Exacerbated by COVID-19, many individuals do not have adequate access to the in-person physical therapy they need to improver their function. Researchers should leverage intelligent, powered devices to provide increased access to clinician-guided rehabilitation programs through telerehab. Theme C captures this need perfectly.
This may be too granular, but in case it would be helpful, the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) put out their updated list of research priorities here:
In a nutshell, for rehabilitation researchers to be able to apply AI algorithms to process and interpret large rehab datasets, we first need to have our rehab data recorded... more »
A.4. Consider the transition into early childhood and from early childhood to middle childhood, to be inclusive to a broader range of critical transitions throughout the lifespan.
B.3. Consider modifying wording to "…promote independence and participation" as community integration is a term specific to adults, not commonly used in pediatric contexts. This way, research on sociodemographic influences... more »
NIH should fund analysis of retrospective natural experiments of rehab care that arise from states or localities having different lockdown procedures during the covid-19 pandemic.
I like the idea C1. I would recommend incorporating a participatory design process (if possible) to identify needs unique to people with disabilities or populations that need rehabilitation. User-involvement in the early stages of technology development will lead to effective and affordable user-centered solutions. In addition, use of open-source standards will increase the pace of innovation and promote adoption.