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Collins honored for nursing research

CollinsEileen G. Collins, Ph.D., R.N.

Dr. Eileen G. Collins received the Thomas L. Petty Distinguished Pulmonary Scholar Award from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) at the group's annual meeting in September 2014.

Collins directs the Physical Performance Laboratory at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Ill. She is also a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on improving the quality of life of patients with chronic illnesses through physical activity, using innovative approaches such as computerized biofeedback for extending exercise endurance.

She has tested the use of walking poles to improve mobility and exercise endurance in patients with peripheral arterial disease, and has studied energy expenditures among people with spinal cord injury in order to determine appropriate exercise recommendations for that population.

Most recently, she was the lead author on a position paper for the AACVPR providing clinical competency guidelines for pulmonary rehabilitation professionals. The paper was published in the September-October 2014 issue of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.

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