Dr. Sarah Blanton receive the 2022 Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Grant.

Dr. Sarah Blanton

Dr. Trisha M. Kesar

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) has awarded the 2021 Paris Patla Physical Therapy Research Grant in the amount of $100,000 to Dr. Sarah Blanton. The funds will support the study titled, “Evaluation of a Carepartner-Integrated Telehealth Gait Rehabilitation Program for Persons with Stroke”. The study arises from the preliminary work from the PI’s (Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT) NIH-funded K23 project, which evaluated the feasibility of a web-based, family-focused upper extremity intervention for persons with stroke and their carepartners. Building upon the insights gained and promising results from engagement of the carepartner in upper extremity rehabilitation, the current research seeks to broaden the scope of our intervention and optimize post-stroke outcomes by pairing CARE-CITE with home-based gait and functional mobility training (CARE-CITE-Gait). Partnering with Co-I Trisha Kesar, PT, PhD’s expertise with measuring and treating post-stroke walking deficits, the proposed work will, for the first time, test CARE-CITE-Gait to determine its effects on functional mobility, physical activity, quality of life, and psychosocial outcomes in stroke survivors and their carepartners.
The FPTR research grant funding helps pioneer new treatments, show the efficacy of existing treatments, and define the value of physical therapy services for patients, payers, and providers alike.