As nurse-scientists and researchers, we are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of adults, children, families and communities through research. As we pursue new knowledge in high-impact areas such as cancer, stroke and symptom management, we collaborate with community members in all phases of the research process, drawing on the diverse and unique strengths of each person and culture. Community-driven research is action-oriented. Together, we work with community members to develop, test and apply assessments, interventions and policies to achieve social change, improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.
Preventing falls among stroke survivors
Over the past 15 years, Ruth Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, FAHA, associate professor and nurse-scientist, has partnered with community-based organizations to examine the effects of Tai Chi exercise on improving physical, psychosocial and cognitive functioning among older adults with heart disease and stroke. A gentle and inexpensive form of exercise that consists of body movements, mental concentration and relaxed breathing, Tai Chi has been shown to help prevent falls and reduce risk factors for falling among adult stroke survivors.