Pillar 1

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INSPIRE: Pillar 1

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.

  • Pillar 1: Evaluation and prioritization of rehabilitation needs.

    • Needs Analysis – based on:
      • Environmental analysis
      • Perspective evaluation of stakeholders
    • Prioritization – of needs by consensus methods
    • Program – updates
  • Pillar 1: Needs Assessment: Evaluate and Prioritize Needs in SCI Rehabilitation

    This study’s objective was three-fold;

    1. It aimed to synthesize the needs of individuals with SCI as perceived by themselves, their family caregivers and their rehabilitation professionals according to the ICF framework,
    2. to classify needs as met and unmet and to
    3. explore the evolution of met/unmet needs from the time of rehabilitation admission to community reintegration.
  • We completed an environmental scan, that included a scoping review, to gain an understanding of met and unmet needs of persons with SCI by integrating the perspectives of the persons with SCI, their caregivers, clinicians and decision makers. The scoping review is now complete.

  • These findings will contribute to identifying evidence-based practices that can be implemented to address gaps identified. They have assisted in supporting discussions with clinicians and patient partners about how rehabilitation interventions can prepare individuals and their families for returning to the community.  The results will also help with the development of new evidence-based interventions to address SCI needs where no effective interventions currently exist.

  • Protocol describing the details of the scoping review and consultation process are published here:

    Moreno A*, Zidarov D*, Raju C*, Boruff J, & Ahmed S. Integrating the perspectives of individuals with spinal cord injuries, their family caregivers, and healthcare professionals across the continuum of care: protocol for a scoping study on SCI needs. BMJ Open. (2017): 7:8, p014331.  doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014331

Latest Publications

Here are some of the latest publications from Pillar 1 of our INSPIRE project.
We regularly add new articles and resources.

A Web-Based Physical Activity Portal for Individuals Living With a Spinal Cord Injury: Qualitative Study

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.

December 11th, 2018|Categories: Latest Publications, Pillar 1|

Feasibility, safety and effectiveness of a home-based self-managed high-intensity interval training program offered to long-term manual wheelchair users.

Home-based wheelchair HIIT appears feasible and safe although potential development of shoulder pain remains a concern and should be addressed with a future preventive shoulder exercise program.

May 17th, 2018|Categories: Latest Publications, Pillar 1|


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