Research

We provide support and funding for research and education to hopefully help improve service delivery and outcomes for people with severe injuries.

Research we have funded or that is of interest to participants, carers and service providers includes

Spinal cord injury research

Evaluation of the In-Voc pilot

This report highlights the positive outcomes on return to work from a pilot into early access to vocational rehabilitation services for people in NSW spinal cord injury units.

Stem cell interventions for spinal cord injury

The LTCS Advisory Council endorsed the ANZSCIN position statement on stem cell interventions

You can read the ANZSCIN position statement on stem cell interventions here.

Walk back to the future

The Back to the Future report documents the six integrated experiments undertaken during the project:

  • assessment of biomechanical efficiency in gait orthosis with/out FES
  • isokinetic FES-cycling to train leg strength and endurance
  • development of hybrid-FES stimulation patterns for functional tasks
  • development of a novel skin surface hybrid-FES system
  • incorporation of 'closed-loop' feedback control in hybrid-FES system
  • assess skin-surface FES system versus implanted neuroprosthesis.

A review of paediatric spinal injuries in traffic-related incidents

The study was completed by the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute to characterise the number and type of spinal injuries sustained by children following traffic-related incidents.

Spinal-injured neuropathic bladder antisepsis (SINBA) trial

This article reports on the results of a large-sale clinical trial to determine whether methenamine hippurate or cranberry tablets prevent urinary tract infections in people with neuropathic bladder following spinal cord injury.

Database of exercises for people with spinal cord injury

A report into the development of a database of 211 physiotherapy exercises appropriate for people with spinal cord injuries. The software created enables physiotherapists to write personalised exercise booklets for their clients with spinal cord injury.

Does regular standing change ankle mobility and bone density in people with complete paralysis following spinal cord injury?

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a three-month standing program for the treatment and prevention of ankle contractures in people with lower limb paralysis following recent spinal cord injury.

Life after Injury

Quality of life issues for people with traumatically-acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and their family carers

Brain injury research

Case Management taxonomy

This article describes the taxonomy for case management interventions. A taxonomy is a type of classification and helps to understand case management in different contexts to guide best practice, policy and planning. Lifetime Care was involved as an industry partner in the research providing in-kind support in the nominal group phase for the taxonomy development.

Lifetime Care has adopted the taxonomy as a knowledge map and common language for our continued work on case management. It describes the components, the relationship between components, and definitions for case management.

Goal Training Project report

The Goal Training Project aimed to teach practical strategies for how and why to write effective participation level goals to support person-centred practice in rehabilitation and injury management. This report highlights the outcomes from the project and initial goal training program, including the development of evidence based goal training resources.

Late mortality after severe traumatic brain injury

This report tries to determine the long-term mortality pattern of adults with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), and to identify the risk factors associated with death in this group.

ACI vocational participation report

This report is an extensive case review of 900 BIRD Participants return to work pathways with recommendations of improvements to the current systems. The report includes an international literature review of return to work rates and service delivery models.

School support for adolescents with acquired brain injury

The broad aim of this study was to conduct a survey of current practice and to document process issues in the health and education sectors surrounding the return to school of students who received rehabilitation services following acquired brain injury and who were currently at high school.

What about me: Perceptions of support by siblings of children with an acquired brain injury

The aim of this report is to explore the perceptions of siblings of children with an acquired brain injury with regards to the nature and value of support they have received since their sibling acquired a brain injury.

Clinical trial of stretching after traumatic brain injury

This report presents the results of a randomised controlled trial to compare the efficacy of serial casting with a program of passive stretches for treatment of elbow flexion contracture in adults with traumatic brain jury.

Clinical practice guidelines for the care of people living with traumatic brain injury in the community

The Guidelines summarise the best available evidence to answer questions about frequency, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of common problems in TBI patients.

A prospective comparative study of shoulder pain after traumatic brain injury and cerebrovascular accident

The aim of this report was to determine the prevalence of shoulder pain after traumatic brain injury (TBI), its relationship to the severity of TBI, and its clinical presentation in comparison with that of people with cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Shoulder pain has long been regarded as a major clinical problem after CVA.

Accommodation in NSW for adults with high care needs after traumatic brain injury

This report documents a research project by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at Liverpool Hospital: 39 people with complex high care needs as a result of traumatic brain injury were interviewed. (Nine of these were discharged to nursing homes and 30 discharged to the community, primarily to the family home.)

The role of computer adaptive technology in the employment of people with brain injury

This is a pilot study, using a case study methodology to identify the possible role for adapted computer technology in assisting the employment of people with brain injury.

A database to examine outcome in mild traumatic brain injury

This report developed a clinical database to examine outcome variables that may relate to a prolonged recovery or poor outcome following a mild traumatic brain injury.

Post-traumatic amnesia: an investigation into the validity of measuring instruments

This report describes the results of a study of post-traumatic amnesia (PTA).

An investigation of neuronal integrity in severe paediatric traumatic brain injury

This study examines the association between neuropsychological functioning and proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) in the chronic injury phase of paediatric traumatic brain injury.

Severe traumatic brain injury in New South Wales: comparable outcomes for rural and urban residents

This study compares the differences in functional outcomes between urban and rural patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Improving GP collaboration in managing people with traumatic brain injury

The project explored the feasibility of different technologies to enhance communication, provide GP education regarding TBI and develop protocol for NEBIRS to promote effective communication, early GP involvement in discharge planning and effective ongoing management of people with severe TBI in the community.

Brain injury outcomes study

This report presents the results of a prospective longitudinal research study of the natural history of recovery following severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in NSW.

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