Report on the second study visit for the international project no 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082292 entitled “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (SMARTherapy+)
On June 6th, 2022 in the John Paul II “Pod Tężniami” health resort clinic the second study visit took place in Ciechocinek. This time the aim of the meeting was to gather materials for the evaluation of the organization of physiotherapist’s workplace and the analysis of physiotherapist’s body position at work.
The meeting was attended by: representatives of the SMARTherapy+ project: Joanna Bartnicka, Patrycja Kabiesz, Agnieszka Ziętkiewicz, clinic representatives: Agnieszka Lorenc, Rehabilitation Manager, Michal Dylewski, specialist in the Research and Development Laboratory of the Motor System as well as Prof. Magdalena Hagner – Derengowska who is scientifically involved in physiotherapy.
The collected material will be used to develop training materials included in: module 2 Methodological approach to gait physiotherapy, unit 3 Ergonomics and workflow in gait physiotherapy as part of the ongoing SMARTherapy+ project.
XV SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE OF THE POLISH PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSOCIATION ENTITLED PERSPECTIVES FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY DEVELOPMENT
19-21 May 2022, Pabianice, Poland
On 19-21 May 2022 in Pabianice (Poland), representatives of the Silesian University of Technology in the persons of: Joanna Bartnicka and Agnieszka Ziętkiewicz and J. Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice in the person of: Andrzej Myśliwiec participated in the 15th Scientific Conference of the Polish Physiotherapy Association entitled Perspectives for Physiotherapy Development, 2nd Conference of the Polish Association of Physiotherapy Specialists and 4th Conference of the Polish Physiotherapy Association Young Scientists. The scientific patronage of the conference was taken by the Vice President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Prof. Stanisław J. Czuczwar.
The conference included two parallel sessions of papers divided into 9 thematic categories and 7 thematic workshops. During the breaks between the sessions, and especially during the breaks between the sessions, and especially in the afternoon, poster sessions were very popular, during which the participants had the opportunity to discuss their research in a friendly atmosphere, establish new scientific contacts, and also get acquainted with the presented technological novelties used in the profession of physiotherapist. The conference was attended by over 100 scientists and specialists in physiotherapy.
Due to a great need to exchange views on physiotherapy not only as a science but also on its development as a medical profession, the organisers made sure that each session included a discussion relating to the discussed topic category.
In the poster session Joanna Bartnicka and Agnieszka Ziętkiewicz from the Silesian University of Technology (SUT) presented the results of research conducted as part of the project “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (SMARTherapy+), which concerned Identifying educational needs in the field of gait physiotherapy. The team of authors consists of: Bartnicka J., Kabiesz P., Ziętkiewicz A., Silesian University of Technology, Myśliwiec A., J. Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Pavan E., Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Luedtke Kerstin, Universität zu Lübeck.
Taking into account that the beneficiaries of the project are academic teachers of physiotherapy, physiotherapy students, physicians at the conference a stand was prepared to disseminate information about the SMARTherapy+ project.
To sum up, during the conference the representatives of SUT presented a poster (photo below) and made a number of contacts, which in the future can be used, on the one hand, to evaluate the developed training materials by a group of external experts as well as constitute a base of potential recipients of the course in gait physiotherapy developed within the SMARTherapy+ project.
Report on the seminar presenting the results of the international project number 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082292 entitled. “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (SMARTherapy+)
On 7th May 2022 the University of Luebeck hosted a multiplier event to disseminate Information about SMARTherapy+ and gait physiotherapy amongst physiotherapists in Germany. The event took place with >50 participants who joined us in presence at the University of Luebeck and an additional <10 participants who followed the presentations online.
Four physiotherapy and medical gait experts presented latest research on gait analysis over the lifespan, starting with very young infants (Karin Determann) up to geriatric populations (Hanna Brodowski) and individuals suffering from functional movement disorders (Dr. Anne Weissbach). Kerstin Luedtke additionally informed about SMARTherapy and Annett Heitling provided state-of-the-art gait analysis evidence. In addition, flyers were handed out and a poster was presented to further disseminate information about SMARTherapy.
After the scientific presentations, all speakers offered hands-on and video-analysis workshops and participants had the choice to attend one out of four workshops.
APPROVAL OF THE INTERIM REPORT OF THE ERASMUS+ PROJECT 2020-1-PL01-KA203-HE-082292
On 7 March 2022, the interim report of the Erasmus+ project number 2020-1-PL01-KA203-HE-082292 was approved by the Erasmus+ National Agency.
The strengths of the project were highlighted as:
Weaknesses/areas for improvement:
„OPEN MEETINGS WITH THE SILESIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY”
Open Meetings with the Silesian University of Technology is an event aimed at this year’s high school graduates. During the meetings, mini-lectures were presenting the activities of the various departments of the university. Among the presentations was one on the implementation of the SMARTherapy+ project. The project’s executors from SUT presented the aims, objectives, and the current progress of work while promoting the subject matter of the project and awareness of the problem of the growing number of people with mobility dysfunctions. At the same time, the participants were informed that in the near future one of the solutions against this problem will be available in the educational sector.
ADVOCATES FOR SCIENCE IN THE FIELD 2022
On 01.03.2022 at 10:00-12:00 in the Education and Congress Centre of the Silesian University of Technology a meeting entitled. “Advocates for Science in the field 2022”, which was organized by the Centre for Science Popularization of the Silesian University of Technology.
Invited to the meeting were, among others, performers of the international project entitled “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (acronym: SMARTherapy+). For the purposes of the project, the organisers prepared a stand where project leaders from the Silesian University of Technology prepared a multimedia presentation as well as a description of the project in the form of a leaflet. The aim of these materials was to draw the attention of the media to the subject of growing needs in gait physiotherapy.
An example of media interest in the project is an interview given by Ms Patrycja Kabiesz to a local radio station in Silesia – Radio CCM in Gliwice. Ms Patrycja Kabiesz presented general information on the project, including its objective, scope, beneficiaries and contractors. In the further part of her speech she referred to utilitarian aspects of the project focusing on the development of an innovative educational tool in the field of gait physiotherapy, based on modern digital solutions. In particular, she highlighted that the SMARTheraphy+ project as a learning tool will be a digital and modern learning platform for physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
The entire interview was broadcast on 02.03.2022 at 16:00 on Radio CCM frequency 93.4 FM.
To sum up, participation in the meeting contributed to drawing media attention to the topics covered in the SMARTherapy+ project, and also made it possible to obtain new distribution channels for popularising the project.
A Midterm Meeting of the SMARTherapy+ project contractors was held on 14.02.2022 from 8.00 am using the zoom platform. The meeting was attended by 11 participants representing all project Partners.
SUT as the Project Manager and initiator of the meeting, welcomed all participants and presented the agenda. Taking into account the agenda, the course of the meeting was as follows:
Key finding from the meeting:
On 21.12.2021 a working meeting of the SMARTherapy+ project implementers was held from 9.00 a.m. using the zoom platform. The meeting was attended by 13 people representing all units implementing the project.
Ms Joanna Bartnicka, PhD, as the Project Manager and initiator of the meeting, welcomed all present and presented the agenda. Then, on the behalf of the Silesian University of Technology (SUT) team, she presented and discussed the Dissemination Report for the period June-November 2021, and thanked all partners for their work to date in disseminating project results, and encouraged them to continue in this area.
Next, Joanna Bartnicka, PhD, presented the study prepared by the SUT team on Curriculum Report, referred to the comments of partners sent earlier by e-mail, and answered questions asked during the meeting. She then gave a presentation of course templates and guidelines.
The next part of the meeting concerned the discussion of tasks to be implemented within the framework of IO2 titled “Creation and implementation of SMARTherapy+ tool”. as well as matters concerning: revision of video materials, tasks to do within IO2 (schedule). Presentations in this area were made by Andrzej Mysliwiec, PhD, Professor of the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (AWF), a representative of the team and also the IO2 Leader.
The third part of the meeting concerned various matters. At this point the SMARTherpay+ Project Manager Joanna Bartnicka, PhD thanked the Partners for sending their financial reports on time and then asked Piotr Rodak, PhD (AWF) to present the preliminary report from questionnaire 1&2.
Project Manager Joanna Bartnicka, PhD, closed the meeting at 10.30 a.m.
MEETING AT THE BRNO UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (BUT) IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Between 22 and 26 November 2021, a representative of the Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (AWF) Piotr Rodak gave a series of lectures as part of scientific meetings organised at the Brno University of Technology (BUT) in the Czech Republic to present the SMARThererapy+ project. The event was organised by the Sports Activity Centre and was attended by around 100 participants (students, professors and instructors).
During the lectures, Piotr Rodak introduced the participants to the scope of the project, as well as to the whole idea of strategic partnerships of the Erasmus+ programme, introducing all the project partners and the European Commission as the funder. Apart from the event itself, there were 4 additional meetings with the staff of the Sports Activity Centre, in which 20 employees of BUT and the University of Bratislava took part. At these also the project and the results of the research carried out were presented.
The document is available from the Project Coordinator.
SILESIAN SCIENCE FESTIVAL
The 5th Silesian Science Festival had a hybrid form. Part of the workshops took place in stationary form in Katowice (Poland) and part of the workshops took place online via zoom.eu. We organised an online workshop on 15.10.2021on the topic „See fatigue and assess its effects – the role of ergonomics in the modern world.” The workshops were enjoyed by those interested, and the young participants particularly appreciated practical exercises on the borderline of cognitive ergonomics. The results of the international SMARTherapy+ project were presented during the workshop.
NIGHT OF SCIENTISTS
At the Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Organisation and Management, an event entitled Researchers’ Night was held online via zoom.eu. As part of Researchers’ Night, SUT organised an open meeting during which the results of the SMARTherapy+.
REPORT ON MIDTERM MEETING HELD ON 28.09.2021
On 28.09.2021 there was a Midterm meeting of the SMARTherapy+ project (Erasmus + program), which was organized by Universitat zu Lubeck (Germany) for the project consortium: Silesian University of Technology (SUT, Poland), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and. Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (Poland). The meeting was held via zoom. The main objectives of the meeting were: (a) to discuss the results of the surveys and focus groups organized in all countries (b) to discuss and agree on the tasks and deadlines set by each partner (c) to define how the IO2 task will be implemented. Below is the agenda and the main outcomes of each agenda item:
XVIII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE MULTIDISCIPLINARY ASPECTS OF PRODUCTION ENGINEERING MAPE 2021
The aim of the conference was to exchange experiences between specialists in production engineering, environmental management, production organization, health care, diagnostics and information systems, as well as to present research results and their practical application. Project members promoted and presented the results of the SMARTherapy+ project during this event.
“ZABRZE NOT ONLY FOR THE WEEKEND”
“Zabrze not only for the weekend” was the motto of the event that took place on 10-11 July 2021, at Ogrodzieniec Castle – the largest and one of the most famous buildings of its kind in Silesia, and the most popular of all castles on the Eagles’ Nests Trail.
Thanks to this two-day event, tourists from all over Poland visiting Ogrodzieniec Castle had the opportunity to see the results of the SMARTherapy+ project.
SEMINAR ON THE RESULTS OF A PROJECT
Seminar on the results of a project titled “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” SMARTherapy+
Link to the meeting:
COLLABORATION WITH EXTERNAL ENTITIES FOR THE PROJECT
On 15.03.2021 the framework agreement no. 118/ROZ0/RR4/2021 was concluded between the Silesian University of Technology and University of Bydgoszcz, one of the aims of which is cooperation of the parties for the implementation of the project “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (acronym: SMARTherapy+), no. 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082292.
Priorities of the cooperation include organizing workshops and trainings as well as consultations and exchange of scientific information and experience in the field of advanced technologies in health care.
On 19.05.2021 at the Faculty of Organization and Management of Silesian University of Technology took place an official meeting inaugurating cooperation in the above mentioned scope. The meeting was attended by: representative of the Rector of Bydgoszcz University of Technology, Piotr Bojar, PhD, Manager of the SMARTherapy+ project, Joanna Bartnicka, PhD and Dean of the Faculty of Organization and Management, Prof. Jan Kaźmierczak.
RESULTS OF THE MIDTERM MEETING
On 14.05.2021 a Midterm meeting of the SMARTherapy+ project (Erasmus + programme) took place, which was attended by the project coordinator, Silesian University of Technology (SUT, Poland), participated together with the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universitat zu Lubeck (Germany), and the Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (Poland).
The main objective of the project is the development of an innovative comprehensive and homogeneous in European level educational tool available online for teachers and students of medical health higher schools. Particularly the purpose of this educational tool is to provide the possibility to create the high quality gait physiotherapy learning procedures, based on the up-to-date knowledge of physiotherapy and the modern & smart methodologies for effective forms of teaching. Training content will be developed focusing on the main interest areas of the health professionals in Europe, especially those involved in gait physiotherapy.
In this meeting they have dealt with issues related to the work done so far, mainly with the organization of discussion groups and the developing of a curriculum, activities aimed at detecting training needs on gait physiotherapy in the university context.
In addition, during the meeting the structure and content of the training materials to be developed within the framework of the project were exposed. On the other hand, different aspects related to the dissemination of the project, exploitation and quality have been commented.
The Erasmus + SMARTherapy+ project will provide free access teaching materials for the generation of training activities in gait physiotherapy assessment in medical schools.
COLLABORATION WITH EXTERNAL ENTITIES FOR THE PROJECT
On 13.04.2021 a meeting was held on establishing cooperation between the Silesian University of Technology and Khmelnitsky National University in the implementation of the international project SMARTherapy+.
Present at the meeting:
From the side of Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Organization and Management:
From the side of Khmelnytsky National University:
During the discussion, potential areas of cooperation were identified:
– co-organization of a remote seminar presenting the topics of the project. The seminar should be attended by, among others, employees and students of the physiotherapy department of the above mentioned University. The aim of the seminar is to discuss the assumptions of the project and to conduct a series of lectures presenting knowledge in the field of gait physiotherapy. The seminar would also plan to discuss issues in response to the growing need for gait physiotherapy, which arises from three important phenomena:
1) Unhealthy, including sedentary lifestyles and the so-called kinesiophobia, or fear of pain due to movement.
2 ) An aging population. Age is a factor that increases the risk of gait dysfunction, such as slower gait or increased gait variability. These changes are further compounded by visual disturbances and an increased risk of falls, which can eventually lead to severe injuries.
3) The large number and variety of disease cases in both children and adults requiring intensive and professional gait rehabilitation. Within the framework of the seminar it is also planned to have an open discussion about the needs of gait physiotherapy not only in Poland, but also in Ukraine, and the whole European Union. It is important because there are no European standards of physiotherapist profession ensuring maximum safety and high quality of the therapy on the same level, there are no harmonized guidelines and standards in this field. There are also no commonly available and standardized didactic materials about gait physiotherapy.
– Cooperation within Focus Group: participation of physiotherapy experts – employees of Khmelnitsky National University in the meeting on identification of training needs in the field of gait physiotherapy. The meeting of experts would be held remotely. The estimated duration of the meeting is about 1 h, and the preferred language remains to be agreed upon.
We conduct an expert interview questionnaire
which aims to identify educational needs in gait physiotherapy in Europe
The interview questionnaire was developed for the international project “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (nr 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082292) funded by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education programme, Action 2, Year 2020, which is implemented by: Silesian University of Technology (Poland), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universitat zu Lubeck (Germany), Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice (Poland).
Focus group participants: physiotherapy experts.
Summary conclusion of the survey questionnaire
Thank you to all participants and institutions participating in the research!
The survey was addressed to academic teachers, specialists in the field of gait physiotherapy, and also to physiotherapy students supplementing their knowledge in the field of gait recovery.
Actuallu, we are in the process of conducting a qualitative-quantitative analysis of the research results.
Survey Questionnaire – Identifying educational needs in the field of gait physiotherapy in Europe
We would appreciate it if you could take this 10-min survey, aiming to identify educational needs in the field of gait physiotherapy in Europe.
KICKOFF MEETING SMARTherapy+
Kickoff meeting was organized by Silesian University of Technology (SUT) on 19th November 2020 via zooma.eu. The main objectives of the meeting were: (a) to get to know the purpose and scope of the project by all participants from partner institutions (b) to discuss and agree on the tasks and deadlines set by each partner (c) to establish the Steering Committee and its responsibilities. The list of participants in the meeting included representatives of each partner: Silesian University of Technology (SUT), Universität zu Lübeck (UzL), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (FPM), Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education (AWF). The following is the agenda and the main results of each agenda item:
1. Welcome. Introductory issue. Scope of the kick-off meeting.
– The PC Project Coordinator opened the meeting, welcomed the participants and asked everyone to introduce themselves.
– The PC presented the meeting agenda and the scope of the kick-off meeting.
2. Brief presentation of the meeting participants and partner organizations.
– Each partner introduced the organization they represent.
3. Presentation of the aim and scope of the project
– PC presented the main objective of the project which is to develop an innovative, open and homogeneous at European level educational tool dedicated to the higher education system in health. And the strategic objectives are: to reform the teaching methods and approach of secondary schools to medical education, which are based on the practical acquisition of knowledge from real and diverse physiotherapy cases. Adapting education to the digital age: the challenge is not only to provide current and future generations with technical skills related to new technologies, but also to build a new culture of collaboration, especially in critical conditions such as the current pandemics. Adapting new skills that provide opportunities to implement telemedicine-based therapeutic solutions.
4. Each of the Partners responsible for a specific part of the project presented the objectives, scope, tasks to be performed in the future: intellectual products and tasks, results, events.
– Partners decided to divide the tasks as follows:
5. Management and financial aspects
– PC presented the budget after adjustments made by the National Agency and defined the dates for the internal reports (every 6 months) and for the National Agency (interim report 15/01/2022; final report 60 days after the end of the project).
– The PC proposed a payment schedule, which are written in the grant agreement. Each Partner has agreed to it and has signed the Partnership Agreement.
6. Presentation of dissemination, exploitation, quality and impact aspects
– SUT presented the spectrum of dissemination activities:
ME1: Presentation of the curriculum and educational methods of SMARTherapy+ tool
ME2: Workshop on interactive SMARTherapy+ tool
ME3: Implementation of SMARTherapy+ tool into learning process at higher education
7. Establishing Steering Committee
It was agreed that the Steering Committee will consist of one person from each unit implementing the project. In accordance with the decision taken at the meeting, the Steering Committee is composed as follows: Joanna Bartnicka (SUT), Andrzej Myśliwiec (AWF), Esteban E. Pavan (FPM), Kerstin Lüdtke (UzL).
8. Presentation of the tasks in progress (T1.1) and discussion
– T1.1. online questionnaire, interviews with therapists authorities, systemic review of existing learning programs in physiotherapy, especially in gait domain, data analysis: (a) Preparation of questionnaire, (b) Conducting international survey, (c) Preparation of Focus group guide, (d) Conducting focus group panels with external experts to identify main objectives, procedures and possible structure of SMARTherapy+
-SUT presented a schedule for the task.
9. Close of the meeting
The project entitled “Smart learning for gait physiotherapy – a standardized tool for health higher education in Europe” (acronym: SMARTherapy+), No. 2020-1-PL01-KA203-082292, obtained funding after applying to the Erasmus+ Call 2020 Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships in the field of Higher Education- strategic partnerships for innovation. The application received the highest scores, and was ranked first among all applications approved for funding.