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Dr Miranda Buhler

Contact Details

Phone
+64 3 479 7460
Email
miranda.buhler@otago.ac.nz
Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Qualifications
BPhty MPhty(Distinction) PhD
Research summary
Musculoskeletal conditions, hand and upper limb, allied health workforce, health care access
Teaching
  • 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
Memberships
  • 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
Clinical
Physiotherapy Expert Clinician (hand and musculoskeletal conditions), Te Whatu Ora Southern

Research

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.

Additional details

Miranda Buhler, Publons

Publications

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

Bühler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Pōtiki-Bryant, K., & Baxter, G. D. (2021). Impact of thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: A pragmatic qualitative study. Arthritis Care & Research, 73(3), 336-346. doi: 10.1002/acr.24124

Buhler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Adams, J., Gwynne-Jones, D., & Baxter, G. D. (2020). Splinting for thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: Protocol for a feasibility randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(3), 196-204. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1763662

Bühler, M. (2019). Dealing with hand arthritis. Physical Therapy Reviews, 24(3-4), 82-83. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2019.1660031

Buhler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Sangelaji, B., & Baxter, G. D. (2019). Effectiveness of splinting for pain and function in people with thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 27, 547-559. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2018.09.012

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

Bühler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Pōtiki-Bryant, K., & Baxter, G. D. (2021). Impact of thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: A pragmatic qualitative study. Arthritis Care & Research, 73(3), 336-346. doi: 10.1002/acr.24124

Journal - Research Article

Buhler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Sangelaji, B., & Baxter, G. D. (2019). Effectiveness of splinting for pain and function in people with thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 27, 547-559. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2018.09.012

Journal - Research Article

Buhler, M., Chapple, C. M., Stebbings, S., Adams, J., Gwynne-Jones, D., & Baxter, G. D. (2020). Splinting for thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: Protocol for a feasibility randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(3), 196-204. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1763662

Journal - Research Other

Bühler, M. (2019). Dealing with hand arthritis. Physical Therapy Reviews, 24(3-4), 82-83. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2019.1660031

Journal - Research Other

Bühler, M., Johnson, G., & Meikle, G. (2015). Longitudinal in vivo ultrasound observations of the surgically repaired zone II flexor digitorum profundus tendon [Clinical note]. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, 41(11), 3018-3022. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2015.07.006

Journal - Research Other

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