At Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation, we focus our research on patients across our entire rehabilitation network. With a diverse patient group from acute care therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and our home health division, we are able to create unique research opportunities that include studying infant feeding in the neonatal intensive care unit, examining sleep patterns in patients with a traumatic brain injury, using robotics during inpatient spinal cord rehabilitation and supporting a healthy lifestyle for outpatients living in the community.
Our researchers are always hard at work trying to improve patient outcomes. We currently have several on-going studies, including major nation-wide collaborations with other health care institutes.
Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation will be nationally recognized for conducting innovative, patient-centered research and education programs that lead to the highest quality outcomes in patient care.
To maximize the patient’s rehabilitation outcomes and health through the identification, application, and dissemination of evidence based research and education.
Research staff and clinician-researcher projects are supported by an annual budget of $2.2 million in federal, foundation and industry-sponsored grants and contracts with a focus in brain injury and mobility impairment research. Funding agencies include the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Traumatic Brain Injury Model System
Since 2002, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation has been one of 16 centers nationwide designated as a Model System of care for patients with traumatic brain injuries, which is competitively funded by NIDILRR. Baylor Scott & White Rehabilitation partners with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center nd John Peter Smith Hosital in Fort Worth to form the North Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Model System. As part of the Model System, researchers and clinicians contribute to a national database to better understand the health of TBI patients over time, conduct innovative research projects to improve patient and family member outcomes, and collaborate with other Model Systems on research and education projects.
Innovation In Research
Our research team is using new technology to improve rehabilitation outcomes, including an exoskeleton suit for gait recovery, functional electrical stimulation (FES), accelerometers, actigraphy to measure movement, resting metabolic rate to measure caloric consumption, and mobile apps to track and improve health.