Royal Rehab Research Report for Annual Report 2014-15

During the last financial year there were twenty seven active research projects being conducted on site at Royal Rehab including ten commenced during the period.  Fourteen of the twenty seven projects were led by Royal Rehab clinicians. Additionally thirteen projects were initiated by external persons or bodies including the John Walsh Institute, Australian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre, and the Nurses and Midwives Board NSW.   Research interest at Royal Rehab spans all rehabilitation case-mixes and settings, and the majority of our health disciplines are involved whether it be as  principle researcher or research assistant.  Royal Rehab is committed to building the research capability of our clinicians and uses research as a vital tool in the professional development of our clinicians.

Our commitment to nursing research is expressed through the sponsorship of the Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association annual research prize; a dedicated nursing research and development resource; and our partnership with the University of Sydney which includes a nursing scholar in residence (SIR) at Royal Rehab.  The SIR and our Professional Leader for Nursing Development and Research function as a team to mentor and educate our nurses, and at times other disciplines, in the conduct of research.  Their reach extends beyond the organisation in the supervision of interstate PhD students, contributing to building the nursing specialty’s overall body of knowledge.

Table 1 Active Research Projects

Person-centred rehabilitation: implementation and evaluation of a rehabilitation specific patient experience survey (AROC)
Telephone peer support groups for attendant care program participants with spinal cord injury
Clinical and neuro imaging assessment for focal brain lesion research
Investigation of vocational programs and outcomes for people with traumatic brain injury in NSW: interviews of client experiences
The nursing practice of men in inpatient rehabilitation across Australia
Registered Nurse standards project: work based observation
Cognitive rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury: an exploration of current practice
ES cycling for people with ABI
Investigating the effect of intensity of aphasia therapy on communication outcomes in people with aphasia
Longitudinal communication recovery following traumatic brain injury
Riluzole in spinal cord injury (RISCIS)
Spinal cord injury pain project
Falls in the inpatient TBI rehabilitation context
Falls following a traumatic brain injury
Recommended bowel care practices in spinal injury units
A comparison of errorless learning and error-based learning for improving functional performance following traumatic brain injury
Prospective memory: a theoretical evaluation and the development of standardised questionnaire
Ankle contracture and traumatic brain injury
Effectiveness of combining serial casting with botulinum toxin for the management of ankle contractures after traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled study
Brain injury unit physiotherapy survey
Activity levels of patients in rehabilitation
Exploring the process of implementation by rehabilitation teams during the Out-and-About trial
AusCAN risk assessment for sitting acquired pressure ulcers
Resistance training for partially paralysed muscles in people with SCI
Right Care, Right Time, Right Place: improving outcomes for people with spinal cord injury through early access to intervention and improved access to specialised care
Self awareness of cognitive communication disorders following TBI: a treatment study
Spirituality and resilience after SCI