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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Lifestyle Redesign® for Pressure Ulcer Prevention in Rural Veterans with SCI

Health Core ⟩ Lifestyle Interventions for Health Promotion and Prevention Lab ⟩

Project Director: Michael Carlson PhD; Florence Clark PhD, FAOTA

Collaborator: Erna Blanche PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA ; Brent Liu (Viterbi School of Engineering)

Aug 2012 – Jan 2014

Total funding

The Long Beach VA Health Care System is collaborating with the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy on a demonstration project to develop a sustainable Lifestyle Redesign® program tailored for pressure ulcer prevention in rural veterans with spinal cord injuries to be delivered via telehealth systems. USC collaborators will first conduct a needs assessment in which rural veterans, through a series of interviews, will provide input that will guide researchers in customizing the intervention to address the specific lifestyle needs and circumstances that present challenges to pressure ulcer prevention. After USC researchers develop a tailored manual, they will train and supervise VA occupational therapists in delivering the intervention and collect treatment outcome data.


Type Source Number Amount
Federal U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Intergovernmental Personnel Act — VA Long Beach Health Care System) VALBHS / IPA / 2012 $180,511