Robert W. Sandstrom, PT, PhD
Robert W. Sandstrom, PT, PhD

Robert W. Sandstrom, PT, PhD

Professor
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Physical Therapy

Position

  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Graduate School

Teaching Activity

  • Anatomy; Health Services; Ethics

Biography

Dr. Sandstrom is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Health Policy and Ethics and Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety.  He served as Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy from 2002- 2010.  He is the lead author of Health Services:  Policy and Systems for Therapists, now in its third edition.  He has served nationally in positions with the Health Policy Section of APTA, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and the Academic Administrators Special Interest Group of the Education Section, APTA.  From 2000-  2010, he served on the Nebraska State Board of Health (five years as secretary).  He currently serves as a technical review consultant on health professions’ scope of practice issues to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. 
 
 

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy; University of Wisconsin- Madison, 1979
  • Master of Science (Anatomy); University of Nebraska, 1986
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Anatomy), University of Nebraska, 1989

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Sandstrom R. Peripheral Neuropathies in Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences. Elsevier, 10/21/14 doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.05223-5, Elsevier, 2014
  • Sandstrom R. Meningitis in Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences. Elsevier, 10/21/14. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.05140-0, Elsevier, 2014
  • Sandstrom R, Lohman H, Bramble JD. (2013). Health Services: Policy and Systems for Therapists, 3rd Ed. Upper Saddle River NJ, Pearson Health Sciences, 256 pp., Pearson Health Sciences, 2013

Articles

  • Disparities in access to outpatient rehabilitation therapy for African Americans with arthritis., Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, doi:10.1007/s40615-016-0263-7, NA, 2016
  • Sandstrom R, Schmaltz A. (2015) Need factors associated with the intensity of outpatient therapy in the Medicare population. Phys Ther Occup Ther Ger 33 (3): 233- 249., Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 33(3), 233-249, 2015
  • Sandstrom, Robert W., Lehman, Jedd, Hahn, Lee, Ballard, Andrew Structure of the Physical Therapy Benefit in a Typical Blue Cross Blue Shield Preferred Provider Organization Plan Available in the Individual Insurance Market in 2011, Physical Therapy, 93, 1342-1350, 2013
  • Sandstrom R, Ballard A, Hahn L, Lehman J. (2013) Structure of the physical therapy benefit in a typical Blue Cross Blue Shield preferred provider organization plan available in the individual insurance market in 2011. Physical Therapy 91: 1342- 1350., Physical Therapy, 91, 1342-1350, 2013
  • Sandstrom R. (2013) Trends in utilization and costs of office- based physical therapy and occupational therapy in the United States, 1999- 2008 HPA PTJ- PAL 13(1): J1- J6., Physical Therapy Journal, 13(1), J1-J6, 2013
  • Sandstrom R, Lohman H, Bramble J. (2013). Companion website to Health Services: Policy and Systems for Therapists, 3rd edition., 2013
  • Sandstrom, Robert Invited Commentary, Physical Therapy, 87, 1194-1196, 2007
  • Sandstrom, R. Commentary on 'use of demographic and quantitative admissions data ...', Physical Therapy, 87, 1194-6; discussion 1197-8, 2007
  • Sandstrom, R. Malpractice by physical therapists: descriptive analysis of reports in the National Practitioner Data Bank public use data file, 1991-2004, Journal of Allied Health, 36, 201-208, 2007
  • Sandstrom, R. W. The meanings of autonomy for physical therapy, Physical Therapy, 87, 98-106, 2007
  • Shara, Michael, Kincaid, Anthony E., Limpach, Aimee L., Sandstrom, Robert, Barrett, Laura, Norton, Neil, Bramble, J. D., Yasmin, Taharat, Tran, Janet, Chatterjee, Archana, Bagchi, Manashi, Bagchi, Debasis Long-term safety evaluation of a novel oxygen-coordinated niacin-bound chromium (III) complex, Journal of inorganic biochemistry, 101, 1059-1069, 2007
  • Sandstrom, R. Consumer directed health plans: the next generation of employer sponsored health insurance, Health Policy Resource, 2, 6, 2002
  • Mokler, P. J., Sandstrom, R., Griffin, M., Farris, L., Jones, C. Predicting discharge destination for patients with severe motor stroke: Important functional tasks, Neurorehabilitation and neural repair, 14, 181-185, 2000

Presentations

  • Sandstrom R, Schmaltz A. (2015) The relationship of perceived health status and functional limitations to the intensity of outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy in the Medicare population. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis IN, February 2015 (Poster presentation), 2015
  • Sandstrom R, Gorman I. (2015) Improving Access to Physical Therapy: Meeting the Needs of the Newly Insured. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis IN, February 2015 (Educational Session), 2015
  • Anatomical Dissection of the Knee, CUSAPTA Continuing Education Course, Half Day, January 2015, 2015
  • Sandstrom R, Acierno J, Parsow D. (2014) Social identity and scope of practice reviews in Nebraska. Center for Health Ethics and Policy Roundtable. September 25., 2014
  • Gorman I, Kuperstein J, Sandstrom R, Moore J. (2014) Health Policy 102: Fundamentals of Reimbursement Post ACA. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas NV, February 2014 (Educational Session), 2014
  • Sandstrom R, Gorman I, Kuperstein J, Moore J. (2014) Health Policy 101: Fundamentals of Policy and Advocacy Post ACA. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas NV, February 2014 (Educational Session), 2014
  • Schmaltz A, Sandstrom R. (2014) The relationship of perceived health status and functional limitations to the intensity of outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy in the Medicare population. Poster presentation at the 2014 St. Alberts Day., 2014
  • Bruns, A., Sandstrom R. (2013) Disparities in the utilization of office- based occupational therapy and physical therapy services in the United States, 2009. Center for Health Policy and Ethics Roundtable, March 21, 2013. Poster project also presented at 2013 St. Alberts Day., 2013
  • Gorman I, Sandstrom R, Zeigler S (2013) Health care reform and professional autonomy: The good, the bad and the opportunities. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego CA January 2013 (Educational Session), 2013
  • Gorman I, Sandstrom R, Zeigler S (2013) Health care reform and professional autonomy: The good, the bad and the opportunities. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego CA January 2013 (Educational Session), 2011
  • Ballard A, Hahn L, Lehman J, R. Sandstrom (2012) Coverage of ambulatory PT services by a major national health insurance company. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association. Chicago IL February 2011 [Poster] Poster also presented at 2012 St. Alberts Day poster session., 2011
  • Sandstrom R. (2012) Predisposing factors associated with amount of ambulatory PT/ OT received by the adult U.S. population in 2008. Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association. Chicago IL February 2011 [Poster], 2011
  • Sandstrom R. (2011) Utilization Characteristics of Office- Based Chiropractic and Physical/ Occupational Therapy in the United States, 2003- 2008 Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association. New Orleans LA February 2011 [Poster], 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Health services related to physical and occupational therapy

Current Research Projects

  • Medicare beneficiary utilization of the Part B physical and occupational therapy benefit Utilization of ambulatory occupational and physical therapy services by the U.S. population.

Awards and Honors

  • Educator of the Year, Creighton University Department of Physical, Class of 2013, 2013
  • Academic Development and Technology eFellows program, 2010