The Research WG has two main goals: impulse research collaboration among members, and impulse student Evidence Based Practice (EBP) engagement. In order to work on the two goals, the lines of action of the group are:

Impulse research among ENPHE members:

  • Identify the research needs of the ENPHE members: what do they expect from the Research WG?
  • Gathering and offering information about what are the research topics under development among ENPHE members
  • Offering useful research resources to ENPHE members:
    • Contact with other members that do research on the same topic for the whole project
    • Collaboration for the fieldwork phase (subjects of study, survey, questionnaire)
    • Expert panel
    • Ethical guidelines

Impulse students EBP engagement

  • Ensuring minimum requirements about EBP competences among ENPHE members
  • Offering good practices to institutions
  • Suggest specific research-related contents and competences in the PT curriculum


  • Marja Äijö (Facilitator)
  •  Steven Truijen (Sub-group facilitator)
  • Arben Boshnjaku (Sub-group facilitator)
  • Adrien Pallot
  • Marlies Wagener
  • Solveig Asa Arnadottir
  • Dagmar Pavlů
  • Niki Stolwijk
  • Lidia Carballo Costa
  • Vasiliki Sakellari
  • Sandra Alves

Current Projects

  • Scoping review group: Evidence-based physiotherapy and education, scoping review article to gather together and support good teaching practices in evidence-based physiotherapy. 
  • Theses award group: Bachelor Thesis and Master Thesis Awards.
    • Objective: engage bachelor and master students from the partner schools to share their thesis; value the research developed by students. Each year, 3 best bachelor and master thesis submitted are awarded. Application requirements and selection criteria for the ENPHE Bachelor Thesis.
  • ERASMUS+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP). Topic: Evidence-Based Physiotherapy, coordinated by Marja Äijö, Savonia University of Applied Sciences in autumn 2023. More info from this in spring seminar 2023.
  • More Life to Your Years: research and innovation project.
  • Facilitating teaching of research and scientific methods: New ideas for teaching in physiotherapy.


  • Äijö M, Boshnjaku A, Pallot A, Griet Brader A, den Ouden I, Schoo P, Naia Entonado Z, Pojerová J, Pavlu D. 2023. Educating Physiotherapists for a Global Mindset – ENPHE and research groups results. Savonia article. Published: 18.10.2023. In available: https://www.savonia.fi/en/rdi/educating-physiotherapists-for-a-global-mindset-enphe-and-research-groups-results/
  • Äijö M, Wagener M, Pallot A, Pavlu D, Arnadottir S.A. 2023. Evidence-based Practice – Experiences from Teachers and Students. Savonia article. Published: 27.1.2023. In available: https://www.savonia.fi/en/articles/savonia-article-evidence-based-practice-experiences-from-teachers-and-students/ 
  • Boshnjaku A, Arnadottir AS,  Pallot A, Wagener M, Äijö M. 2023. Improving the Evidence-Based Practice Skills of Entry-Level Physiotherapy Students through Educational Interventions: A Scoping Review of Literature. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(16), 6605; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph2016660 
  • Designing an educational module for EBP. Objective: Impulse student EBP engagement. We organized a workshop last ENPHE Conference (Groningen, 2019) in order to establish the minimum knowledge required and the educational approaches needed. Co-creation (student, teachers and (educational) researchers), innovative learning tools (blended learning, flipped classrooms,…) and usability (from the student’s perspective) are important innovative aspects of the process. Leaders of the project: David Beckwée, Niki Stolwijk. Collaboration (students): Ellen Scheys, Alexandre Maricot.
  • Please follow this Link to access ENPHE Research video collection
  • Activities to impulse research among ENPHE members. In order to make possible the exchange of information about what are the research topics under development among ENPHE members, and offering room for contact with other members that do research on similar fields of interest, we run a research speed-dating session during 2019 ENPHE Conference in Groningen. We plan to do similar activities with the same goal on next occasions. Leader: Iosune Salinas. Collaboration: Lidia Carballo, Yasser Alakhdar


Thesis Award Winners