Ongoing Clinical Research Studies at Casa Colina
Casa Colina has a number of research studies focused on acute rehabilitation
specifically looking at ways to prevent falls and re-hospitalizations
for patients of all diagnoses and conditions.
A wide range of disabilities can occur as a result of a stroke including
paralysis, cognitive deficits, pain, speech and language difficulties,
emotional problems, and overall effects on daily living. As one of the
major diagnoses at Casa Colina we have made it a priority of the Research
Institute to investigate new interventions for the treatment of disabilities
caused by a stroke.
- Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehab Evaluation (I-CARE) Stroke Initiative
Traumatic Brain Injury Research
Casa Colina has always placed a special emphasis on its Brain Injury Program,
offering one of the most comprehensive continuums of care in the country.
To contribute to this distinguished program we have undertaken a number
of research projects focused on brain injury. Currently our interests
range from the biological mechanisms that underlie brain injury to investigating
novel treatments for improved functional recovery and quality of life.
- Patient Navigation for Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neuroendocrine Dysfunction Following Traumatic Brain Injury and the Effect
on Functional Improvement in Acute Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Research
We have recently started a new study with UCLA and CalTech to investigate
a device ("brain chip") which records brain activity related
to reaching movements directly from the brain. This device is experimental.
The primary goal of this study is to understand the safety of this device
which would enable the direct control a computer with brain signals.
Medical rehabilitation has placed an increasing emphasis on the need to
evaluate outcomes, with the goal of having reliable and valid measures
with which treatment effectiveness and efficiency can be assessed. Implementation
and analysis of both generic health-related outcomes and disease or condition-specific
outcomes in clinical practice have the potential to improve quality, help
set clinical guidelines, and impact clinical decisions regarding each
- Clinical Pathway Outcomes Measurement
- Measuring the Efficacy of Aquatic Therapy for Low Back Pain
- Effectiveness of an interdisciplinary program for Fibromyalgia
- The Stay Well & Healthy Project
- The Effect of Amplification on Speech and Language Abilities in Children
with Unilateral Hearing Loss
- Effect of Grip and Pinch Strength on Handwriting Abilities
- Health Risk Appraisal among Adults Aging With Traumatic Brain Injury versus
Other Acquired Disabilities
For more information on current health outcomes research at Casa Colina,
Emily R. Rosario, PhD
Director of Casa Colina Research Institute