• Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine Bond University Gold Coast Queensland 4229


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Research interests

My main research interests include musculoskeletal disorders and health economics. I am passionate about the efficient delivery of health services and my career has included advanced-practice musculoskeletal physiotherapy, health service management positions and allied health policy development in areas of professional scope and prescribing. Consequently, my research spans clinical, economic and health services domains.

Statement for HDR students

I have experience in quantitative research including RCT, health economics and systematic review. I am also experienced in combining clinical practice with research pursuits and health service projects.

Current projects include:

  • Altered pain mechanisms and somatosensory profiling in shoulder pain
  • The relationship between shoulder corticosteroid injection and response to care
  • The potential role of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in primary care
  • The health economics of telehealth in musculoskeletal care
  • I also provide health economic input to various external projects

Education/Academic qualification

Griffith University Queensland

Award Date: 15 Jul 2019

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow

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Research Output

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  • 1 Article
  • 1 Review article

Substitution of doctors with physiotherapists in the management of common musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review

Marks, D., Comans, T., Bisset, L. & Scuffham, P. A., 1 Dec 2017, In : Physiotherapy (United Kingdom). 103, 4, p. 341-351 11 p.

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Open Access
  • Increasing capacity for the treatment of common musculoskeletal problems: A non-inferiority RCT and economic analysis of corticosteroid injection for shoulder pain comparing a physiotherapist and orthopaedic surgeon

    Marks, D., Bisset, L., Comans, T., O'Leary, S., Conaghan, P. G. & Scuffham, P. A., 15 Sep 2016, In : PLoS ONE. 11, 9, e0162679.

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    The economic burden of shoulder pain awaiting public orthopaedic care

    Marks, D., Comans, T., Bisset, L. & Scuffham, P. A., Sep 2016, In : Manual Therapy. 25, p. e43 1 p., OR-SH-052.

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