Our previous research findings suggest that structured physiotherapy assessment and intervention can be effective for patients with functional impairments and activity limitations. For the majority of patients, it is recommended that physiotherapeutic assessment and intervention be trialed before other complex or invasive interventions such as surgery are considered. Current literature supports the early implementation of physiotherapy alone or as a complementary intervention before, during or after other interventions. Furthermore, physiotherapy should also be included in multidisciplinary healthcare interventions to support patient return to activities and work. In our clinical research we compare different interventions using randomized studies and cohort studies. The research program also develops through hypothesis generating methodology including interview and register studies.
Our central research questions:
- What physiotherapeutic interventions improve the result of pain, function, activity as well as health and well-being related outcomes in different diagnostic groups?
- What patient characteristics and other factors (family, work and leisure related) are of importance for functional impairments and the effect of interventions?
- How accurately do physiotherapeutic diagnostics provide understanding of sickness/injury and choice of intervention?
- How can evidence based knowledge be implemented?