2022 COPL Pilot Grant Request for Proposals
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) are proud to announce a Request for Pilot Grant Proposals in Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) research. AOPA leadership and the COPL Board of Directors recognize the dire need for original evidence-based and outcomes research in O&P. Consequently, this award is intended to fund original pilot studies that will support full-scale research projects and to encourage new knowledge generation from young investigators. Additionally, for the 2022-2023 award cycle, AOPA and the COPL Board have identified the following areas as priorities for evidence development:
- Study social determinants of health, health inequity, and/or health disparity within orthotic and prosthetic patient populations.
- Study how real-world data collection methods, like wearables, can be paired with traditional methods of functional assessment in O&P populations.
- Study the impact of COVID on care and care coordination for limb loss, limb difference, and limb impairment patient populations.
- Study transitional care; changes in orthotic and/or prosthetic care as patient transitions from pediatric to adult care models (coordination of care, device design, payer policies, etc.)
- Study/develop outcomes measures, evaluation of clinical benefit, and quality of life metrics related to orthotic and/or pedorthic management (Note: submissions should be pathology and/or condition appropriate, e.g. Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Stroke, Spinal Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, OA, etc.).
- Demonstrate methods to record primary health outcomes such as falls and lower back pain in individuals living with limb loss, difference or impairment.
- Study choice of socket during prosthetic intervention. Factors can include cost savings, adaptability, patient-preference, etc.
- Study the functional impacts and proven clinical benefits of vacuum-assisted socket suspension systems, elevated vacuum. Develop guidelines and clinical decision support for elevated vacuum suspension systems.
- Develop a validated instrument to assess prosthetic interface (socket, liner, and suspension) fit, comfort and performance.
- Study the current prosthetic and/or orthotic prescribing patterns with respect to goal-oriented care and longitudinal clinical outcomes.
Additional topics beyond those listed will also be considered for funding. AOPA and the COPL Board will give preference to grants that address evidence-based clinical application in O&P. Applications involving patient-engaged, participatory research are encouraged.
One-time awards will be granted for projects ranging between $5,000 and $30,000. The study must be completed within one year from the start date, which will be set once IRB approval is received and initial payment is made by AOPA.
The 2o22 deadline has passed. Notifications will be made by July 1, 2022.
Inquiries should be sent directly to: Ashlie White at awhite@AOPAnet.org or 571-431-0812
2021 COPL Pilot Grant Recipients
The Board of Directors of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) has selected its 2021 COPL Pilot Grant recipients. Congratulations to:
- Joshua Burns, PhD, Feasibility of smart ankle-foot orthoses with embedded wearable sensors to measure real-world function and compliance in childhood
- Cole Cheney, MD, Sciatic Block in Contralateral Limb for Treatment of Refractory Phantom and Residual Limb Pain; a Triple-Blind Randomized Crossover Controlled Trial
- John Chomack, MS, Advanced Wearable Fitness Tracker for Individuals with Transtibial Amputation: A Feasibility Study Using the Oura Ring
- Michael Dillon, PhD, Closing an evidence-practice gap: exploration of the barriers and facilitators influencing use of telehealth for orthotic/prosthetic services in the United States of America
- Graci Finco, CPO-L, Wearable Sensors in Prosthetic Practice: Can Walking Symmetry Supplement Clinical Measures to Assess Fall Risk?
- Szu-Ping Lee, PhD, Socioeconomical Disparities on Post-Amputation Outcomes in Individuals with Lower Limb Amputation
- Edward Garrett Jr., MD, Investigating Mobility and Prosthetic Utilization Outcomes in Patients with Lower Limb Amputation and Vascular Comorbidities Under Physician-led Collaborative Care Model
- Cody McDonald, PhD, Racial bias in orthotics and prosthetics
- Taavy Miller, PhD, Do corrective scoliosis TLSOs fabricated using 3D scanning show a greater percentage of in-brace curve correction compared to TLSOs fabricated from a traditional casting method of image capture?
- Andrew Sawers, PhD, Improving documentation of falls in people living with lower limb amputation: Reconstructing fall events with the Lower Limb Prosthesis User Fall Survey
- Fanny Schultea, CPO-L, Controlled Intervention Study of Community-Based Rehabilitation for People with Amputation in the Houston, Texas Area
- Shane Wurdeman, PhD, Care patterns and total cost of care associated with diabetic foot ulcer and lower limb amputation among Medicare beneficiaries: A 5-year cohort analysis
In order to fund the 12 projects, the COPL Board asked AOPA to pursue additional funding, equaling $239,537.50. AOPA allocated $95,000 for the 2021 COPL cycle and received key sponsorship dollars from the American Board for Certification (ABC), the Brown Foundation, and the Board of Certification (BOC).
“ABC is pleased to support the Center in its mission to promote research and education in O&P. We are especially hopeful that the evidence-based and patient-oriented research will lead to improved patient outcomes. The alignment of ABC’s and the Center’s missions and goals for the profession couldn’t be clearer,” said Anthony C. Ward, CPO, ABC President
“BOC is proud to be a key funder for the 2021 COPL Pilot Grant Program Cycle. We will sponsor a study titled, ‘Racial Bias in Orthotics and Prosthetics,’ which aligns with BOC’s values and is important to our professional community,” said Bradley “Brad” Watson, BOCO, BOCP, LPO, BOC Board Chair
What is the Center for O&P Learning (COPL)?
The general purpose of the Center is to promote research and education within the field of orthotics and prosthetics. Educational initiatives will focus on clinical education for professionals as well as external efforts to inform the general public and health care community on topics relating to orthotics and prosthetics, including as relevant to patient care. Research objectives will include advancement of knowledge and technologies in orthotics and prosthetics, enhancement of evidence-based medicine research capabilities, and patient-oriented outcomes designed to ensure that the needs of patients are best served.
Board of Directors
- Shane Wurdeman, (AOPA) Chair
- Susan Kapp (AAOP)
- Scott Williamson (At Large)
- Don Shurr (At Large)
- Wayne Rosen (BOC)
- TBD (NAAOP)
- Christopher Wallace (ABC)
- Sheryl Sachs (NCOPE)
- Mary Richards (Amputee Coalition)
Previously Funded Studies:
2020 – 2021
- Sarah R. Chang, PhD, “Develop Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Vacuum-Assisted Socket Suspension Systems”
- Jonathan D. Day, “Non-invasive method for quantifying progress of healing after transtibial amputation: a pilot study”
- Michael Dillon, PhD, “Describe the population receiving orthotic/prosthetic services using telehealth, and their experience and satisfaction with those services”
- Erik Hansen, MD, “The Effect of Osteoarthritis Bracing on Community Involvement, A Pilot Study”
- Natalie Harold, CPO, “Development of a Customizable Outcome Measures Electronic Toolkit (COMET)”
- Rebecca M. Miro, PhD, CP, MBA, CRA, “Prosthetic, functional, and clinical outcomes among female amputees: A scoping project o include a systematic review and 10-year retrospective record review of female Veterans with limb loss”
More information on the grantees’ projects available here.
- Leigh Clarke, B.PO, MPH, “Patient and payor perspective of the benefit of prosthetic interventions and services: informing measures for future health economic evaluations.”
- Reza Safari, PhD, “Activity, Mobility, Social Functioning, Mental Health and Quality of Life Outcomes in Limited Mobility Transfemoral and Knee Disarticulation Amputees Using Microprocessor-Controlled Knees or Non-Microprocessor Controlled Knees in the United Kingdom: A Cohort Study.”
- Jenny A. Kent, PhD, “Vacuum Assisted Suspension: The effect of residuum-socket interface integrity on perception and control in individuals with a transtibial amputation.”
- Christopher Hovorka, PhD, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, “Quality of life, satisfaction, gait and motion control outcomes of articulated passive dynamic, non-articulated passive dynamic and solid ankle foot orthoses in hemiparetic stroke survivors.”
- Geoff Balkman, BA, MS, CPO “Large-scale administration and calibration of a patient-reported item bank for assessing mobility of lower limb orthosis users”
- Balkman, Geoff, BA, MS, CPO, “Development of a Mobility Outcome Measure for People who use Lower Limb Orthoses”
- John DesJardins, PhD, “The Quantification of Containment Conditions Used for Directed Growth Within Infant Cranial Remolding Orthoses: A Pilot Study”
- Sun Hae Jang, M.Sc., CO, FAAOP, “Normative Values, Reliability, and Validity of the Global Visual Gait Assessment for Measuring Orthotic Biomechanical Outcomes for Use in Post-Stroke Patients”
- Shannon Mathis, Ph.D. “Gait Analysis Using Video: Defining K-Level in Lower-Limb Prosthesis Users”
- Shane Wurdeman, PhD, MSPO, CP, FAAOP, “Prospective Falls Analysis Among Lower Limb Prosthesis Users- Understanding the Role of Prostheses in Reducing Fall Risk”
- Eric Weber, CPO, FAAOP, “Longitudinal Tracking of Stability Events and AFO Compliance Among Stroke Survivors During Sub-Acute and Chronic Phases of Recovery”
- Sarah Anderson, La Trobe University, “Comparison of quality of life in people with partial foot or transtibial amputation”
- Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP, Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc., “Hydraulic and Microprocessor Controlled Ankle-Foot Prostheses for Limited Community Ambulators with Unilateral Transtibial Amputation: Pilot Study”
- Sarah Chang, PhD, Northwestern University, “A pilot study to evaluate the effects of the hydraulic ankle-foot prostheses on standing and walking in K2-level ambulators”
- Benjamin Padilla, MD, University of California San Francisco Benoiff Children’s Hospital, “The Effects of a Custom Pectus Carintum Orthosis on Dosing Response and Quality of Life”
- Eric Weber, CPO, FAAOP, Hanger Clinic – Department of Clinical and Scientific Affairs, “Mobility and Global Health among Users of Lower Limb Orthoses: The Establishment of a National Data Base”
- Chris Hovorka, Ph.D., CPO, LPO, FAAOP, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Gait and Motion Control Benefits of Custom Molded Passive-Dynamic AFOs versus Custom Fit Carbon Composite AFOs in Persons with Neuromuscular Impairment”
- Kenton Kaufman, PhD, Mayo Clinic, “Prevalence, correlates, and risk of prescription drug use and abuse in individuals with above knee amputations”
- Walter Lee Childers, PhD, MSPO, CP, Alabama State University, “Stumble recovery mechanisms utilized by people using different types of microprocessor knees”
- Kenton Kaufman, PhD, PT, Mayo Clinic, “Risk factors and costs associated with secondary health conditions of individuals with above-knee amputations”
- Staci Shearin, UT Southwestern, “Impact of Carbon Fibre AFOs on gait and resulting changes in quality of life across time in persons with PD”
- Nicholas LeCursi, CO, Becker Orthopedic Appliance Company, “Relative influence of orthotic support features within an open frame AFO versus a total contact AFO on function, endurance, and activity level in patients with spastic equinovarus secondary to chronic stroke”
- Ignacio Gaunaurd, PhD, MSPT, University of Miami, “Utilizing an innovative Timed-Up-and-Go test for fall risk detection in people with unilateral lower limb loss”
- Sai Vikas Yalla, PhD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, “Activity Based Quality Life Assessment to Compare Prostheses with and without Microcontrollers in Transfemoral Amputees”
- Shane Wurdeman, PhD, MSPO, CP, FAAOP, Hanger Clinic – Department of Clinical and Scientific Affairs, “Improved mobility with lower limb prostheses: the establishment of a national multi-site outcomes database”
- Fan Gao, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. “Does Vacuum Assisted Socket System Improve Knee Proprioception and Dynamic Balance in Transtibial Amputees?”
- Jason Highsmith, PT, PhD, CP, FAAOP, University of South Florida, “Concurrent Validation of the Continuous Scale Physical Functional Performance Test (CS PFP-10) in Transfemoral Amputees”
- Jason Kahle, MSMS, CPO, FAAOP, The University of South Florida, School of PT and Rehab. “Transfemoral interfaces with vacuum assisted suspension comparison of biomechanics using the CAREn: Ischial containment versus brimless”