Dr Amanda Clifford

Senior Lecturer, School of Allied Health

Dept of Clinical Therapies

Keywords: Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Movement Analysis Falls Prevention Parkinson’s disease

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick. My current research interests include 1) the biomechanical analysis of movement in different populations, 2) the evaluation of rehabilitation programmes including: fall prevention programmes in older adults and novel exercise programmes for people with Parkinson’s disease and people with chronic neck pain.

Current Projects:

Work package lead on the E-NOFALLS European Network for FALL Prevention, Intervention and Security (E-NOFALLS: http://e-nofalls.eu, 18 partners from 10 EU countries) Thematic Network.

A multi-centered trial registered with clinical trails.gov: Shanahan J, Clifford A.M and Bhriain Ni O, Volpe D. Morris ME. (2013)“A randomized controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of set dancing for people with Parkinson's disease”: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01939717?term=set+dancing&rank=2

Together with colleagues from the ECE department, I am designated an inventor of a therapeutic device for neck pain (FLEXOR): European patent number 13195184.0-1654. This is the product of an interdisciplinary project that was supported by Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund. A PhD which is currently underway is exploring the effectiveness of exercise for chronic neck pain.

Publications

  • Van de Ven, P. O'Brien H, Clifford A.M. and Nelson J. (2015). Unobtrusive monitoring and identification of fall accidents. Medical Engineering and Physics http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.medengphy.2015.02.009

  • Van de Ven, P. O'Brien H, Clifford A.M. and Nelson J. (2015). Unobtrusive monitoring and identification of fall accidents. Medical Engineering and Physics http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.medengphy.2015.02.009

  • McCurtin A and Clifford AM (2015), What are the primary influences on treatment decisions? How does this reflect on evidence-based practice? Indications from the discipline of Speech & Language Therapy. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice (in press).

  • O'Riordan, C., Clifford, A. M., Van De Ven, P., and Nelson, J. (2014) Chronic Neck Pain and Exercise Interventions: The FITT principle," Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 95(4):770-783 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2013.11.015

  • Power V., Clifford A.M. (2013) Characteristics of optimum falls prevention exercise programmes for community dwelling older adults using the FITT principle. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 10 (2), 95-106. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11556-012-0108-2

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