Dr. Daniel Deutscher, PT, PhD (left) received the 2015 D.L Hart International Research Award for his outstanding research in physical therapy. The award was presented by FOTO, which is responsible for investigating patient rehabilitation outcomes.
Dr. Deutscher is Director of Research & Development, Physical Therapy Service at Maccabi Healthcare Services in Tel Aviv. He works in the second largest public medical health plan in Israel. Dr. Deutscher received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Tel-Aviv University, and his PhD from the University of Haifa, .
The significance of Dr. Deutscher’s research found that physical therapists with advanced McKenzie education had better patient functional outcomes and predicted fewer visits than therapists with no advanced McKenzie training. McKenzie is a leading institution of education and research of spine and physical injuries and disorders.
The D.L. Hart Award honors research that has made a significant impact on the science of patient management. The Award honors Dennis Hart, PT, PhD, FOTO’s Director of Research and Development who passed away in 2012. Through Dr. Hart’s open collaboration with clinicians and researchers using the FOTO outcomes database, many opportunities are now available to prove and advance the science of physical therapy and occupational rehabilitation. Dr. Deutscher collaborated directly with Dr. Hart on many earlier research publications.
FOTO co-founders, Al Amato and Ben Johnston, said “Dr. Deutscher is especially qualified to be this years’ recipient of the the D.L. Hart International Award for several reasons. Dr. Deutcher has contributed several articles in the past on the science and use of Outcomes in Rehab. This particular article uses Outcomes to demonstrate the value of continuing education and its effect on patient functional outcomes and treatment efficiency. The article gives weight to the need to monitor continuing clinical education to determine the benefit in patient management and clinical efficiency. Dr. Deutcher has designed a valid study to measure this important relationship. Thank you Dr. Deutscher, for this important contribution to the body of knowledge using outcomes.”