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.

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Facts and Figures

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

Meet the Team

Prof. P. Gardiner
Western Health and Social Care Trust
Prof. J. Condell
Prof. P. Machado
University College London
Prof. F. Wilson
the Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars, and the other members of Board, of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth
Prof. E. Collantes Estevez
Fundacion para la Investigacion Biomedica de Córdoba
Prof. J. da Silva
Centro Hospitalar E Universitario de Coimbra

Patient Voice

For this laboratory project, based on novel technologies, patients have not been directly involved in the design of the experiments. However, the development of novel strategies will clearly benefit the patients. In accordance with the EULAR perspective on patient involvement, trained patients participate to the consortium meetings not only to update the community about our research but to add their perspective to the progress of the work.