In Leuven, the PATHway team had a very hectic summer. Indeed, the PATHway trial started off with the usual child diseases but after a while, researchers and clinical partners became a well-oiled machine. Nevertheless, when in October the 3-month follow-up measurements started to run in parallel with the baseline assessments, we were very happy to get an extra pair of hands. Alexandra Gillain is a physiotherapy student at the University of Leuven and is now assisting Jomme Claes with the PATHway RCT as part of her masters’ thesis.
While most of our activities remain focused on the trial execution, we did manage to reach out to our peers. During the summer, two articles KU Leuven had been leading on were published in the peer reviewed literature; “Validity of heart rate measurements by the Garmin Forerunner 225 at different walking intensities” in the Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, and the study protocol of the PATHway RCT in BMJ Open.