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DSM staff profile

Dr Saurab Sharma

PositionPostdoctoral Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Surgical Sciences (Dunedin)
QualificationsBPT MPT PhD
Research summaryPain and outcome assessment

Research

I am interested in developing and testing interventions for complex pain conditions. My research experience includes:

  1. Pain (epidemiology, assessment, and management) in low-resource countries and settings
  2. Crosscultural assessment and management of pain

Publications

Lewis, J. S., Stokes, E. K., Gojanovic, B., Gellatly, P., Mbada, C., Sharma, S., … O'Sullivan, P. (2021). Reframing how we care for people with persistent non-traumatic musculoskeletal pain: Suggestions for the rehabilitation community. Physiotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2021.04.002

Ferreira-Valente, A., Solé, E., Sánchez-Rodríguez, E., Sharma, S., Pathak, A., & de la Vega, R. (2021). Does pain acceptance buffer the negative effects of catastrophizing on function in individuals with chronic pain? Clinical Journal of Pain, 37(5), 339-348. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000930

Toupin-April, K., Décary, S., de Wit, M., Meara, A., Barton, J. L., Fraenkel, L., … Sharma, S., … Tugwell, P. (2021). Endorsement of the OMERACT core domain set for shared decision making interventions in rheumatology trials: Results from a multi-stepped consensus-building approach. Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2021.03.017

Sharma, S., Correia, H., Pathak, A., Terwee, C. B., Abbott, J. H., Maharjan, R., … Jensen, M. P. (2021). Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of Nepali versions of the patient-reported outcomes measurement information system (PROMIS®) pain intensity, pain interference, pain behavior, depression, and sleep disturbance short forms in chronic musculoskeletal pain. Quality of Life Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02745-6

Sánchez-Rodríguez, E., Ferreira-Valente, A., Pathak, A., Solé, E., Sharma, S., Jensen, M. P., & Miró, J. (2021). The role of perfectionistic self-presentation in pediatric pain. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 18, 591. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18020591

Journal - Research Article

Lewis, J. S., Stokes, E. K., Gojanovic, B., Gellatly, P., Mbada, C., Sharma, S., … O'Sullivan, P. (2021). Reframing how we care for people with persistent non-traumatic musculoskeletal pain: Suggestions for the rehabilitation community. Physiotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2021.04.002

Sánchez-Rodríguez, E., Ferreira-Valente, A., Pathak, A., Solé, E., Sharma, S., Jensen, M. P., & Miró, J. (2021). The role of perfectionistic self-presentation in pediatric pain. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 18, 591. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18020591

Sharma, S., Correia, H., Pathak, A., Terwee, C. B., Abbott, J. H., Maharjan, R., … Jensen, M. P. (2021). Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of Nepali versions of the patient-reported outcomes measurement information system (PROMIS®) pain intensity, pain interference, pain behavior, depression, and sleep disturbance short forms in chronic musculoskeletal pain. Quality of Life Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02745-6

Toupin-April, K., Décary, S., de Wit, M., Meara, A., Barton, J. L., Fraenkel, L., … Sharma, S., … Tugwell, P. (2021). Endorsement of the OMERACT core domain set for shared decision making interventions in rheumatology trials: Results from a multi-stepped consensus-building approach. Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2021.03.017

Ferreira-Valente, A., Solé, E., Sánchez-Rodríguez, E., Sharma, S., Pathak, A., & de la Vega, R. (2021). Does pain acceptance buffer the negative effects of catastrophizing on function in individuals with chronic pain? Clinical Journal of Pain, 37(5), 339-348. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000930

Pathak, A., Abbott, J. H., Sharma, S., Ribeiro, D. C., & Heinemann, A. W. (2021). Content validity of the Brief and Comprehensive ICF Core Sets for common disabling conditions in a developing country. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 44(2), 159-165. doi: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000470

King, L. K., Epstein, J., Cross, M., Buzzi, M., Buttel, T., Cembalo, S. M., … Mani, R., … Sharma, S., … Guillemin, F. (2021). Endorsement of the domains of knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) flare: A report from the OMERACT 2020 Inaugural Virtual Consensus Vote from the Flares in OT Working Group. Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2021.03.010

Pathak, A., Sharma, S., Heinemann, A. W., Stratford, P. W., Ribeiro, D. C., & Abbott, J. H. (2020). Development and assessment of a verbal response scale for the Patient-Specific Functional Scale (PSFS) in a low-literacy, non-western population. Quality of Life Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02640-0

Nepal, G. M., Basaula, M., & Sharma, S. (2020). Inter-rater reliability of Timed Up and Go test in older adults measured by physiotherapist and caregivers. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 22(6), 325-331. doi: 10.1080/21679169.2019.1623313

KC, S., Sharma, S., Ginn, K., Almadi, T., Subedi, H., & Reed, D. (2019). Cross-cultural adaptation and measurement properties of the Nepali version of the DASH (disability of arm, shoulder and hand) in patients with shoulder pain. Health & Quality of Life Outcomes, 17, 51. doi: 10.1186/s12955-019-1105-1

Sharma, S., Blyth, F. M., Mishra, S. R., & Briggs, A. M. (2019). Health system strengthening is needed to respond to the burden of pain in low-and middle-income countries and to support healthy ageing. Journal of Global Health, 9(2), 020317. doi: 10.7189/jogh.09.020317

Ferreira-Valente, A., Sharma, S., Torres, S., Smothers, Z., Pais-Ribeiro, J., Abbott, J. H., & Jensen, M. P. (2019). Does religiosity/spirituality play a role in function, pain-related beliefs, and coping in patients with chronic pain? A systematic review. Journal of Religion & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10943-019-00914-7

Sharma, S., Jensen, M. P., Moseley, G. L., & Abbott, J. H. (2019). Results of a feasibility randomised clinical trial on pain education for low back pain in Nepal: The Pain Education in Nepal-Low Back Pain (PEN-LBP) feasibility trial. BMJ Open, 9(3), e026874. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026874

Sudarshan, K. C., Sharma, S., Ginn, K., Almadi, T., & Reed, D. (2019). Nepali translation, cross-cultural adaptation and measurement properties of the Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI). Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Research, 14, 284. doi: 10.1186/s13018-019-1285-8

Sharma, S., Thibault, P., Abbott, J. H., & Jensen, M. P. (2018). Clinimetric properties of the Nepali version of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale in individuals with chronic pain. Journal of Pain Research, 11, 265-276. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S153061

Sharma, S., Pathak, A., Abbott, J. H., & Jensen, M. P. (2018). Measurement properties of the Nepali version of the Connor Davidson resilience scales in individuals with chronic pain. Health & Quality of Life Outcomes, 16(1), 56. doi: 10.1186/s12955-018-0884-0

Sharma, S., Pathak, A., Jha, J., & Jensen, M. P. (2018). Socioeconomic factors, psychological factors, and function in adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain from rural Nepal. Journal of Pain Research, 11, 2385-2396. doi: 10.2147/jpr.S173851

Sharma, S., Palanchoke, J., & Abbott, J. H. (2018). Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Nepali translation of the patient-specific functional scale. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 48(8), 659-664. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2018.7925

Pathak, A., Sharma, S., & Jensen, M. P. (2018). The utility and validity of pain intensity rating scales for use in developing countries. PAIN Reports, 3(5), e672. doi: 10.1097/pr9.0000000000000672

Sharma, S., Palanchoke, J., Reed, D., & Abbott, J. H. (2017). Translation, cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric properties of the Nepali versions of numerical pain rating scale and global rating of change. Health & Quality of Life Outcomes, 15, 236. doi: 10.1186/s12955-017-0812-8

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Journal - Research Other

Sharma, S., & Jensen, M. P. (2021). Cross-cultural adaptations of patient-reported outcome measures can be very useful. Annals of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, 64(1), 101325. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2019.09.012

Sudarshan, K. C., Sharma, S., Ginn, K. A., & Reed, D. (2020). Measurement properties of translated versions of the Shoulder Pain and Disability Index: A systematic review. Clinical Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0269215520963199

Sharma, S., Ferreira-Valente, A., Williams, A. C. d. C., Abbott, J. H., Pais-Ribeiro, J., & Jensen, M. P. (2020). Group differences between countries and between languages in pain-related beliefs, coping, and catastrophizing in chronic pain: A systematic review. Pain Medicine, 21(9), 1847-1862. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnz373

Croft, P., Sharma, S., & Foster, N. E. (2020). Primary care for low back pain: We don't know the half of it. Pain, 161(4), 663-665. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001752

Lim, W. S., Sharma, S., & Devan, H. (2020). Physiotherapists’ attitudes towards and challenges of working in a referral-based practice setting: A systematic scoping review. European Journal of Physiotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/21679169.2020.1739748

Sharma, S., Jensen, M. P., Pathak, A., Sharma, S., Pokharel, M., & Abbott, J. H. (2019). State of clinical pain research in Nepal: A systematic scoping review. PAIN Reports, 4, e788. doi: 10.1097/pr9.0000000000000788

Sharma, S., Jensen, M. P., Moseley, G. L., & Abbott, J. H. (2018). Pain education for patients with non-specific low back pain in Nepal: Protocol of a feasibility randomised clinical trial (PEN-LBP Trial). BMJ Open, 8(8), e022423. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022423

Sharma, S., Abbott, J. H., & Jensen, M. P. (2018). Why clinicians should consider the role of culture in chronic pain. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, 22(5), 345-346. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2018.07.002

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