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PTSD in Limb Trauma and Recovery

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Annual rept. 17 Sep 2010-16 Sep 2011

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This grant consists of three projects, each with its own investigative team, as described below. Program 1 Establishing the Parameters of Virtual Reality Environments in the Treatment of PTSD Tracie Shea, Ph.D. lead investigator. This project has obtained local IRB approval and pre-approval from the DoD. Hardware has been tested and validated and subject recruitment will begin with DoD HRPO approval. Program 2 Framework for Comparison of Display Technologies as Routes of VR Exposure Samuel Fulcomer, Lead Investigator. This project is studying the usage of the Virtual Iraq scenario to run on advanced multi-panel displays and the development of new display technology. These studies are concentrating on the technical adaptation of the current scenarios designed for head mounted displays to more high fidelity advanced display techniques. Solution of these technical difficulties will make this display technology suitable for a variety of VA, DoD, and civilian environments. Program 3A Identifying Clinically Meaningful Improvement in Rehabilitation of Lower-Limb Amputees Linda Resnik, Ph.D., P.T., O.C.T, Lead Investigator. These studies have the goal of generating data to guide selection and interpretation of outcome instruments for lower limb amputees. Results showed that self-report measures have reliability coefficients comparable to those reported by instrument developers and that the 0-7 point numerical scoring system for the PEQ combined mobility scale will have good to excellent reliability. A manuscript has been submitted for publication. Program 3B Analysis of Gait Mechanics of Amputees Using a New Lower Limb Prosthesis Susan D Andrea, Ph.D.. The gait lab has been established in a new facility and is being used to quantify human motion in a variety of research projects. Program 4 Virtual reality and Motion Analysis to Characterize Disabilities in Lower Limb Injury Christopher Rhea, Ph.D., lead investigator.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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