Finding new ways to improve comfort and care

At Children’s, we focus on research and innovations that make a difference in the lives of children. From improving day-to-day quality of life for children and teens, to developing new pain management approaches and adopting cutting-edge technologies, our research is completely kid- and family-focused.

Children’s is engaged in many types of research, including investigator-initiated studies (led by a Children’s clinician), as well as externally sponsored multicenter trials, observational studies and registries.

Research studies are ongoing in all areas of the hospitals.  Click here for a complete listing of all the projects and studies related to our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services.  Two projects gaining national attention include:

Impact of an orthotic intervention on physical function in children with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Principle Investigator: Lynn Tanner, PT

Children undergoing treatment for cancer can suffer from decreased flexibility, strength, balance and endurance from the cancer and from direct effects of the chemotherapy agents.  These impairments have been shown to continue years after treatment end, with adult survivors of cancer being less physically active than their siblings.  This research study will investigate the effect of two orthotic (brace) devices for the ankle and foot on walking and ankle flexibility in children with cancer not involving the brain or spinal cord.

Status: Actively enrolling participants

For more information, please contact:
Lynn Tanner, PT

Gross and fine motor changes following a full protocol of pediatric constraint induced movement therapy

Principle investigator: Jayne Myhre PT, Kathy Grinde PT

Children with hemiplegia and other upper extremity disuse disorders have been shown to benefit from pediatric constraint induced movement therapy (PCIMT) in many forms.  This research study will investigate the outcomes of a full protocol of PCIMT.  Areas of investigation include fine motor skills, gross motor skills, bimanual skills and participation in daily life, as well as the impact of repeat episodes of PCIMT.

Status: Actively enrolling participants

For more information, please contact:
Jayne Myhre PT or Kathy Grinde PT

Recent poster presentation:

Grinde K, Myhre J. Repeat episodes of hybrid pediatric constraint induced movement therapy-a retrospective cohort study. (APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX)

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