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Am J Occup Ther. 2010 Sep-Oct;64(5):796-803.

Development and evaluation of the University of Michigan's Practice-Oriented Research Training (PORT) Program.

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, USA.


We describe the development and evaluation of a clinical research training program designed specifically for such health professionals as occupational and physical therapists. Outcomes of program success included trainees' self-rating of research skills before and after the program, as well as submission of a formal grant application to a grant competition for program participants. At program completion, participants reported improvements in their research skills, with the most gain in formulating research questions and writing a testable hypothesis and the least gain in understanding statistics. Of the 21 participants, 43% submitted a grant proposal to a competitive intramural grant program. In the next year, grantees of the program will continue to be mentored by the program mentors while conducting their research projects. Given the initial successes, this program represents a promising model for providing research training to practicing clinicians.

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