Alexander Dromerick, MD, Publishes Prestigious Article in JAMA on Task-Oriented Rehabilitation and Stroke Patients | MedStar Health

Alexander Dromerick, MD, Publishes Prestigious Article in JAMA on Task-Oriented Rehabilitation and Stroke Patients

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WASHINGTON, DC – March 17, 2016 – Alexander Dromerick, MD, MedStar NRH VP of the Research Division and Chair and Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University, along with being the co-director of the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery (a joint program between Georgetown University and MedStar NRH), recently had a very prestigious article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Dr. Dromerick’s work recognizes his and his cohorts’ efforts on the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) trial. This publication in JAMA is extraordinary as it is only the second Phase III rehabilitation trial ever published.

Months before Dr. Dromerick began with MedStar NRH in 2004, he collaborated with MedStar NRH researchers and the Assistive Technology & Research Center to support preliminary data collection for ICARE. Dr. Dromerick said this was an enormous show of faith on the part of MedStar NRH at that time as he conducted his research.

The JAMA work Dr. Dromerick was involved in shows that task-oriented rehabilitation does not necessarily result in greater recovery from stroke. The study says, ‘that task-oriented rehabilitation programs, compared with typical rehabilitation for stroke patients, did not result in better motor function or recovery after 12 months for patients with moderate upper extremity impairment following a stroke.”




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