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New research grant 'to improve physiotherapy'

New research grant 'to improve physiotherapy'
4th February 2011

New research into physiotherapy could have important implications for the treatment area, one expert has said, improving the care those with conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Professor Suzanne McDonough, chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist's Charitable Trust Scientific Panel said that new funding will help researchers answer an important question in the correct way.

The society has awarded its largest ever research grant of £249,999 to Nicola Walsh, senior lecturer at the University of the West of England.

Professor McDonough said: "[The Scientific Panel] were impressed with the overall presentation and attention to detail; they especially highlighted the strength of the mixed methods approach, the statistical analysis plan and the excellent service user involvement."

This comes after research revealed that Rheumatoid Arthritis patients with lower socioeconomic statuses are more likely to have depression than those who are wealthy.

Scientists at the University of California in San Francisco found that the likelihood of the mental health condition was much higher in these patients treated at a public hospital clinic rather than a university medical centre.

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