PA Research does not have to just be publication of a research paper in a major academic journal. In fact participation of any kind of scholarship, an academic activity to advance knowledge, skills or experience.
As per Charles DiMaggio, PhdD, MPH, PA-C from Columbia University, when answering the question “Why do Research?”
- to save lives, or at least improve patient care or prevent illness
- to advance science, and perhaps your career
- because you love it.
Any PA Participation in scholarship projects, whether related to the may include:
- Independent study of a subject (e.g. Case study of a particularly interesting clinical presentation of a disease)
- Conducting a Literature Review or Systematic Review of studies on PA utilization, integration or education
- Conducting a case-control or cohort study, Randomized Controlled Trial, or trial without randomization
- Performing a descriptive or qualitative study.
- Capstone/senior seminar (Read Manitoba PA Grad Eden’s reflection of the CAPSTONE Project).
- Honours Courses
- Publishing a research paper in an academic journal
- Submitting a research poster (such as through CPAEA’s Poster Sessions)
I’ve put together a post past CPAEA Poster Sessions where you can see the subjects and topics that were covered.
A few examples of some topics around PA research include:
- PAs in Health Promotion
- PA Education
- Patient Perception of PA Care
- PA Integration
- PA Policy Papers
- PA Regulation
- PA Funding
- PA-led interventions or screening programs (e.g. PA-led discharge program, skin cancer screening, smoking cessation, etc.)
PA participation and PA-led research projects on topics outside of PA utilization, including disease prevention and health promotion, biomedical research, public health is important as well. Read more about the Importance of PA Research.
The study linked to on the left is a research paper that was published, the poster on the right demonstrates scholarship presented at the Poster Presentation at the CAPA Annual Conference Poster Sessions.
UofT PA Grad Laurel MacInnis was recently published in the Arthroplasty Journal for her article on Labral Gracilis Tendon Allograft Reconstruction and Cartilage Regeneration Scaffold for an Uncontained Acetabular Cartilage Defect of the Hip
PA involvement in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention