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We are proud to present the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Sara Demain.

Many of us are notoriously bad at following healthcare recommendations. This is particularly pertinent in physiotherapy and rehabilitation because these recommendations may include engaging with tasks like exercise or balance training, which may be difficult, painful or frightening.

There has been considerable research exploring patient adherence, most of which focuses on trying to change patient beliefs and behaviours. But could there be more effective ways to work with patients towards their recovery?

In this insightful lecture, Professor Sara Demain, Head of the School of Health Professions, turns the perspective around to examine how healthcare professionals can make rehabilitation interventions something that patients can and want to do, improving their likelihood of adhering to their recommendations.

Sara, who specialises in neurological rehabilitation and physiotherapy, explores the broad spectrum of rehabilitation and self-management, including how health services and professionals can make patients and their families feel, and also how technology such as apps, games and robots used in patient rehabilitation can be improved for better user experiences.

The ultimate aim of her research is to guide the design of rehabilitation and self-management services and interventions that are truly patient-centred; that deliver outcomes that matter to patients in ways that are easy for them to engage with.

You are welcome to join us for University of Plymouth's Inaugural Professorial Lecture series, which provide a milestone event in a professorial career. Through these we can promote and celebrate the academic reputation and achievements within their research.

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Public Research Programme

The year-long programme of public events showcases our research across a spectrum of topics. It presents our annual Research Festival, the Inaugural Professorial Lecture series, the Public Research Lecture series, the new Christmas Research Lecture, and selected lectures featuring keynote speakers throughout the year.

All are welcome to join us as our academics open the door to the intriguing world of research, inviting you to learn more about the fascinating work taking place across the University.

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