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Research in the Physiotherapy Department

The Physiotherapy Department in Beaumont Hospital regards research as a core component of professional education and training and welcomes the recent launch of the "National Therapy Research Strategy 2008-2013" by the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney.   In promoting the therapy research agenda, the government has allocated funding for clinical therapy research fellowships and Beaumont’s Physiotherapy Department has been successful in attaining three of these grants to date.  Physiotherapists in Beaumont Hospital have joined in partnership with the academic staff of the Royal College of Surgeons School of Physiotherapy in 2005 to form PACT (Partnership of Academics and Clinicians in Therapy), with the aim of facilitating collaboration between clinicians and academics.


Current examples of research activity in the Physiotherapy Dept include:

Gait Impairment in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: analysis, impact on function and effect of surgical intervention:
An RCSI/Beaumont Hospital Project undertaken by Ms. Ailish McDermott, working towards an MSc funded by the Health Research Board under their Clinical Research Fellowships scheme

An Investigation of Subjective and Motor Fatigue in Prior Polio Patients and the relationship with the Energy Cost of Walking:
Ms. Deirdre Murray working in partnership with RCSI is working towards a PhD.

Reliability of the Modified Rivermead Mobility Index in a mixed neurological population:
A collaborative student project between RCSI, Beaumont Hospital Physiotherapy Dept and Dr. Joan Moroney, consultant neurologist, conducted by Mr. Joseph Ryan (physiotherapy student).

The Effectiveness of a Walking Programme and Supervised Exercise Programme on Sleep Disturbance in Chronic Low Back Pain: a single blind feasibility randomised control trial:
A project being undertaken by Ms. Jennifer Eadie in a partnership between the Physiotherapy Dept, Dr. O'Connell and UCD funded for 18 months by the Health Research Board.

A single blinded randomised control trial exploring the effectiveness of a Walking Programme versus a General Exercise Programme versus usual physiotherapy programme for Chronic Low Back Pain:
Ms. Grainne O’Donoghue has been funded by the Health Research Board to undertake this project.

To profile a multi-centred cohort of MS patients attending hospital, community and voluntary settings over a 3 month period:
Currently being conducted by Ms. Michelle Shannon, clinical specialist physiotherapist in collaboration with Professor Orla Hardiman, the School of Physiotherapy in University of Limerick as well as community and private physiotherapists.

Predictors of short term functional outcome in the Shoulder following surgery for primary breast cancer
A Project to be undertaken by Ms. Fiona Lenehan as an MSc thesis.

Physical Activity Levels pre-and post-Pulmonary Rehabilitation. 
A Project being undertaken by Ms. Claire Egan as an MSc thesis.


Contact 

Ms. Fiona Keogan
Physiotherapy Manager
fionakeogan@beaumont.ie