Saturday, 28 June 2014

Call for Papers - Manual Therapy announces special issue on therapeutic exercise

Manual Therapy will be publishing a Special Issue focusing on therapeutic exercise and is currently seeking papers, guest edited by Professors Karen S√łgaard (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark) and Gwendolen Jull (the University of Queensland, Australia) Musculoskeletal pain and impaired function present the most common chronic health disorders.

They are a huge burden on society affecting the economy as well as having serious consequences for quality of life at the individual level. Musculoskeletal pain and impaired function are, in the main, non-specific and fluctuating but, if left untreated, may develop into chronic conditions. Therapeutic exercise should be a safe first choice of early prevention of recurrence and treatment.

In the past few decades, physical exercise, from a public health perspective, has been shown to be beneficial for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of a number of lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. In contrast, the role of therapeutic exercise as an efficient way to prevent and treat musculoskeletal disorders has, until recently, attracted much less attention.

Because of the recognised importance of therapeutic exercise a forthcoming special edition of Manual Therapy journal is planned. Its aim is to present current research on all levels of the evidence hierarchy, that contribute to increased knowledge on how fundamental exercise is to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.

Submissions are invited by 1st September 2014. Please submit here under the heading – 'Special Issue – therapeutic exercise' on the online form.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Going beyond bibliometric and altmetric counts to understand impact

Kristi Holmes, Director, Galter Health Sciences Library and Associate Professor, Preventative Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University has written an interesting article about the impact of research.

To view please click here.

Friday, 13 June 2014

New article: An approach to building research capacity for health practitioners in a public health environment: an organisational perspective

Please click here to view an article detailing how Queensland got their Allied Health Research Fellows through the industrial enterprise bargaining system.

The Abstract to the paper is as follows:

A unique opportunity to engage in research capacity-building strategies for health practitioners arose within public sector health services during the negotiations for an industrial agreement. A research capacity-building initiative for health practitioners that is allied health, oral health and scientist practitioners was funded and the components of this initiative are described.

The initiative was implemented using a research capacity-building framework developed from a review of the literature and stakeholder consultations. The framework included leadership and governance, support to researchers and translation of evidence into practice and was contextualised to public health environments. There were several phases of implementation.

An evaluation of the preliminary phase of establishing research positions and research activity was conducted and several successes of the capacity-building strategies were identified. These successes (e.g. solid partnerships with universities) are discussed, as are future concerns, such as sustainability of the initiative in a tighter fiscal context.

What is known about the topic? The literature identifies strategies to increase research capacity, including grant funds and bursaries, training in research methods, regular forums and networks for support, positions for research fellows and linkages and partnerships. There is minimal clarity or discourse around the organisational strategies or proposed evaluation of such strategies to enable or support research capacity building.

What does this paper add? This paper describes implementation of a research capacity-building framework developed from a unique opportunity to provide funding for research positions and grants embedded in an industrial agreement. It describes the organisational and cultural perspectives and framework to build a research culture based on this funding, in a predominantly clinical workforce.

What are the implications for practitioners? Research positions for allied health, oral health and scientist practitioners funded and supported jointly by a health organisation and a university are able to influence the number and quality of research proposals developed. These disciplines in other jurisdictions may use this model of research capacity building within their particular context.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Video volunteers required

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is looking for contributors to a promotional video clip.

They require three AHPs who are part of the Hub who'd be happy to provide sounds bites which would be edited into a short video clip.

The working title of the video clip is 'Getting involved in research.' Those being filmed would be asked to talk about three broad areas:

  • What job do they do, how did they get started in research?
  • Why do they think research is important, what are the benefits to them, their employer and service users?
  • What are their tips for getting started in research and how can or has the CAHPR network helped them?

This video could then be circulated through the hubs to help promote the network to others, as well as give Clinicians pointers on how they can get involved in research.

If you are interested in getting involved please email Fran Fitch or Tel: 0207 306 6613.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Starting out in Research

Imperial College London in collaboration with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will be running an introductory course entitled 'Starting out in Research.'

This short course provides an excellent grounding of the critical underpinning skills required for performing high quality research.

AHPRN members will receive a 10% discount. For more information and booking details please click here.