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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!

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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.

ACRM Pre-Conference Workshop to include Boston ROC Researcher

June 15th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Mary Slavin, PT, PhD, part of the Boston ROC PRO Core, will be part of a pre-conference workshop at the ACRM annual meeting this fall, “Validation of New Measures of Patient Reported Outcomes for Rehabilitation Medicine.” The target audience for the workshop are clinicians and researchers interested in neurologic rehabilitation. Co-presenters include David Tulsky, PhD, Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan and director of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes and Assessment Research; Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, Director of Rehabilitation Research at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose, CA. and the Project Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education; and Claire Kalpakjian, PhD Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan.

CER Conference Available as a Free Live Webcast!

June 5th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Disability CER Title Webcast

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear leading experts discuss disability related comparative effectiveness research. This live webcast is free, but you must register to gain access. Click here to read more and register for the webcast


  • Pros and Cons of Different Research Designs for CER
  • Diagnosis and Classification in CER
  • Defining Treatment Interventions
  • Outcome Measurement in CER

Dr. Stephen Haley receives Posthumous Commendation from NARRTC

May 2nd, 2012 in Uncategorized


Stephen Haley, PT, PhD , FAPTA,  (1951-2011) has been awarded a posthumous commendation from NARRTC (formerly known as the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers). The purpose of this award is to recognize his career achievements in research, teaching, service, and advocacy in the field of disability.

The recognition was bestowed posthumously upon Dr. Haley during an Awards Ceremony/Luncheon on April 26, 2012, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Registration is now Open!

April 23rd, 2012 in Uncategorized

Disability CER Title

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is an important national initiative that will have a significant impact on decision-making regarding intervention that affect the health, function, and quality of life for persons with disabilities. Join us as we explore this new frontier!

Conference Highlights

  • Panel Discussion: Pros and Cons of Different Research Designs for CER
  • Presentations: Diagnosis and Classification in CER, Defining Treatment Interventions, and Outcome Measurement in CER
  • Workshops: CER and Cost Effectiveness, Teaching CER Competencies, Translating Technical Advances to Practice, Mental Health and CER, CER Trials in Action: An Example from a Current CER trial
  • CER Funding Opportunities: Discussion with representatives from key funding agencies (NCMRR, AHRQ, PCORI)

View the conference agenda here.

This conference brings together 17 leading experts on disability-related research and CER.

View a list of conference speakers here.

This conference is intended for health care providers and administrators, researchers, academicians, and consumers and their families. Attendance is limited to 100 participants, so we recommend that you register early. Registration is $200 with a reduced rate of $100 for students and post-doctoral fellows.


Click here to register.


Click to view the conference brochure.

Please come to Boston…

The conference will be held at Boston University in the Trustees Room at 1 Silber Way.  When you enter the building, follow signs and take the elevator to the 9th floor.  View a Map of the Boston University Campus.

Rooms for conference attendees are available at a reduced rate, at the Hyatt Cambridge, just a short distance from the Boston University Campus. View information about the Hyatt Cambridge here.


We reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $209/night for conference attendees.  We recommend that you book your hotel early, as this rate is subject to room availability.   When you register for the conference, you will receive an email with a link to the conference Hyatt registration site


Red Sox at Fenway Park: Join us the evening before the conference!

June 21st at 7 pm  Boston Red Sox vs Miami Marlins

Reserve a ticket here.


Funding for this conference was made possible in part by 1 R13 HS021405-01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of Department of Health and Human Services; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsements by the U.S. Government.

This grant was awarded to three Medical Rehabilitation Infrastructure Network Centers, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)- National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR):
Center for Rehabilitation Research Using Large Datasets (CRRLD),  Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement Center (Boston ROC), and Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)

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Winter 2012 Newsletter: Boston ROC’s Second Year!

March 5th, 2012 in Uncategorized

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We are beginning our second year and are working hard to advance rehabilitation research by improving rehabilitation outcome measurement.  Over the last year, Boston ROC sponsored 5 pilot studies and two Visiting Scientists.  We are now accepting for applications to fund the 2012-2013 pilot study projects and Visiting Scientist position.  The application deadline is March 15, 2012, so visit our website to learn more and pass this information to colleagues who may be interested.

Our Core Directors in Patient-Reported Outcomes, Performance-based Measures and Instrumented Outcome Measure cores are eager to provide consultation for your research questions.   Over the last year Boston ROC provided an average of four consultations every month.  If you have questions about selecting outcome measures for a study, please register for consultation on our website.

Boston ROC recently received a conference grant from AHRQ to sponsor a conference, New Frontiers in Disability-Related Comparative Effectiveness Research.  The conference will be held at Boston University on Friday, June 22nd.  Visit our website for more information.

This newsletter highlights Wendy Coster, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA, the Director of Boston ROC’s Director of Patient-Reported Outcomes core.  Learn more about Dr. Coster’s contributions to the rehabilitation field.

On behalf everyone at Boston ROC we thank you for your interest and look forward to serving the rehabilitation research community over the next year.

Click here to view the Boston ROC Winter 2012 Newsletter

Visiting Scientist Jacob Kean Recieves VA Career Development Award

February 29th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Jacob Kean  PhD, CCC-SLP, Boston ROC Visiting Scientist has received a VA Career Development Award to continue his work developing Patient/Clinician Reported Outcomes for veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has affected thousands of veterans involved in recent military conflicts. Persistent symptoms occur in 10-20% of patients with mTBI. The sponsored project is designed to develop an assessment tool to measure the self-management knowledge, skills and beliefs of veterans with mTBI that would be paired with symptom assessment tools and linked to evidence-based rehabilitation approaches. This comprehensive assessment system would be delivered using existing telehealth infrastructure, significantly extending the ability of care managers to monitor veterans with mild traumatic brain injury and reduce the long-term psychosocial and medical needs from both persistent deficits and problems that develop in later life, including increased risk of suicide, homelessness, unemployment, marital discord, neurodegenerative diseases, and reduced community participation.

Jacob Kean joined the Boston ROC team in June 2011 as our second Visiting Scientist.  Since then, he has been working with Alan Jette, PT PhD, Wendy Coster PhD OTR/L, FAOTA, and Pengsheng Ni MD MPH on the qualitative measurement development activities needed to create a measure, and advanced psychometric and factor analytic techniques needed to develop a measure administered adaptively through the use of a computer adaptive testing (CAT).

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.