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Professor calls for research to inform patient choice

27 January 2011 - 2:30pm

Back pain will affect 80 per cent of us at some time in our lives, says physiotherapist Nadine Foster from the University of Keele.

The key challenge for primary care researchers is to provide the evidence that will help patients make informed choices.

As newly appointed professor of musculoskeletal health in primary care, she was speaking at her inaugural lecture at Keele.

‘Ultimately it’s about providing good-quality evidence to support the management of patients with musculoskeletal problems,’ she says.

Four million new referrals a year to physiotherapy in the UK put physios in a strong position to lead musculoskeletal primary care services, she adds.

Professor Foster works in the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre and leads large multicentre projects into back and knee pain.

She is one of the youngest physiotherapists to be appointed professor, achieving the position within 20 years of qualifying with a first-class degree from the University of Ulster.

‘It is a lovely recognition of the contribution that our work is making to the evidence base about what treatments work best, how to better target treatment and how to support the translation of best evidence into everyday practice,’ she says.



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