Physical Therapy faculty members are involved in research projects focussed on improving the health status and quality of life for individuals with a variety of conditions or injuries that disrupt normal movement, function and mobility. In addition to clinically-based research projects, the faculty and staff are involved in community-based projects focussed on primary health care and health promotion.
For many projects, faculty members are working closely with colleagues in other health-related professions, biomedical sciences and social sciences. The following are examples of projects currently being carried out by faculty in the School of Physical Therapy. .
- Exploration of physical therapy interventions, such as physical activity and exercise, in fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and other musculo-skeletal conditions.
- Multi-centre research focussing on development of evidence-based guidelines for and education of health professionals dealing with victims of violence and abuse.
- Investigation of physical therapy interventions in neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
- Development of valid and reliable methods for evaluating posture, balance, function, and ambulation in older adults and in individuals with many medical conditions (e.g., neurological disease, osteoporosis, dementia, and other conditions).
- Development and application of tools to measure performance of physical therapy students in clinical settings.
- Development of guidelines to inform curricula design related to evidence-based practice for health professionals
- Investigation of clinical and community interventions to prevent falls in older adults and to maximize health status, quality of life and function in older adults with chronic diseases.
- Development and evaluation of curricula related to knowledge translation and development of inter-professional competencies for health professionals.