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Portrait of Professor Kim Burton Professor Kim Burton

a.k.burton2@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472460



Biography

Kim is an occupational health and ergonomics consultant with a professorial appointment at the University. In 2011 he was made an OBE for services to occupational healthcare.

Having gained a diploma in osteopathy in 1968 he practiced in Huddersfield. He moved sideways to a career in research after studying for a PhD in biomechanics, ergonomics, and epidemiology related to back pain at Huddersfield Polytechnic, which he gained in 1987. Kim has worked with the university in various capacities ever since, including directorship of the Spinal Research Unit under the Centre for Health and Social Care Research.

Research & Scholarship

University research group memberships

Kim is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Health and Social Care Research and is an associate member of the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.

The main focus has been on back pain and other common musculoskeletal problems, with a special interest in occupational aspects and development of strategies and treatments to impact on work participation. Kim was a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners development group for the Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Acute Low Back Pain. He was also a member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine group that prepared the Occupational Health Guidelines for the Management of Low Back Pain at Work, and a member of the European COST Action B13 committee for the development of European guidelines for back pain (chairing the sub-group that developed the European Guidelines for Prevention in Low Back Pain).

Kim’s research from 2000 onwards extended to looking at other common health problems. This has involved work for government departments such as DWP and HSE, through which he has contributed to major policy initiatives around the theme of work, health, and wellbeing. This has created an international profile in the occupational health field.

An additional area of research with policy implications has been contributing to the development of a suite of acclaimed public health and self-help booklets for people experiencing common health problems such as back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis. Working with the Association of British Insurers, Kim’s work has contributed to a better understanding of whiplash and how to manage the problem.

Clinical research involves randomised clinical trials, and Kim is regularly asked to consult on projects being conducted by colleagues at other universities, both at home and abroad.

Topic areas:

  • Work and health – occupational health – research and consultancy.
  • Biomechanics. Ergonomics.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial factors, sickness absence.
  • Quantitative methods: randomised controlled trials, Cochrane systematic reviewing, epidemiology.
  • Lab-based biomechanics and ergonomics studies.
  • Public health and patient educational material.
  • Questionnaire development.
  • Training for health professionals and health case managers.
  • Journal, book and report publication.
  • Clinical guidelines development.

Funding:

Successful bidding at international and national level – e.g.

  • European Commission
  • British Council
  • UK Government (e.g.HSE, DWP
  • NHS R & D
  • National charities
  • Commercial organisations (e.g. ABI)

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Bishop, A., Wynne-Jones, G., Lawton, S., van der Windt, D., Main, C., Sowden, G., Burton, A., Lewis, M., Jowett, S., Sanders, T., Hay, E. and Foster, N. (2014) ‘Rationale, design and methods of the Study of Work and Pain (SWAP): a cluster randomised controlled trial testing the addition of a vocational advice service to best current primary care for patients with musculoskeletal pain (ISRCTN 52269669)BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , 15, p. 232. ISSN 14712474

Fitzimmons, D., Phillips, C., Bennett, H., Jones, M., Williams , N., Lewis, R., Sutton, A., Matar, H., Din, N., Burton, A., Nafees, S., Hendry, M., Rickard, I. and Wilkinson, C. (2014) ‘Cost effectiveness of different management strategies for sciaticaPain , 155 (7), pp. 1318-1327. ISSN 0304-3959

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2014) ‘Are The Treatment Expectations of ‘Significant Others’ Psychosocial Obstacles to Work Participation for Those with Persistent Low Back Pain?WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation , 48 (3), pp. 391-398. ISSN 1051-9815

Jones, G., Mertens, K., Macfarlane, G., Palmer, K., Coggon, D., Walker-Bone, K., Burton, A., Heine, P., McCabe, C., McNamee, P. and McConnachie, A. (2014) ‘Maintained physical activity and physiotherapy in the management of distal upper limb pain – a protocol for a randomised controlled trial (the Arm Pain Trial)BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , 15, p. 71. ISSN 14712474

Burton, A. and Kendall, N. (2014) ‘ABC of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 3rd Edition Musculoskeletal DisordersBMJ , 348 (g1076). ISSN 0959-8138

Lewis, R., Williams, N., Sutton, A., Burton, A., Din, N., Matar, H., Hendry , M., Phillips, C., Nafees, S., Fitzsimmons, D., Rickard, I. and Wilkinson, C. (2014) ‘Comparative Clinical Effectiveness of Management Strategies for Sciatica: Systematic Review and Network Meta-AnalysesThe Spine Journal . ISSN 15299430

McGregor, A., Probyn, K., Cro, S., Dore, C., Burton, A., Balagué, F., Pincus, T. and Fairbank, J. (2014) ‘Rehabilitation following surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis: a Cochrane reviewSpine , 39 (13), pp. 1044-1054. ISSN 0362-243

2013

Burton, A., Kendall, N., McCluskey, S. and Dibben, P. (2013) Telephonic support to facilitate return to work: what works, how, and when? (Research report No 853) London: Department for Work and Pensions

McGregor, A., Probyn, K., Cro, S., Dore, C., Burton, A., Balagué, F., Pincus, T. and Fairbank, J. (2013) ‘Rehabilitation following surgery for lumbar spinal stenosisCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , 12. ISSN 1464-780X

Williams, N., Lewis, R., Ud Din, N., Matar, H., Fitzsimmons, D., Phillips, C., Sutton, A., Burton, A., Hendry, M., Nafees, S. and Wilkinson, C. (2013) ‘A systematic review and meta-analysis of biological treatments targeting tumour necrosis factor? for sciaticaEuropean Spine Journal , 22 (9), pp. 1921-1935. ISSN 1432-0932

Porter, G., Hampshire, K., Dunn, C., Hall, R., Levesley, M., Burton, A., Robson, S., Abane, A., Blell, M. and Panther, J. (2013) ‘Health impacts of pedestrian head-loading: a review of the evidence with particular reference to women and children in sub-Saharan AfricaSocial Science and Medicine , 88, pp. 90-97. ISSN 0277-9536

Reneman, M., Burton, A., McCluskey, S. and Brouwer, S. (2013) ‘Work participation and chronic musculoskeletal pain’. In: 4th UK-Dutch Rehabilitation Meeting, 18th - 19th April 2013, Harrogate, UK

Brooks, J., McCluskey, S., King, N. and Burton, A. (2013) ‘Illness perceptions in the context of differing work participation outcomes: exploring the influence of significant others in persistent back painBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , 14. ISSN 1471-2474

2012

Burton, A. and Kendall, N. (2012) ‘Musculoskeletal disorders’. In: ABC of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 45-50. ISBN 978-1-4443-3817-1

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) ‘The influence of 'significant others' on persistent back pain and work participation: the role of treatment expectations’. In: Society for Back Pain Research Annual Conference, 9-11 November 2012, Isle of Man, UK

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) ‘The influence of ‘significant others’ on persistent back pain and work participation: a qualitative study of illness perceptions’. In: Work Disability Prevention International Congress, 22-25 October 2012, Groningen, The Netherlands

Adams, M., Bogduk, N., Burton, A. and Dolan, P. (2012) The Biomechanics of Back Pain . Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 9780702043130

Brooks, J., McCluskey, S., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) ‘Exploring potential family factors influencing work participation in persistent back pain: a pilot study of significant others' illness beliefs ’. In: Division of Health Psychology British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 5 - 7 September 2012, Liverpool

Williams, N., Amoakwa, E., Belcher, J., Burton, A., Hendry, M., Lewis, R., Hood, K., Bennett, P., Neal, R. and Wilkinson, C. (2012) ‘Measuring illness and exercise beliefs in osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: psychometric properties of the ‘Hip and Knee Beliefs Questionnaire’ and the ‘Exercise Attitude Questionnaire’International Musculoskeletal Medicine , 34 (1), pp. 13-20. ISSN 1753-6146

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) ‘The influence of 'signficant others' on persistent back pain and work participation: a qualitative study of illness perceptions’. In: The British Pain Society Annual Conference 2012, 24-27 April 2012, Liverpool, UK

Burton, A. and Kendall, N. (2012) Low back pain [Teaching Resource]

Brooks, J., McCluskey, S., King, N. and Burton, A. (2012) Beliefs about illness amongst significant others and their influence on work participation outcomes for back pain patients: a pilot study Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)

McGregor, A., Probyn, K., Dore, C., Burton, A., Cro, S., Crispin, A., Balagué, F., Morris, S., Pincus, T. and Fairbank, J. (2012) ‘Rehabilitation following surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis (Protocol)Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2). ISSN 1464-780X

Burton, A. and Main, C. (2012) ‘Engaging patients in their own care for back care: the role of education and advice in the prevention of chronic pain and disability’. In: From acute to chronic back pain: risk factors, mechanisms, and clinical implications. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 433-452. ISBN 978-0-19-955890-2

2011

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2011) ‘“He’s only young and he wants to work but no-one’ll hire him with a bad back, will they?” Findings from an exploratory study of ‘significant others’’ illness perceptions in relation to work disability due to low back pain.’. In: Society for Back Pain Research Annual Conference, 10-11 November 2011, Cambridge, UK

Lewis, R., Williams, N., Matar, H., Din, N., Fitzsimmons, D., Phillips, C., Jones, M., Sutton, A., Burton, A., Nafees, S., Hendry, M., Rickard, I., Chakraverty, R. and Wilkinson, C. (2011) ‘The clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of management strategies for sciatica: systematic review and economic modelHealth Technology Assessment , 15 (39), pp. 1-434. ISSN 1366-5278

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2011) ‘The influence of 'significant others' on persistent back pain and work participation: a qualitative exploration of illness perceptionsBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , 12, p. 236. ISSN 14712474

Kendall, N., Birrell, L., Bainbridge, C., Pearce, B. and Burton, A. (2011) The Arm Book . London: TSO. ISBN 9780117069145

Brooks, J., McCluskey, S., King, N. and Burton, A. (2011) ‘"I get depressed sometimes just looking at him..he's only young and he wants to work but no-one'll hire him with a bad back, will they?": Exploring the illness perceptions of significant others in relation to persistent back pain and work participation”.’. In: The British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference,, 14-16 September 2011, Southampton, UK

Williams, N., Amoakwa, E., Belcher, J., Edwards, R., Hassani, H., Hendry, M., Burton, A., Lewis, R., Hood, K., Jones, J., Bennett, P., Linck, P., Neal, R. and Wilkinson, C. (2011) ‘Activity Increase Despite Arthritis (AÏDA): phase II randomised controlled trial of an active management booklet for hip and knee osteoarthritis in primary careBritish Journal of General Practice , 61 (589), pp. 452-458. ISSN 0960-1643

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2011) The influence of 'significant others' on back pain disability and return to work: a qualitative pilot study of illness perceptions University of Huddersfield

2010

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2010) ‘The influence of 'signifcant others' on back pain disability and return-to-work: a qualitative pilot study - preliminary findings’. In: Primary Care Musculoskeletal Research Congress, 11-13 October 2010, Rotterdam

van Duijn, M., Eijkemans, M., Koes, B., Koopmanschap, M., Burton, A. and Burdorf, A. (2010) ‘The effects of timing on the cost-effectiveness of interventions for workers on sick leave due to low back painOccupational and environmental medicine , 67 (11), pp. 744-750. ISSN 1351-0711

McCluskey, S., Burton, A., Brooks, J. and King, N. (2010) ‘The influence of significant others on back pain disability and return-to-work: a qualitative pilot study of illness perceptionsThe BackCare Journal , pp. 14-15.

Burton, A (2010) ‘Developing effective return to work programmesThe Ergonomist (477), pp. 12-13. ISSN 0268-5639

McCluskey, S., Brooks, J., King, N. and Burton, A. (2010) ‘The influence of significant others on back pain disability and return-to-work: a qualitative pilot study of illness perceptions’. In: European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, 29-31 March 2010, Rome, Italy

Williams, N., Amoakwa, E., Burton, A., Hendry, M., Lewis, R., Jones, J., Bennett, P., Neal, R., Andrew, C. and Wilkinson, C. (2010) ‘The Hip and Knee Book: developing an active management booklet for hip and knee osteoarthritisBritish Journal of General Practice , 60 (571), pp. 64-82. ISSN 0960-1643

2009

Burton, A (2009) ‘Managing musculoskeletal problemsThe BackCare Journal , Winter, pp. 20-22.

Williams, N., Amoakwa, E., Burton, A., Hendry, M., Belcher, J., Lewis, R., Hood, K., Jones, J., Bennett, P., Edwards, R., Neal, R., Andrew, G. and Wilkinson, C. (2009) ‘Activity Increase Despite Arthritis (AIDA): design of a Phase II randomised controlled trial evaluating an active management booklet for hip and knee osteoarthritis [ISRCTN24554946]BMC Family Practice , 10. ISSN 1471-2296

Kendall, N., Burton, A., Main, C. and Watson, P. (2009) Tackling musculoskeletal problems: a guide for clinic and workplace - identifying obstacles using the psychosocial flags framework . London: The Stationery Office. ISBN 978 0 11 703789 2

Williams, N., Amoakwa, E., Burton, A., Hendry, M., Lewis, R., Jones, J., Bennett, P., Neal, R., Andrew, G. and Wilkinson, C. (2009) The Hip and Knee Book: helping you cope with osteoarthritis . The Back, Neck, Whiplash, Hip & Knee Book Series. London: TSO. ISBN 9780117067295

Chipperfield, S. and Burton, A. (2009) ‘The Whiplash Trial’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 23rd March - 2nd April 2009, University of Huddersfield

Burton, A (2009) ‘Rehabilitation for backsCroner’s Management of Health Risks , 136, pp. 3-8.

2008

Burton, A., Kendall, N., Pearce, B., Birrell, L. and Bainbridge, C. (2008) ‘Management of work-relevant upper limb disorders: a reviewOccupational Medicine , 59 (1), pp. 44-52. ISSN 09627480

Burton, A., Kendall, N., Pearce, B., Birrell, L. and Bainbridge, C. (2008) ‘Work-related upper limb disordersOccupational Health [at work] , 5 (4), pp. 13-18. ISSN 1744-2265

Burton, A (2008) ‘Work-relevant upper limb disorders: their characterisation, causation and managementOccupational Health at Work , 5 (4), pp. 13-18. ISSN 1744-2265

Waddell, G., Burton, A. and Kendall, N. (2008) Vocational rehabilitation – what works, for whom, and when?(Report for the Vocational Rehabilitation Task Group) . London: TSO. ISBN 9780117038615

Burton, A., Kendall, N., Pearce, B., Birrell, L. and Bainbridge, L. (2008) Management of upper limb disorders and the biopsychosocial model Health and Safety Executive

Waddell, G., Burton, A. and Aylward, M. (2008) ‘A Biopsychosocial Model of Sickness and DisabilityThe Guides Newsletter , pp. 1-13.

Burton, A., Kendall, N., Pearce, B., Birrell, L. and Bainbridge, L. (2008) ‘Management of work-relevant upper limb disorders’. In: Contemporary Ergonomics 2008: Proceedings of the International Conference on Contemporary Ergonomics (CE2008), 1-3 April 2008, Nottingham, UK. : Taylor & Francis. pp. 425-430. ISBN 9780415465755

Dionne, C., Dunn, K., Croft, P., Nachemson, A., Buchbinder, R., Walker, B., Wyatt, M., Cassidy, J., Rossignol, M., Leboeuf-Yde, C., Hartvigsen, J., Leino-Arjas, P., Latza, U., Reis, S., Gil del Real, M., Kovacs, F., Öberg, B., Cedraschi, C., Bouter, L., Koes, B., Picavet, H., van Tulder, M., Burton, A., Foster, N., Macfarlane, G., Thomas, E., Underwood, M., Waddell, G., Shekelle, P., Volinn, E. and Von Korff, M. (2008) ‘A consensus approach toward the standardization of back pain definitions for use in prevalence studiesSpine , 33 (1), pp. 95-103. ISSN 03622436

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2008) Advising patients about work London: TSO

2007

Pincus, T., Santos, R., Breen, A., Burton, A. and Underwood, M. (2007) ‘A review and proposal for a core set of factors for prospective cohorts in low back pain: A consensus statementArthritis & Rheumatism , 59 (1), pp. 14-24. ISSN 00043591

Battié, M., Levalahti, E., Videman, T., Burton, A. and Kaprio, J. (2007) ‘Heritability of lumbar flexibility and the role of disc degeneration and body weightJournal of Applied Physiology , 104 (2), pp. 379-385. ISSN 87507587

Turner, D., Helliwell, P., Burton, A. and Woodburn, J. (2007) ‘The relationship between passive range of motion and range of motion during gait and plantar pressure measurementsDiabetic Medicine , 24 (11), pp. 1240-1246. ISSN 0742-3071

Coudeyre, E., Demaille-Wlodyka, S., Poizat, S., Burton, A., Hamonet, M., Revel, M. and Poiraudeau, S. (2007) ‘Could a simple educational intervention modify beliefs about whiplash? A preliminary study among professionals working in a rehabilitation wardAnnales de Réadaptation et de Médecine Physique , 50 (7), pp. 552-557. ISSN 01686054

Burton, A. and Waddell, G. (2007) Work and health London, UK: The Stationery Office

Waddell, G., Burton, A. and Aylward, M. (2007) ‘Work and common health problemsJournal of insurance medicine , 39 (2), pp. 109-120. ISSN 0743-6661

McGregor, A., Burton, A., Sell, P. and Waddell, G. (2007) ‘The development of an evidence-based patient booklet for patients undergoing lumbar discectomy and un-instrumented decompression European Spine Journal , 16 (3), pp. 339-346. ISSN 1432-0932

Silcock, J., Moffett, J., Edmondson, H., Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2007) ‘Do community pharmacists have the attitudes and knowledge to support evidence based self-management of low back pain?BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders , 8 (1), p. 10. ISSN 14712474

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2007) Health & Work London: TSO

Adams, M., Burton, A., Dolan, P. and Bogduk, N. (2007) The biomechanics of back pain . : Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0-443-10068-0

2006

Pincus, T., Vogel, S., Burton, A., Santos, R. and Field, A. (2006) ‘Fear avoidance and prognosis in back pain: A systematic review and synthesis of current evidenceArthritis & Rheumatism , 54 (12), pp. 3999-4010. ISSN 00043591

McCluskey, S., Burton, A. and Main, C. (2006) ‘The implementation of occupational health guidelines principles for reducing sickness absence due to musculoskeletal disordersOccupational Medicine , 56 (4), pp. 237-242. ISSN 09627480

Burton, A (2006) ‘Viewpoint International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine , 9 (2), pp. 56-57. ISSN 1746-0689

Burton, A., Waddell, G. and Main, C. (2006) ‘Beliefs and obstacles to recovery in low back pain’. In: The power of belief: Psychosocial influence on illness, disability and medicine . : Oxford University Press. pp. 161-176. ISBN 9780198530114

Burton, A., Balague, F., Cardon, G., Eriksen, H., Henrotin, Y., Lahad, A., Leclerc, A., Muller, G. and van der Beek, A. (2006) ‘European guidelines for prevention in low back painEuropean Spine Journal , 15 (Supplement 2), p. s136-s168. ISSN 1432-0932

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2006) Is work good for your health and well-being? . London, UK: The Stationery Office. ISBN 9780117036949

Hanson, M., Burton, A., Kendall, N., Lancaster, R. and Pilkington, A. (2006) The costs and benefits of active case management and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders London, UK: Prepared by Hu-Tech Associates Ltd for the Health and Safety Executive 2006

2005

Burton, A (2005) ‘How to prevent low back painBest Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology , 19 (4), pp. 541-555. ISSN 1521-6942

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2005) ‘Concepts of rehabilitation for the management of low back painBest Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology , 19 (4), pp. 655-670. ISSN 1521-6942

Bartys, S., Burton, A. and Main, C. (2005) ‘A prospective study of psychosocial risk factors and absence due to musculoskeletal disorders-implications for occupational screeningOccupational Medicine , 55 (5), pp. 375-379. ISSN 0962-7480

Viceconti, M., Olsen, S., Nolte, L. and Burton, A. (2005) ‘Extracting clinically relevant data from finite element simulationsClinical Biomechanics , 20 (5), pp. 451-454. ISSN 0268-0033

Waddell, G., Sell, P., McGregor, A. and Burton, A. (2005) Your back operation . London: The Stationery Office. ISBN 0117035459

Burton, A., Bartys, S., Wright, I. and Main, C. (2005) Obstacles to Recovery from Musculoskeletal Disorders in Industry London: Health and Safety Executive

Urrutia, G., Burton, A., Morral, A., Bonfill, X. and Zanoli, G. (2005) ‘Neuroreflexotherapy for Nonspecific Low Back PainSpine , 30 (6), p. E148-E153. ISSN 0362-2436

Hill, A., McGregor, A., Wragg, P., Brickmann, P. and Burton, A. (2005) ‘The assessment of cervical spine kinematics: A comparison of iMR and conventional radiographic techniques Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation , 18 (1-2), pp. 29-35. ISSN 1878-6324

2004

Burton, A (2004) ‘United Kingdom back pain exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) randomised trial: effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary careBritish medical journal , 329 (7479), pp. 1377-1381. ISSN 0959-8138

Burton, A (2004) ‘United Kingdom back pain exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) randomised trial: cost effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary careBMJ , 329 (7479), pp. 1381-1385. ISSN 0959-8138

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2004) Concepts of rehabilitation for the management of common health problems . : The Stationery Office. ISBN 0117033944

Urrútia, G., Burton, A., Morral Fernández, A., Bonfill Cosp, X., Zanoli, G. and Urrútia, G. (2004) ‘Neuroreflexotherapy for non-specific low-back painCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2). ISSN 1464-780X

Burton, A., Balagué, F., Cardon, G., Eriksen, H., Henrotin, Y., Lahad, A., Leclerc, A., Muller, G. and van der Beek, A. (2004) European guidelines for prevention in low back pain European Commission Research Directorate General

Brinckmann, P., Biggeman, M., Burton, A., Leirseth, G., Tillitson, M. and Frobin, W. (2004) ‘Letter to the EditorSpine , 29 (1), p. 108. ISSN 0362-2436

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2004) ‘Occupational health guidelines’. In: The back pain revolution. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. pp. 343-369. ISBN 978-0-443-07227-7

Waddell, G., Klaber Moffett, J. and Burton, A. (2004) The neck book . : The Stationery Office. ISBN 9780117033214

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2004) ‘Information and advice for patients’. In: The back pain revolution. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. pp. 323-342. ISBN 978-0-443-07227-7

Waddell, G., Burton, A. and Bartys, S. (2004) Concepts of rehabilitation for the management of common health problems - evidence base The Stationery Office

Burton, A., McClune, T., Clarke, R. and Main, C. (2004) ‘Long-term follow-up of patients with low back pain attending for manipulative care: outcomes and predictorsManual Therapy , 9 (1), pp. 30-35. ISSN 1356-689X

Burton, A. and Waddell, G. (2004) ‘Risk factors for back pain’. In: The back pain revolution. : Elsevier. pp. 91-113. ISBN 978-0-443-07227-7

2003

Burton, A (2003) ‘UK back pain exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) trial - national randomised trial of physical treatments for back pain in primary care: objectives, design and interventionsBMC Health services research , 3 (16). ISSN 1472-6963

Waddell, G., Burton, A. and Main, C. (2003) Screening to identify people at risk of long term incapacity for work: a conceptual and scientfic review . London: Royal Society of Medicine Press. ISBN 9781853155642

Bartys, S., Burton, A., Wright, I., Mackay, C., Watson, P. and Main, C. (2003) ‘The influence of psychosocial risk factors on absence due to musculoskeletal disorders’. In: Contemporary Ergonomics 2003. London: Taylor & Francis. pp. 44-49. ISBN 9780415309943

Burton, A., Battié, M. and Main, C. (2003) ‘The relative importance of biomechanical and psychosocial factors in low back injuries’. In: The Occupational ergonomics: engineering and administrative controls. Boca Raton: CRC Press. . ISBN 9780849318009

McClune, T., Burton, A. and Waddell, G. (2003) ‘Evaluation of an evidence based patient educational booklet for management of whiplash-associated disorders Emergency medicine journal , 20, pp. 514-517. ISSN 1472-0205

Coudeyre, E., Givron, P., Gremeaux, V., Lavit, P., Herisson, C., Combe, B., Burton, A. and Poiraudeau, S. (2003) ‘Traduction française et adaptation culturelle du « back book »French translation and cultural adaptation of the “back book”Annales de Réadaptation et de Médecine Physique , 46 (8), pp. 553-557. ISSN 0168-6054

Burton, A., Waddell, G., Bartys, S. and Main, C. (2003) ‘Screening to identify people at risk of long-term incapacity: a conceptual and scientific review.Disability Medicine , 3 (3), pp. 72-83.

Harvey, E., Burton, A., Moffett, J. and Breen, A. (2003) ‘Spinal manipulation for low-back pain: a treatment package agreed by the UK chiropractic, osteopathy and physiotherapy professional associations, , , ,Manual Therapy , 8 (1), pp. 46-51. ISSN 1356-689X

Bartys, S., Burton, A., Watson, P., Wright, I., Mackay, C. and Main, C. (2003) ‘The influence of psychosocial obstacles (yellow and blue flags) on sickness absence due to low back pain - a prospective studyJournal of bone and joint surgery: British volume , 85-B (3), p. 242. ISSN 0301-620X

Staal, J., Hlobil, H., van Tulder, M., Waddell, G., Burton, A., Koes, B. and van Mechelen, W. (2003) ‘Occupational health guidelines for the management of low back pain: an international comparisonOccupational and environmental medicine (60), pp. 618-626. ISSN 1351-0711

2002

Van Tulder, M., Kovacs, F., Müller, G., Airaksinen, O., Balagué, F., Broos, L., Burton, A., Gil del Real, M., Hänninen, O., Henrotin, Y., Hildebrandt, J., Indahl, A., Leclerc, A., Manniche, C., Tilscher, H., Ursin, H., Vleeming, A. and Zanoli, G. (2002) ‘European guidelines for the management of low back painActa Orthopaedica Scandinavica , 73 (305 (supplement)), pp. 20-25. ISSN 1745-3674

Bartys, S., Burton, A., Wright, I., Mackay, C., Watson, P. and Main, C. (2002) ‘Organisational obstacles to recovery ('black flags') from musculoskeletal disorders’. In: Contemporary Ergonomics. : Taylor & Francis. pp. 112-116. ISBN 9780415277341

Burton, A., McClune, T. and Waddell, G. (2002) The whiplash book . London, UK: TSO (The Stationery Office). ISBN 9780117028623

Adams, M., Bogduk, N., Burton, A. and Dolan, P. (2002) The biomechanics of back pain . London, UK: Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN 9780443062070

Bigos, S., Roland, M., Waddell, G., Klaber Moffett, J., Burton, A. and Main, C. (2002) The Back Book . Norwich: The Stationary Office. ISBN 9780117030657

Burton, A. and Waddell, G. (2002) ‘Educational and informational approaches’. In: New Avenues for the Prevention of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain. Oxford, UK: Elsevier. pp. 245-257. ISBN 978-0-444-50732-7

McClune, T., Burton, A. and Waddell, G. (2002) ‘Whiplash associated disorders: a review of the literature to guide patient information and adviceEmergency medicine journal , 19, pp. 499-506. ISSN 1472-0205

Pincus, T., Burton, A., Vogel, S. and Field, A. (2002) ‘A systematic review of psychological factors as predictors of chronic/disability in prospective cohorts of low back painSpine , 27 (5), p. E109-E120. ISSN 03622436

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2002) Get back active [Video]

2001

Burton, A., Tillotson, M. and Cleary, J. (2001) ‘Single-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial of Chemonucleolysis and Manipulation in the Treatment of Symptomatic Lumbar Disc Herniation’. In: Lumbar Disk Herniation . : Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. pp. 142-150. ISBN 9780781736008

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2001) ‘Occupational health guidelines for the management of low back pain at work: evidence review Occupational Medicine , 51 (2), pp. 124-135. ISSN 09627480

Koes, B., van Tulder, M., Ostelo, R., Burton, A. and Waddell, G. (2001) ‘Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Low Back Pain in Primary CareSpine , 26 (22), pp. 2504-2514. ISSN 03622436

Bartys, S., Tillotson, M., Burton, A., Main, C., Watson, P., Wright, I. and Mackay, C. (2001) ‘Are occupational psychological factors related to back pain and sickness absence?’. In: Contemporary Ergonomics. London, UK: CRC Press. pp. 25-28. ISBN 9780415250733

2000

Burton, A., Tillotson, M. and Cleary, J. (2000) ‘Single-blind randomised controlled trial of chemonucleolysis and manipulation in the treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniationEuropean Spine Journal , 9 (3), pp. 202-207. ISSN 0940-6719

Waddell, G. and Burton, A. (2000) Occupational Health Guidelines for the Management of Low Back Pain - Evidence Review and Recommendations Faculty of Occupational Medicine

McClune, T. and Burton, A. (2000) ‘A role for manipulative management of the degenerative or inflammatory cervical spine?’. In: The Degenerative Cervical Spine. London, UK: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. pp. 143-149. ISBN 9780781730372

Burton, A (2000) Osteopathy: Science and Evidence General Osteopathic Council (Unpublished)

McClune, T., Walker, C. and Burton, A. (2000) ‘Osteopathic management of thoracic spine pain of mechanical origin’. In: Clinical Anatomy and Management of Thoracic Spine Pain. : Butterworth-Heinemann . pp. 257-267. ISBN 9780750647892

1999

Burton, A., Waddell, G., Tillotson, M. and Summerton, N. (1999) ‘Information and Advice to Patients With Back Pain Can Have a Positive Effect: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Educational Booklet in Primary CareSpine , 24 (23), pp. 2484-2491. ISSN 0362-2436

Burton, A. and Main, C. (1999) ‘Relevances of biomechanics in occupational musculoskeletal disorders’. In: Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders: Function, Outcomes and Evidence . : Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. pp. 157-166. ISBN 9780781717359

Bartys, S., Main, C. and Burton, A. (1999) ‘Pain management in occupational settings’. In: Pain Management: An Interdisciplinary Approach . : Churchill Livingstone Publishers. pp. 403-418. ISBN 9780443056833

Main, C. and Burton, A. (1999) ‘Economic and occupational influences on pain and disability’. In: Pain Management: An Interdisciplinary Approach . : Churchill Livingstone Publishers. pp. 63-88. ISBN 9780443056833

Burton, A., Tillotson, M., Brinckmann, P., Frobin, W. and Biggeman, M. (1999) Occurence and magnitude of overload injuries to the lumbar vertebrae and discs of workers exposed to heavy physical exertions or vibration Health and Safety Executive

1998

Burton, A. and Leivseth, G. (1998) ‘Manipulative therapy’. In: Lumbar Segmental Instability. : Lippencott Williams & Wilkins. pp. 153-158. ISBN 9780781719063

Burton, A (1998) ‘Stephen Pheasant Memorial Symposium: The role of psychosocial factors’. In: Contemporary Ergonomics 1998. : CRC Press. pp. 30-34. ISBN 9780748408115

Burton, A. and Waddell, G. (1998) ‘Clinical guidelines in the management of low back painBaillière's Clinical Rheumatology , 12 (1), pp. 17-35. ISSN 0950-3579

Brinckmann, P., Frobin, W., Biggeman, M., Tillotson, M. and Burton, A. (1998) ‘Quantification of overload injuries to thoracolumbar vertebrae and discs in persons exposed to heavy physical exertions or vibration at the workplace Part II: Occurrence and magnitude of overload injury in exposed cohortsClinical Biomechanics , 13 (2 (supplement)), p. S1-S36. ISSN 0268-0033

1997

Burton, A (1997) ‘Back Injury and Work Loss: Biomechanical and Psychosocial InfluencesSpine , 22 (21), pp. 2575-2580. ISSN 0362-2436

McClune, T., Clarke, R., Walker, C. and Burton, A. (1997) ‘Osteopathic management of mechanical low back pain’. In: Clinical anatomy and management of low back pain . : Butterworth-Heinemann. pp. 358-368. ISBN 9780750623957

Frobin, W., Brinckmann, P., Biggemann, M., Tillotson, M. and Burton, A. (1997) ‘Precision measurement of disc height, vertebral height and sagittal plane displacement from lateral radiographic views of the lumbar spineClinical Biomechanics , 12 (1 (supplement)), p. S1-S63. ISSN 0268-0033

Burton, A., Symonds, T., Zinzen, E., Tillotson, M., Caboor, D., Van Roy, P. and Clarys, J. (1997) ‘Is ergonomic intervention alone sufficient to limit musculoskeletal problems in nurses?Occupational Medicine , 47 (1), pp. 25-32. ISSN 0962-7480

1996

Burton, A., Tillotson, M., Symonds, T., Burke, C. and Mathewson, T. (1996) ‘Occupational Risk Factors for the First-Onset and Subsequent Course of Low Back Trouble: A Study of Serving Police OfficersSpine , 21 (22), pp. 2612-2620. ISSN 0362-2436

Burton, A., Clarke, R., McClune, T. and Tillotson, M. (1996) ‘The Natural History of Low Back Pain in AdolescentsSpine , 21 (20), pp. 2323-2328. ISSN 0362-2436

Burton, A., Battié, M., Gibbons, L., Videman, T. and Tillotson, M. (1996) ‘Lumbar Disc Degeneration and Sagittal FlexibilityJournal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques , 9 (5), pp. 418-424. ISSN 1536-0652

Burton, A., Waddell, G., Burtt, R. and Blair, S. (1996) ‘Patient educational material in the management of low back pain in primary careBulletin of NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases , 55 (3), pp. 138-141. ISSN 1936-9719

Burton, A (1996) ‘Low back pain in children and adolescents: to treat or not?Bulletin of NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases , 55 (3), pp. 127-129. ISSN 1936-9719

Symonds, T., Burton, A., Tillotson, M. and Main, C. (1996) ‘Do Attitudes and Beliefs Influence Work Loss Due to Low Back Trouble? Occupational Medicine , 46 (1), pp. 25-32. ISSN 0962-7480

1995

Symonds, T., Burton, A., Tillotson, M. and Main, C. (1995) ‘Absence Resulting From Low Back Trouble Can Be Reduced by Psychosocial Intervention at the Work PlaceSpine , 20 (24), pp. 2738-2745. ISSN 0362-2436

Main, C. and Burton, A. (1995) ‘The patient with low back pain: who or what are we assessing? An experimental investigation of a clinical puzzle Pain reviews , 2 (3), pp. 203-209. ISSN 0968-1302

Burton, A., Tillotson, M., Main, C. and Hollis, S. (1995) ‘Psychosocial Predictors of Outcome in Acute and Subchronic Low Back TroubleSpine , 20 (6), pp. 722-728. ISSN 0362-2436

1994

Burton, A., Tillotson, M. and Boocock, M. (1994) ‘Estimation of spinal loads in overhead workErgonomics , 37 (8), pp. 1311-1321. ISSN 0014-0139

Boocock, M., Jackson, J., Burton, A. and Tillotson, M. (1994) ‘Continuous measurement of lumbar posture using flexible electrogoniometersErgonomics , 37 (1), pp. 175-185. ISSN 0014-0139

Brinckmann, P., Frobin, W., Biggeman, M., Hilweg, D., Seidel, S., Burton, A., Tillotson, M., Sandover, J., Atha, J. and Quinell, R. (1994) ‘Quantification of overload injuries to thoracolumbar vertebrae and discs in persons exposed to heavy physical exertions or vibration at the work-place: Part 1 - The shape of vertebrae and intervertebral discs — study of a young, healthy population and a middle-aged control groupClinical Biomechanics , 9 (1 (supplement)), p. S3-S83. ISSN 0268-0033

1993

Brinckmann, P., Frobin, W., Biggeman, M., Hilweg, D., Seidel, S., Burton, A., Tillotson, M., Sandover, J., Atha, J. and Quinell, R. (1993) Quantification of overload injuries of the thoracolumbar spine in persons exposed to heavy physical exertions or vibration at the workplace: Part I - The shape of vertebrae and intervertebral discs - study of a young, healthy population and a middle-aged control group European Coal & Steel Community

1992

Althoff, I., Brinckmann, P., Frobin, W., Sandover, J. and Burton, A. (1992) ‘An Improved Method of Stature Measurement for Quantitative Determination of Spinal Loading: Application to Sitting Postures and Whole Body VibrationSpine , 17 (6), pp. 682-693. ISSN 0362-2436

1991

Burton, A (1991) ‘Measuring flexibilityApplied Ergonomics , 22 (5), pp. 303-307. ISSN 0003-6870

Burton, A. and Tillotson, M. (1991) ‘Does Leisure Sports Activity Influence Lumbar Mobility or the Risk of Low Back Trouble?Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques , 4 (3), pp. 329-336. ISSN 1536-0652

Burton, A. and Tillotson, M. (1991) ‘Prediction of the Clinical Course of Low-Back Trouble Using Multivariable ModelsSpine , 16 (1), pp. 7-14. ISSN 0362-2436

Burton, A., Tillotson, M., Getty, C. and Troup, J. (1991) ‘Pain-provoking clinical tests as prognostic indicators in low back trouble - a basis for classification?’. In: Back Pain: Classification of Syndromes . Manchester: Manchester University Press. pp. 145-154. ISBN 9780719032721

Tillotson, M. and Burton, A. (1991) ‘Noninvasive Measurement of Lumbar Sagittal Mobility: An Assessment of the Flexicurve TechniqueSpine , 16 (1), pp. 29-33. ISSN 0362-2436

1990

Burton, A (1990) ‘Editorial: Complementary and allopathic cooperationThe British Journal of General Practice , 40 (340), pp. 478-479. ISSN 0960-1643

Burton, A., Tillotson, M., Edwards, Y. and Sykes, D. (1990) ‘Lumbar Sagittal Mobility and Low Back Symptoms in Patients Treated with ManipulationJournal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques , 3 (3), pp. 262-268. ISSN 1536-0652

1989

Burton, A., Tillotson, M. and Troup, J. (1989) ‘Prediction of Low-Back Trouble Frequency in a Working PopulationSpine , 14 (9), pp. 939-946. ISSN 0362-2436

Burton, A., Tillotson, M. and Troup, J. (1989) ‘Variation in Lumbar Sagittal Mobility with Low-Back TroubleSpine , 14 (6), pp. 584-590. ISSN 0362-2436

Burton, A. and Tillotson, M. (1989) ‘Is recurrent low back trouble associated with increased lumbar sagittal mobility?Journal of Biomedical Engineering , 11 (3), pp. 245-248. ISSN 0141-5425

Burton, A. and Getty, C. (1989) ‘Differences between 'orthopaedic' and 'osteopathic' patients with low back trouble - implications for selecting patients for rehabilitation’. In: Back pain: new approaches to rehabilitation and education . Manchester : Manchester University Press . pp. 166-173. ISBN 9780719027895

1988

Burton, A. and Tillotson, M. (1988) ‘Reference values for ‘normal’ regional lumbar sagittal mobilityClinical Biomechanics , 3 (2), pp. 106-113. ISSN 0268-0033

1987

Burton, A (1987) ‘Regional lumbar sagittal mobility and back trouble ’. In: Biomechanics: Basic and Applied Research . : Springer. pp. 485-490. ISBN 9780898389616

Burton, A. and Sandover, J. (1987) ‘Back pain in Grand Prix drivers: A ‘found’ experimentApplied Ergonomics , 18 (1), pp. 3-8. ISSN 0003-6870

Burton, A (1987) Patterns of lumbar sagittal mobility and their predictive value in the natural history of back and sciatic pain Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

1986

Burton, A (1986) ‘Osteopathy in back troubleBritish medical journal , 293 (6560), pp. 1482-1483. ISSN 0959-8138

Burton, A (1986) ‘Regional lumbar sagittal mobilty related to back pain’. In: Back Pain: Methods for Clinical Investigation and Assessment . Manchester : Manchester University Press. pp. 16-22. ISBN 9780719023118

Weber, H. and Burton, A. (1986) ‘Rational treatment of low back trouble?Clinical Biomechanics , 1 (3), pp. 160-167. ISSN 0268-0033

Burton, A (1986) ‘Trunk Muscle Activity Induced by Three Sizes of Wobble (Balance) Boards Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy , 8 (1), pp. 27-29. ISSN 0190-6011

Burton, A (1986) ‘Spinal strain from shopping bags with and without handlesApplied Ergonomics , 17 (1), pp. 19-23. ISSN 0003-6870

Burton, A (1986) ‘Regional lumbar sagittal mobility; measurement by flexicurvesClinical Biomechanics , 1 (1), pp. 20-26. ISSN 0268-0033

Burton, A (1986) ‘Measurement of regional lumbar sagittal mobility and posture by means of a flexible curve’. In: The ergonomics of working postures: models, methods and cases : the proceedings of the First International Occupational Ergonomics Symposium, Zadar, Yugoslavia, 15-17 April 1985. : Taylor & Francis. pp. 92-99. ISBN 9780850663389

1985

Burton, A (1985) ‘Scientific research in osteopathyBritish Journal of Rheumatology , 24 (1), pp. 2-5. ISSN 0263-7103

1984

Burton, A (1984) ‘Grip Strength in Tennis ElbowBritish Journal of Rheumatology , 23 (4), pp. 310-311. ISSN 0263-7103

Burton, A (1984) ‘Electromyography and office-chair design; a pilot studyBehaviour & Information Technology , 3 (4), pp. 353-357. ISSN 0144-929X

1983

Burton, A (1983) ‘Back pain in Grand Prix driversBritish Journal of Sports Medicine , 17 (4), pp. 150-151. ISSN 0306-3674

1981

Burton, A (1981) ‘Back pain in osteopathic practiceRheumatology , 20 (4), pp. 239-246. ISSN 1462-0324

Esteem

  • OBE for services to occupational healthcare
  • Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine
  • Advisor to DWP, HSE, ABI
  • Editor-in-chief, Clinical Biomechanics
  • External examiner for PhDs in UK and overseas
  • Partner, KendallBurton consulting - occupational health and training consultancy
  • Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group - Advisory Board
  • Advisor to HCML (Health Case Management Ltd)
  • Collaborator on numerous clinical trials at other institutions

Awards

  • 2008 BUPA foundation Health at Work Award, ‘Management of work-relevant upper limb disorders’. Burton K, Kendall N, Pearce B, Birrell L, Bainbridge C.
     
  • 2007 Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.
     
  • 2006 Volvo lecture – International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. ‘Low back pain: prevent, cure or manage?’. Bergen, Norway.
     
  • 2005 BUPAfoundation Health at Work Award – Highly Commended. ‘The implementation of occupational health guidelines principles for reducing sickness absence due to musculoskeletal disorders’. McCluskey S, Burton K, Main C.
     
  • 2005 BackCare Research Award, presented by the Society for Back Pain Research, Leicester 2004. UK Back Pain Exercise and Manipulation (UK BEAM) Randomised Trial: Cost-effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary care. A Manca and M Underwood on behalf of the UK BEAM Trial Team.
     
  • 2002 Creative Excellence Award; US International Film and Video Festival for Get Back Active (a video based on The Back Book) produced by Take3 Video, funded by BP Occupational Health, with expert medical input from Burton AK, Waddell G.
     
  • 2001 BackCare Research Award, presented by the Society for Back Pain Research, Bristol November 2001. ‘Occupational Health Guidelines for the Management of Low Back Pain at Work – Evidence review’. Waddell G, Burton AK.
     
  • 2000 BUPAfoundation Health at Work Award, ‘Occupational Health Guidelines for the Management of Low Back Pain at Work’. Carter T, Birrell L, Waddell G, Burton AK.

Editorial appointments

  • 1986 - ** Clinical Biomechanics - Editor-in-Chief
  • 2003 - ** Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group - Advisory Board
  • 2000 - ** Spine - Associate Editorial Board

Peer review activities undertaken for a range of biomedical journals.
Peer review activities for research proposals to domestic and international grant awarding bodies.

Keynotes

  • 2012 - Atos Healthcare OHS National Training Event. ‘Smarter rehab: all players onside’ NEC Birmingham, UK
  • 2012 - Health and Wellbeing @ Work conference. ‘Early rehab is smarter rehab’. Birmingham, UK
     
  • 2011 - ABI Motor Conference. ‘Can the cost of whiplash claims be effectively reduced?’. London, UK
  • 2011 - WorkCover SA Annual Conference – Staying Connected. ‘Recovering better at work – overcoming the obstacles’. Adelaide Convention Centre, Australia
  • 2011 - International Social Security Association: technical seminar ‘Rehabilitation into the labour market: early rehab is smarter rehab’. Stockholm, Sweden
     
  • 2010 - Swiss Society of Rheumatology. ‘Tackling musculoskeletal problems at work’. Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 2010 - Irish Society of Occupational Medicine. ‘Tackling back pain at work: applying the psychosocial flags framework’. Ballina, Ireland
  • 2010 - NHS Plus annual conference – Looking to the future. ‘Back pain: read your patient’s flags’. University of Warwick, UK
     
  • 2009 - Institute of Occupational Medicine 40th Anniversary Seminar. ‘Psychosocial Flags’. Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 2008 - Royal Society of Medicine – joint meeting of Occupational Medicine section and The Society for Occupational Medicine. ‘Vocational rehabilitation: what works, for whom, and when?’ London, UK
  • 2008 - American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians - Twenty-first Annual Scientific Meeting. ‘Work is good for your health’. San Antonio, TX, USA
     
  • 2007 - Royal Society of Medicine conference: Pathways to work: promoting a life in work. ‘Is work good for your health and well being?’. London, UK
  • 2007 - EULAR 2007: Annual European Congress of Rheumatology. ‘Pain, disability and work: the role of rehabilitation’. Barcelona, Spain
  • 2007 - HSE Northern Ireland conference - Putting Health Into Health and Safety. ‘Management of work-relevant musculoskeletal disorders’. Colerain, NI
     
  • 2006 - UK Government launch of ‘Is work good for your health and well being?’ London, UK
  • 2005 - Concentra Health Services conference: Unveiling the occult in occupational medicine. ‘Ergonomics – to do or not to do?’ + ‘You’ll think it so till you make it so – the power of beliefs’. Keystone, CO, USA
  • 2005 - 9th McKenzie Institute International Conference. ‘Biomechanics v psychosocial’ + ‘Educational strategies and management of LBP’. Heraklion, Crete, Greece
     
  • 2004 - American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians - Third Annual medical Evidence Conference. ‘Occupational low back pain: its nature and management’. Dallas, TX, USA
  • 2004 - Beyond understanding? (launch of the UnumProvident Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, University of Cardiff). ‘Screening to identify people at risk of long-term incapacity’. Cardiff, Wales, UK
  • 2004 - Occupational Medicine at The Alamo. AADEP conference – ‘Nature of back pain: management of erroneous beliefs – ergonomics, education or both?. San Antonio, Texas, USA
     
  • 2003 - Body @ Work seminar: Werken aan RSI, rugklachten en bewengen!. ‘Low back pain in occupational health care’. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2002 - NIVA International Course on Occupational Ergonomics: Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders and Facilitating Return to Work. ‘Guidelines for occupational low back pain and disability’ Bologna, Italy
  • 2001 - Fourth International Conference on Prevention of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS). Workshop – Systematic reviews in the field of musculoskeletal disorders at work. Amsterdam, NL
  • 2000 - Spine in Action Conference. ‘Managing Back Pain in the Workplace’. Wellington, New Zealand (via live video link)

Video

Get Back Active [a video based on The Back Book]. Produced by Take 3 Productions (originally for BP Occupational Health). London, The Stationery Office, 2002. Winner of 'Creative Excellence' award at the US International Film and Video Festival.

Research Degree Supervision

Patient-centred outcomes in the management of common health problems: not all health problems are medical problems.

Common health problems account for most sickness absence and long-term disability. Many of the usual treatments have been found relatively ineffective in clinical trials, yet patients often report satisfaction with treatment and with the practitioner treating them. Common health problems, characterised by strong psychosocial associations, are not well explained by a biomedical model. Perhaps patients derive benefits not covered by usual clinical outcomes; rather they may derive both health and social benefits from (effective) clinical encounters such as better understanding, coping skills and social support – this may be important to the individual and society, and could influence future management options. Proposals are invited to explore demedicalised approaches to common health problems.

Helping people with common health problems stay at work.

Work is generally good for our health and wellbeing. Common health problems account for most sickness absence and long-term disability, but staying at work is generally therapeutic and preferable to long periods of sick leave. Beliefs and attitudes across society influence the decision whether to stay at work in the face of symptoms: myths abound. Getting all the players (worker, employer, healthcare and social contacts) onside and acting in a facilitative manner is fundamental to stay-at-work strategies, but how to achieve it is problematic. Proposals are invited to develop innovative interventions to aid work retention.

Enterprise Activities

  • Medical Advisory Board of HCML (Health Case Management Ltd)
  • Task Force on Research (member): EuroSpine, the Spine Society of Europe

Teaching and Professional Activities

  • Faculty member for back pain diploma course run by Eurospine, the Spine Society of Europe.
  • Faculty member for Certificate in OH Case Management run by The At Work Partnership.
  • Occupational health and return-to-work seminars delivered through KENDALLBURTON Consulting.
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