Department of Rehabilitation
Department of Rehabilitation
Head – Raimondas KUBILIUS, professor, PhD
Address: Hospital of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Eivenių g. 2, LT –50009 Kaunas,Lithuania
Phone/fax. (+370 37) 326495
The Department of Rehabilitation was established at the Faculty of Medicine in Kaunas Medical Academy in 1991, and since 1992 has been in the structure of the Faculty of Nursing. The Department of Rehabilitation has actively participated in the preparation, registration and execution of the first cycle study programmes Occupational Therapy (2001) and Physical Therapy (2002), the second cycle study programmes Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2010), Health Rehabilitation through Physical Exercise (2011) and Art Therapy (2013).
The Mission of the Department of Rehabilitation is to prepare highly qualified specialists in rehabilitation and form their attitudes and values, be leaders in preparation of highly skilled occupational therapists and physical therapists for the health care sector and participate in the creation of health policy strategies.
The Department of Rehabilitation is responsible for execution of the following study programmes:
Study programme Occupational Therapy is for the graduates from the secondary school. The principal aim of the study programme is to educate and train highly qualified specialists of occupational therapy, who are capable of keeping abreast of the newest scientific knowledge and its critical analysis in order to apply treatment and prevention in all health care and educational institutions. The study programme consists of 240 ECTS credits (6400 hours). The qualification degree granted is Bachelor of Rehabilitation, and the professional qualification of Occupational Therapist is given.
Study programme Physical Therapy. The principal aim of the study Program is to educate and train highly qualified specialists of physical therapy, who are capable of keeping abreast of the newest scientific knowledge and its critical analysis in order to apply treatment and prevention in all health care, educational institutions Length of the study in this programme is 4 years. Programme consists of 240 ECTS credits (6400 hours). Qualification degree is Bachelour of Rehabilitation, and professional qualification Physical Therapist is given after completion of the study program.
Study programme Health promotion and rehabilitation. The aim of the study program is to deepen student’s knowledge about the modern health promotion and rehabilitation science issues, diagnosis, prevention and rehabilitation strategies. To develop students ability to independently carry out scientific research, analyze and interpret their results, apply the results in practice. Improve students practical skills to solve the problems in unexpected new practical situations, adopt innovative, research - based solutions. Length of the study in this programme is 1,5 years. Programme consists of 900 ECTS credits. ). Qualification degree is Master‘s degree in rehabilitation.
Study programme Art Therapy is a joint programme between the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and Vilnius Art Academy, The Faculty of Kaunas. There are two forms of studies programmes: a 2-year full-time programme or a 3-year continuing studies programme, both covering 120 ECTS credits. At the end of the studies all students will have to defend the final Master’s thesis. Qualification degree is Master of Medicine and Health Care. Art therapeutists will be able to provide services for children or adolescents with special needs, adults and elderly people in rehabilitation institutions and sanatoriums, mental health centres, other health care or social service institutions or crisis centres.
Residency study programme Physical medicine and rehabilitation. The programme has a 3 year residency course. Every year, 6-7 young doctors complete their physical and rehabilitation residency.
Teachers of the Department of Rehabilitation participate in many others study programmes: Medicine, Odontology, Public Health, Social Work in Medicine, Nursing, Animal Sciences, Management of Animal Recourses, doctoral study programme Nursing. Department of Rehabilitation organizes 10 postgraduate study programs.
There are 4 student scientific groups: rehabilitation (assoc. prof. Lina Varžaitytė), occupational therapy (assoc. prof. Jolita Rapolienė), physicsl therapy (assoc. prof. Gražina Krutulytė), sport medicine (Povilas Valentukonis).
Currently the department is participating in scientific research "Evaluation of Biopsychosocial Disorders of Patients and Their Correction in Rehabilitation". Scientific work is carried out by 5 doctoral students and clinic staff.
The Department of Rehabilitation participates in the following projects:
- Automatic algorithms for atrial fibrillation risk prediction after acute myocardial infarction (Nr. MIP-15391, duration: 2015-2017)
- Research work "High-Power Laser Impact Assessment in Clinically Deferred Chronic Constipation of Plantar Pancreas, Achilles Tendon" (duration: 2015-2019).
We belong to international organizations:
European Network of High School Physical Education (ENPHE)
European Network of Higher Occupational Therapy Schools (ENOTHE)
European Conservative of Arts Therapy Training (ECARTE)
The department cooperates with Bergen University College (Norway), Olsztyn University (Poland), Wisconsin-Madison University (USA), PXL University College (Belgium), Ulmo University (Germany). Contract with Jana Kochanowski at Kielcach University (Poland).
Intercourse are developed with Kazakhstan: teachers of the department go to conduct lectures about rehabilitation for specialists of health care.
Department of Geriatrics
LSMU Faculty of Nursing
Clinical Department of Geriatrics
Phone: +370 37 306071
Prof. Vita Lesauskaitė
Phone: +370 37 306070
Phone: +370 37 306071
The Clinic of Geriatrics was established in 1995 and belongs to the Faculty of Nursing. The main activities of the Clinic include undergraduate and postgraduate education on gerontology and geriatrics of medical students, nursing students (undergraduate and postgraduate), master’s degree students in physical therapy and rehabilitation (occupational therapists and physical therapists), and clinicians as part of continuing medical education (courses on gerontology and geriatrics for family doctors and internists as well as geriatricians), research focused on health and social care provision and nursing of the elderly aiming at their quality of life, and clinical practice in Kaunas Clinical Hospital where the clinic is affiliated. In the hospital, doctors of the Clinic of Geriatrics give consultations in the Memory Problems Office and in every department where geriatrician’s consultation is needed.
During the last ten years, the Clinic of Geriatric was a partner in international research projects: Enabling Technologies for Persons with Dementia (ENABLE, EC 5th FP), Increasing the Participation of Elderly in Clinical Trials (PREDICT, EC 7th FP), Functional State Evaluation System with Distributed Intellect for Elderly and Disabled persons (EDFAS), A Guardian Angel for the Extended Home Environment (GUARANTEE), and Kaunas Healthy Ageing Study. The Clinic also collaborates with Nordic Network in Dementia Diagnostics and InterRAI network.
The staff of the Clinic of Geriatrics is actively involved in development activities of creating the geriatric care system in Lithuania and have been included into the working groups of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Care when preparing the medical norm MN 71 'Doctor geriatrician: rights, duties, competencies and responsibilities', special requirements for in-patient geriatric care delivery, programme of development of geriatric care, etc. The members of the Clinic also participated in the workshop organised by Kaunas County Administration, planning the system for persons with dementia in the county.
The Clinic of Geriatrics constantly has doctoral students, and the results of their research are implememented into practice and are used to clarify the need of geriatric care in Lithuania.
The Clinic of Geriatrics is responsible for residency in geriatrics, preparing doctors geriatricians. This programme began in the year 2000. In the Clinic of Geriatrics, nurses seeking the bachelor’s and the master's degree, occupational therapists and physical therapists seeking the master’s degree are trained. Here, medical students of the 6th year have a course on gerontology and geriatrics. Doctoral students - nurses and medical doctors - also study in the Clinic. Postgraduate courses on gerontology and geriatrics are available for family doctors, internists and geriatricians.
Research: The research is focused on the quality of life in the elderly with chronic diseases, dementia, and gerontological nursing problems. The Clinic has participated in a number of above mentioned international research projects.
Department of Behavioral Medicine
Address: Vyduno al. 4, Palanga
Phone: +370 460 30019
Assoc. prof. Narseta Mickuvienė
Phone: +370 612 08735
l Behavioural Medicine – obligatory course for Health psychology studies;
l Behavioural Medicine – elective course for Medicine, Nursing, Rehabilitation, Odontology and Public Health study programmes (plan ahead);
l Behavioural Medicine – elective course for residency (plan ahead).
l Behavioral medicine and psychotherapy (programme prepared);
l Introductory course of psychotherapy (Cognitive and behavioural therapy) – professional qualification studies.
l Rehabilitation of patients with cardiovascular diseases
l Non-invasive cardiovascular testing methods
l Quality of life, sleep disorders and other diseases
- Stroke prevention and control programme
- Cardiovascular pathology and sleep: disorders, diagnosis and treatment
- Evaluation of cardiovascular status by complex of functional testing methods
- Rehabilitation of patients with cardiovascular diseases
- Insomnia diagnosis and treatment
- Psychiatry for non-psychiatrists
- Complex treatment of depression using cognitive-behavioural therapy
- Complex treatment of anxiety using cognitive-behavioural therapy
- Team work and case management in outpatient mental health care system
Department of Sports Medicine
Department of Sports Medicine
Head of Department - Rimtautas GUDAS, professor, PhD
Department of Sports Medicine teaches students of the Medical Academy and Veterinary Academy.
Graduate study programs:
- First cycle of studies (bachelor degree): Oral Hygiene, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Food Sciences, Animal Husbandry Technology, Animal Science, Health Psychology, Veterinary Food Safety.
- Second cycle of studies (master degree): Health and Rehabilitation, Advanced Nursing Practice, Lifestyle Medicine, Nursing Leadership.
- Integrated studies: Medicine, Farmacy, Odontology, Veterinary Medicine.
- Third cycle of studies (PhD): Biology, Medicine, Nursing.
- Non-Degree Programs: Sports Medicine residency.
Lecturers supervise final theses of bachelor and master students, assist in the preparation of publications and abstracts for conferences. Also in Institute of Sport works SSS (Students’ Scientific Society) physiotherapy society (scientific supervisor dr. Agnė Slapšinskaitė).
More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/201326079999500/
Since 2000 Department of Sports Medicine lecturers have published 4 textbooks and 8 educational books for students.
Currently the Department of Sports Medicine is participating in scientific research „Comprehensive physical health assessment from a multidisciplinary point of view“. 14 Department of Sports Medicine lecturers successfully have defended their doctoral thesis in period 2001-2016.
PARTICIPATION IN SCENTIFIC PROJECTS
Project “Upgrade of qualifications of the public health professionals and nursing staff contributing to the production of morbidity and mortality from major non-communicable diseases”, qualification improvement courses “Health improvement, promotion of healthy lifestyles, heart and vascular disease prevention”. No. VP1-1.1-SADM-10-V-01-007. 2009-2014 y.
Project “Arterial Hypotension Episodes Forecasting Technological innovation System Development“. No. VP1-3.1-ŠMM-10-V-02-003. 2013-2015 y.
Eureka project EDFAS “Distributed intelligence functional status assessment system for the elderly and disabled.” 2008-2012 y.
Eureka ITEA2 project GUARANTEE “Guardian Angel for extended home environment.” 2009-2011 y.
Interreg IVB project “ICT for Health – Strengthening social capacities for the utilisation of eHealth technologies in the framework of ageing population”. 2010-2012 y.
“PrimCareIT-Counteracting brain drain and professional isolation of health professionals in remote primary health care (PrimCareIT)”. 2011-2014 y.
- International conference “Exercise for health and rehabilitation”
- 2nd International conference “Exercise for health and rehabilitation”
- 3rd Scientific – Practical scientific conference “Exercise for health and rehabilitation”
- 3rd International Congress “Complex Systems in Medicine and Sport”.
- 4th Scientific - Practical Conference „Exercise for health and rehabilitation”.
PUBLICATIONS OF 2018
In the basic list of publications of the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science – 9.
In the editions referred to in international databases – 13.
In other peer-reviewed scientific publications (Lithuanian scientific journals, conference presentation materials) – 34.
Other methodological tools – 2.
Other publications – 2.
HeartMath Institute, USA
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Institute of Sport, Germany
Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia
University of Barcelona (INEFC), Spain
KTU, Health Telematics Science Institute, Lithuania
KTU, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Lithuania
LUHS, Institute of Cardiology, Laboratory of Clinical Cardiology, Lithuania
Gymnasium of LUHS, Lithuania
Department of Children‘s Rehabilitation
Department of Children‘s Rehabilitation
Address: Lopšelio g. 10, Kaunas, Lithuanian
Phone/fax +370 37 260 425
Audronė Prasauskienė, Assoc. Prof, dr.
Phone/fax +370 37 260 425
Since 2014, Children’s Rehabilitation Clinic has been established. Children’s Rehabilitation Clinic, where health care services for children with developmental and biosocial functions disorders are provided; research, master studies and other educational activities are carried out.
- Organize of study, science research and health care work.
- Prepare plans of specialities and specialization studies, programs of teaching plans.
- To organize specialists improvement and re-qualification.
- Efficiently usage of equipments intended for science, study and health care.
- To prepare scientific articles, manuals, books for studying and other instrumentality for studies.
- Consider and submit proposals for candidates in pedagogical, head of Clinics department and laboratory staff which counts into the composition of it and into the competitions place for chief, and confirm candidature.
- Participate in Center of open access according to procedures established by university when the Center of open access is formed by the basis of Clinics department.
Currently, these scientific researches are carried out:
- Prevalence of cerebral palsy in Kaunas county, part II (investigating children who was born in 1999-2008).
- Epidemiology of myelomeningocele and quality of life in Lithuania.
Master degree programmes:
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation (full-time and part-time)
- Health rehabilitation through physical
- Exercise (full-time)
- Art therapy (a joint programme between the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and Vilnius Art Academy, The Faculty of Kaunas) (full-time and part-time)
- Health promotion and rehabilitation (Children‘s rehabilitation) (full-time)
- Health Psychology (full-time)
- Botuline on toxin in management of children‘s spasticity (36 h)
- Autism new diagnostic and therapy methods (36 h)
- Children's speech, languages and eating disorders. Assessment and therapy. (36 h)
- Palliative care. Peculiarities of palliative care for children and adolescents (36 h)