Assoc Prof Mark Hancock

Assoc Prof Mark Hancock

Associate Professor Mark Hancock 

Assoc Prof Mark Hancock  Associate Professor Mark Hancock, Curriculum Development Leader

Email
Phone: +61 2 9850 6622 / Fax: +61 2 9850 6630
Location: Ground floor 75 Talavera Road
Macquarie University

Introduction

Publications

Grants

Introduction

  • Research and clinical expertise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Joined Macquarie University in February 2012.
  • Previously employed at University of Sydney since 2000.
  • 20 years of experience as a clinician working in Australia and the US mostly in a primary care musculoskeletal setting.
  • Experience in curriculum development of physiotherapy programs.
  • Leader in the field of low back pain research.
  • Over 70 journal publications and 2.5 million dollars in funding.
  • Published in leading medical journals including Lancet, BMJ and Archives of Internal Medicine.
  • His research has been incorporated into clinical practice guidelines.
  • Member of the Cochrane Back Review Associate Editorial Board, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Board member of Journal of Physiotherapy.    
  • Reviewer for leading medical journals including Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the leading spine specific and physiotherapy journals.
  • Department member of the recently funded multidisciplinary Faculty Centre for Physical Health.

Publications

  1. Mathieson S, Billot L, Maher CG, McLachlan AJ, Latimer J, Koes BW, Hancock MJ, Harris I, Day RO, Pik J, Jan S, Lin CW (2016). PRECISE – pregabalin in addition to usual care: statistical analysis plan. Trials. Jan 27; 17(1):53. doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1174-y.
  2. Steffens D, Maher CG, Pereira LS, Stevens ML, Oliveira VC, Chapple M, Teixeira-Salmela LF, Hancock MJ (2016). Prevention of Low Back Pain; A Systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Internal Medicine. 176(2):199-208. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7431.
  3. Downie AS, Hancock MJ, Rzewuska M, Williams CM, Lin CW, Maher CG. (2016). Trajectories of acute low back pain: a latent class growth analysis. Pain. Jan; 157(1):225-234. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000351.
  4. Hancock MJ, Hill JC (2015). Are small effects for back pain interventions really surprising? JOSPT. Accepted 23/12/2015.
  5. Duong V, Maher CG, Steffens D, Li Q, Hancock MJ (2015). Does weather affect daily pain intensity levels in patients with acute low back pain? A prospective cohort study. Rheumatology International. Doi: 10.1007/s00296-015-3419-6 Published online ahead of print 12th Feb 2016
  6. Yamato TP, Maher CG, Saragiotto BT, Hancock MJ, Ostelo RW, Cabral CM, Costa LC, Costa LO (2015). Pilates for Low Back Pain: Complete Republication of a Cochrane Review. Spine. Dec 14, Published online ahead of print.
  7. Jenkins HJ, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, French SD, Magnussen JS (2015). Understanding patient beliefs regarding the use of imaging in the management of low back pain. European Journal of Pain. Published online ahead of print.
  8. Garcia AN, Costa LD, Hancock M, Costa LO (2015). Identifying Patients with chronic Low Back Pain who respond best to mechanical diagnosis and therapy; Secondary analysis of a Randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy. Published online ahead of print.
  9. Jensen RK, Kent P, Hancock M. (2015). Do MRI findings identify patients with chronic low back pain and Modic changes who respond best to rest or exercise: a subgroup analysis of a randomised controlled trial. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. Sep 11; 23-26. doi:10.1186/s12998-015-0071-x.
  10. Hancock MJ. Maher CM, Petocz P. Lin CW, Steffens D, Luque-Suarez A, Magnussen JS. (2015). Risk factors for a recurrence of low back pain. The Spine Journal. Nov 1;15(11):2360-2368. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2015.07.007.
  11. Steffens D, Hancock MJ, Pereira LS, Kent PM, Latimer J, Maher CG (2015). Do MRI findings identify patients with low back pain or sciatica who respond better to particular interventions? A systematic review. European Spine Journal. Published online ahead of print.
  12. Yamato TP, Maher CG, Saragiotto BT, Hancock MJ, Ostelo RW, Cabral, CM, Costa  LO (2015). Pilates for low back pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  Jul 2;7 DOI: 10.1002/14651858.
  13. Jenkins HJ, Hancock MJ, French SD, Maher CG, Engel RM, Magnussen JS. (2015) Effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce the use of imaging for low-back pain: a systematic review. CMAJ. Apr 7;187(6):401-408 doi: 10.1503/cmaj.141183.
  14. Steffens, D., Maher, C. G., Ferreira, M. L., Hancock, M. J., Pereira, L. S., Williams, C. M., & Latimer, J. (2015). Influence of Clinician Characteristics and Operational Factors on Recruitment of Participants with Low Back Pain: An Observational Study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Feb; 38(2):151-158 doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.10.016.
  15. Garcia AN, Costa LCM, HancockMJ, AlmeidaMO, SouzaFS, Costa LOP (2015). Efficacy of the McKenzie Method in Patients With Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial (study protocol). Physical Therapy 95: 267-273. Halliday M, Ferreira P, Hancock MJ, Clare HA (2015). A randomised controlled trial protocol comparing McKenzie Therapy and motor control exercises on trunk muscle recruitment in people with chronic low back pain and directional. Physiotherapy 101: 232-238
  16. Prosser R, Hancock MJ, Nicholson L, Merry C, Thornley F, Wheen D (2015). Rigid versus semi-rigid orthotic use following TMC arthroplasty: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Hand Therapy 27(4): 265-71.
  17. Panagopoulos J, Hancock MJ, Ferreira P, Hush J, Petocz P. (2014). Does the addition of Visceral Manipulation alter outcomes for patients with Low Back Pain? A Randomised Placebo Controlled Trial. European Journal of Pain. Aug; 19(7):899-907. DOI: 10.1002/ejp.614.
  18. Downie A, Williams CM, Henschke N, Hancock MJ, Ostelo RW, de Vet HC, Macaskill P, Irwig L, van Tulder MW, Koes BW, Maher CG (2014). Red flags to screen for malignancy and fracture in patients with low back pain. Br J Sports Med. Oct 48(20):1518. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-f7095rep.
  19. Macedo LG, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, Kamper SJ, McAuley J, Stanton TR, Stafford R, Hodges PW (2014). Predicting response to motor control exercises and graded activity for low back pain patients: pre-planned secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy 94(11): 1543-54.
  20. Williams C, Maher CG, Latimer J, McLachlan A, Hancock MJ, Day RO, Lin C-WC. , Latimer J. (2014) Efficacy of paracetamol for acute low back pain: A randomized controlled trial. Lancet 384: 1586–1596.
  21. Junqueira D, Ferreira ML, Refshauge K, Maher C, Hopper JL, Hancock MJ, Carvalho M, Ferreira PH (2014). Heritability and lifestyle factors in chronic low back pain: results of the Australian Twin Low Back Pain Study (The AUTBACK study). European Journal of Pain. 18:1410–1418.
  22. Hancock MJ (2014). Good start but we need to do better (Invited commentary). Annals of Family Medicine. Online.
  23. Williams C, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, McAuley JM, Lin C-WC, Latimer J (2014). Predicting rapid recovery from acute low back pain based on the intensity, duration and history of pain: a validation study. European Journal of Pain. 18: 1182-1189.
  24. Panagopoulos J, Hancock MJ, Kongsted A, Hush J, Kent P (2014). Does anterior trunk pain predict a different course of recovery in chronic low back pain? Pain 155: 977-82.
  25. Cook C, Cleland J, Hegedus E, Wright A, Hancock MJ (2014). The creation of the diagnostic accuracy quality scale (DAQS). The Journal of Manual & Manipulative therapy 22(2):90-6.
  26. Hancock MJ (2014). Approach to low back pain – physiotherapy. Australian Family Physician 43(3):117-8.
  27. Steffens D, Maher CG, Ferreira M, Hancock MJ, Glass T, Latimer J (2014). Clinicians’ views on factors that trigger a sudden onset of low back pain. European Spine Journal. 23:512-519.
  28. Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, Lin C-WC, Latimer J (2014). Recruitment rate for a clinical trial was associated with particular operational procedures and clinician characteristics. J Clin Epidemiol 67:169-75.
  29. Lin C-WC, Verwoerd A, Maher CG, Verhagen AP, Pinto RZ, Luijsterburg PA, Hancock MJ (2014). Eligibility criteria of trials investigating conservative treatments for radiating leg pain related to back pain. Eur J Pain 18:455-464.
  30. Luque-Suarez A, Gijon-Nogueron G, Baron-Lopez FJ, Labajos-Manzanares MT, Hush J, Hancock MJ (2014). Effects of kinesiotaping on foot posture in participants with pronated foot: A quasi-randomised, double-blind study. Physiotherapy 100:36-40.
  31. Steffens D, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Satchell R, Ferreira M, Partington M, Bouvier A (2014). Prognosis of chronic low back pain in patients presenting to a private community-based group exercise program. Eur Spine J 23:113-9.
  32. Steffens D, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Williams C, Jensen TS, Latimer J (2013). Does magnetic resonance imaging predict future low back pain? A systematic review. European Journal of Pain 18(6):755-765.
  33. Downie A, Williams CM, Henschke N, Hancock MJ, Ostelo RW, de vet de Vet HCW, Macaskill, P, Irwig L, van Tulder MW, Koes BW, Maher, CG (2013). Red flags to screen for malignancy and fracture in patients with low back pain: systematic review. BMJ, 2013;347.
  34. Suarez A, Navarro-Ledesma S, Petocz P, Hancock MJ, Hush J (2013). Short term effects of kinesiotaping on acromiohumeral distance in asymptomatic subjects: A randomised controlled trial. Manual Therapy 18:573-7.
  35. Foster NE, Hill JC, O’Sullivan P, Hancock MJ (2013). Stratified Models of Care. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology 27: 649–661.
  36. Swain MS, Kongsted A, Downie A, Hancock MJ (2013). A Chiropractic Scholar Visits from Denmark: A Report on the Chiropractic Research Seminar. Chiropr J Aust 43: 103-6.
  37. Williams M Christopher, Maher G Chris, Latimer Jane, McLachlan J Andrew, Hancock J Mark, Day O Richard, Billot Laurent, Lin Chung-Wei Christine (2013). PACE - the first placebo controlled trial of Paracetamol for acute low back pain: statistical analysis plan. Trials 2013, 14:248.
  38. Mathieson C, Lin C, Maher C, McLachlan A, Latimer J, Koes B, Hancock M, Harris I (2013). PRECISE - Pregabalin in addition to usual care for sciatica: a randomised controlled trial: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 14:213.
  39. Hancock MJ, Kjaer P, Korsholm L, Kent P (2013). Interpretation of Subgroup Effects in Published Trials. Physical Therapy 93:852-9.
  40. Panagopoulos J, Hancock M, Ferreira P (2013). Does the addition of visceral manipulation improve outcomes for patients with low back pain? Rationale and study protocol. J Bodywork Mov Ther 17:339-43.
  41. Stanton TR, Hancock MJ, Apeldoorn AT, Wand BM, Fritz JM (2013). What characterizes people who have an unclear classification using a treatment-based classification algorithm for low back pain? A cross-sectional study. Physical Therapy 93:345-55.
  42. Steffens D, Beckenkamp PR, Hancock MJ, Paiva DN, Menna-Barreto SS, Alison JA (2013). Activity level predicts 6-minute walk distance in healthy older females. Physiotherapy 99:21-26.
  43. Costa LOP, Hancock M, Maher CG, Ostelo RWJG, Cabral CMN, Menezes Costa LD (2012) Pilates for low-back pain (Protocol). The Cochrane Library: Issue 12.
  44. Pinto RZ, Maher CG, Ferreira ML, Hancock MJ, Oliveira VC, McLachlan AJ, Koes B, Ferreira PH (2012). Efficacy of epidural corticosteroid injections in the management of sciatica: Systematic review and meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials. Annals of Internal Medicine. 157: 865-877
  45. Costa LdCM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, Herbert RD, Costa LO (2012). The Prognosis of acute and persistent low back pain: a meta-analysis. CMAJ 184: E613-624.
  46. Prosser R, Hancock MJ, Nicholson LL, LA Harvey, P LaStayo, I Hargreaves, P Scougall, R Herbert (2012). Prognosis and prognostic factors for patients with persistent wrist pain who proceed to wrist arthroscopy. Journal of Hand Therapy 25: 264-270.
  47. Sheets C, Machado L, Hancock MJ, Maher CG (2012). Can we predict response to the McKenzie method in patients with acute low back pain?  A secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Eur Spine J 21: 1250-1256.
  48. Pinto RZ, Maher CG, Ferreira ML, Ferreira PH, Hancock MJ, Oliveira VC, McLachlan AJ, Koes B (2012). Drugs for relief of pain in patients with sciatica: systematic review and meta-analysis.  BMJ 344:e497 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e497.
  49. Williams C, Hancock MJ, Ferreira P, Ferreira M, Maher CG (2012). A literature review reveals that trials evaluating treatment of non-specific low back pain use inconsistent criteria to identify serious pathologies and nerve root involvement. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 20:59-65.
  50. Kamper SJ, Hancock MJ, Maher CG (2011). Optimal designs for prediction studies of whiplash. Spine 36:S268-274.
  51. Steffens D, Beckenkamp P, Hancock M, Paiva DN, Menna-Barreto SS, Alison JA. Six minute walk distance in healthy elderly active and sedentary female. Proceedings Australian Physiotherapy Association Biennial Conference 2011. Brisbane, Australia, 2011. p.126.
  52. Steffens D, Hancock J, Satchill R, Ferreira M, Ferreira P, Maher CG, Partington M, Bouvier A. Prognosis of patients with chronic low back pain presenting to a private functional group exercise program. Proceedings Australian Physiotherapy Association Biennial Conference. Brisbane, Australia, 2011. p.146.
  53. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Laslett M, Hay E, Koes B (2011). Discussion paper: what happened to the “bio” in the bio-psychosocial model of model of low back pain? Eur Spine J 20: 2105-10.
  54. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Macaskill P, Latimer J, Kos W, Pik J (2012) MRI findings are more common in selected patients with acute low back pain than controls? Eur Spine J  21:240-246.
  55. Stanton TR, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock MJ (2011) A modified Delphi approach to standardize low back pain recurrence terminology. Eur Spine J 20:744-752.
  56. Costa LdCM, Maher CG, McAuley JH, Hancock MJ, Oliveira Wde M, Azevedo DC, Freitas Pozzi LM, Pereira AR, Costa LO (2011) The Brazilian-Portuguese versions of the McGill Pain Questionnaire were reproducible, valid, and responsive in patients with musculoskeletal pain. J Clin Epidemiol 64:903-912.
  57. Hancock MJ, Koes B, Ostelo R, Peul W (2011) Diagnostic accuracy of the clinical examination in identifying the level of herniation in patients with sciatica. Spine 36:E712-719.
  58. Stanton TR, Fritz JM, Hancock MJ, Latimer J, Maher CG, Benedict M, Wand , Eric Parent (2011). Evaluation of a Treatment-Based Classification Algorithm for Low Back.
  59. Pain: A Cross-Sectional Study. Physical Therapy 91:496-509.
  60. Macedo LG, Maher CG, Latimer J, Hancock MJ, Machado LA, McAuley JH (2011) Responsiveness of the 24-, 18- and 11-item versions of the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire. Eur Spine J 20:458-463.
  61. Costa LdCM, Maher CG, McAuley JH, Hancock MJ, Smeets R (2011). Self-efficacy is more important than fear of movement in mediating the relationship between pain and disability in chronic low back pain. European Journal of Pain 15:496-509.
  62. Williams CM, Latimer J, Maher CG, McLachlan AJ, Cooper CW, Hancock MJ, Day RO, McAuley JH, Lin CWC (2010). PACE - The first placebo controlled trial of paracetamol for acute low back pain: Design of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 11:169.
  63. Maher CG, Hancock MJ (2010). On “Moving past sleight of hand” Mintken et al JOSPT 40: 253-255. JOSPT 40: 536-537.
  64. Hancock MJ (2010). Invited Commentary: A model for investigating subgroups. Physical Therapy 19 1495-1501.
  65. Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, McLachlan AJ, Latimer J (2010). Reply to Appropriate Discard of "Best" Practice Guidelines for Acute Low Back Pain. Arch Int Med 170: 1088.
  66. Stanton T, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Koes BW (2010). Author response: Improving the development and validation of clinical prediction rules within physical therapy. Physical Therapy 90: 858-859.
  67. Hancock MJ, Maher CG (2010). Letter to editor re: Cleland JA, Fritz JM, Kulig K, et al. Comparison of the effectiveness of three manual physical therapy techniques in a subgroup of patients with low back pain who satisfy a clinical prediction rule. A randomized clinical trial. Spine 35: 839-839.
  68. Kent P, Hancock MJ, Petersen DHD, Mjøsund HL (2010). Clinimetrics Corner: Choosing appropriate study designs for particular questions about treatment subgroups. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 16; 147-152.
  69. Kamper SJ, Maher CG, Herbert RD, Hancock MJ, Hush JM, Smeets RJ (2010). How little pain and disability do patients with low back pain have to experience to feel they have recovered? European Spine Journal 19:1495-501.
  70. Hancock MJ, Battie MC, Videman T, Gibbons L (2010). The role of back injury or trauma in lumbar disc degeneration: An exposure-discordant twin study. Spine 35:1925-9.
  71. Stanton T, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Koes BW (2010). Critical appraisal of clinical prediction rules that aim to optimise treatment selection for musculoskeletal conditions. Physical Therapy 90: 843-853.
  72. Kamper SJ, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, Koes BW, Croft PR, Hay E (2010). Treatment-based subgroups of low back pain: a guide to appraisal of research studies and a summary of current evidence. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology 24:181-191.
  73. Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, McLachlan AJ, Britt H, Fahridin S, Harrison C, Latimer J (2010). A survey of general practice revealing that most patients with low back pain do not receive best practice care. Arch Intern Med 170: 271-277.
  74. Kamper S, Ostelo R, Knol D, Maher CG, de Vet R, Hancock MJ (2010). Global Perceived Effect scales provide reliable assessments of health transition in people with musculoskeletal disorders, but ratings are strongly influenced by current status. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 63: 760-766.
  75. Stanton T, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock MJ (2009). How do we define the condition ‘recurrent low back pain’? A systematic review. European Spine Journal 19: 533-539 .
  76. Costa LdCM, Maher CG, McAuley JH, Hancock MJ, Herbert RD, Refshauge KM, Henschke N (2009). Prognosis for patients with chronic low back pain: inception cohort study. BMJ 339:b3829 doi:10.1136/bmj.b3829.
  77. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, McLachlan AJ, Day RO, Davies R (2009). Can predictors of response to NSAIDs be identified in patients with acute low back pain? Clinical Journal of Pain 25: 659-665.
  78. Hancock MJ, Herbert RD, Maher CG (2009). Author response. Physical Therapy 2009 89: 1099.
  79. Hancock MJ, Herbert R, Maher CG (2009). A guide to interpretation of studies investigating subgroups of responders to physical therapy interventions. Physical Therapy 89:698-704.
  80. Stanton, TR, Maher CG, Hancock, MJ (2009). On "clinical prediction rules for physical therapy interventions..." Beneciuk JM, et al. Phys Ther. 2009;89:114-124. Physical Therapy 89: 394.
  81. Cook  C, Brismée JM, Courtney C, Hancock MJ, May S (2009). Publishing a Scientific Manuscript on Manual Therapy. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 17: 141–147.
  82. Stanton T, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock MJ (2009). Definitions of recurrence of an episode of low back pain: A systematic review. Spine 34:E316-322.
  83. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J (2008) Spinal manipulative therapy for acute low back pain. A clinical perspective. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 16: 198-203.
  84. Davies R, Maher CG, Hancock MJ (2008) A systematic review of paracetamol for non-specific low back pain. European Spine Journal 17:1423-1430.
  85. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Herbert RD, McAuley JH (2008). Clinical prediction rule for spinal manipulation does not discriminate patients in an Australian physiotherapy primary care setting. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 13: 284–5.
  86. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Herbert RD (2008) Answer to the letter to the editor of J. Hebert et al. concerning ‘‘Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Herbert RD, McAuley JH (2008) Independent evaluation of a clinical prediction rule for spinal manipulative therapy: a randomised controlled trial. European Spine Journal 17:1403–1404.
  87. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Herbert RD and McAuley JH (2008). Can rate of recovery be predicted in patients with acute low back pain? Development of a clinical prediction rule. European Journal of Pain 13:51-55.
  88. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Herbert RD and McAuley (2008). Independent evaluation of a clinical prediction rule for spinal manipulative therapy: A randomised controlled trial. European Spine Journal 17: 936-943.
  89. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, McLachlan AJ, Cooper CW, Day RO, Spindler MF and McAuley JH (2007). Assessment of diclofenac or spinal manipulative therapy, or both, in addition to recommended first-line treatment for acute low back pain: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 370: 1638-1643.
  90. King A, Hancock M and Munn J (2007). Reliability of the lateral step up test. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation 16: 131-142.
  91. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Spindler MF, Laslett M, Bogduk N and McAuley JH (2007). Systematic review of tests to identify the disc, SIJ or facet joint as the source of low back pain. European Spine Journal 16:1539-1550.
  92. Wozniak, H., Hancock, M., Munn, J. & Mendrela, G. (2006) Designing reusable online clinical reasoning templates: a preliminary evaluation. Who’s learning, who’s technology. ASCILITE Conference, 3-6 December, Sydney.
  93. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J and McAuley (2006). Selecting an appropriate placebo for a trial of spinal manipulative therapy. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 52: 135-138.
  94. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, McLachlan AJ, Cooper CW, Day RO, Spindler MF and McAuley JH (2005). Manipulative therapy and/or NSAIDs for acute low back pain: design of a randomized controlled trial [ACTRN012605000036617]. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 6:57.
  95. Hancock MJ, Herbert RD and Stewart M (2005). Prediction of outcome after ankle fracture. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 35: 786-792.
  96. Munn J, Herbert RD, Hancock MJ and Gandevia SC (2005): Training with unilateral resistance exercise increases contralateral strength. Journal of Applied Physiology 99: 1880-1884.
  97. Munn J, Herbert RD, Hancock MJ and Gandevia SC (2005): Resistance training for strength: Effect of number of sets and contraction speed. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 37: 1622-1626.

Conference presentations

  1. Hancock MJ, Macedo LG, Maher CG, Kamper SJ, McAuley J, Stanton TR, Stafford R, Hodges PW. Predicting response to motor control exercises and graded activity for low back pain patients: pre-planned secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. International Forum XIII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Campos de Jordao, Brazil; October 2014.
  2. Junqueira D, Ferreira ML, Refshauge K, Maher C, Hopper JL, Hancock MJ, Carvalho M, Ferreira PH. Heritability as a contributor for the prevalence of chronic low back pain: The Australian Twin low BACK pain (AUTBACK) study. International Forum XIII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Campos de Jordao, Brazil; October 2014.
  3. Hancock MJ, Maher C. Interpretation and Clinical Application of the Research for Diagnosis and Treatment Based Classification of Back Pain. American Physical Therapy Association: Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, United States; Feb 2014 (Invited education session).
  4. Williams CM, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, McAuley JH, Lin CWC, Latimer J. Predicting rapid recovery from acute low back pain: A validation study. Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Melbourne, Australia; October 2013.
  5. Downie A, Williams CM, Henschke N, Hancock MJ, Ostelo RWJG, de Vet HCW, Macaskill P, Irwig L, van Tulder M, Koes BW, Maher CG. Systematic review of red flags to screen for cancer and fracture in patients with low back pain. Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Melbourne, Australia; October 2013.
  6. Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuely JH, Lin CWC, Latimer J. Recruiting patients to large clinical trials of low back pain. Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Melbourne, Australia; October 2013.
  7. Panagopoulos J, Hancock, MJ, Ferreira, P and Petocz, P. Does Visceral Manipulation improve outcomes for patients with Low Back Pain? 8th Interdisciplinary Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; October 2013.
  8. Hancock MJ. Keynote address: Subgrouping and low back pain: what progress has been made? International Forum XII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Odense, Denmark; October 2012.
  9. Stanton TR, Fritz JM, Apeldoorn AT, Wand BM, Hancock MJ. Treatment-based classification of low back pain – who are the unclear classifications? Odense International Forum XII , Odense, Denmark, October 2012.
  10. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Macaskill P, Latimer J, Kos W, Pik J. Does the criterion used to measure disc degeneration alter the association between disc degeneration and low back pain? World Forum for Spine Research, Helsinki, Finland; June 2012.
  11. Hancock MJ, Maher C. Managing low back pain in a direct access setting. American Physical Therapy Association: Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago, United States; Feb 2012.
  12. Stanton TR, Fritz J, Hancock MJ, Latimer J, Maher CG, Wand BM, Parent E. Evaluation of a treatment-based classification algorithm for low back pain. Evidence-based practice forum, Sydney, Australia, November 2011.
  13. Stanton TR, Fritz J, Hancock MJ, Latimer J, Maher CG, Wand BM, Parent E. Evaluation of a treatment-based classification algorithm for low back pain. Inaugural Allied Health Research Forum, Sydney, Australia, September 2011.
  14. Stanton TR, Fritz J, Hancock MJ, Latimer J, Maher CG, Wand BM, Parent E. Evaluation of a treatment-based classification algorithm for low back pain. World Congress of Physical Therapy (WCPT), Amsterdam, The Netherlands; June 2011.
  15. Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuely JH, Lin CWC, Latimer J. Factors associated with recruitment in clinical trials. International Low Back Pain Forum XI. Melbourne, Australia. March 2011.
  16. Stanton TR, Fritz J, Hancock MJ, Latimer J, Maher CG, Wand BM, Parent E. Evaluation of a treatment-based classification algorithm for low back pain. 11th International Forum on Low Back Pain Research in Primary Care, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; March 2011.
  17. Hancock MJ, Williams C, Maher CG, Ferreira M, Ferreira M. Do trials of non-specific low back pain include similar patients? International Forum XI: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Melbourne, Feb 2011.
  18. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Macaskill P, Latimer J, Kos W, Pik J. MRI findings are more common in selected patients with acute low back pain than controls? International Forum XI: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Melbourne, Feb 2011.
  19. Stanton TR, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock M. A modified Delphi study to achieve consensus on the definition of recurrence in low back pain. International Association for the Study of Pain, Montreal, Canada; September, 2010.
  20. Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, McLachlan AJ, Britt H, Fahridin S, Latimer J. Low back pain usual care and best care recommendations. PRIMUS: PRImary MUSculoskeletal Research Congress. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. October 2010.
  21. Stanton TR, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Koes BW. Clinical prediction rules to select treatment for musculoskeletal conditions are based on limited evidence. PRImary care MUSculoskeletal research Congress (PRIMUS), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, October 2010.
  22. Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, McLachlan AJ, Britt H, Fahridin S, Latimer J. Survey of general practice reveals most low back pain patients do not receive best practice care. Australian and New Zealand Pain Society Scientific Meeting. Gold Coast, Australia, April 2010.
  23. Stanton TR, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock M. How do we define the condition ‘recurrent low back pain’? A systematic review. The Impact of Pain – Australian Pain Society and New Zealand Pain Society Conference, Brisbane, Australia; March 2010.
  24. Hancock MJ, Maher CG.   Diagnosis and prognosis of low back pain. Are the guidelines too simple? Combined sections meeting: American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, United States; Feb 2010.
  25. Hancock MJ, Maher CG. Is the current approach to low back pain diagnostic research flawed? PRIMUS, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2010.
  26. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Herbert RD and McAuley JH. Can predictors of responders to NSAIDs be identified in patients with acute low back pain? Boston International Forum X: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Boston, United States; June 2009.
  27. Hancock MJ. Examination and sub-grouping towards better outcomes in low back pain treatment – who will respond to what and how to identify them? Australian Physiotherapy Conference, Sydney, Australia; October 2009.
  28. Stanton TR, Hancock M, Maher CG, Koes BW. Critical appraisal of clinical prediction rules that aim to optimize treatment selection for musculoskeletal conditions. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association, Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, Sydney, Australia; October 2009.
  29. Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, McLachlan AJ, Britt H, Fahridin S, Latimer J. Usual care of low back pain in primary care - a comparison to evidence-based guidelines. Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference. Sydney, Australia, October 2009.
  30. Hancock MJ, Maher CG.  Independent evaluation of a clinical prediction rule for SMT: Lessons learnt. Australian Physiotherapy Conference, Sydney; Australia; October 2009.
  31. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Koes BW.  How to evaluate treatment effects in subgroups of low back pain? Methodological and practical issues. Boston International Forum X: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Boston, United States; June 2009.
  32. Stanton TR, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock M. Definitions of a recurrence of an episode of low back pain: a systematic review. International Low Back Pain Forum XI, Boston, USA; June 2009.
  33. Hancock MJ. Evidence, how should we respond when it questions our practice? New South Wales Branch Conference: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sydney, Australia; 2008.
  34. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Herbert RD and McAuley.  Independent evaluation of a clinical prediction rule for spinal manipulative therapy: A randomised controlled trial.  American Physical Therapy Association: Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, United States; Feb 2008.
  35. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, McLachlan AJ, Cooper CW, Day RO, Spindler MF and McAuley JH. Addition of NSAIDS and/or manipulation to advice and paracetamol does not speed recovery from acute low back pain. International Forum IX, Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; October 2007.
  36. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, McLachlan AJ, Cooper CW, Day RO, Spindler MF and McAuley JH. Addition of NSAIDS and/or manipulation to advice and paracetamol does not speed recovery from acute low back pain. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 15th Biennial Conference, Cairns, Australia; October 2007.
  37. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Spindler MF, Laslett M, Bogduk N and McAuley JH. Systematic review of primary care tests to identify the SIJ, disc or facet joint as the source of low back pain. 15th International WCPT Congress, Vancouver, Canada; June 2007.
  38. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J and McAuley. Selecting an appropriate placebo for a trial of spinal manipulative therapy. International Forum VIII, Primary Care Research in Low Back Pain, Amsterdam, June 2006.
  39. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Spindler MF, Laslett M, Bogduk N and McAuley JH. Can the SIJ be identified as the source of NSLBP? A systematic review.  International Forum VIII, Primary Care Research in Low Back Pain, Amsterdam, June 2006.
  40. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Spindler MF, Laslett M, Bogduk N and McAuley JH. Systematic review of primary care tests to identify the SIJ, disc or facet joint as the source of low back pain. Australian Physiotherapy Association NSW Branch Conference, Sydney, Australia; October 2006.
  41. Hancock MJ. Maher CG. Latimer J and McAuley. Selecting an appropriate placebo for a trial of spinal manipulative therapy. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia 14th Biennial Conference, Brisbane; November 2006.
  42. Hancock MJ, Herbert RD and Stewart M. Prediction of outcome after ankle fracture. 8th International Physiotherapy Congress. Adelaide, Australia; 2005.

Invited Speaker

  1. The Society for Back Pain Research, Bournemouth, England, Oct 2015.
  2. WCPT, focusses symposium, Singapore; May 2015.
  3. Spine Sciences' State of the Art Forum, Geneva, Switzerland Sept 2013.
  4. International Forum XII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain, Odense, Denmark October 2012.
  5. Australian Physiotherapy Conference, Brisbane, Australia; October 2011.
  6. Australian Physiotherapy Conference, Sydney, Australia; October 2009.
  7. Manipulative Physiotherapy Australia Conference, Sydney, October 2009.
  8. Hunter Area professional development day, Newcastle, October 2009.
  9. New South Wales Branch Conference: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sydney, Australia; Nov 2008.
  10. New South Wales Branch Conference: Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sydney, Australia; Nov 2006.

Grants

  1. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Mota da Silva T, Clare H, Steffens D (2016). Secondary prevention of a recurrence of Low Back Pain. International Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Research Foundation. $24,618 USD.
  2. Maher CG, Lin C, Latimer J, Hancock MJ, Buchbinder R, New CH, Stevens ML (2015). Exercise and Education for the Prevention of Recurrent Low Back Pain. Defence Health Foundation Grant $99,625.
  3. Maher CG, Hancock MJ, Latimer J, Lin C (2015). Sydney prevention of low back pain trial (STOP). Work cover project grant $136,000.
  4. Hancock MJ, Garcia AN, Costa LdCM, Costa LOP (2014). Identifying patients with back pain who respond best to MDT. International Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Research Foundation: Continuation Grant $4603.
  5. Maher CG, Hancock MJ, Latimer J, van Tulder M, Grotle M, Lin C (2014). Sydney prevention of low back pain trial (STOP). University of Sydney Bridging support Grant $40,000.
  6. Dean C, Hancock MJ, Hush JM, Titov N, Dear B, Magnussen J. The Centre for Physical Health. Macquarie University Faculty Research Centre Grant 2014-2016, $75,000.
  7. Mills K, Hancock MJ, Martin M, Hunter DJ (2014). Identifying subgroups of knee osteoarthritis patients with distinct responses to conservative management: A latent class analysis. Macquarie University New Staff Grant $19 514.
  8. Hancock MJ, Maher CG,  Magnussen J, Battie MC, Jarvik J (2014). Longitudinal Imaging of Lumbar Patients and Controls (LILAC study). Arthritis NSW Research Grant, $9636.
  9. Lin C, Maher C, McLachlan A, Latimer J, Koes B, Hancock M, Harris I. PRECISE: pregabalin in addition to usual care for sciatica. NHMRC project grant. $618,588.99, 2013-2015. APP1042073.
  10. Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Petocz P (2012). Identifying risk factors for an episode of low back pain. Macquarie University Research Development Grants. $48,130.
  11. Paulo Ferreira, Mark Hancock, Mark Halliday, Helen Claire (2011). The effect of MDT in the recruitment of trunk muscles. International Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Research Foundation $10.000 US.
  12. Chris Maher, Jane Latimer, Andrew McLachlan, Mark Hancock, Chris Cooper (2009). The first placebo controlled trial of paracetamol for back pain. GlaxoSmithKline $1,404,000 (2009: $216,000; 2010: $648,000; 2011: $540,000).
  13. Hancock MJ, Stanton T, Wand B, Latimer J, Fritz J (2009). Classification of low back pain. Physiotherapy Research Foundation Tagged Research Grant. $19,934.
  14. Latimer J, Maher CG, McLachlan A, Cooper C, Hancock MJ (2008). The first placebo controlled trial of paracetamol for back pain. NHMRC Project Grant. $602,625 APP 570883 (2009: $224,500; 2010: $228,625; 2011: $149,500).
  15. Maher C, Latimer J, Irwig L, Bogduk N, Hancock MJ (2008). Diagnosis of the disc as a source of low back pain. University of Sydney Bridging Support Grant. $50,000.
  16. Mark Hancock (2008). Cumberland Category B grant $16,750.
  17. Mark Hancock (2007). NHMRC Primary Health Care Postgraduate Scholarship $27,563.
  18. Mark Hancock (2004). Cumberland Category A grant $2,500.
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