Clinical Key for Electrical Stimulation in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

Innovative Course curricula

The project aims the analysis of the specific training needs of potential users in order to focus on the most important needs of professional development of physiotherapists.

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Interactive open access education modules

The open access course module will be developed with regarding the information that is going to be obtained from project results 1.

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Development of Guide Book of Course Modules

The guidebook of open access course will be developed with regarding the information that is going to be obtained from O1 and literature.

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About Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation has been commonly used for neuromodulation, strengthening, pain, and somatosensorial management in physiotherapy and rehabilitation disciplines for many years. Electrical stimulation of the tissue is carried out by time-varying voltage or current pulses. The specific functional objectives and capability of target structures are the primary criteria for the choice of stimulus parameters. Unit pulses of applied charge are characterized by polarity, width, intensity, frequency, amplitude (volts or amperes), duration (pulse width), shape (rectangular, triangular, sinusoidal), and transcutaneous or invasive application, and stimulation site (the nerve, muscle). The methodologies and applications that concerns these parameters are mainly focused on the functional body treatment and assessment objectives.

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The Aims of the Project

Although ES approaches are widely being used in physiotherapy and rehabilitation, unfortunately there is no standardization even in definitions, such as ES, neuromuscular ES, transcutaneous ES, somatosensorial ES...etc. The differentiation in definitions and treatment protocols (frequency, intensity, etc…) limit the gain of high quality evidence despite the frequent use of ES. In the literature there is limited evidence in ES. Determining the knowledge of physiotherapists on electrical stimulation, improving the knowledge in electrotherapy, standardizing the electrotherapy education, and optimizing the physiotherapy and rehabilitation programs are the aimed outcomes of this project.

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Project Partners and Organizations

Associated partners

Target of the Project

Academic staff

BSc Students

MSc Students

PhD Students




Physiotherapy Associations


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Project Activities

The project is divided into six work packages: Work Package 1 (WP1): WP1 proceeds to the analysis of the specific training needs of physiotherapist in order to focus the course on the most important needs of their professional development. A questionnaire will be prepared and applied to physiotherapists in partners’ countries. the most commonly used parameters (type, frequency, duration, etc.) of current will be determined by this questionnaire. All partners will take responsibility to work with their National Physiotherapist Associations.

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Expected Result From The Project

There are very few studies in the literature on ES with a high level of evidence, which may cause a confusion in the clinician who wishes to apply ES to the patient. The use of applications with low evidence value may have negative consequences on patient recovery. This situation creates a cost on both the patient and the country's economy. As a result of the project, a standardized correct application procedure will be decided in order to eliminate the confusion of PTs and eliminate the burden of useless practices on the country's economy.

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