Research in Physiotherapy

Physiotherapeutic diagnostics and treatment as well as physiotherapy in the context of healthcare.

Physiotherapy focuses on physiotherapeutic diagnostics and treatment as well as physiotherapy in the context of healthcare. Our research priorities are physical activity, supply and implementation research, analysis in our movement laboratory, new technologies as well as research and educational research. The team consists of specialists in Physiotherapy, Movement Science and Sports Science, Psychology and Social Science, who have broad experience in practice and research at home and abroad to the benefit of our students in Physiotherapy and Movement Science, who are involved in projects while working on their master thesis or as student apprentices in a research team. Our clients and partners include, in addition to public institutions, hospitals and practices, companies such as Hocoma or Berliner Krankenkasse BIG. We maintain cooperation with various ZHAW institutes, other Swiss universities of applied sciences as well as universities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland.

Key research subjects

  • New technologies
    Development, implementation and evaluation of new technologies in physiotherapy
  • Interventions
    Evaluation and implementation of treatment concepts in the physiotherapeutic context
  • Assessment
    Evaluation and implementation of standardised clinical test instruments
  • Healthcare provision
    Development and evaluation of care models in the physiotherapeutic context

    What we offer

    Our research team offers the following services to clients and practice partners:

    • Effectiveness of physiotherapeutic methods and interventions
    • Examinations in the Movement Laboratory
    • Professional and educational research in physiotherapy
    • Surveys and data evaluations in a social science and psychology setting
    • Scientific support of projects

    Projects and publications

    The Physiotherapy Science Research Unit focuses on physiotherapeutic diagnostics and treatment as well as physiotherapy in the context of healthcare. Our research priorities are physical activity, supply and implementation research, analysis in our movement laboratory, new technologies as well as research and educational research. All of the Physiotherapy Science Research Unit’s projects and publications are listed according to their start date and publication date in the ZHAW project and publication database.

    Clients and research partners

    We develop offers that are tailored to the needs and questions of our practice partners and clients. For this purpose, a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and other tools are available to us.

    We offer a modern infrastructure and a wide range of competencies, supplemented by interdisciplinary networking within ZHAW as well as by our close cooperation with international experts in various subject areas.

    In interdisciplinary projects we work together with the Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Health Sciences research groups at the School of Health Professions.

    Our research team

    The team consists of specialists in Physiotherapy, Movement Science, Sports Science, Psychology and Social Sciences, who have broad experience in practice and research at home and abroad.