Mindy Claire Cairns

Mindy Claire Cairns
University of Hertfordshire | UH · Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

PhD, MSc, FMACP, PGCert HE, HCPC, Grad Dip Phys
Actively researching and always looking for collaborations.

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Introduction
Mindy is an experienced clinician, researcher and educator. She is Senior Research Fellow and Postgraduate Programme Lead MSc Advanced Physiotherapy in the School of Health and Social Work. Her clinical and research expertise is in the management of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditionals – specifically spinal pain. Her methodological expertise are quantitative methodologies; randomised clinical trials, trial interventions and evaluation, survey and questionnaire design and evaluation.

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Publications (38)
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Purpose Physiotherapy interventions are prescribed as first-line treatment for people with sciatica; however, their effectiveness remains controversial. The purpose of this systematic review was to establish the short-, medium- and long-term effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions compared to control interventions for people with clinically di...
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Background: Axial Spondyloarthritis is an inflammatory disease associated with significant diagnostic delays. Steen et al. (2021) found inadequate consideration of axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA) in physiotherapists back pain assessments. Since the previous survey, increased professional education on axSpA has occurred and First Contact Practition...
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Background The impact of atraumatic shoulder instability (ASI) on patients can be extensive, its management complex, with a biopsychosocial approach recommended. Currently how physiotherapists manage ASI is unknown or the extent to which current clinical practice aligns with existing evidence. At the time of this study no national guidelines or con...
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Background Glenohumeral joint instability is associated with structural deficits and/or alterations in sensory and motor processing; however, a proportion of patients with glenohumeral joint instability fail to respond to surgical and rehabilitative measures. This systematic review aimed to establish if functional cortical changes occur in patients...
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Background: Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is an inflammatory disease associated with significant diagnostic delays and is commonly missed in assessments of persistent back pain. Objective: To explore musculoskeletal physiotherapists' awareness, knowledge and confidence in screening for signs, symptoms and risk factors of suspected axSpA and cr...
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Background Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is an inflammatory disease underlying around 5% of back pain presentations. It is essential that physiotherapists screen for possible axSpA and know when to refer to rheumatology. In the UK, diagnostic delays of 5-8.5 years are common. Challenges with differentiating axSpA from non-specific low back pain a...
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Background/Aims The NHS recognises digital technology is key in improving healthcare systems and delivery. However, the uptake of technology has been slow due to various factors including clinician attitudes and behaviours identified in the Personalised Health and Care 2020 plan. To evaluate attitudes and current use of technology within a healthca...
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Background/Aims There is increasing evidence that research-active healthcare provider organisations provide better quality care, increased treatment options and improved clinical outcomes. Delivering evidence based clinical care and a high academic profile was identified as a key strategic objective at a tertiary orthopaedic hospital in the UK. Me...
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This poster summarises the initial findings from a survey investigating the management of atraumatic shoulder instability amongst physiotherapists.
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Background: In New Zealand ultrasound imaging (USI) is being used increasingly by physiotherapists. To fully understand the extent to which physiotherapists in New Zealand are using USI, it is necessary to evaluate not only the context of its clinical use but also the barriers preventing its uptake. Objectives: To examine the field and scope of...
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Purpose: To explore exercise beliefs and behaviours of individuals with Joint Hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers–Danlos syndrome – hypermobility type and to explore patient experiences of physiotherapy. Methods: A cross sectional questionnaire survey design was used to collect quantitative and qualitative data from adult members of the Hypermobility Syn...
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Study Design: Survey of New Zealand (NZ) registered physiotherapists Objectives: The primary objective was to survey NZ physiotherapists about their use of ultrasound imaging (USI), to identify the field and scope of use and the type and content of training. The secondary objective was to identify those physiotherapists not using USI and to unders...
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Background The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2009 guidelines for persistent low back pain (LBP) do not recommend the injection of therapeutic substances into the back as a treatment for LBP because of the absence of evidence for their effectiveness. This feasibility study aimed to provide a stable platform that could be u...
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Background: The role of injections of therapeutic substances into the back as treatment for low back pain is unclear. Facet joint injections are widely used despite the absence of evidence of sustained benefit. We hypothesise that facet joint injections might facilitate engagement with physiotherapist-led, best usual care (a combined physical and...
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Background: Since the publication of guidelines by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the American Pain Society guidelines for low back pain in 2009 there have been deep divisions in the pain treatment community about the use of therapeutic intraarticular facet joint injections. While evidence for the effectiveness...
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Long term health conditions either wholly or partly diet-related continue to increase. Although pharmacists and allied health professionals (AHPs) have a role in the management of patients with long term conditions, there is limited research exploring whether pharmacists and AHPs other than dietitians have a role in the delivery of dietary advice....
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Title: Protocol for pilot RCT to test the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of Facet-joint injections for selected people with persistent non-specific low back pain (FIS) – The protocol Authors & Affiliations: Cairns M1, Mars T2,Haywood K3, Lega C2,4, Sandhu H2, Ellard D2, Keohane S2, Underwood M2 1. Department of Allied Health Professions and M...
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Optimal urethrovesical positioning (UVP) may be important for continence. Pelvic floor muscle contraction (PFMC) influences UVP. PFMC instruction cues vary and often encourage anterior PFM recruitment that may result in sub-maximal posterior facilitation. Study hypothesis: posterior or combined cues are more influential in optimizing UVP during PFM...
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This study aimed to design and pilot a questionnaire to survey the use of ultrasound imaging (USI) by physiotherapists in the United Kingdom (UK), the type and content of ultrasound training physiotherapists using USI had undertaken and their perceived future training needs. The use of USI by physiotherapists is becoming increasingly common but is...
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This pilot study assesses level of agreement between surface and fine-wire electromyography (EMG), in order to establish if surface is as reliable as fine wire in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal muscle patterning in the shoulder. Eighteen participants (11 female) with unstable shoulders were recruited after written consent and ethical appro...
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Despite emphasis on patient centred healthcare, healthcare professionals have been slow to use validated measurements of patient satisfaction in physiotherapy practice. The aim of this cross sectional survey was to measure patient satisfaction with private physiotherapy in Ireland, for patients with musculoskeletal pain, using a previously validate...
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Pragmatic, multicentered randomized controlled trial, with 12-month follow-up. To evaluate the effect of adding specific spinal stabilization exercises to conventional physiotherapy for patients with recurrent low back pain (LBP) in the United Kingdom. Spinal stabilization exercises are a popular form of physiotherapy management for LBP, and previo...
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Recruitment phase of a randomized clinical trial. To review the published literature on the use of the distress risk assessment method in different back pain populations and healthcare settings and compare results with those obtained from the current trial. Psychological distress in low back pain is commonplace, and distress increases the relative...
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SummaryPressure biofeedback is a tool designed to facilitate muscle re-education by detecting movement of the lumbar spine associated with a deep abdominal contraction in relation to an air-filled reservoir. Pressure biofeedback readings of an abdominal ‘drawing-in' manoeuvre, designed to recruit the deep abdominal muscles, were taken from 45 patie...

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Patient experience and barriers of using digital exercise prescription programmes in MSK Physiotherapy focusing on digital exclusion and health inequalities
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GaitSmart use in lower limb total arthroplasty