Boston ROC Cores
Director: Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L; Boston University
A patient’s self-report (or clinician’s judgment) of functional status or quality of life is an essential outcome in clinical trials. Advances in using item response theory and computer adaptive testing have improved PRO measures and Boston ROC PRO core researchers have been at the forefront of these developments.
The PRO CORE is housed at Boston University. Drs. Coster and Ni are nationally recognized for their expertise in developing and implementing PRO.
Performance Based Measures (PBM) CORE
Co-Directors: Roger Fielding, PhD; Tufts University’s Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory ; Jonathan Bean, MD, MPH
Standardized performance tests provide an objective assessment of functional capacity and are important outcomes to assess rehabilitation interventions. The Boston ROC PBM core directors have been leading researchers in the area of PBM for the last 10 years.
The PBM CORE is housed in the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory at Tufts University. Drs. Fielding and Bean have been leading researchers in the area of performance-based measures for the last 10 years.
Instrumented Outcome Measures (IOM) CORE
Director : Paolo Bonato, PhD; Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Motion Analysis Lab
Advances in computer technologies, micro sensors and telecommunication have expanded the possibilities for assessing monitoring and individual’s activities in ecologically-valid settings. The Boston ROC IOM core has extensive experience developing and using IOMs in clinical research.
The IOM CORE is housed in the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Bonato is an nationally-recognized expert in using instrumented technology for rehabilitation research. His current research interests focus on wearable sensor technology.