About the Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies

Find out more about our aims and objectives.

The Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies or CHaRT (led by Prof McDonough) was established over 25 years ago and  focused on the physiotherapeutic management of pain (top ranked in the UK in 1996 and 2001 research exercises).

CHaRT has evolved into the largest multidisciplinary grouping of allied health professionals, clinical scientists, and PhD students in the UK and Ireland (41 members: 18 academic staff members, four contract research staff, 19 PhD students). In REF2014 96% of research in Institute of Nursing and Health Research (INHR) was rated as “internationally excellent or world leading”, and 32% of this submission was from CHaRT.

Our Focus

Our research focuses upon health practices and health technologies for patients in the areas of clinical sciences, diagnostic radiography, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, and speech and language (add a diagram).   We investigate interventions to manage and maintain health in long-term physical problems. This is achieved through the conduct of high quality strategic, experimental and applied research, using the MRC framework for complex interventions and a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, as appropriate. Our research has resulted in many innovative product developments and commercialisation success.

Our Activities

Our activities are primarily concerned with the use of physical interventions tailored to suit the needs of individual groups e.g. those living with chronic back pain, stroke, multiple sclerosis, respiratory disease etc. Other research is focused around healthcare practice.

The high standard of research output is also aided by a number of successful collaborations with local, national and international centres of excellence.

Funding Sources: Research Council funding or equivalent: EPSRC - Technology Strategy Board; HSC R&D Public Health Agency, NI; Health Research Board, Ireland. EU Funding: CEC - Framework 7 – ICT. Charitable: European Cystic Fibrosis Society; NI Chest, Heart & Stroke Association; Physiotherapy Research Foundation, UK; Alzheimer's Association; NI Hospice. Industry: Tech4Care.

Collaborating Institutions:  University of Otago, New Zealand (MOU with the Ulster University); University College Dublin; Keele University, UK; Teesside University, UK. Mayo Clinic USA. Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.  University of Sydney, Australia.

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Physical Activity Intervention

Understanding COPD Questionnaire

UCOPD Questionnaire, manual and administration.