Research Surveys

Below is a list of IRB approved research surveys. Please complete some or all of them to contribute to ongoing research and help propel our Physical Therapy profession forward.

Study #1:

Should PTs call themselves “doctor?”

As physical therapists and other allied health professions transition to doctorally-trained professions, the utilization of the honorific “doctor” has been expanding. The research study below, conducted by High Point University, aims to better understand why clinicians choose to use “doctor” to describe themselves in professional settings and how this utilization impacts their colleagues. Licensed physical therapists— both with and without doctoral training— are encouraged to complete this 5 minute survey.


Study #2:

To Whom This May Concern,

You have been selected to participate in a survey that will help future research aimed at grip and pinch strength normative data collection. This survey research is part of our Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) Program requirements from Western Michigan University.

This survey will be used to help guide our research by identifying which instruments clinicians (OT/OTA & PT/PTA) prefer to assess hand strength – either hydraulic or electronic meters. Our field desperately needs new normative data given that norms from 1985 are typically used in the clinical environment.

Please let us know if you would be willing to participate in our survey or if you could send it out to your clinical team at your facility. It will take approximately 5 minutes. Upon completion of the survey, participants can enter a drawing to receive a $50 gift card.

Please use the Qualtrics Survey link below to access our survey:

If you have any further questions or concerns before, during or after the survey, you can reach us at: 616-970-1800.


Study #3:

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Colleagues,

Please consider completing the following survey to support on-going education within our professions.

This 10-minute, anonymous, voluntary survey is part of a doctoral capstone project. The results of this survey will help inform the investigators about access to lymphedema services. This information will also contribute to the completion of an occupational therapy doctoral capstone project to support pre-surgical lymphedema-based intervention for patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

All current, licensed occupational therapists and physical therapists are eligible to participate regardless of experience, discipline, or setting! So, please feel free to forward this email or this link to other colleagues after completion.

CLICK HERE to learn more and complete the survey!

The survey will close after midnight on August 6, 2022.


Study #4:

The ANPT's Moving Forward Taskforce is seeking information from a variety of neurologic physical therapist clinicians, educators, administrators, and researchers. This survey was designed to assist the taskforce in better understanding how therapists find, select, and choose evidence to implement in practice.

The purpose of the survey is to gather therapists' experiences and perspectives on their approaches to practice, as well as how they come to conclusions about which methods to use. We are interested in learning more about all methods and approaches. The survey is voluntary, anonymous and the first 400 respondents will receive an Amazon gift card in appreciation for your time and thoughtful answers.

The survey is password protected, password: azure

Survey Link:

Survey QR Code:


Study #5:


This is an invitation to participate in a research study titled "Exploring Physical Therapist's Physical Activity Promotion Practices". The purpose of this study is to learn more about Physical Therapists physical activity promotion behaviors for people with neurological disorders. This project is led by Dr. Winston Kennedy, PT, DPT, MPH (graduate student researcher), as partial fulfillment of his doctoral degree in Kinesiology/Adapted Physical Activity, and Dr. Megan MacDonald, PhD (Associate Professor) from Oregon State University.

Participation in this study includes completing an online survey. This survey will be anonymous—your name, email or any affiliations, will not be recorded along with your responses. The survey will take up to 10-15 minutes to complete. Participants will be entered in a raffle to win 1 of 5 gift cards if they choose to participate. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for an opportunity to be interviewed further on the above topic.

Your responses will be helpful in understanding the current status of Physical Therapists promoting physical activity for people with neurological disorders.

Follow this link to the Survey or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

If you have any questions about the study, please email Winston Kennedy (graduate student researcher) at or Megan Macdonald (Principal Investigator) at

Thank you very much for your time and help with completing this research!


Study #6:

Dear Potential Participant,

You are being invited to participate in a voluntary research study about stress and burnout in physical therapist clinical instructors. Ryan Pontiff is a Texas Woman’s University (TWU) PhD candidate and is conducting the study as a part of his dissertation work. His faculty advisor is Peggy Gleeson.

Link to Online Survey: Stress and Burnout in Physical Therapy Clinical Instructors Survey

The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of stress and burnout in physical therapist clinical instructors.

Participation includes a one-time completion of a single online survey with three (3) parts. The first part will be a demographics form to gather information about the participants taking the survey. The other two parts are outcome measures aimed at measuring stress and burnout levels. All three parts are taken at one time, and each part should take no more than five (5) minutes for a total of fifteen (15) minutes to complete the surveys. You will be able to save your answers and return to the survey if you need.

This study is open to all physical therapists who have had a student within the past 12 months and those who were full-time employees during the student’s clinical experience. You must have had a primary grading responsibility for a student physical therapist within the past 12 months.

Your consent for participation in this research will be assumed upon clicking on and completing the survey below. There are no direct benefits to you for completing the survey. Potential risks of this study include loss of time, emotional or psychological distress, and loss of confidentiality. Confidentiality will be protected to the extent that is allowed by law. All data will be stored electronically using an encrypted transcription and data analysis software application. The data will only be retrievable with the project’s unique username and password. Only the Primary Investigator and research committee will have access to the data.

The researchers will try to prevent any problem that could happen because of this research. You should let the researchers know at once if there is a problem, and they will help you. However, Texas Woman's University does not provide medical services or financial assistance for injuries that might happen because you are taking part in this research. If services are needed, you may contact the primary investigator who can provide you with resources.

If you would like additional information on this Institutional Review Board-approved study or have any questions regarding the study, you may email the primary investigator:

Thank you for your consideration.

Ryan Pontiff, PT, DPT, PhD(c)
PhD Candidate at Texas Woman's University
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist


Study #7:

Dear Professionals within the field of Physical Therapy,

We are Doctor of Physical Therapy students at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS, who are asking for your voluntary participation by outpatient physical therapists in our research study. We are investigating the barriers and facilitators to the utilization of pain neuroscience education (PNE) and blood flow restriction (BFR) in the outpatient physical therapy setting. Your participation is voluntary and would involve completing brief, anonymous, online surveys, which are estimated to each take only 1-2 minutes to complete. Additional information about our research project, including information related to the informed consent, is presented online before you begin the survey.

If you have questions concerning this research study, please contact our research advisor, Dr. Phil Kilmer ( You may also contact the University of Saint Mary Institutional Review Board ( Thank you for your consideration in completing our brief and anonymous surveys.

PNE Survey:
BFR Survey:



Study #8:

Clinician Survey

Are you a practicing Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant? We would be interested in hearing about your views on the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in your clinical practice.Interested participants (18 years of age or older) will complete an anonymous 20-30 minute survey online. Your participation will be greatly appreciated! For more information, please visit:

Student Survey

Are you a Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist Assistant Student? We would be interested in hearing about your views on the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in your academic and clinical experience.Interested participants (18 years of age or older) will complete an anonymous 20-30 minute survey online. Your participation will be greatly appreciated! For more information, please visit:



Study #9:

We invite you to participate in a research study conducted by doctoral physical therapy students in the Alvernia University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Our faculty advisor is Dr. Robin Zappin, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate physical therapist's knowledge of and experience with health literacy. You are eligible to participate in this study if you are a licensed physical therapist who is currently practicing in a clinical setting. This survey contains questions on your health literacy-related knowledge and experience. It is anticipated that the survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and all responses will be anonymous and confidential.At the end of the survey, you will have the option to enter your email, which will automatically enter you to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Please click the link below to participate. Please share with your colleagues and friends. Thank you, and we appreciate your willingness to inform the health literacy in physical therapy practice and education.

Study link:

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