CRT Awareness Week Begins Aug. 14
Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) Awareness Week is Aug. 14-18, and the National Coalition for Assistive & Rehab Technology (NCART) has resources for social media posts and other outreach activities.
“We wish that every legislator, policymaker, payer, and community member already fully understood the complexities of CRT and the benefits it provides to people with disabilities,” NCART’s Associate Director Mickae Lee said in the announcement. “While we aren’t there just yet, we’ve made real progress, and there is an increasing number of decision-makers who understand how vital CRT is. But more is needed, and your participation will have a significant impact on how effective our collective outreach will be.”
Each day of the week focuses on a different CRT stakeholder segment. Mon., Aug. 14, is CRT Manufacturer Day. Tues., Aug. 15, is CRT Consumer Day. Wed., Aug. 16, is CRT Clinician Day. Thurs., Aug. 17, is CRT Provider Day. Awareness Week concludes on Fri., Aug. 18, with CRT Advocacy Day.
Using the tagline “Find One Day and One Way to Get Involved,” NCART encourages stakeholders to spread the word on the importance of CRT. Suggestions include posting CRT photos on social media; posting CRT product videos; using TikTok to share how CRT impacts lives; liking and sharing NCART social media posts about Awareness Week; and registering for the Sept. 13 CRT virtual fly-in cohosted by NCART and the National Registry of Rehab Technology Suppliers (NRRTS).
Cardinal Health Approves Dividend
Cardinal Health’s board of directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $0.5006 per share out of the company’s capital surplus. In an Aug. 9 announcement, Cardinal Health said the dividend will be payable on Oct. 15 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 3.
Study: People with COPD & Severe Pain More Likely to Fall
New research published this summer said people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) “have a higher prevalence of pain and a greater risk of falls than their healthy peers. As pain has been associated with an increased risk of falls in older adults, this study investigated the association between pain and falls in people with COPD compared to healthy controls.”
The study — The Association of Pain with Incident Falls in People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing — was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.