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Academic Biography

Professor Martin is a Professor of Rehabilitation and Director of the Centre for Rehabilitation Sciences. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 1988 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. He was awarded his DPhil from the University of Ulster in 1993 and received an MSc Applied Statistics from Napier University in 2000.

Before coming to Teesside in 2006 he was a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield Hallam University. Before that, Professor Martin was a Director of the Scottish Network for Chronic Pain Research and Award Coordinator of the MSc Pain at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Professor Martin is an experienced supervisor of postgraduate degrees including eight PhD completions in the area of pain and disability. He is also Vice chair of the Pain and Older People Special Interest Group of the British Pain Society and is Section Editor in Rehabilitation for the Journal of Pain Management. He holds membership of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the British Pain Society, the Physiotherapy Pain Association, and was previously Chair of the Scientific Panel of the Charitable Trust of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Professor Martin is also Chair of Pain Association Scotland, a not-for-profit organisation that provides training and support of self-managing of chronic pain.

Summary of Research Interests

Professor Martin’s research interests lie in assessing and managing the impact of pain and disability, in which he has published widely and led or collaborated on many projects. These include exploring the experiences of people with chronic pain for the development of the chronic pain module for the DIPEx website, and the development of a community-based management of chronic pain with Pain Association Scotland.

His work includes pain and older people, the application of digital technology to augment rehabilitation, and the use of footwear in rehabilitation. His projects have received around £2m funding from bodies including the Research for Patient Benefit Programme, the ESRC, the National Lotteries Charities Board, the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland, the Health Foundation, the Physiotherapy Research Foundation and the British Geriatrics Society.

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 1995 2018

An exploration of the experiences and educational needs of patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome receiving spinal cord stimulation.

Ryan, C., Eldabe, S., Chadwick, R., Jones, S., Button, H., Brookes, M. E. & Martin, D., 19 Nov 2018, In : Neuromodulation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Pain
Interviews
Minor Surgical Procedures
3 Citations

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the reliability and validity of sensorimotor measurement instruments in people with chronic low back pain

Ehrenbrusthoff, K., Ryan, C., Grüneberg, C. & Martin, D. J., 30 Jun 2018, In : Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 35, p. 73-83 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Low Back Pain
Reproducibility of Results
Meta-Analysis
Aptitude
Checklist

Does duration of pain at baseline influence clinical outcomes of low back pain patients managed on an evidence-based pathway?

Jess, M-A., Ryan, C., Hamilton, S., Wellburn, S., Atkinson, G., Greenough, C., Coxon, A., Ferguson, D., Fatoye, F., Dickson, J., Jones, A. & Martin, D., 1 Sep 2018, In : Spine. 43, 17, p. E998-E1004

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Low Back Pain
Pain
Back Pain
England
Guidelines
Students
Delivery of Health Care
Education
Pain
Pain Management
Low Back Pain
Health Care Costs