Shri Dharmastala Manjunateshwara Institute of Medical Sciences, Dharwad, Rajiv Gandhi University
2) Shivkrupa regional neurosciences center, Hubli, Karnataka
3) Presently working at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana
Christian medical College and Hospital
? After having completed my Bachelors in Physiotherapy and specializing in Physiotherapy in Adult Neurology and psychosomatic disorders, I had the opportunity to serve at an NGO working among the differently abled. Being in charge of the PMR department, I was exposed to patients with neurological conditions at the community level. There was an in-house rehabilitation department apart from which we also had primary rehab centers at the 15 villages that we worked in. I with a holistic team visited these rehab centers periodically and treated many a cases while empowering the families to correctly rehabilitate a neurologically ill patient. Through this NGO I have had an exposure to mainly cases of stroke, Parkinson and spinal cord injuries and the practical challenges that they face in accessing and continuing therapy regimes. One striking finding across these towns was the lack of awareness of rehabilitation and its timely use.
Working at a neurosciences center and hospital, I had further experience in various other neurological cases including their acute Physiotherapy management. I then joined as the Assistant Professor at the College of Physiotherapy, CMC Ludhiana along with taking up the clinical administrative responsibilities of the ATTEND trial. This trial was a one of its kind, a RCT conducted across 14 hospitals in India with the aim of evaluating if a home based, caregiver delivered rehabilitation program was an effective and affordable early supported discharge strategy for those with stroke in India. I was given the responsibility of formulating and fine-tuning the intervention package with a team of leading and experienced rehabilitation specialists across the world. Training the trial physiotherapists at all these 14 sites on the intervention package was also one of my responsibilities. Throughout the 3 year period of the study I was able to oversee the happenings of the trial at all the sites and clear queries as and when required. A detailed process evaluation for this trial has also revealed to me the importance of a good quality research and the huge impact that a good trial can have. We, during this trial were trained and certified for Good Clinical Practice. I have been part of drafting few manuscripts for this study. The results paper is under publication in LANCET.
My teaching responsibilities as an Associate Professor continued, which I am passionate about. Conducting practical classes and theory lectures for on the subject of Physiotherapy in Neurological conditions has inspired me to shape and train young minds in achieving best practicing standards.
The present study I am involved in for the Research training Fellowship uses a technology which could be widely applicable due to its simplicity of execution and use. We will gain important information for conducting a phase 3 trial through this study.