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Research Article  |   March 2006
Rehabilitation Medicine Summit: Building Research Capacity: Executive Summary
Author Affiliations
  • Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, is Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 125 Nashua Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114; wfrontera@partners.org
  • Marcus J. Fuhrer, PhD, is Health Scientist Administrator Emeritus, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Alan M. Jette, PT, MPH, PhD, is Director, Health and Disability Research Institute, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Leighton Chan, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • Rory A. Cooper, PhD, is Director, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Pamela W. Duncan, PT, PhD, is Director, Brooks Center, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • John D. Kemp, JD, is Principal Attorney, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC, Washington, DC
  • Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, OTR, PhD, is Professor and Associate Dean, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • P. Hunter Peckham, PhD, is Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Elliot J. Roth, MD, is Senior Vice President and Medical Director, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Denise G. Tate, PhD, is Professor and Director of Research, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Article Information
Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Enhancing Research Capacity
Research Article   |   March 2006
Rehabilitation Medicine Summit: Building Research Capacity: Executive Summary
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2006, Vol. 60, 165-176. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.2.165
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2006, Vol. 60, 165-176. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.2.165
Abstract

The general objective of the ‚ÄúRehabilitation Medicine Summit: Building Research Capacity‚ÄĚ was to advance and promote research in medical rehabilitation by making recommendations to expand research capacity. The five elements of research capacity that guided the discussions were: (1) researchers; (2) research culture, environment, and infrastructure; (3) funding; (4) partnerships; and (5) metrics. The 100 participants included representatives of professional organizations, consumer groups, academic departments, researchers, governmental funding agencies, and the private sector. The small group discussions and plenary sessions generated an array of problems, possible solutions, and recommended actions. A post-Summit, multi-organizational initiative is called to pursue the agendas outlined in this report.