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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
BPhty MPhty(Distinction) PhD
Research summary
Musculoskeletal conditions, hand and upper limb, allied health workforce, health care access
  • Clinical teaching, mentoring, and supervision for hand therapy clinical practice and registration pathway
  • 4th year project / honours / masters' co-supervision
  • Invited Lecturer PHTY354 Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Science
  • Chair, Hand Therapy New Zealand (Co-chair)
  • Kaitiaki, Tae Ora Tinana, Physiotherapy New Zealand (Kaitiaki)
  • Health Research South Board
  • Australia New Zealand Musculoskeletal Trials Network (ANZMUSC) Early Career Fellow Committee
  • Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ)
  • Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network
  • Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST)
  • Osteoarthritis Research Society International(OARSI)
  • Editorial Board Hand Therapy
Physiotherapy Expert Clinician (hand and musculoskeletal conditions), Te Whatu Ora Southern


Miranda is a clinician-researcher working in the areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and health services research.

Her clinical research aims to improve outcomes of care for musculoskeletal conditions focusing on the hand and upper limb.

She has conducted work in thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and finger flexor and extensor tendon repair using qualitative methods, patient co-design, randomised controlled trial, systematic review, and imaging studies. She has particular interests in understanding the impact of conditions for patients and whānau, the effectiveness of orthotic and patient / whānau education interventions, and developing evidence-based pathways of care.

In the health services field, her research investigates how allied health workforce can be better situated to equitably meet population health needs particularly for Māori, Pacific, and low socioeconomic populations.

Miranda is currently conducting a physiotherapy workforce analysis using geospatial methods of 3-step floating catchment area (3SFCA) with support from collaborators at Saskatchewan University, Canada and at the University of Western Australia.

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Miranda Buhler, Publons


Buhler, M., Shah, T., Perry, M., Tennant, M., Kruger, E., & Milosavljevic, S. (2024). Geographic accessibility to physiotherapy care in Aotearoa New Zealand. Spatial & Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, 49, 100656. doi: 10.1016/j.sste.2024.100656 Journal - Research Article

Bühler, M., Atmore, C., Perry, M., Crengle, S., Norris, P., & Baxter, G. D. (2024). Patient experiences and perspectives of health service access for carpal tunnel syndrome in Aotearoa New Zealand: A normalisation process theory-informed qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 24, 465. doi: 10.1186/s12913-024-10871-x Journal - Research Article

Buhler, M. (2023, August-September). Thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis survey of practice. Verbal presentation at the Hand Therapy New Zealand Ringaromi Aotearoa Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Buhler, M. (2023, August-September). Musculoskeletal integrated telehealth hybrid model of care for carpal tunnel syndrome. Verbal presentation at the Hand Therapy New Zealand Ringaromi Aotearoa Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bühler, M., Gwynne-Jones, D., Chin, M., Woodside, J., Gough, J., Wilson, R., & Abbott, J. H. (2023). Are the outcomes of relative motion extension orthoses non-inferior and cost-effective compared with dynamic extension orthoses for management of zones V-VI finger extensor tendon repairs: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Hand Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2023.02.010 Journal - Research Article

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