Physical therapy faculty members to lead LeaRRn program

Physical Therapy Professor Janet Freburger and Assistant Professor Joel Stevans will help create and lead the Learning Health Systems Rehabilitation Research Network (LeaRRn), a national resource network to advance rehabilitation learning health systems research.

LeaRRn, a a collaborative effort of Pitt, Brown University and Boston University, will be funded through a $5.5 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.

LeaRRn plans to transform the delivery, quality and outcomes of rehabilitation care by creating a Learning Health System Innovation Hub that partners researchers with health care systems and engages stakeholders, including patients, providers, administrators, payers and policymakers to develop rehabilitation-focused LHS research questions. It also will provide funding and methodological/technical support for LHS scholars and pilot study awardees to transform research ideas into full-scale studies conducted in real-world practice.

Freburger will direct the LHS Innovation Hub and will lead the Collaborative Opportunities Component of LeaRRn jointly with Rosa Baier from Brown University School of Public Health. Stevans, will lead the Techniques Development Component of LeaRRn.