Clinical Practice Guideline Development for Using FES To Support Walking: A Delphi Consensus Study

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is an evidence-based strategy supporting walking in people with drop-foot following Central Nervous System lesions. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) can support consistent, high quality services for people who can benefit from FES, contributing to greater participation and quality of life. This study used modified Delphi consensus study design, informed by the best available evidence from and stakeholder views, to develop draft CPGs. The first round of the Delphi study (Survey 1) included 82 statements with 7 sub-statements about best practice. 65 people responded (84% response rate), enabling analysis of % agreement with each and of the explanations for respondent views. This led to acceptance of 62 statements and 4 sub-statements statements based on agreement of 75+% (Agree / Strongly Agree on Likert scale). Revised statements were developed and included in the second round of the Delphi study (Survey 2). Based on responses from 56 people (86% of Survey 1 respondents) consensus agreement was achieved on all statements, making a third round unnecessary. National and international consultation on the CPGs are required, and development of implementation strategies.
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Cathy Bulley

Professor Dr Cathy Bulley, PhD, BSc (Hons)

Professor Cathy Bulley (PhD, BSc (Hons) is a Professor in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division. She is also co-director of the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research (CHEARR).

She trained as a Physiotherapist at QMU between 1994 and 1998, and studied for her PhD between 1998 and 2002, conducting a mixed methods study that focused on young women and their behaviours, experiences, and personal meanings and feelings relating to exercise and physical activity. She worked clinically after completing her PhD but soon moved into research again through conducting a needs assessment of lymphedema services in Fife. This led her to interest in using audit, service evaluation and research to advocate for people who are living with different long-term health conditions and for the people in their lives – families and informal carers. She has worked with people living with the impacts of breast cancer and its treatment, lymphedema, stroke, multiple sclerosis and renal disease. She takes a pragmatic approach and uses quantitative and qualitative methodologies as appropriate to ask and answer questions from different perspectives.


Jane Burridge and Ian Swain

March 22nd, 2022 6:30 PM through  7:30 PM
Event Fee
IFESS members €0.00
Non-IFESS members (approx. £ 4.76 and $ 7.42) €6.50