Person Centred Research Centre (Rehabilitation)

Person Centred Research Centre (Rehabilitation)

Description

The Person Centred Research Centre (PCR) is one of the multidisciplinary research centres making up the Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute at AUT University. The Centre's research currently focuses on: enhancing understanding of disability, investigating outcomes in ways that matter most to people with chronic conditions; improving the effectiveness of rehabilitation processes such as goal setting and promoting engagement in rehabilitation. PCR is also exploring how best to facilitate activity for people with chronic conditions and promoting wellbeing for families, as well as the person with the injury or illness. PCR's work to date has mainly been with people who have had a brain injury, stroke, have multiple sclerosis or pain related conditions like back pain or arthritis. PCR uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches and welcome collaboration with others interested in this field.

Expertise
  • Measurement science (conceptual and psychometric work).
  • Mixed methods research.
  • Development and evaluation of novel rehabilitation interventions.
  • Advancing theory in rehabilitation.
  • Quality of life evaluation.
  • Outcome measurement.
  • We have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research and have developed significant expertise in translational research.
Research Focus

The centre's research currently focuses on: enhancing understanding of disability, investigating outcomes in ways that matter most to people with chronic conditions; improving the effectiveness of rehabilitation processes such as goal setting and promoting engagement in rehabilitation. We are also exploring how best to facilitate activity for people with chronic conditions and promoting wellbeing for families, as well as the person with the injury or illness. Our work to date has mainly been with people who have had a brain injury, stroke, have multiple sclerosis or pain related conditions like back pain or arthritis. We use both quantitative and qualitative approaches and welcome collaboration with others interested in this field.

Past Successes

The team have gained over $19 million research funding in the past 8 years from NZ, UK and North America. We have received co–funding from industry partners including providers of rehabilitation services in the Auckland region. We have also successfully completed over 15 contracted projects for ACC, MoH and MSD. We have worked with academic and industrial partners in the development of new technology to advance rehabilitation (our role being to inform the development of these technologies and contribute to evaluation particularly with regard to patient perspectives and experience as well as the psychological factors involved in enhancing usage and application).