Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the RehabLab® a doctor's office or therapy clinic?
No. We are a research laboratory that tests the effectiveness of different rehabilitative approaches. While we are not a "regular" doctor's office or therapy clinic, we do sometimes provide care that resembles what you would encounter in such environments.
2. What is the cost? Do I have to have insurance?
All testing, study materials, and therapies provided in our research are free. There sometimes are costs associated with your parking or transportation here. If there are other costs associated with your participation in a research study, we will let you know.
3. How is the care that your group provides different from a therapy gym or doctor's office?
Aside from there not being a cost for our services, most of the therapies you receive here will be provided for longer periods of time and more aggressively than what is usually able to be provided in the community. Also, many of the approaches we provide are not available anywhere else in the community, the region, or, in some cases, the United States.
4. How do I sign up for one of your studies?
If you have an advertisement describing one of our studies, you can get in touch with the person listed as the contact for the study. Otherwise, you can contact Dr. Page or contact the general laboratory e-mail address with questions.
5. I am a clinician; why should I refer my clients to your clinical trials?
Clinical trials are a helpful resource for you and your patients for several reasons:
Clinical trials offer the opportunity for your clients to receive free therapy. This is because our studies are supported by grants and, thus, we do not charge third party payers for the care that we provide. So, if your patient has a limited number of therapy visits - or has exhausted those visits - we can offer free therapy without being constrained by the availability of insurance.
Since we are not constrained by third party payers, we can often offer therapies at a higher duration and/or intensity than would be allowed in a traditional setting.
Patients often show discernable changes in function from participating in our studies. These changes are carefully documented by us. We can share these changes with you so that you can argue to resume therapy with the client. We have referred nearly 300 clients back to physical and occupational therapies after participating in our therapies over the past 10 years.
Clinical trials help to advance the care that you provide by determining which approaches are the most effective.
6. Do I have to live in Columbus? In Ohio?
There is no residency requirement for any of our studies, and we often have had people from across the country stay in the region while they participate in one of our studies. We can provide you with a list of local hotels.
Would you like to learn more about clinical trials? Click here to visit the National Institute of Health's clinical trials information website.