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Jun 22, 2016 · Mayo Clinic rehabilitation programs receive three-year CARF accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) recently renewed accreditation for seven physical medicine and rehabilitation programs at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota. The 2016 CARF survey accreditation process involved two days of interviews, presentations, shadowing sessions and more. During the exit conference, CARF surveyors noted many strengths and practices that are integral to the high-quality care provided at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic rehabilitation programs receiving CARF accreditation included the stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and pediatrics programs. Surveyors noted many organizational strengths at Mayo, including the extensive interdisciplinary collaboration and the strong patient focus.

Mayo staff members received praise for their dedicated leadership team, their impressive level of training, specialty certification and engagement, and their commitment to evidence-based decision-making. Mayo’s depth and breadth of continuing education and competency programs, and the spacious and state-of-the-art physical facilities and equipment were also recognized.

Surveyors identified two innovative programs within Mayo’s PM&R practice as exemplary:

  • The Brain Injury Coping Skills (BICS) Program, which focuses on patient and caregiver support following brain injury. Caregivers and patients who participated in this program noted the following outcomes: a significant improvement in caregivers’ ratings of patient behavioral control when evaluated using the Frontal Systems Behavior Scale; a significant improvement (from 11 to 33 percent) in patient Satisfaction With Life Scale ratings, and a significant increase (from 8 to 42 percent) in patient use of common coping strategies; and a significant decrease (from 60 to 33 percent) following treatment in the number of caregivers who rated their perceived burden of care as “high.”
  • Collaboration between Mayo Clinic’s Spinal Cord Injury Team and Plastic Surgery staff to reduce pressure ulcers. Patients who were seen preoperatively for all recommended consults, including rehabilitation assessments, and optimized for surgery had improved outcomes compared to patients who did not receive preoperative intervention. Hospital length of stays decreased from 33.05 to 10.72 average days, and hospital readmission rates decreased from 12.70 to 4.5 percent


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Jun 22, 2016 · NIH Grant Supports Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training

Mayo Clinic, the University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco, recently teamed up to help advance research in the field of regenerative rehabilitation. Funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, this collaborative effort is formally known as the Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training, or AR3T for short.

The alliance’s overarching goal is to expand scientific knowledge, expertise and methodologies across the domains of rehabilitation science and regenerative medicine.

“AR3T is going to provide resources for the national community so that the field of regenerative rehabilitation grows,” explains Carmen M. Terzic, M.D., Ph.D. , chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota. “Through this collaboration we hope to create synergies that will help optimize independence and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.”

With a strong emphasis on accelerating scientific progress and minimizing disciplinary barriers, the alliance will provide the following:

  1. Research support and opportunities. AR3T is building a multi-institutional network of laboratories to conduct research in stem cell biology, biomarkers, tissue plasticity and regeneration, and regenerative medicine therapeutics.
  1. Education and training opportunities. AR3T hopes to encourage interaction and interdisciplinary learning among researchers through quarterly webinars, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and a Frontiers in Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine Advanced Training course.
  1. Pilot funding program. Designed to promote the development of novel regenerative rehabilitation paradigms with the potential to improve patient health outcomes, the AR3T pilot funding program encourages collaboration and provides opportunities for junior investigators to expand their research skills.

For more information about AR3T, its offerings and funding eligibility, visit the AR3T website.

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