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Research Participation Opportunities

The CHRONIC PAIN AFTER MODERATE TO SEVERE TBI MULTI-SITE PROJECT

The Characterization and Treatment of Chronic Pain after Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Multi-Site project is a collaborative research study to gain knowledge on chronic pain and pain treatment after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Study participants must be already enrolled in the TBIMS project at one of the participating study sites. At the time of TBIMS follow-up interview, TBIMS participants will be invited to take part in interviews and surveys to gather detailed information on chronic pain, including identifying the most common types of pain, co-occurring pain conditions, treatments that have been more or less successful and learning from both individuals with TBI and providers what the facilitators and barriers are to appropriate pain treatment for those with TBI.

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact the Research Department: Clare Morey at 303-789-8621, cmorey@craighospital.org or Angie Philippus at 303-789-8030, aphilippus@craighospital.org.

The Reinventing Yourself After SCI Multi-Site Project

The Reinventing Yourself After SCI Multi-Site project is a research study looking at how participation in a series of in-person or online classes may improve self-efficacy for people with SCI. Study participants will be asked to participate in a 6-week informational series that focuses on issues experienced by people with SCI and will address self-confidence, self-sufficiency, as well as teach strategies that others have used to move forward in their lives, and complete a series of assessments by phone. At the completion of the study, participants will be compensated for their time.

Prospective participants must meet the following criteria:

1. Have a history of spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D)
2. Are at least 4-weeks post-discharge from inpatient rehabilitation
3. Are 18 years or older
4. Have access to the internet and/or a DVD player
5. Are English speaking
6. Are able to attend 6 group meetings at Craig Hospital

If you would like more information about this project or to see if you qualify, please call Angie Philippus at 303-789-8030 or email her at aphilippus@craighospital.org.

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Self-Advocacy for Independent Life (SAIL) After TBI

Craig Hospital is recruiting for a study addressing self-advocacy after traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study will be conducted in several locations across Colorado, including northern Colorado and Colorado Springs. Participants must be 18 or older, at least 9 months post TBI, able to travel independently about the community, and have completed inpatient and/or outpatient TBI rehabilitation. Participants will complete a series of assessments by phone, and will be randomized to either a treatment group or a control group. The treatment group will take part in 4 group treatment sessions and 2 follow up phone sessions. If you are interested in taking part in this study, please contact Clare Morey, Study Coordinator, at 303-789-8621 or cmorey@craighospital.org


Effect of Exoskeleton-Assisted Gait Training on Bone Health and Quality of Life: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Craig Hospital is currently recruiting people with SCI to participate in a research study investigating whether exoskeleton-gait training will improve bone strength in the lower extremities and quality of life. This study will last one year and include six months of gait training in the Indego exoskeleton system, three days per week at Craig.

Participants must live in the Denver area and have a motor complete thoracic SCI (C7-T12) that occurred at least three years ago.

If you are interested in learning more about taking part in this study, please contact Sara Huey in the Research Department at 303-789-8663 or shuey@craighospital.org.


Simvastatin to Improve Bone Health in SCI: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial

Craig Hospital is currently recruiting people with SCI to participate in a research study investigating whether simvastatin, a drug commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol, will improve bone strength.

Participants must live in the Denver area, be within three months of injury, use a wheelchair to get around and cannot be currently taking cholesterol or osteoporosis medication.

If you are interested in learning more about taking part in this study, please contact Amanda Turner in the Research Department at 303-789-8663 or shuey@craighospital.org.


A Lifestyle Intervention Targeting Enhanced Health and Function for People with Chronic SCI in Caregiver/Care-Receiver Relationships: Effects of Caregiver Co-Treatment

Craig Hospital is currently recruiting people with SCI and their caregivers (enrollment as a couple) to participate in a research study to determine the effect on health and the functional impact of a lifestyle intervention in people with chronic spinal cord injury and their caregivers. We are interested in seeing if the complementary caregiver intervention enhances health and functional benefits obtained by the SCI individual.

  • Participant couples must live in the Denver area and be able to commit to a 14-month study.
  • SCI participant must be 18-70 years old, at least one year post-injury, motor complete or incomplete, C5-L1 traumatic spinal injury.
  • Caregivers will be healthy men and women, 18-65 years old who provide social and/or physical support to the SCI participant.

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact the Research Department: Clare Morey at 303-789-8621, cmorey@craighospital.org or Jody Newman at 303-789-8639, jnewman@craighospital.org.