LIFT Lab Presents and Wins Honors at HRS Research Day

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences hosted their first annual Research Day for students to present the projects they have been working on to their peers and faculty members. Timothy Rethorn, James Crick, Tyler Beauregard, Gabriel Alain, and Riley Summers were all selected to present either oral or poster presentations. Faculty members judged the presentations and awards were given to the best ones!

James Crick won best oral presentation on his project with Gabriel Alain: Leveraging Systems Science and Quality Improvement Methodologies to Address Immobility Harm in the Emergency Department and Hospital.

Timothy Rethorn won best poster presentation with Physical Activity Variability Over Time in Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury.

We are grateful for the opportunity to share our work and are excited for this event to happen again in the future!

Timothy Rethorn: Physical Activity Variability Over Time in Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury

Tyler Beauregard: Development of an online questionnaire examining stakeholder perception of the CRT service delivery process

James Crick: A survey study to understand acute care physical therapist perceptions of fall prevention practice and the influence of hospital contextual factors

Riley Summers: Quality improvement in the physical therapy literature: a scoping review

The LIFT Lab Presents at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting – 2022

Multiple members of the LIFT Lab traveled to San Antonio for the Combined Sections Meeting put on by the American Physical Therapy Association in the first week of February. Catherine Quatman-Yates, Timothy Rethorn, and James Crick all gave presentations related to the research they have been conducting in the last year.

Tim presented Physical Activity Variability Over Time in Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury which worked to identify and address the needs of survivors of TBI to help improve and maintain physical activity levels over time. Tim was also involved in the project Factors Perceived to Influence Physical Literacy Among Young Athletes after ACLR.

James presented Quality Improvement in Physical Therapy Literature: A Scoping Review of which Tim, Tyler, and Riley from the LIFT Lab were also involved in. This project evaluated the current use of QI methods in physical therapy research. James also presented Analysis of Acute Care Physical Therapy Treatment Frequency: A Quality Improvement Method to the Madness which worked to identify strengths and weaknesses related to treatment frequency planning and execution at a level-one trauma center.

James was also presented with the APTA Acute Care Mary Sinnott Award for Clinical Excellence which honors an outstanding clinician who has major professional involvement and contributions to the area of acute care physical therapy!

Dr. Quatman-Yates was involved in all the previous projects listed, as well as Patient and Provider Perspectives on Booster Visits after ACL reconstruction: A Novel Delivery Model and Perceived Movement Experience Following Adolescent ACLR: A Mixed Methods Study. She also was a part of multiple educational sessions: Clinical Practice Guidelines in Education: Developing Expert Clinicians with Best Evidence, Must Haves When Treating Across the Concussion Spectrum, and Science Meets Practice: Psychological Impact of the Care Physical Therapists Provide.

We are so proud of our team and glad they had the opportunity to show off some of their hard work!

Improving Trauma-Informed Care at Martha Morehouse Outpatient Clinic

Emphasis on mental health awareness has grown tremendously in the recent years. Living through the COVID-19 pandemic brought more people to realize that taking care of our mental health is equally as important as taking care of our physical health.

Clinicians at The Ohio State Martha Morehouse Outpatient Clinic were seeing an extreme increase in patients expressing mental health concerns – many specifically related to past trauma. This brought about a new partnership for the LIFT Lab. Beginning in May of 2021, LIFT Lab team members and Martha Morehouse clinicians have been working together to improve clinicians’ ability to implement Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). This Quality Improvement study is an on-going multi-pronged approach to empower clinicians to treat their patients more holistically.

Community-FIT – UA CARES Project Gets Featured Nationally!

The National Council on Aging and the U.S. Administration for Community Living has selected the Community-FIT – CARES paper (Assessment of Fall Related Emergency Medical Service Calls and Transports after a Community Level Fall Prevention Initiative) and partnership with the Upper Arlington Fire Division as one of four EMS-Academic partnerships they will be showcasing on a national scale for their fall prevention efforts this year. Dr. Catherine Quatman-Yates and Dr. Carmen Quatman will discuss their work and partnerships to develop and implement an effective model for community paramedicine engagement in fall prevention. This recognition is not only a great honor, but a huge leap towards getting more support and promoting policy change at the national level.

The webinar series called “Fire and Falls” will be held on September 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 1:00PM. Definitely check out the webinar on September 8 as it will feature the fantastic CARES paramedicine program that is based out of central Ohio.

Register for the webinar here!

Preview of Dr. Quatman-Yates and Dr. Quatman’s webinar section here!


NeuroNights: TBI Community Outreach

The Ohio State’s Chronic Brain Injury program (CBI), Wexner Medical Center’s rehabilitation team, and the undergraduate student group Buckeyes Raising Awareness in Neuroscience (BRAIN) support an ongoing workshop for survivors of brain injuries and other neurological conditions. The series called NeuroNights builds wellness skills and community connections through interactive seminars for survivors, their caregivers, and their family members.

Dr. Quatman-Yates and members of the LIFT Lab were invited to run a series of presentations based off the lab’s activities focused on the healing powers of physical activity for individuals living with chronic brain injury. The presentation included high-level details around the LIFT Lab’s Chronic Brain Injury Funded CBI PLAAY project. The CBI PLAAY project aims to better understand the barriers and facilitators survivors of traumatic and acquired brain injury face when attempting to live a physically active lifestyle. The overarching goal for the series of presentations was to spread awareness and understanding of the benefits of physical activity and to find ways to support CBI survivors to be physically active for live. The lab team spoke about the positive effects physical activity has on the brain, how to measure the intensity of exercise with the Rate of Perceived Exertion Scale, and different opportunities to include exercise into everyday life. They also, led participants through a series of seated exercises that could be utilized at home.
A special thanks to Kedar Hiremath, MBA, MPH, the head of NeuroNights, for arranging this opportunity!

Click here for more information about NeuroNights and for the recordings of the presentations!

If you or someone you know has suffered a CBI and would like to participate in the CBI PLAAY study, click this link to set up an enrollment meeting!

Community-FIT Project Published!

Carmen Quatman, MD, PhD and Catherine Quatman-Yates, DPT, PhD created the Community-centered Fall Intervention Team (Community-FIT) by utilizing an implementation science framework alongside of quality improvement methods. This fall prevention model of care brings the research world to front-line workers in an applicable improvement model. In the community in which it was trialed, the program indicated a reduction in both the number of fall-related 9-1-1 calls and fall-related 9-1-1 calls resulting in transports to the hospital. Community-FIT is a program that can be employed in emergency medical agencies across the country and can have an abundant impact on a multitude of communities.

See this pamphlet about the program: Community-FIT fact sheet
Check out the most recent publication here!