The results of the “Locomotor Experience Applied Post-Stroke (LEAPS)” research trial were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study was the largest rehabilitation study ever funded by the National Institute of Health at over 13.5 million dollars. The study was a phase-three, single-blinded, multi-site, randomized, controlled trial investigating interventions to improve walking following stroke. This trial was lead by Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD, Katherine Sullivan, PT, PhD and Andrea Behrman, PT, PhD.
“It takes a village to run a project like this,” principal investigator, Dr. Duncan says. “Part of the amazing village that worked on this study were faculty members of the University of St. Augustine.” Dr. Jodi Liphart, Dr. Debra Gray, Dr. Karey Ledbetter, Ms. Kristen Johnson and Dr. Scott Getsoian were actively involved in the trial as blinded assessors, collecting all the critical outcomes data. Dr. Joann Gallichio was the Site Team Leader who oversaw the trial.
To read the primary results paper, please see: Duncan PW, Sullivan KJ, Behrman AL, et al. Body-weight-supported treadmill rehabilitation after stroke. N Engl J Med 2011;364.2026-36.