Congratulations to Caroline Roffman for her publication in the Journal of Physiotherapy
Ms Caroline Roffman, a physiotherapist from Western Australia, was the recipient of the second ISPO Australia Research Grant in 2009. As part of her PhD research, the grant allowed Caroline and her colleagues Professor John Buchanan and Professor Garry T Allison to develop and validate clinical prediction rules (CPRs) to predict functional outcomes for people with lower limb amputation.
This work has been published in the Journal of Physiotherapy and showed that amputation level, mobility aid use and functional level achieved at discharge from rehabilitation were all significant predictors of prosthetic non-use. These CPRs will assist health professionals to accurately identify those at greatest risk of prosthetic non-use following discharge from rehabilitation and to develop targeted models of care.
The open access article is freely available here while a plain language summary of the paper is available here.
ISPO Australia would like to congratulate Caroline and her colleagues on this wonderful achievement.
The ISPO Research Grant is awarded biennially and was established with the aim to improve research quality, strengthen the evidence supporting treatment and build the skills of early career researchers. Stay tuned for details of the 2015 Research Grant