Biography

Gail Sowden is a Consultant Physiotherapist in pain management and vocational rehabilitation. She works for NHS Stoke –on-Trent Community Health Services and the Arthritis Research UK National Primary Care Centre, Keele University. She has clinical, research, service development and academic expertise in pain and vocational rehabilitation.

Research and scholarship

Gail has been involved in a number of trials, more recently these have included a randomised controlled trial (the STarT Back trial), an implementation study, (the IMPaCT Back study)  and a study to improve the effectiveness of primary care for knee pain (the BEEP study).

Teaching

Gail continues to be involved in curriculum development and teaching at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, both nationally and internationally. She has a major role in developing and delivering training and clinical mentoring packages as part of clinical trials.

Selected Publications

  • Vowles K, Kruger E, Bailey R, Sowden G, Ashworth J, Hickman J, McCracken L. 2020. Initial Evaluation of the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire – 2. European Journal of Pain. doi> link> full text>
  • Øiestad BE, Aanesen F, Løchting I, Storheim K, Tingulstad A, Rysstad TL, Småstuen MC, Tveter AT, Sowden G, Wynne-Jones G, Fors EA, van Tulder M, Berg RC, Foster NE, Grotle M. 2020. Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of adding motivational interviewing or stratified vocational advice intervention to usual case management on return to work for people with musculoskeletal disorders. The MI-NAV study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 496, vol. 21(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Sowden G, Main CJ, van der Windt DA, Burton K, Wynne-Jones G. 2019. The Development and Content of the Vocational Advice Intervention and Training Package for the Study of Work and Pain (SWAP) Trial (ISRCTN 52269669). J Occup Rehabil, 395-405, vol. 29(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Sowden G, Hill JC, Morso L, Louw Q, Foster NE. 2018. Advancing practice for back pain through stratified care (STarT Back). Braz J Phys Ther, 255-264, vol. 22(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Cherkin D, Balderson B, Wellman R, Hsu C, Sherman KJ, Evers SC, Hawkes R, Cook A, Levine MD, Piekara D, Rock P, Estlin KT, Brewer G, Jensen M, LaPorte A-M, Yeoman J, Sowden G, Hill JC, Foster NE. 2018. Effect of Low Back Pain Risk-Stratification Strategy on Patient Outcomes and Care Processes: the MATCH Randomized Trial in Primary Care. J Gen Intern Med, 1324-1336, vol. 33(8). link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Vowles K, Kruger E, Bailey R, Sowden G, Ashworth J, Hickman J, McCracken L. 2020. Initial Evaluation of the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire – 2. European Journal of Pain. doi> link> full text>
  • Øiestad BE, Aanesen F, Løchting I, Storheim K, Tingulstad A, Rysstad TL, Småstuen MC, Tveter AT, Sowden G, Wynne-Jones G, Fors EA, van Tulder M, Berg RC, Foster NE, Grotle M. 2020. Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of adding motivational interviewing or stratified vocational advice intervention to usual case management on return to work for people with musculoskeletal disorders. The MI-NAV study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 496, vol. 21(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Sowden G, Main CJ, van der Windt DA, Burton K, Wynne-Jones G. 2019. The Development and Content of the Vocational Advice Intervention and Training Package for the Study of Work and Pain (SWAP) Trial (ISRCTN 52269669). J Occup Rehabil, 395-405, vol. 29(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Sowden G, Hill JC, Morso L, Louw Q, Foster NE. 2018. Advancing practice for back pain through stratified care (STarT Back). Braz J Phys Ther, 255-264, vol. 22(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Cherkin D, Balderson B, Wellman R, Hsu C, Sherman KJ, Evers SC, Hawkes R, Cook A, Levine MD, Piekara D, Rock P, Estlin KT, Brewer G, Jensen M, LaPorte A-M, Yeoman J, Sowden G, Hill JC, Foster NE. 2018. Effect of Low Back Pain Risk-Stratification Strategy on Patient Outcomes and Care Processes: the MATCH Randomized Trial in Primary Care. J Gen Intern Med, 1324-1336, vol. 33(8). link> doi> full text>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Artus M, Bishop A, Lawton SA, Lewis M, Jowett S, Kigozi J, Main C, Sowden G, Wathall S, Burton AK, van der Windt DA, Hay EM, Foster NE, SWAP Study Team. 2018. Effectiveness and costs of a vocational advice service to improve work outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal pain in primary care: a cluster randomised trial (SWAP trial ISRCTN 52269669). Pain, 128-138, vol. 159(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Holden MA, Whittle R, Healey EL, Hill S, Mullis R, Roddy E, Sowden G, Tooth S, Foster NE. 2017. Content and evaluation of the Benefits of Effective Exercise for Older Adults with Knee Pain trial physiotherapist training programme. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 866-873, vol. 98(5). doi> link> full text>
  • Holden MA, Whittle R, Healey EL, Hill S, Mullis R, Roddy E, Sowden G, Tooth S, Foster NE. 2017. Content and Evaluation of the Benefits of Effective Exercise for Older Adults With Knee Pain Trial Physiotherapist Training Program. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 866-873, vol. 98(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Cherkin D, Balderson B, Brewer G, Cook A, Estlin KT, Evers SC, Foster NE, Hill JC, Hawkes R, Hsu C, Jensen M, LaPorte A-M, Levine MD, Piekara D, Rock P, Sherman K, Sowden G, Wellman R, Yeoman J. 2016. Evaluation of a risk-stratification strategy to improve primary care for low back pain: the MATCH cluster randomized trial protocol. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 361, vol. 17(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Bailey RW, Vowles KE, Witkiewitz K, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2016. Examining Committed Action in Chronic Pain: Further Validation and Clinical Utility of the Committed Action Questionnaire. J Pain, 1095-1104, vol. 17(10). link> doi> full text>
  • Bishop A, Wynne-Jones G, Lawton SA, van der Windt D, Main C, Sowden G, Burton AK, Lewis M, Jowett S, Sanders T, Hay EM, Foster NE, SWAP study team. 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 Musculoskelet Disord, 232, vol. 15. link> doi>
  • Vowles KE, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2014. A comprehensive examination of the model underlying acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain. Behav Ther, 390-401, vol. 45(3). link> doi>
  • Vowles KE, McCracken LM, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2014. Psychological flexibility in coping with chronic pain: further examination of the brief pain coping inventory-2. Clin J Pain, 324-330, vol. 30(4). link> doi>
  • Foster NE, Mullis R, Hill JC, Lewis M, Whitehurst DGT, Doyle C, Konstantinou K, Main C, Somerville S, Sowden G, Wathall S, Young J, Hay EM, IMPaCT Back Study team. 2014. Effect of stratified care for low back pain in family practice (IMPaCT Back): a prospective population-based sequential comparison. Ann Fam Med, 102-111, vol. 12(2). link> doi>
  • Vowles KE, Witkiewitz K, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2014. Acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain: evidence of mediation and clinically significant change following an abbreviated interdisciplinary program of rehabilitation. J Pain, 101-113, vol. 15(1). link> doi>
  • Sanders T, Ong BN, Sowden G, Foster N. 2014. Implementing change in physiotherapy: professions, contexts and interventions. J Health Organ Manag, 96-114, vol. 28(1). link> doi>
  • Main CJ, Sowden G, Hill JC, Watson PJ, Hay EM. 2012. Integrating physical and psychological approaches to treatment in low back pain: the development and content of the STarT Back trial's 'high-risk' intervention (StarT Back; ISRCTN 37113406). Physiotherapy, 110-116, vol. 98(2). link> doi>
  • Sowden G, Hill JC, Konstantinou K, Khanna M, Main CJ, Salmon P, Somerville S, Wathall S, Foster NE, IMPaCT Back study team. 2012. Targeted treatment in primary care for low back pain: the treatment system and clinical training programmes used in the IMPaCT Back study (ISRCTN 55174281). Fam Pract, 50-62, vol. 29(1). link> doi>
  • Hill JC, Whitehurst DGT, Lewis M, Bryan S, Dunn KM, Foster NE, Konstantinou K, Main CJ, Mason E, Somerville S, Sowden G, Vohora K, Hay EM. 2011. Comparison of stratified primary care management for low back pain with current best practice (STarT Back): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 1560-1571, vol. 378(9802). link> doi>
  • Somerville S, Hay E, Lewis M, Barber J, van der Windt D, Hill J, Sowden G. 2008. Content and outcome of usual primary care for back pain: a systematic review. Br J Gen Pract, 790-vi, vol. 58(556). link> doi>
  • Hay EM, Dunn KM, Hill JC, Lewis M, Mason EE, Konstantinou K, Sowden G, Somerville S, Vohora K, Whitehurst D, Main CJ. 2008. A randomised clinical trial of subgrouping and targeted treatment for low back pain compared with best current care. The STarT Back Trial Study Protocol. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 58, vol. 9. link> doi> full text>