Christopher Maher

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Affiliation: University of Sydney
Country: Australia

Publications

  1. pmc Clinical prediction rule for return to work after back pain
    Christopher Maher
    School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia
    CMAJ 172:1575-6. 2005
  2. ncbi request reprint The attitudes and beliefs of physiotherapy students to chronic back pain
    Jane Latimer
    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe 2142, Sydney, Australia
    Clin J Pain 20:45-50. 2004
  3. pmc Manipulative therapy and/or NSAIDs for acute low back pain: design of a randomized controlled trial [ACTRN012605000036617]
    Mark J Hancock
    Back Pain Research Group, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 6:57. 2005
  4. pmc Prognosis of acute low back pain: design of a prospective inception cohort study
    Nicholas Henschke
    Back Pain Research Group, School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, PO Box 170 Lidcombe, NSW 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 7:54. 2006
  5. pmc Advice or exercise for chronic whiplash disorders? Design of a randomized controlled trial
    Mark J Stewart
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 4:18. 2003
  6. pmc The McKenzie Method for the management of acute non-specific low back pain: design of a randomised controlled trial [ACTRN012605000032651]
    Luciana A C Machado
    Back Pain Research Group, School of Physiotherapy, The University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 6:50. 2005
  7. pmc Efficacy of manipulation for non-specific neck pain of recent onset: design of a randomised controlled trial
    Andrew M Leaver
    Back Pain Research Group, Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, PO Box 170 Lidcombe NSW 1825 Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 8:18. 2007
  8. pmc Risk factors for neck pain in office workers: a prospective study
    Julia M Hush
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170 Lidcombe, NSW 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 7:81. 2006
  9. ncbi request reprint Challenges for evidence-based physical therapy: accessing and interpreting high-quality evidence on therapy
    Christopher G Maher
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, New South Wales 1825, Australia
    Phys Ther 84:644-54. 2004
  10. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of "therapist-selected" versus "randomly selected" mobilisation techniques for the treatment of low back pain: a randomised controlled trial
    Adit Chiradejnant
    School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    Aust J Physiother 49:233-41. 2003

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  1. pmc Clinical prediction rule for return to work after back pain
    Christopher Maher
    School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia
    CMAJ 172:1575-6. 2005
  2. ncbi request reprint The attitudes and beliefs of physiotherapy students to chronic back pain
    Jane Latimer
    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe 2142, Sydney, Australia
    Clin J Pain 20:45-50. 2004
    ..Also, to investigate the effect of current or previous LBP on student attitudes and beliefs...
  3. pmc Manipulative therapy and/or NSAIDs for acute low back pain: design of a randomized controlled trial [ACTRN012605000036617]
    Mark J Hancock
    Back Pain Research Group, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 6:57. 2005
    ....
  4. pmc Prognosis of acute low back pain: design of a prospective inception cohort study
    Nicholas Henschke
    Back Pain Research Group, School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, PO Box 170 Lidcombe, NSW 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 7:54. 2006
    ..A secondary aim is to identify factors that are associated with the prognosis of low back pain...
  5. pmc Advice or exercise for chronic whiplash disorders? Design of a randomized controlled trial
    Mark J Stewart
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 4:18. 2003
    ..A secondary aim is to determine if pain severity, level of disability and fear of movement/(re)injury predict response to a physical activity program...
  6. pmc The McKenzie Method for the management of acute non-specific low back pain: design of a randomised controlled trial [ACTRN012605000032651]
    Luciana A C Machado
    Back Pain Research Group, School of Physiotherapy, The University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 6:50. 2005
    ..We have designed a randomised controlled trial to evaluate whether the addition of the McKenzie Method to general practitioner care results in better outcomes than general practitioner care alone for patients with acute LBP...
  7. pmc Efficacy of manipulation for non-specific neck pain of recent onset: design of a randomised controlled trial
    Andrew M Leaver
    Back Pain Research Group, Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, PO Box 170 Lidcombe NSW 1825 Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 8:18. 2007
    ..The primary aim of this study is to determine whether neck manipulation provides more rapid resolution of an episode of neck pain than mobilisation...
  8. pmc Risk factors for neck pain in office workers: a prospective study
    Julia M Hush
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170 Lidcombe, NSW 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 7:81. 2006
    ..The factors that place office workers at greater risk of developing neck pain are not understood. The aim of this study is to investigate the incidence and risk factors of work-related neck pain in Australian office workers...
  9. ncbi request reprint Challenges for evidence-based physical therapy: accessing and interpreting high-quality evidence on therapy
    Christopher G Maher
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, New South Wales 1825, Australia
    Phys Ther 84:644-54. 2004
    ..These strategies and others discussed in the article might facilitate implementation of evidence-based physical therapy...
  10. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of "therapist-selected" versus "randomly selected" mobilisation techniques for the treatment of low back pain: a randomised controlled trial
    Adit Chiradejnant
    School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    Aust J Physiother 49:233-41. 2003
    ..The results of this study confirm that lumbar mobilisation treatment has an immediate effect in relieving low back pain, however the specific technique used seems unimportant...
  11. ncbi request reprint Screening for symptoms of depression by physical therapists managing low back pain
    Sonia Haggman
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, New South Wales 1825, Australia
    Phys Ther 84:1157-66. 2004
    ..The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy with which physical therapists screen for depressive symptoms among their patients with LBP...
  12. ncbi request reprint Reliability of the PEDro scale for rating quality of randomized controlled trials
    Christopher G Maher
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, New South Wales 1825, Australia
    Phys Ther 83:713-21. 2003
    ..This report describes 2 studies designed to investigate the reliability of data obtained with the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) scale developed to rate the quality of RCTs evaluating physical therapist interventions...
  13. pmc The effect of motor control exercise versus placebo in patients with chronic low back pain [ACTRN012605000262606]
    Chris G Maher
    Back Pain Research Group, School of Physiotherapy, The University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 6:54. 2005
    ..This therapy has a biologically plausible effect, is readily available in primary care and it is of modest cost. However, to date, the efficacy of motor control exercise has not been established...
  14. ncbi request reprint Effective physical treatment for chronic low back pain
    C G Maher
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, P O Box 170, Lidcombe, New South Wales 1825, Australia
    Orthop Clin North Am 35:57-64. 2004
    ..Developing new, more powerful treatments and refining the current group of known effective treatments is the challenge for the future...
  15. doi request reprint Relationship between spinal stiffness and outcome in patients with chronic low back pain
    Manuela Loureiro Ferreira
    School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
    Man Ther 14:61-7. 2009
    ..In conclusion, spinal stiffness decreases over the course of an episode of treatment, more so in those with the stiffest spines, but the decrease is not dependent on treatment and is not generally related to outcome...
  16. doi request reprint Factors defining care-seeking in low back pain--a meta-analysis of population based surveys
    Manuela L Ferreira
    Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Group, University of Sydney, Australia
    Eur J Pain 14:747.e1-7. 2010
    ..Pain intensity was only slightly associated with care-seeking, whereas patients with high levels of disability were nearly eight times more likely to seek care than patients with lower levels of disability...
  17. ncbi request reprint The reproducibility of a clinical grading system of motor control in patients with low back pain
    Negin Sedaghat
    Discipline of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
    J Manipulative Physiol Ther 30:501-8. 2007
    ..The ability to recruit these muscles is quantified by assigning 1 of 6 defined grades. The purpose of this study was to investigate the reproducibility of this grading system...
  18. ncbi request reprint Use of clinical guidelines for whiplash by insurers
    Trudy J Rebbeck
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, East Street, Lidcombe, Sydney, NSW 2141, Australia
    Aust Health Rev 30:442-9. 2006
    ..To describe the opinions of, use of, and compliance with guidelines for whiplash associated disorders (whiplash) by insurance staff after an implementation program...
  19. pmc Prognosis in patients with recent onset low back pain in Australian primary care: inception cohort study
    Nicholas Henschke
    Musculoskeletal Division, The George Institute for International Health, Sydney, Australia
    BMJ 337:a171. 2008
    ..To estimate the one year prognosis and identify prognostic factors in cases of recent onset low back pain managed in primary care...
  20. ncbi request reprint Comparison of general exercise, motor control exercise and spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low back pain: A randomized trial
    Manuela L Ferreira
    School of Physiotherapy, Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Pain 131:31-7. 2007
    ....
  21. pmc Prognosis of chronic low back pain: design of an inception cohort study
    Luciola da Cunha Menezes Costa
    Back Pain Research Group, Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe NSW 1825, Australia
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 8:11. 2007
    ..The aim of this study is to describe the prognosis of an inception cohort of people with chronic low back pain presenting for primary care...
  22. doi request reprint A systematic review of the predictive ability of the Orebro Musculoskeletal Pain Questionnaire
    Rowena L Hockings
    Musculoskeletal Division, George Institute for International Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 33:E494-500. 2008
    ..Systematic review...
  23. pmc Independent evaluation of a clinical prediction rule for spinal manipulative therapy: a randomised controlled trial
    Mark J Hancock
    Back Pain Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    Eur Spine J 17:936-43. 2008
    ..8 to 1.4). The clinical prediction rule proposed by Childs et al. did not generalise to patients presenting to primary care with acute low back pain who received a course of spinal manipulative therapy...
  24. doi request reprint Trial methodology and patient characteristics did not influence the size of placebo effects on pain
    Steven J Kamper
    Back Pain Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, Sydney, NSW 1825, Australia
    J Clin Epidemiol 61:256-60. 2008
    ..To determine whether trial-design, patient-type, or placebo-type factors influence the size of the placebo analgesic effect in clinical trials...
  25. doi request reprint A systematic review identifies five "red flags" to screen for vertebral fracture in patients with low back pain
    Nicholas Henschke
    Back Pain Research Group, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe NSW 1825, Sydney, Australia
    J Clin Epidemiol 61:110-118. 2008
    ....
  26. ncbi request reprint Responsiveness of pain and disability measures for chronic whiplash
    Mark Stewart
    Discipline of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 32:580-5. 2007
    ..Cohort study...
  27. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of the core outcome measure in whiplash
    Trudy J Rebbeck
    Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 32:696-702. 2007
    ..Reanalysis of data derived from longitudinal cohort studies...
  28. ncbi request reprint Prognosis of conservatively managed anterior cruciate ligament injury: a systematic review
    Qassim I Muaidi
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Sports Med 37:703-16. 2007
    ..However, subjects reduced their activity levels on average by 21% following injury...
  29. pmc Low back pain research priorities: a survey of primary care practitioners
    Nicholas Henschke
    Back Pain Research Group, School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia
    BMC Fam Pract 8:40. 2007
    ..This study aimed to determine the research priorities of primary care practitioners who manage low back pain on a day-to-day basis...
  30. pmc Screening for malignancy in low back pain patients: a systematic review
    Nicholas Henschke
    Back Pain Research Group, School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW, 1825, Australia
    Eur Spine J 16:1673-9. 2007
    ..Malignancy is rare as a cause of low back pain. The most useful features and tests are a previous history of cancer, elevated ESR, reduced hematocrit, and clinician judgement...
  31. ncbi request reprint Construct validity of lumbar extension measures in McKenzie's derangement syndrome
    Helen A Clare
    Man Ther 12:328-34. 2007
    ..The modified Schober method is the preferred protocol for a clinical setting...
  32. ncbi request reprint Evidence for physiotherapy practice: a survey of the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)
    Anne M Moseley
    Centre for Evidence Based Physiotherapy, Department of Medicine, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, 1680, Australia
    Aust J Physiother 48:43-9. 2002
    ..0 for trials published between 1995 and 1999. There is a substantial body of evidence about the effects of physiotherapy. However, there remains scope for improvements in the quality of the conduct and reporting of clinical trials...
  33. ncbi request reprint Letters
    Christopher G Maher
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 27:898. 2002
  34. ncbi request reprint Forces applied during manual therapy to patients with low back pain
    Adit Chiradejnant
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW 2141 Australia
    J Manipulative Physiol Ther 25:362-9. 2002
    ..To date, there is little information available regarding the forces used during mobilization treatment of patients with low back pain (LBP)...
  35. ncbi request reprint WorkCover's physiotherapy forms: purpose beyond paperwork?
    Eva Schonstein
    School of Physiotherapy, The University of Sydney, Lidcombe, New South Wales
    Aust J Physiother 48:221-5. 2002
    ..However, most physiotherapists did not provide precise, measurable or time-specific treatment goals, despite this being emphasised by WorkCover. We propose ways of improving communication practices between physiotherapists and insurers...
  36. ncbi request reprint Does spinal manipulative therapy help people with chronic low back pain?
    Manuela L Ferreira
    The University of Sydney, Australia
    Aust J Physiother 48:277-84. 2002
    ..It is not clear whether spinal manipulation is more effective than NSAIDs in reducing pain of patients with chronic low back pain...
  37. ncbi request reprint Objective manual assessment of lumbar posteroanterior stiffness is now possible
    Adit Chiradejnant
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe, NSW 2141, Australia
    J Manipulative Physiol Ther 26:34-9. 2003
    ..With the revised protocol, a therapist matched the stiffness of the spine to 1 of 11 stiffness references provided by a mechanical device...
  38. ncbi request reprint Manual discrimination capability when only viscosity is varied in viscoelastic stiffness stimuli
    Leslie L Nicholson
    School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, PO Box 170, Lidcombe 1825, NSW, Australia
    J Manipulative Physiol Ther 26:365-73. 2003
    ..Previous research has suggested that the viscous component of stiffness is more difficult to judge...
  39. ncbi request reprint Reliability of detection of lumbar lateral shift
    Helen A Clare
    School of Physiotherapy, The University of Sydney, Australia
    J Manipulative Physiol Ther 26:476-80. 2003
    ..This study aimed to remove the potential confounding arising from biological variation and test reactivity and control the level of rater experience/training in making judgments of lateral shift...
  40. ncbi request reprint An evaluation of Superthumb and the Kneeshaw device as manual therapy tools
    Christopher G Maher
    School of Physiotherapy, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, 1825, Australia
    Aust J Physiother 48:25-30. 2002
    ..The results suggest that neither tool, in its current form, is suitable for clinical practice...
  41. ncbi request reprint Efficacy of spinal manipulative therapy for low back pain of less than three months' duration
    Manuela L Ferreira
    School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Australia
    J Manipulative Physiol Ther 26:593-601. 2003
    ..It is not clear if spinal manipulative therapy is more effective than exercise, usual physiotherapy, or medical care in the first 4 weeks of treatment...
  42. ncbi request reprint Evaluating two implementation strategies for whiplash guidelines in physiotherapy: a cluster randomised trial
    Trudy Rebbeck
    University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia
    Aust J Physiother 52:165-74. 2006
    ..Are implementation strategies involving education any more effective than mere dissemination of clinical practice guidelines in changing physiotherapy practice and reducing patient disability after acute whiplash?..
  43. ncbi request reprint Selecting an appropriate placebo for a trial of spinal manipulative therapy
    Mark J Hancock
    Back Pain Research Group, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Aust J Physiother 52:135-8. 2006
    ..Different beliefs about what is the active component of spinal manipulative therapy appear to be responsible for much of the disagreement...
  44. ncbi request reprint Specific stabilisation exercise for spinal and pelvic pain: a systematic review
    Paulo H Ferreira
    School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Aust J Physiother 52:79-88. 2006
    ..Single trials indicate that specific stabilisation exercise can be helpful in the treatment of cervicogenic headache and associated neck pain, pelvic pain, and in reducing recurrence after acute low back pain...
  45. ncbi request reprint Comparison of the functional rating index and the 18-item Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire: responsiveness and reliability
    Wunpen Chansirinukor
    School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
    Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 30:141-5. 2005
    ..Retrospective design...
  46. ncbi request reprint A systematic review of efficacy of McKenzie therapy for spinal pain
    Helen A Clare
    The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Aust J Physiother 50:209-16. 2004
    ..There are also insufficient data available on neck pain patients...
  47. ncbi request reprint Attitudes and beliefs of Brazilian and Australian physiotherapy students towards chronic back pain: a cross-cultural comparison
    Paulo H Ferreira
    School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
    Physiother Res Int 9:13-23. 2004
    ....
  48. ncbi request reprint Reliability of McKenzie classification of patients with cervical or lumbar pain
    Helen A Clare
    School of Physiotherapy, The University of Sydney, 2141, Australia
    J Manipulative Physiol Ther 28:122-7. 2005
    ..At present, the reliability of classification with this system is unclear. No study has included patients with cervical pain, and the studies to date have reported conflicting results...
  49. doi request reprint A description of the trials, reviews, and practice guidelines indexed in the PEDro database
    Christopher G Maher
    Musculoskeletal Division, The George Institute for International Health, PO Box M201, Missenden Road, Sydney, NSW 2050, Australia
    Phys Ther 88:1068-77. 2008
    ..This rapid growth presents a challenge for physical therapists who want to keep up to date in clinical practice...
  50. ncbi request reprint Physiotherapist-directed exercise, advice, or both for subacute low back pain: a randomized trial
    Liset H M Pengel
    Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, United Kingdom
    Ann Intern Med 146:787-96. 2007
    ..Advice and exercise are widely recommended for subacute low back pain, but the effectiveness of these interventions is unclear...