Past Events

November 4, 2022

“The Learning Health Systems Rehabilitation Research Network (LeaRRn): Personal Experiences and Projects in the Scholars Program”

Featuring: Peter Coyle, PT, DPT, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; and Shweta Gore, PhD, DPT, GCS, CLT, MGH Institute of Health Professions

The LeaRRn rehabilitation research network’s Scholar Program partners rehabilitation researchers with health systems to prepare for research on health system-identified topics. Drs. Coyle and Gore will discuss their experiences as Scholars, including the process of being matched with UPMC and BMC, respectively.

UPMC’s priority topic was post-acute care transitions. Dr. Coyle’s talk will include the complex nature of identifying his investigative team, designing a study, and working with UPMC data stewards and regulatory officials. BMC’s priority topic was patient mobility. Dr. Gore’s talk will include the challenges and successes of joining a health system as an outside collaborator. Both will discuss their project’s current status and future directions.


September 23, 2022

Indigenous Health Services Research: Taking a “Pragmatic” Approach

Featuring: Joanna Hikaka, BPharm, PGDipClinPharm, PhD, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Hikaka, a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Q&I discusses a multi-phase research project aimed to prevent injury and improve access to injury-related care for older Māori in NZ.

In Aotearoa, Māori experience higher rates of unintentional injury than non-Māori and are less likely to experience equitable access to injury-related care. The intervention is tribal-led, was developed through collaboration with communities and injury experts, and involves apaeārahi (community navigators) working with older people and families to identify goals and priorities, undertake assessments and refer people to health and social services.

Dr. Hikaka’s talk pays particular attention to pragmatism and the appropriateness of the readiness assessment for pragmatic research(RAPT) tool in Indigenous research.