Research in Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy department is committed to research and development.

We recognise the importance of research in developing the evidence base required to provide a quality and cost-effective service.

In 2012, the department employed a part-time research occupational therapist, who worked with children who had had a blood and bone marrow transplant. Graft versus host disease (GVHD) is a possible complication in children following this procedure, which affects the patient's skin, digestive system and liver. 

The purpose of this research project was to validate a tool that may help identify changes in joint range of motion commonly associated with GVHD. If detected early, therapeutic interventions (eg splinting, use of paraffin wax and stretching) may be started more promptly with better outcomes.

If you would like further information about our research in Occupational Therapy, please contact us.