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Functional Mobility and Assessment

Research conducted for the mobility assessment takes place primarily in regional health care facilities such as inpatient acute, skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, long term care, memory care, assisted living, and senior living facilities. Future plans include increasing participation in the home health setting. The focus of these projects encompasses the use of clinical outcome tools that may help identify the safest transition for patients from the hospital to home or other living facilities.

Research collaborations for these projects occur with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galvestion (Dr. Mansoo Ko, PhD), the University of Connecticut (Dr. Richard Bohannon, DPT, EdD with over 500 publications and 30 years of clinical experience), and local health care and senior living facilities. Therapists, nurses, and administrators of local medical facilities collaborate with this lab for data collection in the clinical/patient care environment. 

Location: Acute Care, Skilled Nursing, and Inpatient Rehabilitation Clinical Sites

  • Research Projects

    Costa, D., Moore, R., Stanzel, R., Thornburg, C., Braden, H. Greenhouses and nursing homes: Changes in resident function over the course of one year, 2016-2019.


    Larsen, S., Luedecker, R., Morgan, C., Taylor, C., Braden, H. One year change in functional mobility for assisted living residents, 2014-2017.


    Baca, L., Towers, K., Squires, K., Braden, H. The use of interprofessional collaboration for physical therapy students on an inpatient versus outpatient clinical practicum, 2014-2017.


    Rew, A. Moyer, H., Braden, H. Inter-reliability an intra-reliability of standard manual muscle testing vs. hand-held dynamometry in testers of various experience levels, 2015-2016.


    Gale, J., Moyer, H., Severe, S., Braden, H. One year change in functional mobility for nursing home residents, 2013-2016.


    Davenport, K., Johnson, K., McKinney, S., Braden, H. Interprofessional education in face-to-face and online graduate curriculum, 2013-2016.


    Lawson, K. Martinez, G., Braden, H. The relationship of discharge gait speed to hospital readmission in the geriatric population, 2013-2015.


    Michael, R., Petrie, M., Braden, H. Effects of instructional media on learning in graduate health science classes, 2013-2015.


    Bohmfalk, M. Braden, H. Gait speed in fallers versus non-fallers in older adults, 2011-2013; Angelo State University DPT Top Research Award 2013 earned for this project.

  • Publications and Presentations

    Peer Reviewed Publications:


    Moyer, H.,Gale, J., Severe, S., Braden, H., Hasson, S. (2017, accepted and in press). Outcome measures correlated to falls in nursing home residents - A pilot study. J of Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.


    Braden, H., Ko, M. (2016). Meaningful gait speed improvement after physical therapy intervention for slow versus moderate-normal walkers. Jac J of Physiotherapy and Exercise, 2(2): 1-6.


    Michael, R., Petrie, M. and Braden, H. (submitted). Learning outcomes and student perceptions of instructional media in online graduate nursing and face-to-ace graduate physical therapy curriculum. J of Physical Therapy Education.


    Braden, H., Bohmfalk, M., Ko, M. (submitted). Is slower gait speed a valid measure to discriminate between fallers and non-fallers in older adults? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.


    Ko, M., Hilgenberg, S., Hasson, S., Braden, H. (2014). Effect of bilateral step-up and down training on motor function in a person with hemiparesis. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 30: 597-602.


    Braden, H., Ko, M., Bohmfalk, M., Hortick, K., Hasson, S. (2013). Gait speed improves during physical therapy in general acute care, skilled nursing, and inpatient rehabilitation- a pilot study. Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy, 4(1):20-25.


    Braden, H., Hilgenberg, S., Bohannon, R., Ko, M., Hasson, S. (2012). Gait speed is limited but improves over the course of acute-care physical therapy. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 35(3):140-144.


    Braden, H. (2012). Self-selected gait speed: A critical clinical outcome. Lower Extremity Review, 4(11):43-48.

     

    Peer Reviewed and Published Abstracts from Professional Presentations:


    Moyer, H., Severe, S., Gale, J., and Braden, H. Outcomes of nursing home residents over time. (2016). Poster presented at The Gerontological Society of America’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.


    Larsen, S., Luedeker, R., Morgan, C., Taylor, C., Moyer, H., and Braden, H. Correlation of falls in assisted living residents. (2016). Poster submitted to The Gerontological Society of America’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.


    Larsen, S., Luedeker, R., Morgan, C., Taylor, C., Moyer, H., and Braden, H. Assisted living residents: Activity levels. (2016). Poster presented at the Graduate Research Symposium, San Angelo, TX.


    Moyer, H., Severe, S., Gale, J., and Braden, H. Functional changes in nursing home residents over time. (2015). Poster presented at The Gerontological Society of America’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.


    Moyer, H., Severe, S., Gale, J., and Braden, H. Nursing home residents: Impairments and Function. (2015). Poster presented at the Graduate Research Symposium, San Angelo, TX.


    Moyer, H., Rew, A., and Braden, H. Inter-reliability and intra-reliability of standard manual muscle testing vs. hand-held dynamometry in testers of three clinical experience levels. (2015). Poster presented at TPTA Annual Conference, Arlington, TX.


    Moyer, H., Severe, S., Gale, J., and Braden, H. Trends for ambulatory nursing home residents. (2015). Poster presented at TPTA Annual Conference, Arlington, TX.


    Moyer, H., Gale, J., Severe, S., and Braden, H. Functional mobility as a fall risk predictor in active nursing home residents. (2015). Poster presented at APTA’s NEXT Conference and Exposition, National Harbor, MD.


    Braden, H. and Ko, M. Gait speed improvements and a cut-off for slow versus moderate-normal walkers. (2015). Poster presented at CSM National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.


    Moyer, H., Gale, J., Severe, S., and Braden, H. Functional mobility of residents in nursing facilities (2014). Poster presented at The Gerontological Society of America’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC.


    Gale, J., Moyer, H., Severe, S., and Braden, H. Fall risk predictors in active nursing home residents. (2014). Poster presented at Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Annual Conference, Galveston, TX.


    Braden, H., Ko, M., Bohmfalk, M., Hortick, K., Hasson, S. Does walking speed improve in acute care, skilled nursing, or inpatient rehabilitation? (2013). Poster presented at CSM National Conference San Diego, CA.


    Hughes, L., Keith, S., Braden, H. Motivating patients towards behavior change (2013). Course presented at the TPTA Annual Conference, Arlington, TX.


    Braden, H., Hilgenberg, S., Bohannon, R., Ko, M, Bohmfalk, M. Gait speed in acute care. (2012). Poster presented at APTA National Conference, Tampa, Florida.

     

    Peer Reviewed Presentations:


    Hughes, L., Newstead, A., and Braden, H. Exercise and Diabetes: Tools for Integrating Patient-Directed Practice, American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting Course, Anaheim, CA, 2016.


    Braden, H. Walking Speed and Its Implications-A Clinical Guide, Texas Physical Therapy Association Continuing Education Course, 2014.


    Hughes, L., Keith, S., and Braden, H. Motivating Patients Toward Behavior Change, TPTA State Conference and continuing education course offering, 2013.


    Braden, H. Walking Speed: An Informative Vital Sign, Texas Physical Therapy Association Midwest District, 2012.


    Braden, H. Skilled Nursing Unit and Gait Speed: Progress and Goal Writing, Shannon Medical Center Symposium, 2012.


    Braden, H. Gait Speed: A Friendly Assessment Tool, West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Outcome Assessment Seminar, 2012.

     

     

  • Sponsored Award Dollars

    Principal Investigator
    $15,000
    Aging in Place in Assisted Living Facilities: Assessing Physical Changes and Predictors of Change
    Oct 2016 – Sept 2017, Angelo State Grant

    Principal Investigator
    $14,350
    Longitudinal Changes in Functional Mobility for Nursing Home Residents Over 1 Year
    Oct 2015 – Sept 2016, Angelo State Grant

    Co-Principal Investigator
    $45,000
    Mobile Technology Usage for Enhancing Patient Care in Geriatric, Indigent, and Underserved Populations
    Jan 2014 - May 2015, Telemedicine College Instructional Enhancement Grant

    Co-Principal Investigator
    $14,970
    Does a Back Squat with Toes Forward cause Muscular Imbalance of the Vastus Medialis Oblique and Vastus Lateralis?
    September 2013 - August 2014, Research Enhancement Grant

    Co-Principal Investigator, Program Director
    $17,400
    The Effects of Technology-Enhanced Assessments on Learning Outcomes in Graduate Nursing and Physical Therapy Students at Angelo State University
    February 2013 - August 2013, Office of Sponsored Projects Grant

    Principal Investigator, Program Director
    $13,205
    Walking Speed as an Indicator of Patient Function in Various Health Care Settings
    January - August 31, 2012, Research Enhancement Program Grant, Angelo State University

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