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Web based open learning improves Motor Disability Assessment (MDA)

Globally, a substantial proportion of the elderly and disabled population are suffering from slight, or more severely disturbed motion behaviour. The current project is targeted at helping specialists assess motor disability and disseminate good practise methods among their colleagues working at remote sites.
Web based open learning improves Motor Disability Assessment (MDA)
MOtor Disability Assessment SPECialists' TRAining, MODASPECTRA, addresses the lack of homogeneous skills among professionals in MDA. Significant differences occur among countries and even within regions of a single country. The need for a harmonized approach to MDA will guarantee equal rights and access to all the citizens and will also improve the cost effectiveness ratio in healthcare management.

MODASPECTRA is set up by the Universities of Dublin, Strathclyde, Montpellier, and Ancona, in collaboration with the Dutch Roessingh Centre for Rehabilitation. The fact that professionals in the MDA field have dispersed geographical locations, naturally leads to a web based open and distance learning course. The training tools have been made accessible via the Internet with use of teleconferencing features, in addition to CD-ROM, videotapes and printed documents. The trainees are guided by means of suitable tutoring pathways and schedules and receive on-line evaluation during the learning period. The project partners will also implement multimedia databases of context-based experiences provided by recognized practitioners in the field.

Another alarming issue is the shortage of trained and qualified personnel, whereas the demand for disability assessment services is likely to increase. This is where a telematics application project like MODASPECTRA proves itself extremely useful, in order to supervise the operations performed locally and to process the results from a distance.

The MODASPECTRA course is comprised of ten modules. Three for clinical evaluation for MDA, two are dealing with methods and techniques for MDA; and two modules address the subject of telematics for MDA. The remaining three modules will be differentiated according to the background of the student. In this way, the MODASPECTRA team aims at improving the access to rehabilitation assessment in order to ultimately give people with physical disabilities the chance to keep their independence as long as possible and receive the treatment required.

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