Our research aims to improve the participation and quality of life of patients with musculoskeletal disorders and pain and individuals who have undergone amputations of one or more of the extremities. Our research is of the highest quality and is tied in with our mission. It focuses on two priority areas:
- Disorders and amputations of the extremities
- Chronic pain
We have decided to integrate the two priority areas of amputations and pain in the coming years, with a specific focus on research questions spanning both areas. Integration of our study objects will result in further focus and strengthening of our research.
We further enhance our profile through our collaborations with national and international organizations working in the same fields. We actively disseminate our knowledge through publications in high-impact journals and presentations targeting wide audiences. We
make new insights into rehabilitation available so patients may optimally benefit from these. We embed and warrant our knowledge by training new generations of medical and paramedical students and providing refresher courses for professionals already working in the field.
Description of the Programme
Clinical rehabilitation commonly deals with complex cases involving multiple co-morbidities and complications rather than single pure pathologies. Treatment is concentrated on optimizing quality-of-life for disabled patients with multiple problems, for which there is no single curative intervention.
Rehabilitation programs explicitly aim to improve patients’ mobility, independence in self-care, ability to communicate, and ability to live independently and to engage in productive activities. Consequently, a bio-psychosocial rather than a biomedical model has been put forward as the underlying model.
We decided to restrict the scope of clinical problems and treatment programs under study to:
- Extremities: amputation, prosthetics and orthotics (lower and upper extremities) and disorders of lower and upper extremities; and
- Specific and a-specific (low back) pain syndromes and work participation.
In the years to come, the research will become even more focused and the two priorities will be linked even more closely through the selection of research themes incorporating aspects of both.
In the near future, the research on extremities will focus on disorders of the hands and feet and amputation of extremities, more specifically on impairments, activities and participation.
The research on pain will focus on chronic pain and work participation. In new research projects, the two areas will be joined more explicitly.
Fully in line with EXPAND’s view, the mission of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Centre for Rehabilitation, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is to bridge the gap between theory, research and practice in the various treatments of patients with disabilities due to accidents, diseases or ageing. Dissemination of knowledge and training of professionals and (potential) researchers has been stimulated. Moreover, multidisciplinary collaboration has been facilitated, as developments in knowledge of disablement and treatment processes need a multidisciplinary orientation.