Cincinnati--Stephen Page, PhD, has been appointed director of
research and assistant professor of physical medicine and
rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Page will begin
his appointment on August 1.
As part of this position, Dr. Page
and his research associate Peter Levine, BA, PTA, will also open a
dedicated research laboratory at Drake Center, a rehabilitation and
postacute care facility affiliated with the university. The main goal
of this laboratory is to test the effectiveness of new interventions
for individuals with disabilities.
"The establishment of this
type of laboratory is really in everyone's best interest," Dr. Page
said. "Drake has fantastic resources, and this will be yet another
cadre of services that Drake and UC will be able to provide to its
Dr. Page, a native of Columbus, Ohio, and his
colleague will be using many cutting edge techniques and resources,
some of which are not available anywhere else in the region."This is
not just great for patients; we have residents, students and
practitioners who are going to become more familiarized with the latest
techniques," he said.
One example is modified constraint-induced
therapy, a program developed by Dr. Page and his colleagues at The
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey.
studies have shown that constraint-induced therapy (CIT) improves upper
limb use and function in patients with stroke. However, the CIT
protocol is extremely intense, requiring patients to attend focused
therapy sessions for six hours per day on 10 consecutive weekdays,
while also requiring patients to wear slings on their unaffected arms
during all waking hours for two weeks. Dr. Page notes, that because of
the therapy's intense parameters, it is not reimbursable by managed
care programs and adherence could be problematic in many clinical
settings, both among therapists and patients. As an alternative, Dr.
Page and colleagues developed and tested a modified CIT protocol that
improved arm function and use in stroke patients. More importantly, the
modified CIT can be implemented on an outpatient basis and is
reimbursable within many managed care programs, including Medicare.
Dr. Page will also be implementing telerehabilitation, or rehabilitation provided over the Internet.
to needed rehabilitative care can be difficult, particularly if you
have a disability. Telerehabilitation offers easy access to needed care
for patients who experience these types of problems, either because
they live in less accessible areas, or because they do not have
adequate transportation," he said.
Dr. Page also hopes to conduct other device and drug clinical trials for specific impairments.
goal is really to become a center for clinical trials research, so that
our patients have access to the latest techniques and services, and so
that our practitioners are well-versed in these strategies."