Webinar - Clinician's influence on patients beliefs about LBP
Ben Darlow Wellington, New Zealand
Dr Ben Darlow - Research Fellow
Background and interests
Ben has been based in the Department since 2009. He is currently involved in several research projects as well as undergraduate teaching. Ben also practices as a physiotherapist.
Undergraduate Medical Students
Fourth year: understanding pain and interprofessional practice related to long-term condition management
Fifth year: acute low back pain management and musculoskeletal examination in primary care
Ben’s main research foci are low back pain and interprofessional education.
Ben has explored practitioner and patient attitudes and beliefs related to low back pain and influences upon these. He is currently investigating ways to positively influence these beliefs to improve back pain outcomes. A podcast interview with Ben which discusses his back pain research can be accessed here.
Ben is part of the Department’s interprofessional teaching team and is currently examining the short term outcomes of a brief undergraduate teaching initiative. He is also leading the Longitudinal Interprofessional (LIP) Study which will investigate changes in interprofessional attitudes and skills over the final year of health professional training and the first three years of professional practice. This study involves participants from the disciplines of dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physiotherapy. It will also explore if undergraduate interprofessional education influences these skills and attitudes or the career pathway of these graduates.
Ben is also involved in research exploring primary care prevalence and utilisation for childhood illness.