Challenges and Choices: Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care


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Posted on 14 January 2011
This presentation will explore the key challenges in current primary care for musculoskeletal health and the evidence about the choices and potential solutions available to address them.

Professor Nadine Foster, Primary Health Care Sciences at Keele, will deliver the fifth lecture in the University's programme of Inaugural Lectures for 2010/11, on Tuesday, 18 January, 2011, in the Westminster Theatre on the Keele University campus. The title of the lecture is “Challenges and Choices: Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care”.

Musculoskeletal pain such as back pain and knee pain is common and costly in our society. Most patients are managed in primary care by general practitioners and other health care professionals including physiotherapists. The gap between the health care that we now have and the health care that we could have might be described as a chasm. Research data and patients’ accounts highlight how current primary care can appear uncoordinated, varying illogically from clinician to clinician, and relying on patient persistence rather than the application of evidence-based practice. All serve to highlight the complexities faced by trying to fit the ‘square peg’ of often chronic and recurring musculoskeletal problems into the ‘round hole’ of a health care model dominated by acute, episodic care needs. This presentation will explore the key challenges in current primary care for musculoskeletal health and the evidence about the choices and potential solutions available to address them.

One of the senior academic team in the Clinical Trials Unit of the Arthritis Research UK’s Primary Care Centre at Keele University, Nadine is a physiotherapist whose research focuses on musculoskeletal healthcare. This includes clinical trials and epidemiological studies of common musculoskeletal problems. With more than £10 million research funding, she has contributed over 65 full paper publications and supervises MSc, MPhil and PhD students. She lectures on the MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Healthcare and MSc Pain Sciences and Management programmes at Keele University, co-leads an annual short course on randomised clinical trials and leads a portfolio of intervention research for musculoskeletal pain patients. Nadine is a member of national research funding committees (an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Committee and the HTA External Devices and Physical Therapies Panel and the Arthritis Research UK’s Clinical Studies Group for Musculoskeletal Pain) and is committed to facilitating musculoskeletal pain research in national (secretary of the Society of Back Pain Research) and international arenas (International Organising Committee for the International Forum for Low Back Pain Research in Primary Care).

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett. Admission is free; no ticket is required.
 
The other lectures in the series are: Tuesday, 22 February 2011, Professor Gordon Ferns, Medicine, "A fire that burns within: the impact of free radicals in health and disease"; Tuesday, 15 March 2011, Professor Clare Holdsworth, Social Geography, "’A degree isn’t enough anymore’: Student experiences and orientation to HE”; Tuesday, 10 May 2011 Professor Krysia Dziedzic, Primary Care Health Sciences, “Best evidence for best therapies in osteoarthritis”.

For further information contact: Chris Stone, Press Office. Tel: 01782 733375.


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