Improving the Lives of Rehabilitation Patients

Research is core to California Rehabilitation Institute’s mission of advancing patient care. Our goal is to recognize challenges, innovate and evaluate new treatments that improve the lives of rehabilitation patients. We do this through studies, performed during admission to California Rehabilitation Institute or after discharge.

Active research studies

Below is a listing of our active research studies. If you, a loved one or your patient meets the eligibility requirements, please reach out to the contact listed below.

  • Stroke

    Patient-Reported Health Outcomes of Neurorehabilitation Patients: Assessing Impact of Pharmacy Related Variables

    To correlate pharmacy-related variables with patient reported outcomes specifically within neurorehabilitation patients with the intention of demonstrating value and as a metric for quality improvement in pharmacy-related health services delivery at California Rehabilitation Institute.

    Aims:

    1. To explore and define pharmacy-related variables outlined in the California Rehabilitation EHR
    2. To assess the impact of pharmacy related variables on patient reported health outcomes and perceptions of their pharmaceutical care
    3. To examine areas of opportunity that would address and improve upon pharmacy related health services delivery

    Contact: Pamela Roberts, PhD
    Email: [email protected]

     


     

    Tele-Rehabilitation For Arm Weakness After Stroke

    Higher doses of rehabilitation therapy can lead to better outcomes. Dr. Cramer’s lab has pioneered new ways to provide higher doses of rehab therapy using telehealth methods, with a focus on making the arm stronger after a stroke. The current study aims to extend this approach to persons who have been admitted to California Rehabilitation Institute. A tele-rehab system will be brought to your room, for your private use, in order to receive extra rehab therapy. When you go home, the same system will be delivered to your home, for you to continue using, for 6-8 weeks in total. We will test how well you are doing by examining you twice, once when we start and again after 6-8 weeks. The goals of this study are to:

    1. See how well this approach works for patients at Cal Rehab
    2. See how well you are doing after 6-8 weeks of tele-rehab
    3. Understand your tele-rehab experience

    If you have a caregiver (such as a spouse), that person will also be invited to take part in this study, because we also want to understand the tele-rehab experience from their point of view.

    Contact: Tiffany Nguyen
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 424-522-7874

     


     

    The Relationship Between Function, Stroke Severity and Perception of Health at Follow-up in Stroke Rehabilitation Patients

    This retrospective study focuses on patients 18 years and older who have a stroke diagnoses and have been discharged from California Rehabilitation Institute from June 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2020. The study aims include determining the relationship between function, stroke severity and perceived health status in this population and the factors that predict favorable health status.

    Contact: Cecile Alpasan
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 310-423-5243

     


     

    3D-Printed Customized Grip Assistance Device for Improved ADL in Acute Stroke/Neurological Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Patients

    We are looking for adults (18+) with grip impairment to test a new grip assistance device. This device aims to help with activities of daily living and improve grip. The study will take place in the comfort of your room!

    Eligibility criteria: 18+ years old, impaired grip from stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or related condition.

    Contact: Sean Pianka
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 516-361-6148

     

     

  • Brain Injury

    Patient-Reported Health Outcomes of Neurorehabilitation Patients: Assessing Impact of Pharmacy Related Variables

    To correlate pharmacy-related variables with patient reported outcomes specifically within neurorehabilitation patients with the intention of demonstrating value and as a metric for quality improvement in pharmacy-related health services delivery at California Rehabilitation Institute.

    Aims:

    1. To explore and define pharmacy-related variables outlined in the California Rehabilitation EHR
    2. To assess the impact of pharmacy related variables on patient reported health outcomes and perceptions of their pharmaceutical care
    3. To examine areas of opportunity that would address and improve upon pharmacy related health services delivery

    Contact: Pamela Roberts, PhD
    Email: [email protected]

     


     

    3D-Printed Customized Grip Assistance Device for Improved ADL in Acute Stroke/Neurological Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Patients

    We are looking for adults (18+) with grip impairment to test a new grip assistance device. This device aims to help with activities of daily living and improve grip. The study will take place in the comfort of your room!

    Eligibility criteria: 18+ years old, impaired grip from stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or related condition.

    Contact: Sean Pianka
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 516-361-6148

     

  • Neurological

    3D-Printed Customized Grip Assistance Device for Improved ADL in Acute Stroke/Neurological Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Patients

    We are looking for adults (18+) with grip impairment to test a new grip assistance device. This device aims to help with activities of daily living and improve grip. The study will take place in the comfort of your room!

    Eligibility criteria: 18+ years old, impaired grip from stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or related condition.

    Contact: Sean Pianka
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 516-361-6148

     


     

    3D Kinematic Analysis of Human Movements

    Understanding the movement patterns of patients with neurological diseases is important to inventing new cures. Such movements are currently evaluated by generating scores using simple scales, but this approach is problematic because such scales do not reflect the details of the true state of the movement quality. Accurately determining the quality of movements is important, as doing so provides unforeseen information on the current state of recovery from injury or on progression of a disease. This study will examine how such a determination can be improved by using kinematic analysis, which will study by utilizing a stereo-camera system to video record human subjects as they perform arm movements.

    Contact: Dr. Ahmet Arac
    Email: [email protected]

     

  • Spinal Cord Injury

    Patient-Reported Health Outcomes of Neurorehabilitation Patients: Assessing Impact of Pharmacy Related Variables

    To correlate pharmacy-related variables with patient reported outcomes specifically within neurorehabilitation patients with the intention of demonstrating value and as a metric for quality improvement in pharmacy-related health services delivery at California Rehabilitation Institute.

    Aims:

    1. To explore and define pharmacy-related variables outlined in the California Rehabilitation EHR
    2. To assess the impact of pharmacy related variables on patient reported health outcomes and perceptions of their pharmaceutical care
    3. To examine areas of opportunity that would address and improve upon pharmacy related health services delivery

    Contact: Pamela Roberts, PhD
    Email: [email protected]

     


     

    3D-Printed Customized Grip Assistance Device for Improved ADL in Acute Stroke/Neurological Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Patients

    We are looking for adults (18+) with grip impairment to test a new grip assistance device. This device aims to help with activities of daily living and improve grip. The study will take place in the comfort of your room!

    Eligibility criteria: 18+ years old, impaired grip from stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or related condition.

    Contact: Sean Pianka
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 516-361-6148

     

  • COVID-19

    Post-COVID Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes: Highlighting Similarities and Differences in Demographics and Functional Outcomes

    This study will provide a descriptive analysis of COVID-19 patients treated within 12 inpatient rehabilitation facilities across the United States. This information will provide important evidence to guide inpatient rehabilitation facilities across a wide range of populations and geographic locations.

    Aims:

    • To examine the effect of patient characteristics such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, marital status and geographic location on patients who are Recovered COVID-19 compared to the general rehabilitation outcomes.
    • To explore the rehabilitation diagnostic distribution and outcomes of patients with Recovered COVID-19.
    • To investigate rehabilitation trajectories (no improvement, some improvement and significant improvement) on the self-care and mobility functional outcomes for the Recovered COVID-19 population versus general rehabilitation population.

    Contact: Pamela Roberts
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 310-423-6660

     

  • Other Research Studies

    Sensing in At Risk Populations: Monitoring Performance Status, Activity of Daily Living, and Independence to Promote Safe Outcomes for Elderly Patients in Rehab, the Home, and Long Term Care

    SARP is a UCLA research project being conducted at California Rehabilitation Institute. The SARP system aims to gauge the wellbeing and independence level of elderly patients living at home, at-risk of functional decline. The SARP system harnesses the metrics achieved from the Smart Watch (activity) and sensors (indoor localization) to track its user’s activity. The system’s ultimate goal is to predict improvement and decline in patients to alert caregivers and doctors and prevent hospitalization.

    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 310-794-0989

     


     

    A Multicenter RCT of Pharmacist-Directed Transitional Care to Reduce Post-Hospitalization Utilization

    After being hospitalized, our nation’s large and growing population of older adult patients is often harmed by medication errors. This project will study known methods of reducing medication errors, especially by involving pharmacists. The goal of this project is to create new knowledge that makes it easier for more hospitals and health systems to use these methods, so that they can reduce harm caused by medication errors.

    Contact: Dr. Josh Pevnick
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 206-792-6948

     

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