Research Themes

A unique focus on finding ways to achieve better patient outcomes

Respiratory rehabilitation

Respiratory research starts with the established benefits of rehabilitation for people with breathing difficulties and assesses the best components of training and how to make the benefits last longer.

Finding the best way to build strength, improve breathing and enhance confidence can lead to a better quality of life for the short of breath.

Amputee rehabilitation

Amputee Research taps into the wealth of experiences found in one of the largest adult amputee rehabilitation services in Canada. West Park’s amputee rehabilitation research examines models of care, components and other factors with a goal of maximizing patients’ functional independence.


At the trailhead of discovery, spasticity researchers see that treatments at West Park’s large Spasticity Management Clinic are changing lives. Now, they are looking for the right tools to show the difference through universal, tested assessment scales. Future projects could focus on the determinants of spasticity and the use of specific treatments on other ailments.

Acquired Brain Injury

Getting people better and back into the community is the goal of West Park’s Acquired Brain Injury Service and the driver behind research on the topic. Looking at the best model of community-based service is among the projects undertaken by researchers in this service.

Person-Centred Practice Research

As the first Canadian centre for practice development education and research, West Park collaborates with leaders in the field of Person-centred practice research. Researchers are looking at the best approaches to turn knowing into doing.

Among other projects, West Park is studying the outcomes of knowledge transfer through open and participatory approaches by staff members working together with patients and their families. The approach is redefining how healthcare workers deliver care in Ontario.

Post Occupancy Evaluation

It’s an exciting time at West Park, as the Centre embarks on the construction of a world-class, state-of-the-art new hospital to help patients get their lives back. As part of this bold, transformative undertaking, the Centre is conducting the innovative Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) research study. Before and after the new hospital is built, the POE will evaluate six areas of the Centre, to measure how the new hospital will affect employees, patients and families. User feedback and insights are key to the POE. As part of POE data collection, patients, employees, volunteers and friends/family are invited to contribute valuable feedback on your West Park experience. Contact us to get involved, sign up for future POE opportunities, or to learn more.