Biography

Laura Swaithes is a Physiotherapist by background and is currently working as a Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow at Keele University. In 2013 she completed the NIHR Masters in Research Methods at the University of Nottingham and subsequently worked on large research projects at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sports, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, and the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre.

Laura was awarded a PhD from Keele in 2020 for work investigating the implementation of musculoskeletal innovations in Primary Care. Laura has recently completed an NIHR School for Primary Care Research post-doctoral fellowship and a Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Research Foundation fellowship. Her work focuses on understanding and optimising the uptake of evidence for musculoskeletal care and the role that patients and the public play in knowledge mobilisation.

Research and scholarship

MA (Research Methods), BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Laura’s primary research interest is in knowledge mobilisation and implementation of best-care for musculoskeletal conditions. Laura has experience in systematic reviews, consensus methods and qualitative methods.

Teaching

Laura contributes to teaching and learning by helping to deliver:

  • Research methods sessions to medical students
  • Osteoarthritis core management training to allied health professionals
  • Academic support in facilitating Critical Appraisal Topic groups

Further information

Laura is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Health and Care Professions Council, and the West Midlands Knowledge Mobilisation Collaborative.

Selected Publications

  • Durden-Myers EJ and Swaithes L. 2022. A Scoping Review Exploring Whether a Free “Offer” Devalues or Widens Sport and Physical Activity Participation Amongst Children and Young Adults Aged 0–25?. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 1-12, vol. 4. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Campbell L, Hallam F, Evans N, Swaithes L, Duffy H, Dziedzic K, Stevenson K. 2021. Developing an easy read, public version of moving forward–NIHR research themed review physiotherapy for musculoskeletal health and wellbeing. Physiotherapy, e28, vol. 113(S1). link> doi> link> full text>
  • Cunningham J, M Briggs A, Cottrell E, Doyle F, Dziedzic K, Finney A, Murphy P, Paskins Z, Sheridan E, Swaithes L, P French H. 2021. Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of osteoarthritis management programmes in primary or community care settings: a systematic review and qualitative framework synthesis protocol. HRB Open Res, 102, vol. 4. link> doi> full text>
  • Scott E, Swaithes L, Wynne-Jones G, Finney A. 2021. Embedding group consultations into practice: Perceptions of the general practice workforce. Practice Nurse, 12-16, vol. 51(5). link> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Paskins Z, Duffy H, Evans N, Mallen C, Dziedzic K, Finney A. 2021. Experience of implementing and delivering group consultations in UK general practice: a qualitative study. Br J Gen Pract, e413-e422, vol. 71(707). link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Durden-Myers EJ and Swaithes L. 2022. A Scoping Review Exploring Whether a Free “Offer” Devalues or Widens Sport and Physical Activity Participation Amongst Children and Young Adults Aged 0–25?. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 1-12, vol. 4. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Campbell L, Hallam F, Evans N, Swaithes L, Duffy H, Dziedzic K, Stevenson K. 2021. Developing an easy read, public version of moving forward–NIHR research themed review physiotherapy for musculoskeletal health and wellbeing. Physiotherapy, e28, vol. 113(S1). link> doi> link> full text>
  • Cunningham J, M Briggs A, Cottrell E, Doyle F, Dziedzic K, Finney A, Murphy P, Paskins Z, Sheridan E, Swaithes L, P French H. 2021. Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of osteoarthritis management programmes in primary or community care settings: a systematic review and qualitative framework synthesis protocol. HRB Open Res, 102, vol. 4. link> doi> full text>
  • Scott E, Swaithes L, Wynne-Jones G, Finney A. 2021. Embedding group consultations into practice: Perceptions of the general practice workforce. Practice Nurse, 12-16, vol. 51(5). link> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Paskins Z, Duffy H, Evans N, Mallen C, Dziedzic K, Finney A. 2021. Experience of implementing and delivering group consultations in UK general practice: a qualitative study. Br J Gen Pract, e413-e422, vol. 71(707). link> doi> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Walsh N, Quicke JG. 2021. Are physiotherapists too bound to be boundary spanning?. Musculoskeletal Care, Article msc.1544. doi> link> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Dziedzic K, Finney A, Cottrell E, Jinks C, Mallen C, Currie G, Paskins Z. 2020. Understanding the uptake of a clinical innovation for osteoarthritis in primary care: a qualitative study of knowledge mobilisation using the i-PARIHS framework. Implement Sci, 95, vol. 15(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Sharp CA, Swaithes L, Ellis B, Dziedzic K, Walsh N. 2020. Implementation research: making better use of evidence to improve healthcare. Rheumatology (Oxford), 1799-1801, vol. 59(8). link> doi> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Dziedzic K, Sharp CA, Ellis B, Walsh N. 2020. Context, context, context: how has covid-19 changed implementation globally and how can we ‘lock in’ learning?. Rheumatology. doi> link> full text>
  • Swaithes L, Paskins Z, Dziedzic K, Finney A. 2020. Factors influencing the implementation of evidence-based guidelines for osteoarthritis in primary care: A systematic review and thematic synthesis. Musculoskeletal Care, 101-110, vol. 18(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Akin-Akinyosoye K, Sarmanova A, Fernandes GS, Frowd N, Swaithes L, Stocks J, Valdes A, McWilliams DF, Zhang W, Doherty M, Ferguson E, Walsh DA. 2020. Baseline self-report 'central mechanisms' trait predicts persistent knee pain in the Knee Pain in the Community (KPIC) cohort. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, 173-181, vol. 28(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Swaithes LR, Dziedzic KS, Cottrell E, Quicke JG. 2019. Response to: Losina E. Why past research successes do not translate to clinical reality: gaps in evidence on exercise program efficiency. osteoarthritis and cartilage 2019;27:1-2. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, e7-e8, vol. 27(7). link> doi> full text>
  • Fernandes GS, Sarmanova A, Warner S, Harvey H, Akin-Akinyosoye K, Richardson H, Frowd N, Marshall L, Stocks J, Hall M, Valdes AM, Walsh D, Zhang W, Doherty M. 2017. Knee pain and related health in the community study (KPIC): a cohort study protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. doi> full text>
  • Marshall L and Edgley A. 2015. Perils and pitfalls for clinicians embarking on qualitative research in physiotherapy. Nurse Researcher, 30-34, vol. 22(5). doi> link>
  • Warner S, Harvey H, Richardson H, Marshall L, Jenkins W, Wheeler M, Frowd N, Doherty S, Walsh D, Fernandes G, Zhang W, Doherty M, Valdes AM. Neuropathic-like knee pain symptoms in community-derived controls for osteoarthritis, in people with osteoarthritis, and following knee replacement. PAIN.

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