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DSM staff profile

Cathy Chapple

Dr Cathy Chapple

PositionLecturer and Associate Dean (Clinical Studies)
QualificationsGradDipPhys BSc(Hons) PGDipMPhty MMPhty PhD
Research summaryOsteoarthritis management; clinical reasoning; clinical education
Teaching
  • Musculoskeletal: undergraduate/selected postgraduate
  • Clinical education/clinical practice

Research

Following on from my PhD research, I have continued and developed my interest in the area of management of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, including physiotherapy management and provision of alternative models of care.

Building on an extensive career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, I am interested in translating research findings into clinical practice. Also how physiotherapists assess and manage patients using clinical reasoning.

A developing area of research supports my teaching activities, specifically how we teach and support clinical practice for undergraduate students.

Current projects:

  • Management of knee osteoarthritis
  • Prehabilitation for patients awaiting total hip arthroplasty
  • Management of primary dysmenorrhea
  • Cervicogenic headache
  • Evaluation of on-going competency in physiotherapists
  • Feedback in clinical practice

Additional details

Journal reviewer for Physical Therapy, Arthritis Care & Research, Physical Therapy Reviews, and New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy

Publications

Chapple, C. M., Nicholson, H., Baxter, G. D., & Abbott, J. H. (2011). Patient characteristics that predict progression of knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review of prognostic studies. Arthritis Care & Research, 63(8), 1115-1125. doi: 10.1002/acr.20492

Abbott, J. H., Robertson, M. C., Chapple, C., Pinto, D., Wright, A. A., Leon de la Barra, S., Baxter, G. D., Theis, J.-C., Campbell, A. J., on behalf of the MOA Trial Team. (2013). Manual therapy, exercise therapy, or both, in addition to usual care, for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: A randomized controlled trial. 1: Clinical effectiveness. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 21(4), 525-534. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2012.12.014

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Chapple, C. M., Käser, A., Rolli Salathé, C., Barz, T., … Theis, J.-C. (2013). Prognostic occupational factors for persistent low back pain in primary care. International Archives of Occupational & Environmental Health, 86(3), 261-269. doi: 10.1007/s00420-012-0761-9

Journal - Research Article

Abbott, J. H., Robertson, M. C., Chapple, C., Pinto, D., Wright, A. A., Leon de la Barra, S., Baxter, G. D., Theis, J.-C., Campbell, A. J., on behalf of the MOA Trial Team. (2013). Manual therapy, exercise therapy, or both, in addition to usual care, for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: A randomized controlled trial. 1: Clinical effectiveness. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 21(4), 525-534. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2012.12.014

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Chapple, C. M., Käser, A., Rolli Salathé, C., Barz, T., … Theis, J.-C. (2013). Prognostic occupational factors for persistent low back pain in primary care. International Archives of Occupational & Environmental Health, 86(3), 261-269. doi: 10.1007/s00420-012-0761-9

Chapple, C. M., Nicholson, H., Baxter, G. D., & Abbott, J. H. (2011). Patient characteristics that predict progression of knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review of prognostic studies. Arthritis Care & Research, 63(8), 1115-1125. doi: 10.1002/acr.20492

Abbott, J. H., McCane, B., Herbison, P., Moginie, G., Chapple, C., & Hogarty, T. (2005). Lumbar segmental instability: A criterion-related validity study of manual therapy assessment. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 6, 56. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-6-56

Rivett, D. A., Milburn, P. D., & Chapple, C. (1998). Negative pre-manipulative vertebral artery testing despite complete occlusion: A case of false negativity. Manual Therapy, 3, 102-107.

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