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SCoBIRC RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

Collaborations to Improve Functional Independence at Home

A new collaborative research group has been established between SCoBIRC faculty and rehabilitation professionals at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. This collaborative effort includes SCoBIRC researchers, physicians in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Director of Research, researchers, rehabilitation therapists and quality management/data analysts at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

The overall driving force behind the establishment of this collaborative group is to begin translation of several basic science findings into clinical trials and develop evidence-based rehabilitation strategies to promote functional independence for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). But more importantly, the goal of developing this research agenda is to help individuals with SCI to reintegrate into their communities as successfully as possible. This final point becomes a critical issue since a significant number of the individuals who are treated at CHRH return to the rural communities of Eastern KY, which may not be able to provide the level of support for those individuals that can be found in more urban communities. With this in mind, studies are also being developed to examine how successfully individuals with SCI are reintegrating into their rural communities and to develop therapeutic strategies to improve this ultimate outcome of rehabilitation.

If you have any questions please contact either Dr. Patrick Kitzman, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at phkitz1@email.uky.edu, (859) 323-1100 ext 80580 or Beth Hunter, Director of Research at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital at egh1@cardinalhill.org, (859) 367-7213.