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Resources by Topic: Physical therapy

Quality Time: Sharing PIE - Using "Small Data" to Drive Big Improvements
Podcast episode exploring how two Critical Access Hospital (CAH) leaders utilize data for quality improvement. Discusses how different kinds of data have informed quality improvement initiatives and considerations for analyzing data in low-volume contexts.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Virginia's Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce: 2020
An overview of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2020 Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of PTAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia's Physical Therapist Workforce: 2020
An overview of the physical therapist (PT) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2020 Physical Therapist Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of PTs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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A Comparison of Rural and Urban Specialty Hospitals
Results of a study examining differences in long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities in urban and rural areas. Features statistics on ownership type, location, number of beds, percent of inpatient days for rural residents, percent of inpatient days for Medicare beneficiaries, operating expenses, percent of Medicaid days, and profitability.
Author(s): George H. Pink, Andrew Osgood, Pranathi Sana
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Minnesota's Physical Therapist (PT) Workforce, 2020
An overview of the physical therapist workforce in the state of Minnesota based on a 2017 workforce questionnaire and other resources. Provides data and statistics on demographics, educational attainment, current employment status and future plans, specialties, use of electronic health records and telemedicine, and includes geographic distribution by rural-urban commuting regions (RUCAs).
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Quarterly Therapy Access Monitoring Report
Analyzes pediatric acute care therapy services data for physical, occupational and speech therapies, as required quarterly by the Texas State Legislative Budget Board and the Governor, to determine any adverse impact in access to care in rural, micro, and metro counties.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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The Status of the Healthcare Workforce in the State of Nebraska
Provides an overview of the healthcare workforce in Nebraska and reports county-level data. Includes statistics and information on physicians, physician assistants, nursing professionals, dental professionals, pharmacy professionals, emergency medical technicians, other allied health professionals, and other non-physician clinicians. Covers the demographic profile of the state and the designated Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Nebraska.
Author(s): Fernando A. Wilson, Nizar K. Wehbi, Jamie Larson, et al.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Nebraska Area Health Education Centers, University of Nebraska Medical Center: Center for Health Policy
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Alaska Health Workforce Coalition 2017-2021 Action Agenda
Outlines priorities and provides guidance on system and capacity building initiatives to address Alaska's healthcare workforce needs. Includes discussion on rural recruitment programs, such as loan repayment and incentives, and a rural professional recruiting network.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce, University of Alaska Statewide Workforce Programs
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Using Clinical Video Telehealth to Provide Comprehensive Care to Rural Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Presents a report on the VHA's use of video telehealth in clinical settings to provide access to treatment for rural veterans with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Discusses implementation strategies and the roles of neurologists, physical therapists, and telehealth support staff.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Minnesota's Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce, 2015
Summarizes the 2015 Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Provides data and statistics on demographics, current employment status, future plans, and work setting. Includes geographical distribution by region and across urban and rural areas.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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