Category: ROC Blog

LLFDI-CAT Software Update

June 18th, 2013 in Recent News, ROC Blog

LLFDI Download ButtonWe have upgraded the Late-Life Function and Disability CAT. The new version, 1.04, with updated manual, can be downloaded at:

If you already have the LLFDI-CAT on your computer, you will need to uninstall the old version on your computer. When the older version of the LLFDI is uninstalled, the program database will NOT be deleted, just in case an uninstall happened by mistake, so data is not lost. When you install version 1.04, the same database will be used –so your data from the new version goes into the existing database. Please note that there is no indication in the user interface, reports, or export files that indicate which sessions were conducted with the old LLFDI and which with the new. Therefore, you may choose to note the date of the upgrade for your records.

If you have any questions about the LLFDI-CAT or any other instruments, please register for a consultation.

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March 8th, 2013 in Recent News, ROC Blog, Uncategorized

Face into the Storm:

Gaining the System Skills Needed to Succeed in the
Changing Healthcare Environment

June 7, 2013  Boston, MA

This one-day conference, co-sponsored by the APTA and Boston University’s Health & Disability Research Institute, focuses on the need to develop systems skills as a critical component of physical therapy practice.  Click to read more about the conference, agenda, speaker list, and information regarding CEU’s for this event!

Conference Agenda

An Interview with Alan Jette in Brain Injury Professional

November 27th, 2012 in Recent News, ROC Blog

Boston ROC Co-Director Alan Jette, PT PhD was recently interviewed in Brain Injury Professional. Click here to read the complete interview!

Scientist from Germany Visits Boston ROC

November 7th, 2012 in Recent News, ROC Blog, Uncategorized

Boston ROC had an exciting opportunity for international collaboration.  Eva Stoiber, MD spent the fall working with researchers at the Boston ROC to expand her interest in  outcome measurement and the use of different instruments to evaluate the patient health status, especially in diseases with chronic pain.  Dr. Stoiber received her MD degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, and has conducted research in obstetrical procedures and outcomes of very-low-birth-weight-infants, and the treatment of migraine headaches with acupuncture. She worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and assisted with a NIH grant application on a multi-center pilot study of dialysis vascular access graft survival.  Since 2001, Dr. Stoiber has been working in private practice with focus on Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Public Health at Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University.

While at Boston ROC, Dr. Stoiber worked with Boston ROC’s Co-Director Dr. Alan Jette, and Boston ROC research scientists Drs. Pengsheng Ni and Christine McDonough to evaluate the Osteoarthritis Computer Adaptive Test (OA-CAT) for patients with hip dysplasia.  She compared scores on the OA-CAT to scores from other instruments commonly used to assess person with osteoarthritis (i.e., WOMAC, Modified Harris Hip Score and SF12. During her stay at Boston ROC, Dr. Stoiber had the opportunity to gain insight into different aspects of study design, data management, scoring procedures, statistical analysis and evaluation of results.

Dr. Stoiber presented the results of her anaylsis and a summary of her experience with the Boston ROC on Wednesday, November 14 at 12pm. Visit the BostonROC calendar for more information.

PBM Core Works with Three New Research Fellows!

November 7th, 2012 in Recent News, ROC Blog, Uncategorized

Boston ROC welcomes Marla Beauchamp, PT, PhD, who recently joined the Boston ROC community as postdoctoral research fellow.  Dr. Beauchamp will work with Drs. Bean and Jette to analyze data from the Boston Rehabilitative Impairment Study of the Elderly (Boston RISE) study, an NIA-funded prospective cohort study involving 430 primary care patients aged who are over 65 years of age and who are identified as at risk for declining mobility and disability.  Dr. Beauchamp plans examine the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) for the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument (LLFDI).  Hailing from Canada, Marla received her PhD from the University of Toronto in Canada, where she studied balance assessment and treatment in individuals with chronic respiratory disease, with a focus on strategies to prevent functional decline in this population. Dr. Beauchamp is supported by a fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Charles Odonkor, MA is in his final year at the Yale School of Medicine and he completed his master’s degree in cell, molecular and developmental biology at the Washington University in St. Louis. Charles’ interests include research on mobility, stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Over the summer, Charles worked in Dr. Jonathan Bean’s lab at the Spaulding Outpatient Rehabilitation and Clinical Research Center, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He reviewed data from the Boston RISE study and compared the attributes of two measures of walking performance: the figure-of-8 walk-test and the habitual gait-speed.

Julia Thomas spent the summer collaborating with Boston ROC researchers as a fellow in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program through the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).  Julia is currently in her second year at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC. Prior to pursing her medical degree, she worked for two years as a research assistant with Dr. Jonathan Bean on Boston RISE baseline data to determine the rehabilitative and medical impairments associated with static balance in older adults.

Boston ROC Researchers present at ACRM Annual Conference

October 19th, 2012 in Recent News, ROC Blog

Boston ROC Co-Director Alan Jette, PhD, PT,  and PRO Core Director Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, along with colleagues David Tulsky, PhD, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and Vanessa Noonan, PT, PhD, Rick Hansen Institute, Vancouver, BC, CA held a symposium at this years ACRM annual conference in Vancouver,  entitled ”Development and Initial Evaluation of the SCI-CAT Functional Assessment Instrument.”

This symposium presented the latest findings of a new functional measure for adults with spinal cord injury, called the Spinal Cord Injury Computer Adaptive Test (SCI-CAT). There is growing recognition that limitations of current SCI outcome measures pose a serious impediment to conducting SCI research and monitoring clinical programs. The SCI-CAT,  is a state-of-the-art functional measure for adults with spinal cord injury,supported by the NIDRR National Model Systems Program for Spinal Cord Injury. Presenters discussed computer adaptive testing (CAT)methods, reviewed the development of the SCI-CAT measure, presented findings on the SCI-CAT’s psychometric properties, and over-viewed ongoing efforts to link the SCI-CAT with a pediatric SCI functional assessment measure to enable the assessment of functional abilities across the lifespan. These innovative measures can be used to advance spinal cord injury research and clinical practice.

To read more about the development of the SCI-CAT instrument, two new papers were published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on the item bank  development and initial evaluation.

Alan Jette PT, PhD to present Stephen M. Haley Memorial Lecture at HHS Conference

October 17th, 2012 in Recent News, ROC Blog

Boston ROC Co-Director Alan Jette PT, PhD will present the Keynote lecture at the Howard H. Steel Conference for Pediatric Spinal Cord Injuries & Dysfunction. The Stephen M. Haley Memorial Lecture will focus on Advances in Functional Outcome Assessment.


Read more about the Howard H. Steel Conference.

Archived Webcast Now Available to View!

July 10th, 2012 in Recent News, ROC Blog

On June 22, 2012 the Boston ROC, along with our colleagues at CRRLD and TREAT, held a conference in Boston MA to discuss the,”New Frontiers in Disability Related Comparative Effectiveness Research.” Several sessions of the conference were webcast, and now the archived webcast is available for viewing.

Access to the archive webcast is free, but you must register first.


Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L to Present Symposium at ACRM 2012

June 7th, 2012 in ROC Blog

Director of the Boston ROC Patient and PhysicianReported Outcomes Core Wendy Coster, PhD, OTR/L will be presenting at the ACRM annual meeting in October.  The symposium, titled “Development and Initial Evaluation of the SCI-CAT Functional Assessment Instrument,” will present the latest findings of a new functional measure for adults with spinal cord injury, called the Spinal Cord Injury Computer Adaptive Test (SCI-CAT). Presenters will discuss computer adaptive testing (CAT) methods, review the development of the SCI-CAT measure, present findings on the SCI-CAT’s psychometric properties, and overview ongoing efforts to link the SCI-CAT with a pediatric SCI functional assessment measure to enable the assessment of functional abilities across the lifespan.  The symposium will conclude with a discussion of how these innovative measures can be used to advance spinal cord injury research and clinical practice.

Boston ROC Co-Director Alan Jette, PhD, PT, to Receive the Mary McMillan Lecture Award

February 28th, 2012 in ROC Blog, Uncategorized

Alan Jette, PT, PhD, was selected for the Mary McMillan Lecture Award, and will present his lecture at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 2012 Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL in June.  The Mary McMillan Lecture Award is given annually to someone who has “made distinguished contributions to the profession of physical therapy in the areas administration, education, patient care, or research.”

Dr. Jette’s presentation will focus on America’s impeding demographic shift of enormous magnitude: increasing longevity, declining fertility, and the aging of the baby boom which are triggering an enormous ‘age wave.’ We are facing changing health care needs of Americans, the challenge of limited access to all health care services by millions of our citizens, and unsustainable cost escalation. In response health care is changing fundamentally. In the 2012 McMillan Lecture, Dr. Jette will discuss three critical ‘system skills’ that physical therapists must develop to practice successfully in a changing health care environment. First, to practice effectively, therapists must become interested in data. Secondly, they must become skilled in the ability to devise solutions for the system problems that data and experience uncover. And finally, the third skill the physical therapy profession must develop is the ability to implement at scale – the ability to get therapists and other health professionals along the entire chain of care functioning in concert, in collaboration. He will discuss Vision 2020 as it relates to these challenges and the degree to which I believe we as physical therapists are equipped with the system skills needed to function within effective health care systems, skills such as: standardized measurement and data collection, quality improvement & implementation techniques, diffusion of standardized practice models and innovations, and research skills to conduct comparative and cost effectiveness research that we need to identify what works in physical therapy, for what conditions, under what circumstances, and at what cost.

Click here for more information regarding PT 12, and the McMillian award.