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Frederike is a human movement scientist with a qualification in physiotherapy from The Netherlands. She co-leads the Living with Stroke and other long term neurological conditions (LTNC) research group, together with Prof. Marian Brady. The aim of this group is to improve the lives of people with a LTNC and their families by undertaking high quality research to improve the effectiveness, acceptability and meaningfulness of interventions and other support strategies that focus on their priorities.
Frederike’s research interests focus on understanding functional recovery, physical activity, skill acquisition and behavioural change processes in people with stroke and other LTNC, to inform the design of novel strategies that enable people to meet their personal goals. The purpose is to develop a portfolio of evidence-based, person-centred strategies to support people with LTNC and their families to continue to optimise recovery, along the entire trajectory from the acute stage into the long-term.
Studies on arm function after stroke include bilateral arm training, task oriented training, robot-mediated therapy and music games. Studies on physical activity and sedentary behaviour include goal setting, tailored fitness training for stroke survivors who are unable to walk, and behavioural change interventions to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour for those being discharged home from hospital. Collaborative work on physical activity after stroke has led to the UK best practice guidelines for community-based exercise and fitness training after stroke, the first UK Exercise and Fitness Training after Stroke course and a published textbook.
Study methodologies include: systematic literature reviews, validation studies, modelling, feasibility and pilot studies, as well as definitive randomised controlled clinical trials.
Frederike is president of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation, past secretary of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation and the research lead and one of the founding members of the Scottish Stroke Allied Health Professions Forum.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
PhD Human Movement Sciences, Queen Margaret University
Award Date: 20 Jun 2006
MSc Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Award Date: 1 May 1995
BSc Physiotherapy, Academie voor Fysiotherapie Arnhem
Award Date: 20 Jun 1986
Secretary, European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation
2021 → 2023
President, Society for Research in Rehabilitation
2021 → 2023
Past president, European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation
2017 → 2019
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WeWalk: walking with a buddy after stroke—a pilot study evaluating feasibility and acceptability of a person-centred dyadic behaviour change interventionMorris, J. H., Irvine, L., Tooman, T., Dombrowski, S. U., McCormack, B., Van Wijck, F. & Lawrence, M., 13 Jan 2023, In: Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 9, 15 p., 10.
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National Advisory Committee for Stroke (NACS), Mar 2022, Edinburgh: The Scottish Government. 59 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile76 Downloads (Pure)
Averell, E., Knox, D. & van Wijck, F., 2022, In: Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering. 9, 15 p.
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Corbetta, D., Campbell, P., van Wijck, F., Filippi, M., Kwakkel, G., Lynch, E. A., Mehrholz, J. & Todhunter-Brown, A., 14 Dec 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. CD015044.
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Reducing the number of test items of the action research arm test poststroke: a decision tree analysisZonjee, V. J., Selles, R. W., Roorda, L. D., Nijland, R. H., van der Oest, M. J. W., Bosomworth, H. J., van Wijck, F., Meskers, C. G. M., van Schaik, S. M., Van den Berg-Vos, R. M. & Kwakkel, G., Aug 2022, In: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 103, 8, p. 1582-1591 10 p.
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