North Florida/South Georgia and Tampa:
Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CIDRR8)
Director: William Mann, Ph.D., O.T.R.
Co-Directors: Tampa - Gail Powell-Cope, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., and Steven Scott, D.O.; Gainesville - Diane Cowper Ripley, Ph.D., and Charles E. Levy, M.D.
About the COIN
CIDRR8's mission is to identify and develop strategies for improving inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, as well as the long-term management of disability, including issues that impact family members.
Focused Areas of Research
CIDRR8's focused areas of research include:
Successful community reintegration (CR) is the ultimate rehabilitation outcome for all disability groups and is linked to health services outcomes at individual, family, and institutional levels. Because successful CR depends on family support and resources, family caregiving is a critical focus. Research in this area targets maximizing participation in community life, which encompasses employment or other productive activities, such as volunteering or school work, in addition to independent living, social relationships, and leisure.
Informatics research demonstrates how information extracted from electronic medical record can be used to improve clinical practice and health services research. Enhanced ability to extract, synthesize and present relevant information stored in text-based clinical documents has tremendous potential to improve both care processes and patient outcomes. Research efforts in measurement focus on implementing new tools based on modern measurement techniques (e.g., item response theory) and computer-adapted testing—the first application of these approaches behind the VA firewall.
In this area, CIDRR8 investigators address applications of technology to improve body function and structure, activity, and participation for Veterans with disability. Research includes the advancement of "smart" technologies (i.e., simulation and virtual reality) in rehabilitation assessment and intervention. Investigators also study rehabilitation service delivery technologies, primarily information technologies, to determine their impact on Veteran outcomes, such as satisfaction and quality of life, as well as institutional outcomes, such as access, utilization, cost, quality, and safety.
Each COIN works closely with operational partners throughout the VA healthcare system. CIDRR8’s partners include: