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Center for Rehabilitation Research Using Large Datasets


Why is this study needed?

Building research capacity is a priority in the rehabilitation professions. Rehabilitation investigators have traditionally not been educated or trained to conduct secondary data analysis using large national datasets. There are some important rehabilitation outcome questions that can best be addressed using administrative or research datasets. Analyzing and interpreting these dataset require scientific skills different from those necessary to conduct clinical research.

How will this study help patients and rehabilitation stakeholders?

This study will build rehabilitation research capacity by increasing the quantity and quality of rehabilitation outcomes research using large administrative and research datasets.

What are the project objectives?

  • Objective 1:  Develop Education and Training Programs. The Center will provide education, resources, and training for rehabilitation investigators. These programs will assist researchers to better identify, access, manage, analyze, interpret and disseminate information from research and administrative datasets relevant to rehabilitation.
  • Objective 2:  Support Pilot Studies. The Center will provide pilot funding to help investigators conduct studies using large datasets that contain information related to rehabilitation outcomes. The pilot studies will offer practical experience in managing, analyzing and interpreting data from administrative, survey and research datasets.
  • Objective 3:  Facilitate Collaboration. The Center will facilitate collaboration among investigators with clinical experience and researchers with expertise in analyzing large complex datasets. Interdisciplinary collaboration will be emphasized in all components of the center including education, training, pilot studies, and particularly through a visiting scholars program.

How will the project objectives be achieved?

The Center’s objectives will be achieved through a continuum of programs including:

  1. raising awareness of the opportunities for database research;
  2. presenting information about available datasets;
  3. teaching basic skills in database management and analysis;
  4. creating opportunities for in-depth training and collaboration with experienced investigators;
  5. providing pilot funding to gain practical experience and generate preliminary data; and
  6. facilitate the publication of research in high impact journals and preparation of grants for external funding.

What agency funded the project?

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH Grant Number: 1R24HD065702-01

What is the duration of the project?

July 3, 2010 – May 31, 2015

Project Staff

Principal Investigator:

Kenneth Ottenbacher, Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch

Co- Investigators:

Melissa Bjelland, Cornell University Co-Investigator

Susanne Bruyere, Cornell University Director, Website & Directory

Robert Bulik, University of Texas Medical Branch Mentor & Co-Investigator

Anne Deutsch, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Director, Technique Development

Jean Freeman, University of Texas Medical Branch Director, Evaluation & Tracking

Allen Heinemann, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Mentor & Co-Investigator

Arun Karpur, Cornell University Co-Investigator

Bruce Luxon, University of Texas Medical Branch Mentor & Co-Investigator

Glenn Ostir, University of Texas Medical Branch Director, Pilot Studies

Rebeca Wong, University of Texas Medical Branch Director, Collaboration & Training

RIC Principal Investigator:

Anne Deutsch, RN, Ph.D., CRRN

RIC Project Manager:

Holly DeMark Neumann


Contact Information

For researchers and students:
Anne Deutsch

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