Former AOTA President Selected for AMA–PCPI Stroke Work Group
Former AOTA President Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, was nominated and selected to serve on the American Medical Association (AMA)–Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation Work Group. The Work Group will review and update current testing measures as well as evaluate new outcome measures.
Dr. Baum served as AOTA President from 2004 to 2007 and is currently director of the Occupational Therapy Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research has focused on people with neurological conditions, particularly in the areas of cognition, rehabilitation, and participation. Since 1996 she has been the principal investigator of the James S. McDonnell Foundation project “Linking Neuroscience to Everyday Life” where more than 10,000 patients diagnosed with stroke have been evaluated and followed to understand the issues faced following mild and moderate stroke. The data have been used to design interventions to extend rehabilitation to address cognitive and psychological issues in addition to motor recovery. Even more recently, her work includes building a self-management approach to extend community rehabilitation following stroke.
The Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation Work Group’s first meeting was held on September 20, 2010, at the AMA offices in Chicago.