rehabilitation

Preventing Osteoarthritis after a Sport-related Knee Injury

By 2040, 25% of Canadians will have osteoarthritis (OA), a disabling joint disease. This number will be as high as 50% for those who hurt their knee playing youth sport. Currently, the treatment of youth sport knee injuries focuses on return to sport. Few seek care beyond their injury, and little effort is made to prevent OA. Stop OsteoARthritis (SOAR) is a new physiotherapy program to reduce the risk of OA after a youth sport knee injury.

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2020

Early dysphagia detection in critically ill patients following prolonged mechanical ventilation

Acutely ill patients often require life-saving measures including breathing tubes and breathing machines (mechanical ventilation; MV).  As our population ages and more people have chronic, complex health conditions, MV is becoming a more common, necessary practice.

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2020

Critical Illness Survivorship: Evidence to Design Patient-Centred Interventions

Over 80% of patients who are treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) for a life-threatening illness face reduced physical health, emotional wellbeing and quality of life. Up to half of patients discharged from the ICU are readmitted to hospital within a year with complex medical conditions. This is a tremendous cost of cure for survivors and their family caregivers. Services for patients with complex medical conditions and/or frail patients is a BC Health System Priority.

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2020

Structural and functional correlates of neuroplastic change associated with stroke

In Canada, stroke is the third leading cause of neurological disease and death. Although improved acute care has resulted in greater survival rates, an increased number of Canadians suffer long-term neurological disability and a decreased quality of life following a stroke. With an aging Canadian population, the need for efficient and effective diagnostic tools and rehabilitation strategies are critical so that stroke survivors can maintain independence and a high quality of life.

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2013

A wearable assistive device for improving quality of life

Mobility of the upper extremities has a significant impact on independence and quality of life. For individuals with neuromuscular disorders due to aging, stroke, injury, or other diseases, the activities of daily living (such as eating and dressing) can be very challenging. However, biomedical robotic technologies offer a promising tool with which to improve the mobility of individuals with impaired upper extremities.

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2012
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Biomechanically-informed non-invasive treatment for knee osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of physical disability in adults worldwide and is associated with a significant personal and economic burden. It is estimated that one in eight Canadian adults currently have osteoarthritis, which results in $10.2 billion in annual health-care costs and an additional $17.3 billion in economic impact due to loss of employment productivity and other indirect health-care costs.

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2012

Optimizing health outcomes in arthritis care: Promoting knowledge translation through digital media

Arthritis consists of more than 100 types of conditions and is the most common cause of severe chronic pain and disability in Canada, affecting 4.4 million Canadians. While effective treatments are available, they are not consistently prescribed by health professionals or used by patients. Currently, researchers and research funding agencies have focused on tailoring research findings to specific audiences via methods such as plain language summaries, education sessions, public symposia, and media events.

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2011

Beyond VO2peak: Understanding exercise-induced in cardiovascular function after stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of neurological disability in Canada. Most stroke survivors have a number of other related conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure, which contribute to their risk of additional strokes. Exercise not only improves fitness, it also has the potential to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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2011
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Physical activity in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung condition that affects more than 75,000 British Columbians. People with COPD have a shortness of breath, chronic cough, and can experience difficulties with the activities of daily life, such as showering, walking, and social activities. Many people with COPD have regular flare-ups, or exacerbations, of their lung condition. These exacerbations result in a severe shortness of breath and overall weakness and fatigue and sometimes lead to long hospital stays.

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2011
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Stimulation of Brain Activity and Recovery of Function after Stroke

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the most common cause of adult disability in Canada and worldwide. Nearly half of all people with stroke do not have full use of their arms for daily tasks and seek rehabilitation to help restore their function. Recent discoveries have targeted effective treatments for individuals who are still able to move their wrist and fingers after stroke, but there are currently few therapies for individuals with poorer hand movement ability.

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2008
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Optimizing functional ability in stroke rehabilitation

Each year, approximately 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke—the number one cause of neurological disability leading to impaired balance and mobility. Almost 90 per cent of stroke survivors have difficulties with everyday tasks, a reduced tolerance for physical activity, a sedentary lifestyle and multiple secondary complications. Many of these complications can be reduced with rehabilitation.

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2007
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