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Frederike van Wijck


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

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.  

Education/Academic qualification

Queen Margaret University

Award Date: 20 Jun 2006

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 May 1995

Academie voor Fysiotherapie Arnhem

Award Date: 20 Jun 1986

External positions

President, European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation

26 May 201725 May 2019

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Cochrane overviews: How can we optimize their impact on evidence-based rehabilitation?

Pollock, A. & van Wijck, F., Jun 2019, In : European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 55, 3, p. 395-410 16 p.

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    Improving life after stroke needs global efforts to implement evidence-based physical activity pathways

    van Wijck, F., Bernhardt, J., Billinger, S. A., Bird, M-L., Eng, J., English, C., Teixeira-Salmela, L. F., MacKay-Lyons, M., Melifonwu, R., Sunnerhagen, K. S., Solomon, J. M., Thilarajah, S. & Mead, G., 1 Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Stroke. 14, 5, p. 457-459 3 p.

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    Robot assisted training for the upper limb after stroke (RATULS): a multicentre randomised controlled trial

    Rodgers, H., Bosomworth, H., Krebs, H. I., van Wijck, F., Howel, D., Wilson, N., Aird, L., Alvarado, N., Andole, S., Cohen, D. L., Dawson, J., Fernandez-Garcia, C., Finch, T., Ford, G. A., Francis, R., Hogg, S., Hughes, N., Price, C. I., Ternent, L., Turner, D. L. & 3 others, Vale, L., Wilkes, S. & Shaw, L., 6 Jul 2019, In : The Lancet. 394, 10192, p. 51-62

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    Wristband Accelerometers to motiVate arm Exercises after Stroke (WAVES): a pilot randomized controlled trial

    Da-Silva, R. H., Moore, S. A., Rodgers, H., Shaw, L., Sutcliffe, L., van Wijck, F. & Price, C. I., 1 Aug 2019, In : Clinical Rehabilitation. 33, 8, p. 1391-1403 13 p.

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