The Clinical Whiplash Intervention and Prognosis Research Group (c-WhIP) is now the Pain and Quality of Life Integrational Research Lab (PIRL). The lab is run by Dr. David M. Walton PT, PhD in Elborn College on the campus of Western University, Canada. The new name more accurately represents the scope of wor being conducted in the lab.
Integrational research recognizes that complex processes (such as measuring and understanding human experience) are greater than the sum of their parts.
We continue to conduct research on whiplash and other conditions in an effort to better understand the processes that lead to the development of chronic pain and disability after injury. Our goals are to:
- Improve clinical measurement of people in pain, both acute and chronic.
- Develop sound, integrated, and clinically-feasible predictive protocols to identify people with acute injuries who are at risk of long-term problems.
- Immprove the management and outcomes of people with both acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal disorders.
Those are broad and lofty goals, but in today's world of connected, trans-disciplinary research, we believe they are attainable. Members of our lab and our collaborators possess expertise in the following fields of research:
- Clinical measurement and psychometrics
- Translational research
- Motion capture (video-based and wearable)
- Consumer technology as it interacts with healthcare
- Psychology and Cognitive Science
- Diagnostic imaging
- Manual and manipulative therapies
- Qualitative methodologies
- And more on as-needed bases
This website will serve as the public face of work currently underway in the PIRL. It will be updated primarily as time allows. We encourage you to subscribe to the RSS feed of your favourite page, or to check back periodically. Comments can be left on this site and they will be received by members of the lab.
Finally, we wish to thank Mr. Kaanesh Ghosh for his volunteer work on keeping this site and its c-WhIP predecessor moving forward. Thanks a tonne Kaanesh!