RIT Leads $1.6 Million NIH-funded Study

Monday, March 28, 2016

Source: Rochester Business Journal

Rochester Institute of Technology is leading a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health-funded study designed to improve a quality-of-life measure for the deaf and hard of hearing.

For the first time, researchers have a tool for assessing deaf and hard-of-hearing patients’ health-related quality-of-life outcomes in American Sign Language, officials said. Patient assessments evaluate symptoms, well-being and life satisfaction, as well as physical, mental and social health.

Poorna Kushalnagar, a health psychologist and research associate professor in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, said resulting data will lend new insights in patient outcomes research and improve prevention and treatment models.

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