Innovations for Patients & Caregivers
Anticipated Strategic Initiatives
How Might We Care for Patients Sooner?
Some patients need more time to stabilize before taking on the rigors of Craig rehabilitation. The time between ICU and rehabilitation at Craig is critical, and more can be done to expedite this transition. An acute medical care program, with 8-12 beds, at Craig may eliminate the need for these patients to transfer to yet another separate facility while they get stronger. Craig’s expertise with medically complex cases will reduce complications and allow patients to transition more smoothly and effectively to their comprehensive rehabilitation program.
How Might We Translate Science into Solutions For Patients?
Translational research seeks to produce meaningful, applicable results that directly benefit human health. The goal of expanding our translational research program is to move science discoveries more quickly and efficiently into therapy and medical practice. There is no better place to translate science to the clinical setting and analyze how new findings apply in the real world than in an inpatient and outpatient neurorehabilitation setting. By formalizing existing processes and systematically activating a Translational Research Program at Craig, we will enable more pathways of innovation from the research environment to the bedside, ensuring that patients get the most advanced care possible.
How Might We Serve Brain Injury Patients & Families with Behavior Support?
Family members, employers, friends, and others often consider neurobehavioral issues to be the most problematic consequence of a brain injury. Damage to certain areas of the brain can result in repetitive or aggressive behaviors, which can be treated utilizing the science of “applied behavior analysis.” Craig’s distinctive Neurobehavioral Program applies this science to serve patients and families with hands-on, evidence-based behavior management plans. We plan to expand the Neurobehavioral Program to educate and train all individuals involved in a patient’s care on the principles and interventions of applied behavior analysis, equipping them with the skills to properly define, intervene, and track changes in behavior. In addition to improving overall life quality for all involved, especially caregivers during the transition home, this expansion will enable us to gather data on program effectiveness, disseminate our findings, and allow them to be replicated by other brain injury rehabilitation programs.