Robotic pets for use with dementia patientsDetails
People with dementia often develop problems to communicate with other people. Contacts with domestic pets, however, are often less complicated for them. For this reason, pets are employed to stimulate social interaction and well-being. If this is not allowed by the given institutional arrangements, robotic pets can be used instead. At present only little information is available on the reactions of persons concerned as well as on what to consider when using robotic pets with dementia patients.
Health Education for People with Non-Communicable DiseasesDetails
According to the WHO, non-communicable diseases such as chronic heart and lung diseases, insult, cancer, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, accounted for around 40 million deaths worldwide in 2015, which is around 70% of the total number of deaths.
- Healthcare and Nursing Dietetics Occupational Therapy Speech and Language Therapy Physiotherapy Research and Development
Lica – „Scientific support in further development of a digital platform (app) for family carers and a personal supervisors"Details
In Austria, nursing predominantly takes place at home. Mainly relatives or informal caregivers working for agencies which provide personal assistance are involved. Professional nurses and medical specialists are often contacted at a very late stage. This leaves both family and informal caregivers with a variety of challenges.
PHYTOGENial! With secondary plant substances in the fast laneDetails
Due to their nutritional content in macronutrients (carbohydrates, lipids and proteins) and micronutrients (such as the comparatively high contents in vitamins and minerals) plant-based foods play an essential role for human nutrition. In addition, plants also contain non-nutritive compounds such as fibres and secondary plant substances (SPS). SPS can be credited with health-promoting properties which have a positive effect on metabolic processes.
SALSA Health - Telerehabilitation for people over 55 years of age through mHealth apps in physiotherapyDetails
With age, the performance and independence of people decrease. This is often further increased by illnesses and injuries. In addition to movement restrictions and problems in carrying out activities of daily life, there is a reduction of participation in social life and consequently in the quality of life.
AMADEE-20 – with dietetics to MarsDetails
The Austrian Space Forum (Österreichisches Weltraum Forum, head: Gernot Grömer) requested the support of the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria now for the second time since the last project 2018.
The upcoming program AMADEE-20 will take place in fall 2020 in Israel and will cover a five week research in the desert to simulate the conditions on the surface of Mars.
FIT for Lab – Research, innovation and technology in the laboratory for staff working in doctors' surgeriesDetails
In the context of demographic change with an increase in medical services and at the same time a demand for a cost-efficient and affordable healthcare system, it is important to optimize processes. This also applies to laboratory analyses, which make an important contribution to patient care.
E-Learning compared to conventional/face-to-face-learning in practical physiotherapy educationDetails
E-learning is defined as „all types of learning with the use of digital media, either the presentation or the distribution of learning material or the communication between students and teachers“ (Kerres und Preußler 2012). In physiotherapy education parts of lessons could be added by e-learning, to offer students the opportunity to learn and repeat at their own responsibilty.
"Sit - Stand - Be Fit" The influence of Sit/Stand Workstations on Sedentary Behaviour and the Prevalence and Intensity of Musculoskeletal Diseases in Office Workers at an Austria Bank HeadquartersDetails
Within the last decades, there has been a significant increase in sitting time. As long periods of daily sitting, especially in long bouts (e.g. more than 45 minutes), are linked to numerous diseases, which cannot be fully compensated by physical activity, various initiatives have been started to reduce sitting time in daily life.
Motion analysis for eHealth and mHealthDetails
In addition to the increasing use of digital technologies in healthcare, there is also an increased use of health apps in private life. A common focus of digital solutions is often on promoting physical activity or improving musculoskeletal complaints. To develop these digital solutions, companies need knowledge and the latest findings in the fields of anatomy, physiotherapy and motion analysis. According to the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria, the FFG qualification seminar "Moving" contributes to the improvement of existing digital solutions and the development of new innovations.
SARS-CoV-2 AK studyDetails
Students at the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions in Upper Austria have to complete numerous internships within the scope of their studies. Especially during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic both their unpaid work as interns and their participation in official antigen-testing activities are of great value for the health care system. Studies have shown that health care workers are at increased risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2. In a proportion of hospital personnel, SARS-CoV-2 antibodies are detectable in the blood even without evidence of Covid-19 disease. Thus, the question arises whether this also occurs in interns.
Anthelmintic effects - the impact of grapefruit seed extract in the organism of goatsDetails
With the frequent application of anthelmintics, the targeted micro-organisms become more and more resistant. For some time now, the focus has been on searching for alternative active agents to treat farm animals. Furthermore in the case of parasite infestation, biological treatment is preferable, in order to preserve the animals as a resource for food production.
„BelaPrim“ Physical and Psychological Stress of Primary School TeachersDetails
The prevalence of work-related physical stress in primary school teachers worldwide depending on the region ranges from 32% to 67%. The three most affected regions of the body are the neck (39% to 69%), the lower back (38% to 48%) and the shoulders (28% to 73%)(Moom et al., 2015; Karakaya et al., 2015; Yue et al., 2012; Korkmaz et al., 2011; Chong and Chan, 2010; Nurul et al., 2010; Cardoso et al., 2009).
Effective post-stroke rehabilitation through Virtual Reality Assisted TherapyDetails
The aim of stroke rehabilitation is to significantly increase the patient’s quality of life. In addition to traditional therapy, the use of more widespread consumer electronics (e.g. smart phones, tablets, gesture-controlled devices or virtual reality devices) can help to support the rehabilitation.
Newtrition 4.0 – from research to application and experienceDetails
Diversified food products offer high potential for food producers, for major enterprises, as well as for medium-sized enterprises or food manufacturers to adapt and further develop their products. There is a trend towards healthy and nutritious choices in food and beverages.
Subacromial Pain Syndrome – Effects of a systemised osteo pressure treatment with regard to pain and mobilityDetails
The term “subacromial pain syndrome“ covers many shoulder pains, often clinically difficult to differentiate. Among the most commonly diagnosed are Subacromial Impingement-Syndrome, Tendinitis calcarea, Bursitis subacromialis, Periarthropathia humeroscapularis or degenerative changes in the rotator cuff.
Health Promotion for Senior Citizens via a Digital Exercise ProgrammeDetails
Fitness Trackers and Fitness Apps have rapidly gained popularity during the last five years. As part of our research focus on assistive technology, project „New Generation“ investigates, how smart phone appliances can contribute to health promotion for elderly persons by increasing physical activity levels. According to WHO recommendations, older adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per week.
The influence of the maternal age on the selected obstetric parametersDetails
This project is carried out by the Bachelor Programme Midwifery in cooperation with the Institute for Clinical Epidemiology at the Tiroler Kliniken GmbH. The average birthing age in Austria has risen dramatically in the last few decades. A maternal age over 35 is discussed as an independent risk factor for the pregnancy and birth due to a higher intervention rate.
Fit4Speech - Development of materials for the intervention for 4 to 7 year old children with speech sound disordersDetails
Language acquisition is a precondition for oral communication, literacy, and social aspects of life. Up to 16.3 % of all children in Germany are affected by speech sound disorders. Difficulties with the speech processing system (e.g. listening, discriminating speech sounds, etc.) can have an impact on the development of literacy and placing the child at risk of dyslexia.
Contribution of the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria to the project "The successful patient contact" by the Amt der OÖ Landesregierung-Abteilung Gesundheit -a scientific researchDetails
HLS-EU study shows comparatively less health literacy for Austria and points to the extraordinary challenge for the Austrian population to find their way around the healthcare. In order to avoid wrong ways in the health care of patients and to protect from waiting times, the project “Der gelungene Patientenkontakt” started in October 2018.
Practical- and expert knowledge on the care of mothers with disabilities in the peripartal contextDetails
The aim of the research project is to convey expert knowledge and experience in the fields of obstetrics, anaesthesia and neonatology on an inter-professional level with regard to mothers with motoric and sensory disabilities in the peripartal context.
Reducing the Musculoskeletal Pains of Operating Theatre NursesDetails
Operating theatre nurses work in sterile zones under the supervision of surgeons and are responsible for preparing surgical instruments before procedures, keeping count of surgical instruments and passing instruments to surgeons and surgical assistants. More than 50% spend their time in a standing position and standing for long hours (up to 10 hours for some surgical procedures, such as a lumbar fusion) is a significant contributor to lower back pain and pain in the other body areas.
Dysphagia in Upper Austrian homes for the elderly and nursing homes (carried out by the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria)Details
The demographic development shows, that the elderly population and very elderly is increasing more and more in society. Therefore more illnesses occur (stroke etc) which among others can lead to dysphagia. Difficulty in swallowing in turn increases the risk of malnutrition.
Manual Lymph drainage for Children with Klippel-Trenaunay-Syndrome: A Case ReportDetails
The Klippel-Trenaunay-Syndrome is a rare congenital development disorder of the vessels, which are linked with multiple vessel malformations in the arterial, venous and lymphatic area. Due to the rarity of the disease there is currently very little evidence on treatments and the majority of these are in the form of Case Reports.
Time4me - Meaningful leisure-time activities of children and adolescents: occupational balance as a basis to improve health-related quality of lifeDetails
In this project, we focussed on the meaningful leisure-time activities of 10 to18 year old children and adolescents. Within the scope of a co-operation with the “Khevenhüller Gymnasium Linz”, we reviewed the following questions: How do 10-18 year olds spend their time (especially their leisure time), do they experience occupational balance, does this have an effect on their well-being?
Orthoses and mobility aids assisted by generative manufacturing (rapid prototyping) process - RaProErgoDetails
The aim of this project, which was approved for the Upper Austrian Tender 2015 – Medical Technology (Health care, ageing society), is the development of orthoses for people with limited mobility.
Virtual- und Augmented Reality in the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain Caused by Brachial Plexus LesionDetails
A brachial plexus lesion is able to induce alterations in the peripheral and the central nervous system, leading to neuropathic pain. Treatment methods targeting the reoganisation of central supraspinal information processing have shown promising results in the last few years.
Nutrition Survey 2016 – Survey of the nutritional status of adults in AustriaDetails
Every four years a survey of the nutritional status of adults in Austria is carried out. A continual nutrition survey makes it possible to observe and document developments and trends of the nutritional state. The continual nutritional survey is a support for decisions in politics, business and science.
Effects of the foetal gender on the selected obstetrical parametersDetails
This project was executed at the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professionals Upper Austria in cooperation with the Institute for clinical Epidemiology at the Tiroler Kliniken GmbH. The gender of the unborn child and the resulting specifics have so far been overlooked in obstetrics, studies available on this are thus limited.
Motherhood with disability – women with motoric-, sensory- or language impairments in obstetricsDetails
The aim of this project is, on the one hand, to establish to which extent special service- and support offers and structural measures were implemented in the obstetrics departments in Austria, in order to be able to guarantee both barrier-free access and equal care for women with disabilities and on the other to analyse the obstetric care, advice and nursing care of the women affected. The project is being carried out in cooperation with the FH Gesundheit Tirol (University of Applied Sciences for Health in Tyrol) and with the support of the Austrian Midwives Board.
Prospective pilot study on lactose intolerance, dietary habits and bone metabolismDetails
The prospective pilot study on carbohydrate resorption disorders was implemented as a cooperation project between the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria (Bachelor Programmes Biomedical Science and Dietetics) and the Hospital in Steyr (Institute for Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics).
Evidence-based practice in physical therapy in Austria: current state and factors associated with EBP engagementDetails
Rationale, Aims and Objectives: Research examining the use of evidence-based practice (EBP) in physical therapy in many countries has revealed positive attitudes, varying degrees of EBP use and barriers at practitioner-, patient- and organizational levels. In contrast to these countries, Austria does not have an academic or research tradition in physical therapy.
“Activity in after school care ” - Evaluation of the practicability of a physical activity programDetails
The decrease in physical activity among children in developed societies and the consequential long-term effects on health and development is a major challenge already today and for the future. The Upper Austrian Department of Health, in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions (Physiotherapy Program), has therefore drafted a physical activity program for after school care, based on the general criteria of health promotion (e.g. empowerment, multiplicative approach, etc.). A pilot project in selected after school care facilities started in the school year 2013/14.
fun.tast.tisch. – development of an innovative training software for Microsoft® PixelSense™ in neuro-rehabilitationDetails
The project’s aim was to develop a training software based on PixelSense technology that is suitable for patients with acquired brain injury. One of our special concerns was to motivate patients using a clear and attractive design (making it “fun”), the use of multi-touch and the integration of objects (“tast”, German for touch) as well as the possibility to use the table (“tisch”, German for table) from different angles. In total, we developed 14 modules for application in neuro-rehabilitation.
The light normal diet: A survey on the tolerance of selected foods in patients in Austrian hospitalsDetails
The light normal diet is used as a gastroenterological basic diet in Austrian hospitals. The recommendations in the context of this nutrition represent an important basis for nutritional therapy in specific and unspecific gastroenterological illnesses.