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12192013 Katherine Stenson Spinal Cord Injury Program Grant Press Release
Katherine Stenson, MD, Spinal Cord Injury Program Director at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is honored to announce that Dr. Katherine Stenson, Director of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Department at RHI received funding from the Indiana Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Fund for a two year, $120,000 pilot study, Adaptation of a Group Diabetes Prevention Program for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury: A pilot study for feasibility and efficacy.
Due to decreased mobility after SCI, individuals are at high risk for developing obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, which predisposes them to heart disease and mortality. This study is looking at adapting the Diabetes Prevention Program (developed for able-bodied individuals) for the spinal cord injury population of patients with special attention paid to cognitive and behavioral traits or interventions that predispose individuals to success. The study goals are weight loss and diabetes prevention after spinal cord injury through an intensive wellness program of diet and exercise.
For years, Dr. Stenson has watched her patients struggle with weight management after spinal cord injury. “As a SCI clinical specialist, I have patients in my clinic who complain about weight gain. To date, there are no successful interventions available in the literature for this population. I hope to gain knowledge and be able to provide answers to clinicians so they can better medically manage the weight concerns of their patients with spinal cord injury.” Dr. Stenson said when asked what her hopes were for the pilot study.
For more information about Dr. Katherine Stenson’s Spinal Cord Injury study, or the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana’s Spinal Cord Injury program, call 317-329-2000.
About Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI), a twenty-two year community collaboration between Indiana University Health and St. Vincent Health. RHI has five locations to serve patients, offering a full range of acute inpatient, outpatient and vocational rehabilitation services for adults with life-changing illness and injuries due to brain injury, spinal cord, stroke, amputation, orthopedic conditions, neuromuscular disease, burns and related disabilities. For more information on RHI contact 317-329-2000, visit the RHI website at www.rhin.com, or follow RHI on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.