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BRUCKER INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Conducting International Rehabilitation Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials


Dina Brooks, PT, PhD
Professor, Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Executive Director
School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University

Session Description

There is an urgent international need to scale up the science of rehabilitation. More clinical trials are needed to provide evidence for rehabilitation. At the same time, these can be challenging to conduct particularly when multi-site recruitment is necessary. The aim of this presentation is to provide an overview of a large multi-site clinical trial designed to improve balance and prevent falls among persons with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease that is being conducted in three continents (North America, Europe and Australia). The presenter will provide an overview of the design of the study with a special focus on challenges and successes associated with running clinical trials in 5 different countries. The audience will benefit from key strategies and considerations in conducting clinical trials internationally which offer opportunities to expand recruitment internationally. The presenter is an engaging internationally recognized researcher who has extensive experience with clinical interventions. The session will end with question/answer and facilitated discussion among the audience to share lessons learned about running research studies such as clinical trials, among participants. The promotion of international collaboration in research would also be a goal of the session.

Learning Objectives

  • To gain understanding of the design of clinical trials in rehabilitation
  • To gain understanding of the implementation of clinical trials in rehabilitation
  • To understand the challenges associated with context clinical trials in the international context and how to address them

ACRM 98th Annual Conference | Progress in Rehabilitation Research | VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON: DALLAS

CORE: 24 – 26 SEPT 2021 // PRE-CONFERENCE: 26 – 29 SEPT 2021

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* Although significant changes are not anticipated, the schedules, sessions, and presenters are subject to change.


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