LeaRRn: Learning Health Systems Rehabilitation Research Network

The Learning Health Systems Rehabilitation Research Network (LeaRRn), a national resource network to advance stakeholder-partnered, rehabilitation learning health systems (LHS) research to improve quality of care, demonstrate value, and enhance patient and system outcomes, has launched its website. LeaRRN’s Principal Investigator is, Linda Resnik, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, School of Public Health, Brown University and Research Career Scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center.

LeaRRN is a collaborative effort of the Brown University School of Public Health, the University of Pittsburgh and Boston University, together with 8 health system/health organization partners. LeaRRN component leaders include Theresa Shireman, PhD, and Rosa Baier, MPH, from the Brown University School of Public Health; Janet Freburger, PT, PhD, and Joel Stevans, PhD, DC, of the  School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh; and Mary Slavin, PT, PhD, from the School of Public Health Boston University. Health system partners include: American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, BAYADA Home Health Care, Boston Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, Johns Hopkins Medicine, naviHealth, and UPMC.

LeaRRN’s mission is to improve the quality, outcomes and value of rehabilitation care by fostering stakeholder-partnered research within and across LHSs. “There is an urgent need for a rehabilitation resource center that supports LHS rehabilitation research and develops LHS researchers to advance the field of rehabilitation care,” says Resnik.  Particularly, given the growing complexity of healthcare, continued problems related to quality and cost, and a widely-recognized 17-year evidence to practice gap.  LEARN MORE