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Current Studies

Each year, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) conducts numerous clinical and translational research studies in the fields of brain injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. The groundbreaking research conducted on-site enables RHI to apply scientifically tested, evidence-based research to make patient care better. As a result, our patients benefit from the most cutting edge interventions and therapies that have been proven to get results.

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The purpose of this database is to help us better understand the types of changes that occur after brain injury, expectations for recovery and long-term outcomes after brain injury, and how to improve care for people with brain injury.

The purpose of this study is to teach participants with traumatic brain injury to develop better emotional self-awareness and ability to describe and communicate their emotions.

The purpose of this study is to examine a new therapy program, referred to as ICAN, which is designed to teach perspective taking to people with brain injury so that they could better understand others’ intentions and feel less angry in response to others’ actions.

The purpose of this four-month study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a medication called buspirone in reducing irritability and/or aggression after traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The purpose of this study is to expand access to Resource Facilitation, which provides a system of services and support, in order to promote optimal health outcomes and decrease disability associated with TBI.

The Brain Injury Coping Skills (BICS) group is designed to provide support, coping skills, and education aimed to improve perceived self-efficacy and emotional functioning for both survivors of brain injury and their caregivers. The purpose of this study is to compare outcomes when BICS is delivered via telemedicine or in-person.

The purpose of this study is to validate the Brain Injury Self-Efficacy Scale by comparing it with other measures of self-efficacy in participants who have had a brain injury. This study will recruit survivors of TBI and Acquired BI who are coming into the Northwest Brain Injury Center for scheduled neuropsychological testing.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a program to decrease grief and fear in partner caregivers of individuals with TBI. Participants will be randomized to receive one of two different treatment approaches being explored.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate CareSource, as the first organization to implement a TBI specific continuum of care for individuals being released from the Indiana Department of Corrections who screen positive for moderate or severe TBI.

The purpose of this study is to determine how changing different aspects of a walking program can improve walking functioning in participants with acquired brain injury (stroke or traumatic brain injury) who had their injury at least 6 months ago.

The purpose of this study is to examine functioning and quality of life in participants with a brain injury who will either receive standard discharge care or standard discharge care plus a case manager when being discharged from inpatient brain injury rehabilitation.

The goal of this study is to perform genetic analysis to identify the genetic contributions to TBI outcome.

The purpose of this study is to determine how changing different aspects of a walking program can improve walking functioning in participants with acquired brain injury who had their injury at least 6 months ago.

The purpose of this study is to determine if aerobic exercise and feedback of community mobility improves walking function in participants who have had a stroke at least 6 months ago.

The purpose of this study is to learn how the amount and typed of practice received during inpatient therapy is related to long-term mobility outcomes in patients who have had a stroke. Participants must be inpatients and be within 2 months of having had a stroke.

The purpose of this study is to understand the contributions of training specificity to improve walking in ambulatory individuals who had motor incomplete SCI at least 1 year ago.

The purpose of this study is to understand the contributions of high intensity training specificity to improve walking in ambulatory individuals who had motor incomplete SCI at least 1 year ago.

The purpose of this study is to investigate if compared to an age-matched well-functioning total knee replacement patients, neuro-motor strategies are altered in subjects with sub-optimal knee joint function, manifested as instability and stiffness.