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Date:10/30/2008

ility research, which include the role of environmental factors; development of interventions that facilitate individuals' participation in society; decreasing secondary conditions; improving assistive technology; and risk adjustment models, are also points of focus.

Jette, who chaired the 2007 Institute of Medicine study, The Future of Disability in America (http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3740/25335/42494.aspx), states "Our report found that the disability research enterprise at the federal level is underfunded, fragmented with multiple agencies, and poorly coordinated with no one agency maintaining a disability research database...there is no federal definition that constitutes disability research, which makes making assessments challenging."

The participants went on to say that the report served as a major motivator for more than 30 advocacy groups to come together and make a unified case for the next president to focus on disability and rehabilitation research.

The complete podcasts are available at: http://www.ptjournal.org/misc/podcasts.dtl.

PTJ and APTA do not endorse, support, or take a position on the candidates or their health care platforms. This podcast discussion is intended to help listeners make an informed decision as they cast their ballots on November 4.

PTJ is the official publication of the APTA and is an international, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. PTJ serves APTA members, other health care professionals, and patients/clients by documenting basic and applied knowledge related to physical therapy, providing evidence to guide clinical decision making, and publishing a variety of research that is relevant to the field and diverse opinions that are based in scholarly arguments. PTJ, similar to the profession it serves, strives to enhance the function, health, and well-being o
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