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

To date have completed two validation studies – a reliability study and a criterion validity study comparing sensor accuracy to the UCOTrack© gait lab system. In the next phase we will measure the responsiveness of our instrumented metrology index. We will also develop a smartphone app to allow patients to obtain feedback from sensor tests on their spinal mobility.

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
Assoc. Prof. F Wilson
Trinity College Dublin
Dr. F O'Shea
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.