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Collaboration is the Key to Enhancing Adherence to Physical Therapy Home Exercise ProgramsPhoto of Megan Donaldson

Faculty Research Spotlight:
Dr. Megan Donaldson

Frustrated by some of her experiences as an orthopedic clinician, Walsh's Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Megan Donaldson began to question her role in developing a patient's adherence, or commitment, to physical therapy.

"So much of what we do in orthopedics is home prescription. I saw a lot of issues with home exercise programs and patients giving up before they even start to experience the benefits. As clinicians, we aren't programmed to follow-up," said Dr. Donaldson. "It was just too easy to accept that patients weren't committed to their home therapy, write them off as no-shows and move on to the next. Rarely would we ask the simple question 'Why?' That one question could make all the difference. And personally, I believe the fortune is in the follow-up."

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Ziika Microfinance Project

Through the Global Learning Program, Walsh University students travel to Uganda's Ziika Village to continue the work of the Ziika Microfinance Project. The project seeks funding for women to start or grow their businesses and to support their daughters' education. Participants are selected based on a needs assessment conducted by Walsh students and faculty.

Meet 5 Women of the Ziika Project