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Prof Martin Underwood
Professor Martin Underwood
Director of Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476 574664
Musculskeletal disorders Primary Care
Professor Underwood trained in Manchester. After GP training in Carlisle he worked for 10 years as a full time general practitioner, initially in Lusaka and subsequently in Manchester. He started his academic career in 1995, initially with the MRC General Practice Research Framework and subsequently at Barts and The London Medical School. He joined Warwick Medical School in 2007. He works as general practitioner in central Coventry for the Sky Blue Medical Group. Professor Underwood has established a substantial track record of community based research into the improved diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly back pain and osteoarthritis. He has completed large trials of exercise and manipulation for low back pain, (UK BEAM) and of anti-inflammatory ointments for knee pain (TOIB). Professor Underwood is chief investigator on a current trial of exercise for the treatment of depression in older people living in residential accommodation (OPERA). This work is part of the portfolio of a trial run by Warwick Clinical Trials Unit. Professor Underwoods other work has explored the epidemiology of chronic pain and the beliefs and expectations around the diagnosis and treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain from both the patients and the practitioners perspective. Professor Underwood has worked on the development of NICE guidelines for both osteoarthritis and back pain.
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Patel, Shilpa, Ngunjiri, Anne, Hee, Siew Wan, Yang, Yaling, Brown, Sally, Friede, Tim, Griffiths, Frances, Lord, J., Sandhu, Harbinder, Thistlethwaite, Jill, Tysall, Colin, Underwood, Martin, 2014. Primum non nocere : shared informed decision making in low back pain : a pilot cluster randomised trial.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
, 15 (1),
Lamb, Sallie, Hansen, Zara, Lall, Ranjit, Castelnuova, Emanuela, Withers, Emma J., Nichols, Vivien P., Potter, R. (Rachel), Underwood, Martin, 2010. Group cognitive behavioural treatment for low-back pain in primary care : a randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis.
, Vol.375 (No.9718), pp. 916-923,
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Post Graduate Supervision
How should the results of Back Pain trials be reported?
Developing a patient-centred outcome for studies of chronic fatigue / myalgic encephalomyalgia
The relationship between psychosocial distress and oral health
Family planning among South Asian women in the UK Date of Completion:2004
Understanding and measuring chronic musculoskeletal pain in the community using self completed pain drawings. Date of Completion:2006
What influences primary care patientsâ€™ decision making about care seeking and primary care practitionersâ€™ decision making about care delivery for chronic musculoskeletal pain?
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