Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Model Systems Researchers Present at 2014 ACRM Conference

A host of TBI and SCI model system researchers recently presented at the 91st Annual ACRM Conference in Toronto, Canada on October 7-11. View the presentation highlights below.

Dr. Allen Heinemann, Ph.D., co-director of the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCICS), delivered five presentations: "How to get Published: Authorship, Reporting Guidelines, Reviewing in Medical Rehabilitation”, “Developing and Reporting Research Evidence That Makes a Difference in Systematic Reviews”, “Environmental Factors Item Development for Persons with Stroke, TBI, and SCI”, “Developing Outcomes Data Management and Reporting Capacity for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Programs”, & “Mediating Entities in the Knowledge Transition Cycle as Catalysts for Organizational Change”.

Dr. Anne Deutsch, RN, PhD, CRRN, director of the SCI Database for the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCICS), lead the instructional course Ensuring the Delivery of High-Quality Fall Prevention: How Rehabilitation Professionals Engage in Quality Improvement. Dr. Deutsch also delivered multiple presentations during the symposium: Navigating US Post-Acute Care Policy: Where Do I Begin?, “The Role of Research in Reimbursement”, and Best Practices for Reporting Rehabilitation Research.

Hannah Mercier, MS, OTR/L presented an analysis of the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center’s (NERSCIC) study, Care Call. The presentation," Differential impact and use of a telehealth intervention by persons with MS or SCI," examined differences between Care Call samples participants with multiple sclerosis (MS) or spinal cord injury (SCI) on demographic and clinical characteristics, patterns of engaging with Care Call, and outcomes of depression severity, skin integrity, healthcare access and utilization, and participation. Her analysis extends previous research revealing that this intervention can improve depression for adults with MS and SCI, and enhance healthcare access and physical independence for those with MS.

Yuying Chen, MD, PhD, director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) presented "Spinal cord injury epidemiology: global perspective, implications for best practice," for the symposium titled “The World Health Organization’s International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury Report: Implications." She also presented " Geographic variation and environmental risk factors for kidney stones after spinal cord injury," for the symposium titled “Environment Matters: Contribution of Geographic Data to Understanding Spinal Cord Injury Incidence and Rehabilitation Outcomes“