We recently interviewed Dr. Andrew Brown of the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center, whose research group has a strong voice in the discussion of research evaluation and scientific integrity. In the first part of this series, Dr. Brown discusses the foundations of study design, which are vital to understanding research publications.
Surya Bhatt, M.D., a pulmonologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, along with exercise physiologist Greg Sanders and respiratory therapist Erica Anderson, hit on the idea of taking rehab to the patient. They devised a research study using smartphone technology to link a rehabbing patient at home with a trained medical professional in their office on UAB's campus. The two-way interaction provided encouragement, incentive and safety.