In 2013, the D. L. Hart Memorial International Research Award was established to recognize individual(s) for outstanding research and publication in a peer refereed physical therapy or medical journal. The award year is based on the year of the published research.
The award is named in honor of Dennis Hart PT, PhD (deceased 2012) for his uncompromising love and contributions to our physical therapy profession. Dennis was a functional outcome measurement visionary for his leadership and expertise in the development and clinical application of rehabilitation functional outcome measures using modern psychometrics based on item response theory mathematics. Dennis was the first physical therapist to develop, implement, and publish a value-based purchasing method for quantifying the quality of orthopedic outpatient rehabilitation demonstrating a clinician’s treatment effectiveness and efficiency when managing patients with musculoskeletal or neurological impairments. Dennis had a keen interest in using large clinical databases to promote clinical comparative effectiveness research (CER) with the ultimate goal of identifying the right treatment for the right patient. In addition to Dennis’ scholarly contributions i.e., over 85 articles in scientifically refereed journals, Dennis was a clinician, national and international speaker, and renowned educator. Dennis’ high professional productivity left us a rich heritage of knowledge to be studied and implemented in routine care for the benefit of our patients. His work influenced numerous researchers and helped thousands of physical therapists both in the US and Israel to better understand and integrate data collected during everyday clinical practice to help guide patient management and improve patient outcomes.
To acknowledge an individual or individuals who have published outstanding research that has expanded upon the scholarly contributions and career of Dennis Hart.
Only the first author is eligible. FOTO Research Advisory Board (FRAB) members can be eligible as first author, but not for receiving any award money. In such a case, the money could be given to non FRAB co-authors, or donated to a predetermined cause related to rehabilitation practice or any other cause FOTO would feel comfortable with, or just keep the money for next year's award.
The call for nominations will begin October 1st.
The first author may apply for the award or be nominated by a professional colleague familiar with the author's publication.
First author: The award will consist of a plaque and $1,500 (USD) to be donated by FOTO, Inc. and presented at the spring Annual FOTO Conference. The award recipient will receive round trip coach airfare, one day per diem at conference, one night hotel reservation, and a one day conference registration.
Co-authors: Each co-author will receive a plaque in recognition of their work supporting the article’s publication.
Questions regarding the D.L. Hart International Memorial Research Award, including nomination application and submission, can be sent to Mark Werneke at firstname.lastname@example.org.