Can Inertial Movement Sensors (IMUs) provide a valid and reliable way of measuring Spinal Mobility in Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpa): a Clinimetric Evaluation

Objectives of the Project

The main objective of this project is to test the reliability of electronic sensors in measuring spinal movement. Current methods rely on tape measures and are not reliable enough to evaluate new treatments for axSpa. We also want to test if we can reliably measure spinal movement when the patient is unsupervised. We are also planning to develop a mobile ‘app’ so that patients with axSpa will get feedback about their spinal mobility at home or at work

Facts and Figures

Project Lead
Dr. P. Gardiner
Western Health and Social Care Trust
FOREUM research grant: € 270.000
April 2017, Duration 3 years

Meet the Team

Dr. P. Gardiner
Western Health and Social Care Trust
Dr. J. Condell
University of Ulster
Ass. Prof. F. Wilson
Trinity College Dublin
Dr. F O'Shea
Dublin
Prof. P. Machado
University College London
Prof. E. Collantes Estevez
Fundacion para la Investigacion Biomedica de Córdoba
Prof. J. da Silva
Centro Hospitalar E Universitario de Coimbra
Prof. JL Garrido Castro
University of Cordoba

Patient Voice

Patient groups in Spain and the UK were consulted in the design of this project and their point of view will be taken into account throughout the project. Mobility limitations are a key factor for AS patients.