Below is a list of projects currently underway at the PIRL. For any questions please contact the lead researcher of the project or Dr. David Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The physio moves canada project
Lead Researcher: Dave Walton
Purpose: The purpose of this pan-Canadian study is to collect clinician perspectives on the future of physiotherapy. It is comprised of a focused ethnography of practice innovations, a phenomenology of the lived experience of mobility for Canadians, and a series of descriptive studies exploring threats, opportunities, training, and research priorities for Physiotherapy in Canada.
Status: Analysis and dissemination currently under way.
Fabrication and Evaluation of a Flexible Wearable Sensor for Ecological Momentary Assessment of Neck Function
Lead Researcher: Iyad Al-Nasri
Purpose: In this project, a smart wearable sensor is being researched and developed in collaboration between Western’s Mechanical and Materials Engineering department, the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and the School of Physical Therapy. The aim is to fabricate, characterize, and evaluate an unobtrusive, lightweight sensory tape made up of Electromechanically Active Polymers (EAP) to address ‘real-time’ ecological momentary assessment of neck function in the three cardinal planes.
Creation of INTER PROFESSIONAL Pain Management Master’s-Level Program
Lead Researcher: Zoe Letwin
Purpose: This project includes working closely with Dr. Dave Walton and a variety of experts to develop a master’s-level Inter professional Pain Management program for practicing clinicians in an inter professional setting with an anticipated delivery date of September 2019. We will work to define and operationalize core competencies as well as objectives for the new program. The structure, design, content and implementation of the program will be documented and will produce a meta-analysis review.
Current Status: In progress