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Publish Date: 07/29/02
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Page Joins Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department

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 patients."

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.

Previous 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.

"Access 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.

"The 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."

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