As the Rehabilitation Research Group (RRG) currently we explore five lines of enquiry:
1) Clinical Measurement Tools
2) Understanding patients’/ clients’ problems
This work helps gain greater understanding of the nature, cause and severity of patients’/ clients’ experiences and problems. This assists developing evidence based interventions and measurement tools and ensures appropriate patient-focused outcomes in clinical trials.
3) Understanding and evaluating current therapy
To develop more effective rehabilitation interventions and ways of delivering services we need to have a clear understanding of current services / practice, whether they are effective, insight into staff and service users’ experiences, perceptions and priorities. Many aspects of current clinical practice have insufficient evidence, so research includes evaluating current practice in trials.
4) Designing and evaluating novel interventions
New, more effective, interventions based on theory and current evidence can help improve patient outcomes. We work collaboratively with therapists and other health professionals to develop interventions and conduct clinical trials.
5) Implementing research into clinical practice
Our aim is to help improve patient outcomes. Thus research findings need to be implemented in clinical practice. Members of the Rehabilitation Research Programme have a strong record of this. Our research has been included in national clinical guidelines and we have actively contributed to developing such guidelines, for example from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. We contribute chapters to undergraduate and specialist textbooks, and contribute to national and international education programmes for specialist health professionals. We also work with clinical service providers, service user groups and Third sector organizations to develop clinical services and self-management materials.
We have two main themes under the RRG :
Led by Prof Alison Hammond and Dr Yeliz Prior, this research theme focuses on the rehabilitation of people with musculoskeletal and rheumatic diseases, with particular reference to the test and development of rheumatology patient reported outcome measures (R-PROMs), rheumatology occupational therapy interventions and patient education in self-management for people with rheumatic or musculoskeletal conditions.
Upper limb rehabilitation