomes; Impact of IRF therapy services on the continuum of care throughout a patient’s medical event; and Implementation research aimed at the study of methods to implement research findings.

“Research has been the backbone for the development of best practices in our inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. It also plays a vital role in helping us deliver quality rehabilitative healthcare in the most appropriate, safe, patient-centered environment,” says Cheryl Miller-Scott, DrOT, HealthSouth’s vice president of therapy operations, in the release.

“Because of its importance to our industry and the patients we serve, we are proud to offer these grants for the second consecutive year to encourage more research in the post-acute healthcare industry.”

The deadline for submitting an application is June 30 at 5 pm EST.

Applications will be evaluated based on scientific merit and the experiences of the principal investigator(s), relevance to the grant program objectives, and expected outcomes and study feasibility.

Final selection of the grant recipients will be completed by August 31. The research should then be conducted no more than 12 months after receiving the grant.

[Source(s): HealthSouth, PR Newswire]