University of Southampton rehabilitation research
Rehabilitation research is the key to unlocking a better quality of life for people who have been affected by a whole range of conditions.
Here at the University of Southamptonâ€™s Faculty of Health Sciences rehabilitation research fellows from our Rehabilitation and Health Technologies research group are working hard to find ways of improving quality of life for such people.
Our rehabilitation research is conducted within three distinct clusters. These are: respiratory rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and neurorehabilitation. But our work is not confined to this structure.
We are also keen to collaborate on our rehabilitation research. One way that we do this is through The Allied Health Professionals Research Network.
The Allied Health Professionals Research Network aims to develop clinical research, from audits to large-scale studies, and is available to any allied health professional interested in research.
The Southern Central Allied Health Professionals Research Network Hub consists of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, radiographers, orthoptists and podiatrists who are actively involved in research and are promoting research in the clinical setting.
In addition, Professor Jane Burridge, who leads the Rehabilitation and Health Technologies research group, is also a member of the European COST Action Network on Robotics for Neurorehabilitation.
This body endeavours to produce European evidence based guidelines for evaluation of technology-based upper limb neurorehabilitation.
Nowadays robotic devices represent a particular area of interest for rehabilitation research specialists. After all, they can substantially enhance the capacities of therapists who work with patients suffering from motor impairments.
Typical robotic devices can convey instructions to patients on how to perform specific movements, can assist and guide the execution of motor actions, and can objectively assess movement capabilities.
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we conduct, just visit our Rehabilitation and Health Technologies research groupâ€™s website at www.southamton.ac.uk/rht
Submitted on: 2014-09-28 12:45:20