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The field of Rehabilitation Science encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social science and engineering as they relate to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person's interactions with the surrounding environment.

Established in 2001, the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB developed an infrastructure to support research related to rehabilitation, disability and recovery. Programs include a respected PhD program, career training and development, funding opportunities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, and infrastructure for large data research and data sharing.

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There are 13 students currently enrolled in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program. To date, 37 PhD degrees have been conferred and 43 fellows have completed postdoctoral training. Students and Postdoctoral Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research activities in Rehabilitation Sciences through our programs.

COPD readmissions reduction program decreases 30-day hospital readmission, may increase mortality

Sep 21, 2020, 15:52 PM by Rehab Sci

COPD readmissions reduction program decreases 30-day hospital readmission, may increase mortality - UTMB Newsroom, Sept 10, 2020

Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found that while the 30-day readmission rate for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has decreased, the mortality rate has increased.

The findings are currently available in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

  • Daniel A Puebla Neira , Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care
  • En Shuo Hsu , Department of Biostatistics
  • Yong-Fang Kuo , Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
  • Kenneth J. Ottenbacher , Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Gulshan Sharma , Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
More News About these Findings:

HRRP Tied to Decrease in 30-Day Readmission Rates for COPD-, Sept. 24, 2020

The use of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program may help reduce the 30 day readmission rate of COPD patients but it may also increase mortality, according to a new study. UTMB’s Daniel A. Puebla Neira and colleagues looked at data from over 4 million Medicare patients. "Further research is needed to confirm our findings and identify factors contributing to the increased mortality seen in patients with COPD in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services readmission reduction program," Puebla Neira said in a statement. This news also reported in Physician's WeeklyDoctors Lounge and Physician Briefings.

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