Knee conditions: evaluating movement toolkit interventions
Physiotherapy remains a cornerstone for musculoskeletal condition management.
However, concerns remain over how to accurately assess movement to evaluate progress, provide patient feedback and determine appropriate treatment options. This is largely because assessment is being undertaken using subjective outcome measures or inconsistent tools.
Our research has addressed this unmet need through the development of a novel portable toolkit. This uses affordable wearable technology allowing rigorous real-time movement assessment and feedback for patients and clinicians.
The next stage of our research is to integrate this toolkit into a new physiotherapy intervention. Before this we need to evaluate the attitudes of end-users (clinicians and patients) on user requirements, potential benefits and barriers and facilitators to integration in healthcare.
Therefore, in this engagement project we will organise drop-in sessions for patients and physiotherapists to experience the toolkit and provide feedback. This will be used to create an engagement video, informing patients and the public about our research and helping them understand how the toolkit should be integrated into healthcare as a new intervention.
Four roadshows with industry representation will be conducted in physiotherapy departments across Wales, which will demonstrate and share learning opportunities to end-users about the toolkit and its usage in patient care.
This project is funded by The Wellcome Trust.