The Initiative for the Development of New Technologies and Practices in Rehabilitation (INSPIRE) aims to develop, evaluate, and implement novel technologies and interventions intended to enhance social roles and participation and health-related quality of life of individuals with physical impairments and functional disabilities.
Evaluate and Prioritize – client/family and clinical practice needs to optimize clinical and community services for individuals with physical impairments and functional disabilities across the continuum of care,
Evaluate – current rehabilitation practices and community services for individuals with physical impairments and functional disabilities across the continuum of care,
Implement and evaluate – the impact of new rehabilitation and health informatics interventions on quality of care, functional ability, social roles and participation, and health-related quality of life across the continuum of care.
Here are some of the latest publications from our INSPIRE project.
We regularly add new articles and resources.
Manual wheelchair (MWC) users face a variety of obstacles limiting their participation. Different MWC models and new add-on components intended to improve propulsion may impact users' function and participation, although there is a lack of research on this topic.
The population with a spinal cord injury (SCI) largely remains inactive following discharge from rehabilitation despite evidence on the benefits of physical activity. A Web-based physical activity portal can address this need.
“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”
Sara Ahmed, Ph.D., Co-Director INSPIRE
INSPIRE is made possible thanks to a five-year grant by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), and 5 generous funding partners from public and private sectors across Canada.
Initiative for the Development of New Technologies and Innovative Practices in Rehabilitation