Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS is awarded the 2018 Irving Institute/Precision Medicine Pilot Award for his propsal, "Implementing a health screening app to match people with lower limb loss at high risk for low function to personalized physiotherapy and injury prevention education" for which he will recieve $100,000 over one year.
The study addresses the need of people with lower limb loss to walk independently:
"Even after initial prosthetic training, most People with Lower-limb Loss (PLL) never attain the ability to walk independently in their communities and often fall while living at home. Dr. Christopher Kevin Wong’s research at CUMC has led to the development of the Prosthetic Use for Mobility Prognosis (PUMP) web app, based on a highly accurate clinical prediction rule used to identify PLL who are at high-risk for low function with their prostheses in community settings. An additional aspect of the app, provides PLL with Tips for Injury Prevention Strategies (TIPS) in response to an individual’s specific injury risk profile. The new pilot study will test the real-world implementation of the PUMP + TIPS app ability to match PLL at high-risk for low function to personalized physical therapy and injury prevention education to improve balance and community walking ability; and reduce the risk of falls and injury."
Christopher Kevin Wong, PT, PhD, OCS is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy and Associate Director for the Program in Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.