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Madeleine Nicholson

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Madeleine Nicholson

The effectiveness of motivational interviewing when used in physiotherapy with people who have musculoskeletal conditions

People with musculoskeletal conditions often experience disability, pain, dissatisfaction and changes in mood which can effect quality of life, function, mental health, work and valued living. Physiotherapists can facilitate and promote self-management, exercise, movement and education, all potentially involved in helping someone with an MSK condition. Questions remain as to the most effective strategies for achieving these changes. Nevertheless, one approach that has been recommended is that of Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is a conversational style that helps people explore and resolve ambivalence by utilising both skills and 'mind set'. The aims of this PhD study are to systematically search, appraise and synthesise the existing evidence that has explored the effectiveness of MI when used in physiotherapy with people who have MSK conditions. This new understanding may be a foundation upon which to build further research into the use of MI in MSK physiotherapy and the experience of MI by physiotherapists and people who have MSK conditions.

Outside of SHU, Madeleine's employment has included Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Pain at BCUHB and Lecturer in Musculoskeletal and Practice Education Lead at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

She holds a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Liverpool, MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine from Middlesex University, and PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Wrexham Glyndwr University.

In her spare time, Madeleine enjoys paddle boarding, running, bouldering, exploring, being creative and spending time with friends and family.

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