The 'Therapeutic intervention' research theme involves a mix of research techniques and methodologies to both objectively and subjectively evaluate, and direct the process of specific treatments/interventions. Whether an intervention is considered therapeutic is based on desired outcomes, evaluation data, and evidence that can serve to promote health and well-being, diminish symptoms, prevent recurrence, establish or restore skill and function, maintain existing status, teach compensation or adapted methods, and prevent further disability or related problems. It involves development, evaluation and promotion of health and well-being (physical, economic, social, and psychological). It promotes development and activity, life and domain specific satisfaction and engagement in occupation.
Examples of work in this theme
- The development of Dementia Care Mapping. The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies has had a major impact on the care of people with dementia with the intervention being endorsed by the National Audit Office and a Dementia Care Mapping derivative used to audit the care of people with dementia.
- The independent evaluation of commercial exercise equipment in the physiotherapy clinic, across a range of patient populations, using a range of research measures
- The development and evaluation of serious game interventions, gamification, to support the recovery of people who experience serious mental illness.