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Researcher: Lawler, K (Dr Katherine Lawler)

Fields of Research

Physiotherapy
Aged health care
Health services and systems
Neurology and neuromuscular diseases
Central nervous system
Geriatrics and gerontology
Preventative health care
Health promotion
People with disability
Applications in health
Primary health care
Mental health services
Speech recognition
Health and community services
Implementation science and evaluation

Research Objectives

Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
Evaluation of health and support services
Clinical health
Artificial intelligence
Behaviour and health
Health related to ageing
Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
Health education and promotion
Urgent and critical care, and emergency medicine
Higher education
Health inequalities
Ageing and older people
Inpatient hospital care
Preventive medicine
Mental health services
Provision of health and support services
Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs)
Evaluation of health outcomes

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

Applications of artificial intelligence to aid early detection of dementia: a scoping review on current capabilities and future directions; Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Delirium management: Let’s get physical? A systematic review and meta-analysis; Australasian Journal on Ageing
Dementia is associated with poorer quality of care and outcomes after stroke: an observational study; Journals of Gerontology. Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Does the addition of two exercise-focussed home visits to usual care improve outcomes for patients with balance impairments? A randomized controlled trial; Clinical Rehabilitation
Exercise and dementia prevention; Practical Neurology
Family-assisted therapy empowered families of older people transitioning from hospital to the community: A qualitative study; Journal of Physiotherapy
Family-led rehabilitation after stroke may not improve patient outcomes compared to usual care [commentary]; Journal of Physiotherapy
Interdisciplinary perspectives on restraint use in aged care; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Involving family members in physiotherapy for older people transitioning from hospital to the community: a qualitative analysis; Disability and Rehabilitation
Knowledge, confidence, attitudes and beliefs of physiotherapists and physiotherapy students working with people with dementia: a mixed-methods systematic review; Dementia Care and Psychosocial Factors
Mobile telephone short message service reminders can reduce nonattendance in physical therapy outpatient clinics: A randomized controlled trial; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Moving towards intelligent telemedicine: Computer vision measurement of human movement; Computers in Biology and Medicine
Outcomes after caregiver-provided speech and language or other allied health therapy: A systematic review; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physical activity for dementia risk reduction - not as easy as it sounds; 2021 Australian Dementia Forum
Physical therapist and physical therapist student knowledge, confidence, attitudes, and beliefs about providing care for people who have dementia: a mixed-methods systematic review; Physical Therapy
Physiotherapists prefer clinical supervision to focus on professional skill development: a qualitative study; Physiotherapy Canada
Physiotherapists’ and physiotherapy students’ attitudes and beliefs about working with people with dementia: a mixed methods systematic review protocol; JBI Evidence Synthesis
Physiotherapy students’ experiences of working with people with dementia during their clinical placements: a qualitative study; Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Room for improvement: an online survey of allied health professionals' dementia knowledge; Australasian Journal on Ageing
Saturday allied health services for geriatric evaluation and management: A controlled before-and-after trial; Australasian Journal on Ageing
TasTest: moving towards a digital screening test for pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease; Biomarkers
The de Morton Mobility Index (DEMMI) provides a valid method for measuring and monitoring the mobility of patients making the transition from hospital to the community: An observational study; Journal of physiotherapy
The experience of paramedics providing care to people living with dementia: Working with uncertainty; Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
The ISLAND clinic: first year outcomes of a new state-wide ‘one-stop’ cognitive clinic in Tasmania; ADRF - Australian Dementia Research Forum
Three short sessions of physiotherapy during rehabilitation after hip fracture were no more effective in improving mobility than a single longer session: a randomised controlled trial; Physiotherapy
Training family to assist with physiotherapy for older people transitioning from hospital to the community: A pilot randomized controlled trial; Clinical Rehabilitation
Understanding interactions between paramedics and community dwelling people with dementia; Paramedics Australasia International Conference 2019
Validity and reliability of eye healthcare professionals in the assessment of glaucoma: A systematic review; International Journal of Clinical Practice
We need a model of health and aged care services that adequately supports Australians with dementia; Medical Journal of Australia

Research Projects

Development of a non-invasive screening test to detect risk of Alzheimer's disease pathology; Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation (RHHRF)
Providing high-value care for osteoarthritis patients at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH); Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation (RHHRF)
Understanding interactions between paramedics and community-dwelling people with dementia (PARADIgm); University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Understanding the experiences of people with dementia participating in inpatient rehabilitation; Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation (RHHRF)
Updating the Decision-Making Tools for (i) Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Residential Aged Care; and (ii) Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Community Aged Care; Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC)

Research Candidate Supervision