KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) today announced Dr. Jason R. Rodeghero as recipient of its annual D.L. Hart Memorial International Research Award, to recognize his research to identify predictive characteristics related to patients with shoulder pain, and to restore shoulder function while reducing healthcare costs.
Dr. Rodeghero’s peer-reviewed research study, Risk stratification of patients with shoulder pain seen in physical therapy practice, is co-authored by Cleland JA, Mintkem PE, and Cook CE. The study was selected for award specifically for showing how functional patient-reported data, derived from the Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO) database, can be used to model and predict risk stratification of patients to identify effective physical therapy care.
Data from 5,214 patients with shoulder pain were analyzed to determine predictive characteristics that identify patients who either have a low-risk or a high-risk of a bad prognosis to physical therapy care. Dr. Rodeghero and his team used multinomial regression to identify significant patient characteristics predictive of treatment response. FOTO’s research database has been cited in 100 peer-reviewed medical journals.
“Shoulder impairments are among the most common conditions seen in outpatient physical therapy settings, consuming significant healthcare dollars,” commented Al Amato, MBA, PT, co-founder and CEO of FOTO.
“The economic considerations for efficient and effective physical therapy care to restore a patient’s shoulder function and reduce pain are important topics in healthcare today. Dr. Rodeghero’s paper makes a significant contribution to the literature to improve clinical knowledge in this area,” added Mark Werneke, PT, MS, Dip, MDT and member of FOTO’s Research Advisory Board.
FOTO’s D.L. Hart Memorial International Research Award program honors Dennis Hart PT, PhD (deceased 2012) and recognizes medical practitioners and researchers who make notable contributions toward promoting quality and cost-effectiveness in healthcare.
Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) has been continuously improving solutions to efficiently measure and reliably report patient functional outcomes for the physical rehabilitation industry for 26 years. FOTO’s web-based measurement solutions are used by clinicians to determine fair and accurate risk-adjusted predictions of the expected improvement in patients’ functional ability.
More than 21 million patient assessments have been compiled in the FOTO database – one of the largest in North America. Visit www.FOTOinc.com for more information.