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VALIDITY AND USABILITY OF A SAFE DRIVING BEHAVIOR MEASURE FOR OLDER ADULTS

PI: Classen, Sherrilene
Begin Date: April 11, 2011
End Date: October 15, 2012
Sponsoring Agency: FL DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Agency Contract Number: 977-17 (BDK77)

FL TRAUMA REHAB CENTER FOR RETURNING MILITARY PERSONNEL

PI: Mann, William
Begin Date: September 1, 2011
End Date: March 2, 2016
Sponsoring Agency: US DEPT OF DEFENSE
Agency Contract Number: W81XWH-11-1-0454

DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF A SELF-EFFICACY ITEM BANK

PI: Velozo, Craig
Begin Date: September 30, 2009
End Date: July 31, 2011
Award Amount: $118,346.00
Sponsoring Agency: UNIV OF MARYLAND
Agency Contract Number: SR00001376

This proposal describes a study to establish the new domain of self-efficacy that is part of the existing Patient Reported Outcome System (PROMIS) Domain Framework. Our study will focus upon self-efficacy for self-management of chronic medical conditions and the use of the term, self-efficacy will refer to this type of self-efficacy unless otherwise specified. We will employ samples from five chronic neurologic disorders in order to validate this domain. A multi-step process will be employed to develop the item pool, with contributions from experts in the field of self-efficacy, clinicians, and patients. We will target self-efficacy for self-management of chronic conditions, including diverse subdomains (e.g. managing medications, managing daily activities, performance of exercise and managing symptoms). Validation studies of the self-efficacy item pool will be conducted in five chronic neurologic disorders: epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease (PD), peripheral neuropathy (PN), and stroke. We will investigate the effects of diverse features of these disorders on self-efficacy. The specific aims are: 1) To develop an item pool for assessing self-efficacy for self-management of chronic conditions and 2) To validate an item bank of self-efficacy in five chronic neurologic disorders.

ELDER ROAD USER INFORMATION SYSTEM

PI: Classen, Sherrilene
Begin Date: October 1, 2010
End Date: September 30, 2011
Award Amount: $72,000.00
Sponsoring Agency: FL DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Agency Contract Number: RS-11-15-03

In continued collaboration with the FDOT, the University of Florida's Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation will be responsible for enhancing the databases system. Specifically, and to address the above challenges, we will implement a new software platform with utilities to accommodate older adults with special needs, e.g., low vision or lack of English proficiency for those speaking a foreign language, e.g., Spanish. We will also use a combination of existing human resources and to-be-developed automated functions to populate the database and to keep it current. And, in order for users to access the data, they need to "know" of the database, and how to "use" the database. We propose to disseminate marketing materials, developed during 2010, widely, to potentially every service organization, aging network, senior centre, aging coalition, and other groups invloved with with aged constituents, in FL.

RESPONSIVENESS OF A NEUROMUSCULAR RECOVERY SCALE FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY: INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION

PI: Velozo, Craig
Begin Date: September 30, 2010
End Date: August 31, 2012
Award Amount: $49,979.00
Sponsoring Agency: US DEPT OF DEFENSE
Agency Contract Number: W81XWH-10-1-0959

The purpose of this proposal is to establish the validity and reliability of the phase system for measurement of functional performance after SCI and recovery of more normal movement behaviors. Dr. Craig Velozo (UFL) will apply his expertise in psychometrics6-9 to refine the phase system into a clinically-relevant SCI outcome measure for use in rehabilitation clinics, cohort studies, and multicenter randomized clinical trials (RCT). Dr. Basso (OSU) will bring her expertise in scale development for experimental SCI models to test the reliability of the phase system. Dr. Behrman (UFL) will continue to refine items in the phase tool in conjunction with clinical experts from the NRN. Together, the team is uniquely positioned to apply a balanced approach to outcome measure development, informed by considerable clinical expertise, efficacy from animal SCI outcome measures and rigorous psychometric analysis.

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