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This project is conducted in interdisciplinary co-operation with the therapies of the Valens Clinic.

Climbing therapy for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)

Climbing therapy and sports climbing are becoming ever more popularly used with the objective of rehabilitation of various diseases. The motivating factor of climbing is particularly noteworthy. It is generally postulated that climbing influences supporting motor skills and balance, fosters coordination, physical condition and mental qualities, and aids in the reorganization of movement patterns.
Given the postulated goals of climbing therapy, its use with patients with MS is meaningful. This study will inspect whether or not the use of this therapy is feasible with patients with advanced MS.
Valens Clinics: Franziska Spreitler PT bac NL; Dr. Peter Oesch, PhD PT; Dr. med. Serafin Beer
HES-SO Wallis, Health Research Unit: Wallis: Roger Hilfiker, MPTSc

Geriatric rehabilitation

These projects take place in interdisciplinary collaboration with the therapies of the Valens Clinics.

Ambient Assisted Living

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is a European Research and Development program which recognises the participation of a total of 23 partner States, including Switzerland. The aim of this 6-year long program (2008 – 2013) is improvement of the quality of life of older people through the use of information and communication technologies. The fourth call for research and development projects aimed at improving the mobility of older persons took place in the year 2011 with the implementation of AAL.
Under this banner, the Valens Clinics, under the guidance of Dr. P. Oesch PhD, PT and PD Dr. S. Bachmann, together with partners in Norway and Spain, developed the GameUp project. This project was assessed as eligible by AAL and financially supported by the EU and the Federal Office for Education and Technology.
GameUp uses technologies such as "Social Computing", "Serious Games" and "Persuasive Technologies" to promote the physical activity and mobility of older persons, with the aim of increasing trust in one's own physical abilities and reducing fear of falling.
Project partners: more information on GameUp available at

Effectiveness and sustainability of stationary geriatric rehabilitation and barriers to returning home

The primary aim of stationary rehabilitation with older patients is improvement of functionality in everyday life and with it an increase in independence and reduction of required care including nursing home admissions.
To test the effectiveness and sustainability of an inpatient rehabilitation with geriatric patients in the Swiss region, all patients over 65 allocated to a rehabilitation session at the Valens Clinics should be queried over a period of 12 months after the rehabilitation session. In addition, factors which could possibly influence the therapy (such as age, functionality in everyday life and accompanying diseases) should be tested.
Project colleagues:
Valens Clinics: PD Dr. med. S. Bachmann; Dr. P. Oesch, PhD PT
Bern University: Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Stuck, KM. Clough-Gorr, DSc, MPH
zhaw Winterthur: Dr. oec. S. Wieser

Development of a photography-based residency clarification

Falls are a common happening in the lives of older people, and they result in a loss of independence and quality of life to the affected, as well as high health and social costs. Frequent crash causes are valid environmental factors in residence environments or the immediate surroundings of the same.
Residency inspections by ergotherapists can also identify environmental factors related to falls and other hindrances. However, these take a lot of time and cost a lot of money.
The Swiss healthcare system recognises the need to develop efficient and cost-effective alternatives using up-to-date methods. To this aim, the Valens Clinics, in collaboration with the University of Bern, developed a photography-based residency clarification system and inspected its practicality, reliability and validity.
Valens Clinics: Heike Daniel, MSc ET, Dr. P. Oesch PhD PT, PD. S. Bachmann and Valens ergotherapy team
University of Bern: Prof. Dr. med. A. Stuck, Ass. PD Dr. med. A. Schönenberger