Research at St. Luke's Rehabilitation

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute is committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients as well as advancing patient care through active research projects. The following are a list of current research projects at St. Luke's. If you are a research investigator interested in conducting a project at St. Luke's, email the St. Luke's Research Committee Chair.

St. Luke's Research Publications: 


Wang, V., Goodman, C., Fuller, K. (2015) Pathology Implications for the Physical Therapists fourth edition. Ch. 20 The female genital/reproductive system. 

Weeks, D. L., Keeney, B. J., Evans, P. C., Moore, Q. D., & Conrad, D. A. (2015). Provider perceptions of the electronic health record incentive programs: a survey of eligible professionals who have and have not attested to meaningful use. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 30, 123-130.

Carter GT. Diagnosis and Treatment of Limb-Girdle and Distal Dystrophies. American Academy of Neurology. Neurology 83 2014

Weeks, D. L. A Pilot Randomized Trial Comparing Inter-session Scheduling of Biofeedback Results to Individuals with Chronic Pain: Influence on Psychological and Physical Function

Carter GT, Duong V, Ho S, Ngo KC, Greer CL, Weeks DL.  Side Effects of Commonly Prescribed Analgesic Medications. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2014. 25)2:457-470

Carter GT, Jense MP, McMullen K, Molton IR, Smith AE. Symptom Burden in Person with Myotonic and Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2013 [Epub ahead of print]

Carter GT, Schatman ME.  What is the Evidence Base for Electronic Medical Records Improving Quality in Hospice and Palliative Medicine? American Journal of Hospital Palliative Medicine 2013 [Epub ahead of print]

Miro J, Gertz KJ, Carter GT, Jensen MP. Pain site, pain intensity, and functioning in patients with myotonic and fascioscapulohumeral muscular  dystrophy.  Muscle and Nerve (accepted).

El-Abassi R, Carter GT, England JD.  Charcot Marie Tooth Disease: An Overview of Genotypes, Phenotypes, and Clinical Management Strategies. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (accepted). 

Smith AE, McMullen K, Jensen MP, Carter GT, Molton I. Symptom burden in persons with myotonic and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (accepted).

Miller RG, Brooks, BR, Swain-Eng RJ, Carter GT, Jackson CE, Dubinsky R, Cohen AB, Casey P, Sanjak M, Procaccini N, Forshew D, Basner RC, Tolin FP, Kasarskis E. Quality improvement in neurology: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Quality Measures. Report of the Quality Measurement and Reporting Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology (accepted).

Weeks, D. L., Polello, J. M., Hansen, D. T., Keeney, B. J., & Conrad, D. A. (Online July 2013). Measuring primary care organizational capacity for diabetes care coordination: the Diabetes Care Coordination Readiness Assessment. Journal of General Internal Medicine; DOI 10.1007/s11606-013-2566-2.

Schoonover, H., Corbett, C. F., Weeks, D. L., Setter, S. M., & Willson, M. N. (In Press). Predicting potential post-discharge adverse drug events and 30-day unplanned readmissions from medication regimen complexity. Journal of Patient Safety.

Bray, B. S., Willson, M. N., Schwartz, C. R., Matsuura, G., Robinson, J. D., & Weeks, D. L. (2013). Validation of a Tool to Assess Student Performance in a Clostridium difficile Infection Simulation Scenario. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 77, Article 149.

Maldonado, A. Q., Weeks, D. L., Bitterman, A. N., McCleary, J. A., Seiger, T. C., Carson, R. W., Tabon, P. K., Goroski, A. L., & Ojogho, O. N. (2013). Changing transplant recipient education and inpatient transplant pharmacy practices: A single-center perspective. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 70, 900-904.

Sonnett, T. E., Setter, S. M., Weeks, D. L., & Borson, S. (2012). Point-of-care screening to identify cognitive impairment in older adults. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 52, 492-497.

Binford, J., (2013) Physical Therapy Management of Outlet Dysfunction Constipation and Pelvic Pain. Journal of Women's Health Physical Thearpy, vol. 37 no. 2.

Weeks, D. L., Willson, M. N., & Greer, C. L. (2012). Differences in complexity of discharge medication regimens among men and women discharged from acute care to home following total joint arthroplasty. Hospital Pharmacy, 47, 197-205.

Anton, D., Goldrick, S., Moderman, S., Hansen, D. T., & Weeks, D. L. (2012). Ergonomic exposure assessment methods for identifying musculoskeletal disorder risk in the workplace. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 24, 62-66.

Weeks, D. L., Greer, C. L., Bray, B. S., Schwartz, C. R., & White, J. R. (2011). Association of antidepressant medication therapy with inpatient rehabilitation outcomes for stroke, traumatic brain injury, or traumatic spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92, 683-695.

Research at St. Luke's: 

Challenging Normalcy: Disability in Medical Education
St. Luke’s provides opportunities for medical students to do clinical rotations. As part of his research project, University of Washing first year medical student, Michael Nguyen, MPH, did a presentation on the need for medical students to be educated and trained on the social model of disabilities as part of their overall medical education. To learn more about his research click here

Evaluation of Prevalence of Tobacco Use and Its Influence on Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes
: Michael H. V. Nguyen, MS; Gregory T. Carter, MD, MS; Anjali R. Truitt, MPH; Chris C. Greer, BPharm; Joel Mansfield, MS; Douglas L. Weeks, PhD

Using Wearable Motion Sensors to Measure Rehabilitation Patient Gait Characteristics
Diane Cook, PhD (WSU); Gina Sprint, MS (WSU); Vladimir Borisov, MS (WSU); Douglas L. Weeks, PhD

Abnormalities in Homocysteine Metabolism as a Potential Disease Modifying Target in Diabetic Neuropathy
E. Clark Cullen, MD; Gregory T. Carter, MD, MS; Douglas L. Weeks, PhD; Michael D. Weiss, MD

Side Effects of Commonly Prescribed Analgesics: Physician-Patient Counseling
Gregory T. Carter, MD, MS; Chris C. Greer, BPharm; Douglas L. Weeks, PhD

Standardizing acute hospital evaluation of the most appropriate post-acute setting: Assessing adult neurological patients with the AlphaFIM
Douglas L. Weeks, PhD; Nancy M. Hughes, RN, CRRN; Ulrike Berzau, MM, MHS, PT, FACHE ; Julie K. Haines, PT; Lara Thollot-Musa, PT

Occupational Health Education for Dental Hygienists in Washington State
Daniel C. Anton, PT, PhD (EWU); Janet Nord, RDH, MEd (EWU); Douglas L. Weeks, PhD

Development of a General Diabetes Knowledge Test for use with Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Populations
Douglas L. Weeks, PhD; Brian French, PhD (WSU); Linda Towle, RD; April Davis, RD (WSU)

The Modified Mini-Mental State Examination as an Indicator of Cognitive Impairment in Traumatic Brain Injury
Douglas L. Weeks, PhD; Sara Ambrose, MS, CCC-SLP; Jennifer Lawton, MS, CCC-SLP; Angelique Tindall, PhD, RD

Oxidative Stress in Chronic Kidney Disease: Diet and Exercise
Katherine R. Tuttle, MD; Heidi Jibby, RT

Simulated Rehabilitation Environment to Support Home and Community Reintegration
Douglas L. Weeks, PhD; Sara Ambrose, MS, CCC-SLP; Jennifer Lawton, MS, CCC-SLP; Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, PhD (WSU); Jane Pimentel, PhD (EWU)

Effect of Antidepressant Medications on Infections in the Acute Phase of Stroke
Megan Willson, PharmD (SHMC); Chris C. Greer, BPharm; Douglas L. Weeks, PhD

A Survey of Rehabilitation Inpatients about the Hospital Pharmacists’ Role in Improving Patient Satisfaction
Chris C. Greer, BPharm; Lien Huynh (WSU PharmD student)

Observing the Effects of Taping on Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain
Janis Battan, OTR/L (EWU); Samantha Axtman, (EWU MOT student); Mallory Hamby, (EWU MOT student)

Exploring the usefulness of iEngaging as an intervention to engage patients in hospital fall prevention
Huey-Ming Tzeng, PhD, RN, FAAN (WSU); Marque De Nysschen, MS (WSU)