Braeside Liverpool Fairfield Rehabilitation Research Group (BLF RRG) has been very productive in outcome based rehabilitation research over the last three years, averaging 20 to 25 conference presentations and several published articles per year.
The research of the BLF RRG concentrates on clinical applications of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), comparisons of models of care, the use of outcome measurements including short and long-term outcomes of rehabilitation patients. Projects have involved:
Development of ICF based activity of daily living assessment tool.
Development of ICF based mobility assessment tool.
Development of an ICF Core set for patients following a lower limb amputation.
Sensitivity of the brief ICF Stroke Core set in a day hospital setting.
Interrater reliability of the functional independence measure in various settings.
Intrarater reliability of the functional independence measure.
Usefulness and predictive value of rehabilitation patient classifications and other variables.
Comparison of rehabilitation outcomes in different rehabilitation settings/models of care.
Incidence of amputations in Australia.
Activities of patients in a rehabilitation ward.
Effects of time of transfer to rehabilitation ward on outcomes for patients who have had a stroke.
Use of outcome measures in group settings in the rehabilitation day hospital.
The BLF RRG is also collaborating with a number of others groups: ISPRM (International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine); ISPO (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics); ICF Research Branch, Nottwil, Switzerland; an international consortium of rehabilitation specialists; Aged Care at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital; and the Whitlam Joint Replacement Centre/Department of Orthopaedics at Liverpool/Fairfield Hospitals. These collaborations involve a variety of projects.