Can inertial movement sensors (IMUs) provide a valid and reliable way of measuring Spinal Mobility in Axial Spondylo-arthritis (axSpa)? A clinimetric evaluation

The main objective of this project is to test the accuracy and reliability of electronic sensors in measuring spinal movement and to develop a new outcome tool for spinal mobility.


  Project Funders

FOREUM - Foundation for Research in Rheumatology  - Charity

  Funding Amount

€270,000

About the Project

The main objective of this project is to test the accuracy and reliability of electronic sensors in measuring spinal movement and to develop a new outcome tool for spinal mobility. Current methods rely on tape measures/goniometers and are not reliable/responsive enough to evaluate new treatments for axSpa.

Projected key outcomes

  • complete three validation studies – a reliability study, a criterion validity study comparing sensor accuracy to the UCOTrack© gait lab system, and an exploratory ambulatory study
  • complete a multi-centre study testing the responsiveness of our IMU spinal mobility index alongside MRI pre/post biologics
  • develop a smartphone app to allow researchers to use these electronic spinal mobility tools

Researchers

Niall McShane