Anxiety and isolation have been an unfortunate and widespread consequence of the global COVID-19 pandemic―a situation only compounded for those recovering from a complex medical condition. SameYou funded remote options for therapeutic human connection with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and partnered to launch the PAVING the Path to Wellness: Emergency Response Edition to provide a safe and effective way for brain injury and stroke survivors to engage in positive therapeutic connection during this precarious time.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston
Three-year Research study and Emergency Campaign for virtual wellbeing support
SameYou are funding a groundbreaking three-year study into the biopsychosocial impact of brain injury with Spaulding Rehabilitation, a world leader in advanced rehabilitation treatment and research and the official teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
The research initiative is led under the auspices of Dr. Ross Zafonte, D.O., senior vice president of research, education, and medical affairs at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Dr Zafonte is a renowned traumatic brain injury expert and one of the principle reasons for SameYou partnering with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
This innovative study explores the interplay of physical problems, mental health issues and social challenges that brain injury survivors face, with a view to designing new biopsychosocial recovery therapies that will enable a level of recovery once thought impossible to achieve through traditional approaches.
The study involves Spaulding’s core laboratory research team examining the causes of common chronic health problems arising from brain injury and conducting enhanced research into the behavioural and mental health problems caused by a brain injury. The Spaulding participatory-action researchers will look at the recovery challenges from a patient perspective and the social impact of living with brain injury.
The goal is to advance the understanding of the physical, mental and social challenges of brain injury recovery, to define new therapies and approaches that will redefine the long-term wellbeing of brain injury survivors worldwide.
I want to thank all of our SameYou supporters for raising the money to enable this world-leading research. Millions of people like me have a brain injury but nobody talks about it. Chances are, you might know someone who has had a brain injury. It’s one of the biggest global health challenges we face. I am determined to be a catalyst for change and this research is a vital part of SameYou’s journey to help make a difference to brain injury survivors.
- Emilia Clarke