Research Collaboration

There is an active research agenda underway involving the FIST. The following projects are currently in progress.  If your facility would like more information on potential research collaborations, please get in touch with the contact person listed below.

  • Determination of FIST cut-off score for fall risk determination
    • This study is in the planning stages, please contact Dr. Sharon Gorman (sgorman@samuelmerritt.edu) if you are interested in collaborating.
    • This will most likely be a multi-center study looking at the relationship of FIST scores and established fall risk tools to determine if a FIST cut-off score for fall risk can be described. Population of interest will most likely be hospital or skilled nursing based.
  • Adaptation of the FIST for persons with spinal cord injury
    • This study is in the planning stages, please contact Dr. Sharon Gorman (sgorman@samuelmerritt.edu) if you are interested in collaborating.
    • This may be a multi-center study looking at maximal achievable scores at different levels of spinal injury, and may also explore possible adaptations to the FIST (either items, scoring, or both) to suit the specific needs in persons with spinal cord injury. Population of interest most likely will be inpatient rehabilitation and those with stable, chronic spinal cord injury.

If you or your facility would like to collaborate on another project using the FIST, please contact us to discuss future opportunities and collaborations.

[updated 3/11/15]