Behavior, Engagement, & Health Technology Assessment (BEhTA) Lab

The ßEhTA lab seeks to facilitate improved medical decision making within rehabilitation at the level of the individual, the group, and society. We like to ‘beta test’ ideas from the social sciences like economics and behavioral science in the rehabilitation space. At the individual level, we use a combination of behavioral and economic approaches to support self-management and to increase participation in therapeutic interventions. At the societal level, we use tools of health technology assessment to inform policy decisions.

Current projects:

Behavior

Developed a software infrastructure for clinicians and researchers to use and test Brief Action Planning.

Collaboration with Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP lab) at Marquette University.

Engagement

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for Employees (PCORE) of Milwaukee’s Near West Side.

Health Technology Assessment

Using a Health Technology Assessment Framework for Evaluating the Utilization and Efficiency of Wearable Exoskeletons for SCI Rehabilitation, is persons with SCI at the C7 to S1 level, designated AIS A to D.

This project is part of NIDILRR’s Model Systems programs in Spinal Cord Injury (SCIMS). Robotic exoskeletons are new devices in the management of spinal cord injury. They promise to open new opportunities for participation in society by facilitating community ambulation. They are primarily being used as research devices and we assessed whether there is a business case for using these devices for locomotor training of people with spinal cord injury in conventional rehabilitation environments.

Developing Optimal Strategies in Exercise and Survival Skills to increase Health and Function.

This is a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center grant to develops and tests innovative strategies to enable people with disabilities to achieve and maintain their optimal health and function; to assesses the optimal dosing, cost-effectiveness, and value of selected approaches to achieve and maintain their health and function; and to disseminate information regarding these strategies to various stakeholders.