Since late 2016 the Bupa Research Fellow (Allied Health) John Parsons and the Bupa (Allied Health) Research Associate Laura Stratton (Victoria Donoghue August 2017 - May 2018) have been actively engaged in fostering a research culture within allied health through
Facilitating and conducting research projects within Allied Health
Promoting research amongst Allied Health clinicians and the broader Waikato DHB community
Providing research education opportunities to allied health clinicians and advising and supporting Allied Health clinicians interested in undertaking higher education in research
Encouraging and supporting Allied Health Clinicians to disseminate results of research activities through conference presentations and publications.
In total there are 24 research projects being undertaken within allied health currently. Some of these projects are:
Developing a vision for the future.
Exploring and looking at the development of the Allied Health workforce.
What is the scope of practice for the social worker in the acute setting to facilitate the patient's social and emotional wellbeing in health.
Research which focuses on improving the quality and timeliness of referral to social work for patients acutely admitted to Waikato Hospital
The role and perceived function of the acute medical physiotherapist within the multidisciplinary team at Waikato Hospital.
This research will look at the role of the physiotherapist and therapy assistants but distinguish the current culture and responsibility of initiating and maintaining mobility for patients admitted to the acute medical wards.
Swallow function in acute lymphoblastic lymphoma and graft vs Host disease: the effects of total body radiation therapy.
A case study being completed by the Speech Language Therapy team
A prospective randomized control trial evaluating the clinical efficacy and patient satisfaction scores of a novel adjustable wrist splint (Zero-Cast) for the treatment of distal radius fractures.
Zero Cast is an experimental no cast wrist splint that will be trialled in the over 65 population presenting with undisplaced distal radius fractures.
Clinician knowledge in amputee rehabilitation at Waikato District Health Board.
This research examines physiotherapists and occupational therapists knowledge of both upper and lower amputation post prosthesis amputee rehabilitation across the care continuum.
Early mobility in ICU ventilated patients and physiotherapy practice.
This research aims to identify the current culture for early mobilisation and explore enablers and barriers to change in practice.
Communication accessible environments.
This is an evaluation of a training package which was designed and delivered on OPR4. It emphasized the importance of communication access in the wards and how this can be integrated into daily practice.
An exploratory study to examine the facilitators and barriers that influence patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis attending the physiotherapy outpatient respiratory clinic.
This study will examine both health inequities for people living in rural communities and also Maori health outcomes as outlined in Waikato DHB's strategy.
If you would like to discuss any of this research or ideas for other research, please contact Laura Stratton, Research Associate on Laura.Stratton@waikatodhb.health.nz or Associate Professor John Parsons, Research Fellow on firstname.lastname@example.org