Physical Therapy

Research

Our research vision is to become an international leader in physical therapy research, advancing care from the level of the person to society. To achieve this goal, we work on three research platforms:

Platform 1: Therapeutic Approaches to Physical Therapy Practice

The goal of research in this platform is to improve the health and well-being of individuals through:

  • increasing understanding of the physiological and biomechanical mechanisms underlying impaired mobility and function
  • developing laboratory-based and clinical measurements to examine these impairments, and
  • developing and informing physical therapy interventions to optimize health and function.

Platform 2: Rehabilitation Health Services and Knowledge Translation

Health services research aims to improve understanding of how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health.

Our knowledge translation research aims to increase the uptake of knowledge to improve the quality of the health care system and ultimately health and well-being.

Platform 3: Social cultural and political dimensions of health and disability

This platform aims to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups or populations, through a better understanding of the ways in which social, cultural, historical, environmental, and political factors affect health.

The research includes, but is not limited to, interpretive and critical research focused on social justice, equity, participation and inclusion of disabled people; promoting disability culture and history; examination of the social determinants of health; ethical inquiry regarding rehabilitation practices; philosophical explorations of the assumptions underpinning physiotherapy practices; research examining disability and rehabilitation in the context of global health and globalization; and critical policy analyses.