Biography

Claire started her undergraduate medical training (MBChB) at the University of Manchester in 2000 and in 2005 completed her clinical training with Honours, as the part of the first cohort of medical students at Keele University. Claire has worked in North Staffordshire ever since. She started her General Practitioner (GP) training on the North Staffordshire Vocational Training Scheme in 2007 and completed this training in 2011. During training she was awarded the Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRCOG). She was also funded by the West Midlands Deanery to extend her training in order to complete the Masters of Medical Science at Keele University. Claire was funded by an NIHR In-Practice Fellowship to commence her doctoral studies in 2013. She is now funded by a GP Career Progression Fellowship from the SPCR to complete her doctoral studies and build her research portfolio.

Research and scholarship

Claire is currently undertaking a series of linked studies as part of her PhD, which involve using data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) and data from the Injection Versus Night Splints for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (INSTINCTS trial). She aims to describe the epidemiology, prognosis and management of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) presenting in a primary care setting. The findings of these studies will help to quantify and explain the trends over time of patients presenting with CTS and describe and predict their likely outcome in terms of patient reported outcomes and eventual surgery. She will also explore whether patient related measures at baseline can help to guide treatment choice, in order to achieve a better outcome from non-surgical treatments.

Prior to doctoral study, her MMedSci dissertation also involved the use of General Practice Data to predict the diagnosis of dementia based on co-morbidites recorded in this data. She found an association between previous stroke, depression and anxiety and future dementia diagnosis.

Claire is a member of the Centre’s Regional Pain Research Group. As well as being a co-investigator of the INSTINCTS trial, Claire is also contributing to the NIHR funded Fractured wrist; predictors of poor long-term clinical and socioeconomic outcomes (FILTER study) and is assisting with the supervision of a PhD exploring the relationship between diabetes and frozen shoulder and its outcomes.

Teaching

Claire has helped to supervise medical student projects and is using her clinical expertise assist with the supervision of another PhD. She is involved with teaching public health modules to undergraduate students at Keele University and is a Personal Development Tutor for the medical school.

Further information

Claire also works as a General Practitioner at Wolstanton Medical Centre, North Staffordshire

Selected Publications

  • Burton CL, Campbell P, Jordan K, Strauss V, Mallen C. 2012. The association of anxiety and depression with future dementia diagnosis: a case-control study in primary care. BMC Family Practice. doi>
  • Chesterton LS, Blagojevic-Bucknall M, Burton C, Dziedzic KS, Davenport G, Jowett SM, Myers HL, Oppong R, Rathod-Mistry T, van der Windt DA, Hay EM, Roddy E. 2018. The clinical and cost-effectiveness of corticosteroid injection versus night splints for carpal tunnel syndrome (INSTINCTS trial): an open-label, parallel group, randomised controlled trial. Lancet, vol. 392(10156), 1423-1433. link> doi> full text>
  • Burton CL, Chesterton LS, Chen Y, van der Windt DA. 2018. Predicting surgical intervention in patients presenting with carpal tunnel syndrome in primary care. Clin Epidemiol, vol. 10, 739-748. link> doi> full text>
  • Burton CL, Chen Y, Chesterton LS, van der Windt DA. 2018. Trends in the prevalence, incidence and surgical management of carpal tunnel syndrome between 1993 and 2013: an observational analysis of UK primary care records. BMJ Open, vol. 8(6), e020166. link> doi> full text>
  • Myers H, Burton C, Robinson M, Davenport G, Dziedzic K, van der Windt D, Chesterton L, Roddy E, Hay E. 2017. Seeing the light at the end of the carpal tunnel: the challenges of recruiting sites to a clinical trial of an investigational medicinal product in primary care. TRIALS (vol. 18). link>

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Journal Articles

  • Chesterton LS, Blagojevic-Bucknall M, Burton C, Dziedzic KS, Davenport G, Jowett SM, Myers HL, Oppong R, Rathod-Mistry T, van der Windt DA, Hay EM, Roddy E. 2018. The clinical and cost-effectiveness of corticosteroid injection versus night splints for carpal tunnel syndrome (INSTINCTS trial): an open-label, parallel group, randomised controlled trial. Lancet, vol. 392(10156), 1423-1433. link> doi> full text>
  • Burton CL, Chesterton LS, Chen Y, van der Windt DA. 2018. Predicting surgical intervention in patients presenting with carpal tunnel syndrome in primary care. Clin Epidemiol, vol. 10, 739-748. link> doi> full text>
  • Burton CL, Chen Y, Chesterton LS, van der Windt DA. 2018. Trends in the prevalence, incidence and surgical management of carpal tunnel syndrome between 1993 and 2013: an observational analysis of UK primary care records. BMJ Open, vol. 8(6), e020166. link> doi> full text>
  • Burton C, Chesterton LS, Davenport G. 2016. A painful tingling hand. BMJ, vol. 355, i6386. link> doi>
  • Chesterton LS, Dziedzic KS, van der Windt DA, Davenport G, Myers HL, Rathod T, Blagojevic-Bucknall M, Jowet SM, Burton C, Roddy E, Hay EM. 2016. The clinical and cost effectiveness of steroid injection compared with night splints for carpal tunnel syndrome: the INSTINCTS randomised clinical trial study protocol. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 17(1), 415. link> doi> full text>
  • Burton CL, Chesterton LS, Chen Y, van der Windt DA. 2016. Clinical Course and Prognostic Factors in Conservatively Managed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Systematic Review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, vol. 97(5), 836-852.e1. link> doi> full text>
  • Burton CL, Cottrell E, Edwards J. 2015. Clinical Intelligence - Addison's Disease. British Journal of General Practice. doi>
  • Burton C, Chesterton LS, Davenport G. 2014. Diagnosing and managing carpal tunnel syndrome in primary care. Br J Gen Pract, vol. 64(622), 262-263. link> doi>
  • Burton CL, Campbell P, Jordan K, Strauss V, Mallen C. 2012. The association of anxiety and depression with future dementia diagnosis: a case-control study in primary care. BMC Family Practice. doi>
  • Burton C, Campbell P, Jordan K, Strauss V, Mallen C. 2013. The association of anxiety and depression with future dementia diagnosis: a case-control study in primary care. Fam Pract, vol. 30(1), 25-30. link> doi>

Other

  • Myers H, Burton C, Robinson M, Davenport G, Dziedzic K, van der Windt D, Chesterton L, Roddy E, Hay E. 2017. Seeing the light at the end of the carpal tunnel: the challenges of recruiting sites to a clinical trial of an investigational medicinal product in primary care. TRIALS (vol. 18). link>
  • Burton CL, Chesterton LS, Chen Y, van der Windt DA. 2017. USING PRIMARY CARE RECORDS TO DESCRIBE PATTERNS IN THE ANNUAL PREVALENCE, INCIDENCE AND MANAGEMENT OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME OVER A 20 YEAR PERIOD. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 56, p. 108). link>