DocHQ Awarded NIHR Grant for Revolutionary Physio Product to Transform Healthcare

Last Updated on: 22nd November 2023, 01:10 pm

DocHQ, the leading wellbeing partner founded in 2018, has been awarded a prestigious research grant from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). This major milestone marks a key step forward in DocHQ’s mission to revolutionise healthcare through innovation and technology.

The AI Physio Study aims to address the urgent needs of patients waiting for orthopaedic operations within the NHS. DocHQ’s CEO, Madhur Srivastava, says: “DocHQ Physio holds considerable promise to notably enhance both patient experience and rehabilitation results during prehab and postoperative phases. We are eager to validate our working hypothesis through our meticulous research.”

The NIHR i4i innovate connect fast Grant will provide DocHQ with the opportunity to carry out comprehensive studies to evaluate the impact of the AI physio tool. The study will collect patient feedback, assess its acceptability, and investigate how the solution can better serve patients, physiotherapists, and orthopaedic surgeons. These findings will create the basis for future studies and support DocHQ’s ongoing clinical partnerships to bring the solution to market.

DocHQ Physio addresses the challenges of musculoskeletal conditions, which affect more than 20 million people in the UK. The groundbreaking AI tool provides patients with real-time corrective feedback and personalised treatment plans, allowing them to monitor progress and update exercises for improved efficacy and shorter recovery times.

DocHQ’s Physiotherapy Lead, Tiggy Corben, states: “With this grant we will investigate how AI exercises can alter physiotherapy efficacy and therefore improve the patient outcomes from their physiotherapy treatment. DocHQ Physio lets physiotherapists not only see whether the patient is doing the exercises, but also how accurately they are performing them. This facilitates remote and cost-effective adjustments to their treatment programme.”

The AI Physio Research Project will include qualitative and quantitative studies, such as observational research, impact assessments, and health economics evaluations. The second phase of the project will include a prospective cohort study, health economic evaluation, and an implementation study to assess the product’s clinical effectiveness, economic value, and integration within the healthcare system.

Madhur Srivastava comments: “DocHQ Physio empowers both patients and physiotherapists, offering real-time corrective feedback and personalised treatment plans. By combining digital and AI technologies with existing processes, we can enhance exercise adherence, expedite access to care, and improve patient outcomes.”

DocHQ is proud to collaborate with leading institutions to further the field of AI and telehealth, with the goal of increasing adherence rates and improving recovery times. Peer studies have highlighted promising results, such as significantly improved adherence rates compared to current processes and substantial weight loss achievements with telemedicine-based programs.

For further information or to participate in the study, please contact:
DocHQ Study Lead: Madhur Srivastava (Madhur.srivastava@dochq.co.uk, 07527 126828)
DocHQ Study Support: Janet Webber (Janet.webber@dochq.co.uk, 07768 582787)
DocHQ Media Enquiries: Melanie Rutherford (melanie.rutherford@dochq.co.uk, 07791 750301)

DocHQ, a specialist medical technology provider, has been awarded a research grant from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). The AI Physio Study will assess the health and economic impact of DocHQ’s AI physio tool, which is designed to address the needs of patients waiting for orthopaedic operations within the NHS.

The grant will enable DocHQ to undertake comprehensive studies to evaluate the acceptability of the tool and investigate how it can better serve patients, physiotherapists, and orthopaedic surgeons. The AI physio tool provides real-time corrective feedback and personalised treatment plans, allowing patients to monitor their progress and update exercises for improved efficacy and shorter recovery times.

Madhur Srivastava, DocHQ’s CEO, says: “DocHQ Physio holds considerable promise to notably enhance both patient experience and rehabilitation results during prehab and postoperative phases. By combining digital and AI technologies with existing processes, we can enhance exercise adherence, expedite access to care, and improve patient outcomes.”

The AI Physio Research Project will encompass qualitative and quantitative studies, such as observational research, impact assessments, and health economics evaluations. Peer studies have highlighted promising outcomes, including significantly improved adherence rates compared to current processes and substantial weight loss achievements with telemedicine-based programs.

For further information or to take part in the study, contact:
DocHQ Study Lead: Madhur Srivastava (Madhur.srivastava@

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