Lucie Brosseau


Lucie Brosseau

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Lucie Brosseau


Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Rehabilitation Sciences

The science of identifying the most effective treatments for patients

The cost of ineffective treatments puts a strain on the health care system, particularly in today's world of cutbacks and reorganization. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is vital to the rehabilitation and health sectors, because it helps promote effective treatments, while discarding ineffective and harmful ones.

With an aging population, rehabilitation services are vital in helping elderly patients affected by musculoskeletal and neurological disorders return home. Patients with physical limitations resulting from acute or chronic conditions such as arthritis can regain their independence through rehabilitation. However, physical interventions and therapeutic approaches are not always used effectively. It is critical to offer rehabilitation services based on scientific evidence, so that the resources in the Canadian health care system are optimized.

Dr. Brosseau is considered an expert in the innovative field of evidence-based practice in rehabilitation. Part of her research includes a review of rehabilitation interventions such as patient education, electrotherapy, therapeutic exercises, and the use of assistive devices. The results of her research will be available and applicable particularly to rehabilitation experts, such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language pathologists, audiologists, psychologists, physicians and nurses.

Lucie Brosseau is a rehabilitation epidemiologist. She holds a bachelor of physiotherapy, a master's of clinical science, a master's of kinanthropology (neurokinetics) and a doctorate in public health (epidemiology). She is currently an associate professor at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and an associate researcher at the Institute of Population Health. She is also an associate researcher and the sole specialist in rehabilitation at the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Health Research Institute. In addition, she is an Ontario Ministry of Health career scientist and a member of the musculoskeletal group at Collaboration Cochrane. She has participated in developing clinical guidelines in the musculoskeletal and neurological fields.

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