Research

Balancing insight, innovation and impact

statisticsRehabilitation research is, in many ways, like a three-legged stool. A wonder of physics, the three-legged stool is considered more stable and efficient than its four-legged counterpart. In medical rehabilitation, we rely on research to provide that three-prong foundation that expands our understanding of injuries and diseases, fuels the exploration of novel avenues of treatment and translates to stronger patient outcomes.

Physicians, therapists and nurses at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation (BSWIR) work in tandem with the research scientists and clinicians at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute to drive change and improve the care and functional independence of persons with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, and other neurological conditions. They also focus on advancing sports therapy and performance.

“Despite challenges imposed by COVID-19, we continued to pursue important and impactful research in 2021,” said Simon Driver, PhD, rehabilitation research center director. “We were awarded one of only 14 spinal cord injury model system grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and received other significant funding from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health to support our studies.”

As a result, the research teams were involved in more than two dozen independent and collaborative projects during 2021 and published their work in highly respected national and international journals.

statisticsLearn more about BSWIR/BSWRI’s life-changing research in traumatic brain and other neurologic injuries, as well as COVID rehabilitation. Read some of our published work:

  • Covert K. Clinical implications of mask wearing during exercise in inpatient rehabilitation setting during COVID-19 global pandemic. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2022;103(2):377-380. https://www.archives-pmr.org/article/S0003-9993(21)01522-7/fulltext
  • Fann JR, Hart T, Ciol MA, et al. Improving transition from inpatient rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury: Protocol for the BRITE pragmatic comparative effectiveness trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2021;104:106332. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33652127/
  • Gittler MS, Hamilton RG. Demonstrating the vital role of physiatry throughout the health care continuum: Lessons learned from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on graduate medical education. PM & R. 2021;13(6):599. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/pmrj.12612
  • Roberson D, Newman DK, Ziemba JB, et al. Results of the patient report of intermittent catheterization experience (PRICE) study. Neurourology and Urodynamics. 2021;40(8):2008-2019. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/nau.24786

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