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Research project: A systematic Exploration of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in Spinal Cord Injury: Stage 2, An International Questionnaire Study, INSPIRE

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To find out the opinions of the spinal cord injury community about Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ES) so that the knowledge can be used to direct research, technical development, clinical and service provision. The end product of this research will be clear guidance for researchers, research funders, healthcare professionals and providers, and commercial organisations, based on the opinions of users, for the future direction of ES.  Only with this knowledge and understanding can future research and healthcare provision be responsive to users needs. Our aim is to ensure that future research is useful to patients and that the current imbalance between resources devoted to research and numbers of people benefiting from ES is reduced. 

The Objective of this project is to investigate what people with SCI, their partners and healthcare professionals specialising in SCI and researchers in ES -

  • Understand about ES
  • Perceive to be the benefits of using ES
  • Perceive to be the barriers to using ES
  • Consider to be the useful and not useful applications of ES
  • Would like to see developed in the future

This is a two-stage, multi-centre, mixed methodology research project. Stage 1: Focus groups are used to gain information about perceptions of ES.  Stage 2: Developing, validating, applying and analysing three questionnaires informed by stage 1. The questionnaires will be for the following groups of participants:

  • People with SCI who could potentially use ES
  • Healthcare providers involved in SCI
  • Researchers in ES

The data will provide information that can be used to base advice to researchers, those who fund research, healthcare providers, clinicians and therapists, user groups and industry on the way in which ES research and development should proceed in the 21st century.

Project team

Prof Jane Burridge, Dr Maggie Donovan-Hall, Lisa Tedesco Triccas

Project funder

INSPIRE (Spinal Injuries Charity)

Associated research themes

Spinal Injuries
Functional electrical Stimulation
Psychosocial aspects of technology adoption
Barriers to translation of research to clinical practice

Related research groups

Active Living and Rehabilitation

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