Biography

Susan is a Physiotherapist specialising in neurological rehabilitation. Her current focus is on optimising symptoms and quality of life for people living in the community with neurological conditions. Current projects are funded by the Health Research Board, MS Ireland (through the Ireland Fund) and the Irish Research Council. She has over 60 peer reviewed journal publications and has supervised 11 postgraduate students to completion.

She was appointed as Lecturer in Physiotherapy at University of Limerick in 2003,Senior Lecturer in 2015 and Associate Professor in 2016 and teaches and researches in the area of neurological rehabilitation at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is the director of the MS Research team at UL and a member of the Health Research Institute and Center for Physical Activity and Health Research.
She leads a programme of work in close collaboration with Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, with whom UL formalised a memorandum of understanding in 2011. Collaborations with Sports Science, Psychology, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy and Electronic Engineering in Ireland, the USA and Canada allow a convergent and multidisciplinary approach to the pertinent issues. This work is supported by her involvement in RIMS (Rehabilitation in MS, the European Network for Research and Best Practice) and through the PIMS (Physiotherapists Interested in MS) group.

Research Interests

My research mission is to reduce symptoms and optimise quality of life for people with Neurolgical conditions living in the comminuty. My main focus is on optimising physiotherapy and exercise interventions for these people.

The programme of work explores the following key issues; what is the optimal exercise programme for the various mobility levels and symptoms for people with MS? How can exercise programmes be delivered in a way that optimises behaviour change and long term adoption of physical activity? How can technology be used to augment exercise? How can exercise programmes reduce the risk of falls? And with engagement with all key stakeholders, how can these research findings be translated to routine clinical practice?

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2012 - Excellence in Research (Early Career)

Education

  • 2005 Trinity College Dublin - Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2002 Trinity College - Higher Diploma in Statistics
  • 1994 Trinity College Dublin - B.Sc.

Association

  • 1994 Member, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Books

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Book Chapters

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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Cohort Study Comparing the Berg Balance Scale and the Mini-BESTest in People Who Have Multiple Sclerosis and Are Ambulatory

Helen Purtill
Dr. Sara Hayes
Dr. Susan Coote
2016
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Exercise in the community for people with minimal gait impairment due to MS: an assessor-blind randomized controlled trial

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2013
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Clinical Educator and Student Experiences of Paired and Non-Paired Clinical Placements

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Susan Coote
2007
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Level of Mobility Limitations and Falls Status in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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Physiotherapy for upper extremity dysfunction following stroke

Dr. Susan Coote
2001
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The effect of Robot Mediated Therapy on Upper Extremity function post stroke - Initial Results

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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Top 10 Research Questions Related to Physical Activity and Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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Comparing the effects of whole-body vibration to standard exercise in ambulatory people with Multiple Sclerosis: a randomised controlled feasibility study

Helen Purtill
Prof. Alan Donnelly
Dr. Susan Coote
2016
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Exercise in the community for people with multiple sclerosis - a follow-up of people with minimal gait impairment

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2013
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The development and evaluation of a common assessment form for physiotherapy practice education in Ireland

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Susan Coote
2007
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Level of mobility limitations and falls status in persons with multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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The effect of the GENTLE/s robot-mediated therapy system on arm function after stroke

Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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Follow up physiotherapy for patients with stroke

Dr. Susan Coote
2000
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Focus group study of student physiotherapists' perceptions of reflection

Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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Test-retest reliability of four sensory measures in people with multiple sclerosis

Helen Purtill
Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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Predictors of the physical impact of Multiple Sclerosis following community-based, exercise trial.

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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Cohort study comparing the Berg Balance Scale and the Mini- BESTest in ambulatory people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr. Sara Hayes
Dr. Susan Coote
2016
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Comparative Validity of Accelerometer-Based Measures of Physical Activity for People With Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Susan Coote
2012
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Therapeutic interventions in the treatment of people with multiple sclerosis with mobility problems: a literature review

Dr. Susan Coote
2009
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Robot Mediated Therapy for the Upper Extremity post stroke - a pilot study

Dr. Susan Coote
2002
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Relationship between foot vibration threshold and walking and balance functions in people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS)

Helen Purtill
Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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Predictors of the physical impact of Multiple Sclerosis following community-based, exercise trial

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2015
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What do people with MS want from a web-based resource to encourage increased physical activity behaviour?

Dr. Sara Hayes
Dr. Susan Coote
2016
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Comparative Validity of Accelerometer-Based Measures of Physical Activity for People With Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr. Susan Coote
2012
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Surface applied functional electrical stimulation for orthotic and therapeutic treatment of drop-foot after stroke, a systematic review

Dr. Susan Coote
2009
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The effect of a Balance Retraining Programme on fall risk

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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Exercise in the community for people with minimal gait impairment due to MS: an assessor-blind randomized controlled trial.

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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Exercise in the community for people with multiple sclerosis--a follow-up of people with minimal gait impairment

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2013
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Web-based Physical Activity Resources: Listening to the Voice of People with Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr. Sara Hayes
Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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Progressive resistance therapy is not the best way to rehabilitate deficits due to multiple sclerosis: Yes

Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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Physiotherapists experiences in using Fucntional Electrical Stimulation post stroke: a survey in Ireland

Dr. Susan Coote
2007
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What influences rating of patient transfers?

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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Exercise in the community for people with multiple sclerosis--a follow-up of people with minimal gait impairment.

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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Exercise in the community for people with minimal gait impairment due to MS: An assessor-blind randomized controlled trial

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2013
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Falls in people with multiple sclerosis who use a walking aid: prevalence, factors, and effect of strength and balance interventions.

Prof. Susan Franklin
Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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Test-retest of four sensory measures in people with Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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Physiotherapy treatments for the upper extremity post stroke

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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Relationship between foot vibration threshold and walking and balance functions in people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS)

Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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Getting the balance right: a randomised controlled trial of physiotherapy and Exercise Interventions for ambulatory people with multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
2009
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A randomised controlled trial of an exercise plus behaviour change intervention in people with multiple sclerosis: the step it up study protocol

Prof. Stephen Gallagher
Assoc. Prof. Rachel Msetfi
Dr. Sara Hayes
Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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Falls in People With Multiple Sclerosis Who Use a Walking Aid: Prevalence, Factors, and Effect of Strength and Balance Interventions

Prof. Susan Franklin
Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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Physical rehabilitation interventions in nonambulatory people with multiple sclerosis: a systematic review

Dr. Susan Coote
2012
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Attitudes of patients and therapists to the first prototype of the GENTLE/s Robot-mediated therapy system

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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An electrode configuration technique using an electrode matrix arrangement for FES-based upper arm rehabilitation systems

Dr. Susan Coote
2006
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Predictors of the physical impact of Multiple Sclerosis following community-based, exercise trial

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2015
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Pilot Randomized Trial of Progressive Resistance Exercise Augmented by Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for People With Multiple Sclerosis Who Use Walking Aids

Prof. Alan Donnelly
Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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The body composition phenotype of Irish adults aged 18-81 years

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Susan Coote
Prof. Philip Jakeman
2016
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Effect of robot-mediated therapy on upper extremity dysfunction post-stroke - a single case study

Dr. Susan Coote
2005
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Using Functional Electrical Stimulation Mediated by Iterative Learning Control and Robotics to Improve Arm Movement for People With Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Susan Coote
2016
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Energy expenditure during everyday activities - a study comparing people with varying mobility limitations due to multiple sclerosis and healthy controls

Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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Other Journals

The feasibility of comparing whole body vibration intervention to the same duration and dose of exercise for people with Multiple Sclerosis

Helen Purtill
Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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Which outcome measure is most appropriate for a falls prevention programme?

Dr. Jean Saunders
Dr. Roisin Cahalan
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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A pilot evaluation of the efficacy of an elderly falls prevention programme at St Camillus Hospital, Limerick.

Dr. Roisin Cahalan
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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Physiotherapy and exercise for people with mild and moderate Multiple Sclerosis - a pilot study.

Dr. Susan Coote
2009
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The intra-rater reliability of a 3D motion analysis system for use as a measurement tool in FES evaluation studies

Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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A focus group study of students perceptions of reflection

Dr. Susan Coote
2006
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Conference Publications

RIMS 15th SIG on MOBILITY

Helen Purtill
Dr. Susan Coote
2012
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European Congress on Physiotherapy Education

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Susan Coote
2005
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Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Dr. Susan Coote
2005
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Irish Gerontological Society

Dr. Susan Coote
2002
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UHL Annual Research Symposium 2014.

Dr. Pauline Meskell
Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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15th International Congress of World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Jun 2007.

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Susan Coote
2007
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Rehabilitation and management of physical function in non-ambulatory people with multiple sclerosis - a systematic review

Dr. Susan Coote
2012
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Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology and Gerontology

Dr. Susan Coote
2005
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International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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The Perceived Benefits of University-based Visiting Clinical Tutors in Undergraduate Physiotherapy Clinical Education

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Susan Coote
2007
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15th International Congress of World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Jun 2007.

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Susan Coote
2007
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2014 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WEARABLE AND IMPLANTABLE BODY SENSOR NETWORKS WORKSHOPS (BSN WORKSHOPS)

Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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AAATE Conference

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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Interprofessional Learning

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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WCPT Congress

Dr. Susan Coote
2007
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World Congress of Physical Therapy

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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Physiotherapy in persons with multiple sclerosis who are non-ambulatory

Dr. Susan Coote
2009
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WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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WCPT Congress

Dr. Susan Coote
2007
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World Congress of Physical Therapy

Dr. Susan Coote
2003
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WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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SIG Mobility meeting of Rehabilitation in MS Society, Hasselt, Belgium,

Dr. Susan Coote
2009
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Irish Heart Foundation, Council for Stroke

Dr. Susan Coote
2001
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WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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WCPT Second European Congress on Physiotherapy Education

Dr. Amanda Clifford
Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Student Council Conference

Dr. Susan Coote
2007
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Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Dr. Susan Coote
2001
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Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Annual Conference

Ms. Anne O'Connor
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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WCPT 2nd European Congress on Physiotherapy Education

Dr. Karen McCreesh
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Research Methodology

Dr. Susan Coote
2005
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Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology and Gerontology

Dr. Susan Coote
2002
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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

Surface EMG - does the use of a Faraday room change measurement?

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
Limerick
National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

The reliability, precision and clinically important change of vibration threshold assessment in people with multiple sclerosis

Helen Purtill
Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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Arm rehabilitation for multiple sclerosis using Functional Electrical Stimulation and robotics

Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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The inter-rater reliability of four sensory assessment scales for people with multiple sclerosis

Dr. Jean Saunders
Prof. Alan Donnelly
Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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Exercise programmes in the community setting

Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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Test-retest reliability of four sensory assessment scales for people with multiple sclerosis

Dr. Jean Saunders
Prof. Alan Donnelly
Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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Berg balance scale score is not associated with falls status for walking aid users with multiple sclerosis

Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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Web-based physical activity resources for people with multiple sclerosis: a review

Dr. Sara Hayes
Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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Augmenting physiotherapy home exercise programmes: a pilot evaluation of the 'exercise buddy' model

Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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Surface emg - does use of a Faraday room change measurement? ABSTRACT Vol 4(4)

Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Susan Coote
2008
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Outcome measures for studies of exercise in multiple sclerosis: recommendations from an international, multi-disciplinary consensus meeting

Dr. Susan Coote
2013
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The international MS falls prevention research network: development and direction

Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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The effect of GENTLE/s robot mediated therapy on upper extremity function post stroke

Dr. Susan Coote
2005
Trinity College Dublin
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Inter-rater reliability of mini-BESTest in ambulatory people with multiple sclerosis

Dr. Susan Coote
2015
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Core outcome measures for exercise studies in people with multiple sclerosis: recommendations from a multidisciplinary consensus meeting

Dr. Susan Coote
2014
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