Associate Professor Mark Hancock

Dr Mark Hancock Title: Associate Professor
Email: mark.hancock@mq.edu.au
Phone: 02 9850 6622 / Fax: 02 9850 6630
Location: Ground floor 75 Talavera Road
Macquarie University

 

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

Year Link Citation
2015   Hazel J. Jenkins, Mark J. Hancock, Simon D. French, Chris G. Maher, Roger M. Engel, John S. Magnussen. Effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce the use of imaging for low-back pain: a systematic review. CMAJ.141183; published ahead of print March 2, 2015,doi:10.1503/cmaj.141183.
2015   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.
2014   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. Published online 7 November 2014, DOI: 10.1002/ejp.614.
2014   Downie A, Williams CM, Henschke N, Hancock MJ, Ostelo RW, de Vet HC, Macaskill P, Irwig L, van Tulder MW, Koes BW, Maher CG. Br J Sports Med. 2014 Oct 48(20):1518. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-f7095rep.
2014   Garcia AN, Costa LCM, Hancock MJ, Almeida MO, Souza FS, Costa LOP. Efficacy of the Mckenzie Method in Patients With Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial (study protocol). Physical Therapy. Published online October 2, 2014 DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20140208.
2014   Halliday M, Ferreira P, Hancock MJ, Clare HA. 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 (accepted July 2014) DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2014.07.001.
2014   Macedo LG, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, 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. Physical Therapy 94(11): 1543-54.
2014   Prosser R, Hancock MJ, Nicholson L, Merry C, Thornley F, Wheen D. Rigid versus semi-rigid orthotic use following TMC arthroplasty: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Hand Therapy 27(4): 265-71.
2014 Article Williams C, Maher CG, Latimer J, McLachlan A, Hancock MJ, Day RO, Lin C-WC. , Latimer J. Efficacy of paracetamol for acute low back pain: A randomized controlled trial. Lancet Published online July 24, 2014
2014   Junqueira D, Ferreira ML, Refshauge K, Maher C, Hopper JL, Hancock MJ, Carvalho M, Ferreira PH. 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. Published online May, 2014 DOI: 10.1002/ejp.506.
2014   Hancock MJ (2014). Good start but we need to do better (Invited commentary). Annals of Family Medicine. Online
2014   Williams C, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, McAuley JM, Lin C-WC, Latimer J. Predicting rapid recovery from acute low back pain based on the intensity, duration and history of pain: a validation study. European Journal of Pain. Published online April 2014 DOI: 10.1002/j.1532-2149.2014.00467.x
2014   Panagopoulos J, Hancock MJ, Kongsted A, Hush J, Kent P. Does anterior trunk pain predict a different course of recovery in chronic low back pain? Pain 155: 977-82.
2014   Cook C, Cleland J, Hegedus E, Wright A, Hancock MJ. The creation of the diagnostic accuracy quality scale (DAQS). The Journal of Manual & Manipulative therapy 22(2):90-6.
2014   Hancock MJ. Approach to low back pain - physiotherapy. Australian Family Physician 43(3):117-8.
2014   Luque-Suarez A, Gijon-Nogueron G, Baron-Lopez FJ, Labajos-Manzanares MT, Hush J, Hancock MJ. Effects of kinesiotaping on foot posture in participants with pronated foot: A quasi-randomised, double-blind study. Physiotherapy 100:36-40.
2014   Steffens D, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Satchell R, Ferreira M, Partington M, Bouvier A. Prognosis of chronic low back pain in patients presenting to a private community-based group exercise program. Eur Spine J 23:113-9.
2014   Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, Lin C-WC, Latimer J. Recruitment rate for a clinical trial was associated with particular operational procedures and clinician characteristics. J Clin Epidemiol 67:169-75.
2013   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. Red flags to screen for malignancy and fracture in patients with low back pain: systematic review. BMJ, 2013;347.
2013   Steffens D, Maher CG, Ferreira M, Hancock MJ, Glass T, Latimer J. Clinicians' views on factors that trigger a sudden onset of low back pain. European Spine Journal. Published online December 2013 DOI: 10.1007/s00586-013-3120-y.
2013   Steffens D, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Williams C, Jensen TS, Latimer J. Does magnetic resonance imaging predict future low back pain? A systematic review. European Journal of Pain 18(6):755-765.
2013   Suarez A, Navarro-Ledesma S, Petocz P, Hancock MJ, Hush J. Short term effects of kinesiotaping on acromiohumeral distance in asymptomatic subjects: A randomised controlled trial. Manual Therapy 18:573-7.
2013   Foster NE, Hill JC, O'Sullivan P, Hancock MJ. Stratified Models of Care. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology 27: 649-661.
2013   Swain MS, Kongsted A, Downie A, Hancock MJ. A Chiropractic Scholar Visits from Denmark: A Report on the Chiropractic Research Seminar. Chiropr J Aust 43: 103-6.
2013   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.
2013   Mathieson C, Lin C, Maher C, McLachlan A, Latimer J, Koes B, Hancock M, Harris I. PRECISE - Pregabalin in addition to usual care for sciatica: a randomised controlled trial: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 14:213.
2013   Lin C-WC, Verwoerd A, Maher CG, Verhagen AP, Pinto RZ, Luijsterburg PA, Hancock MJ. Eligibility criteria of trials investigating conservative treatments for radiating leg pain related to back pain. Eur J Pain. 2013; doi:10.1002/j.1532-2149.2013.00384.
2013   Hancock MJ, Kjaer P, Korsholm L, Kent P. Interpretation of Subgroup Effects in Published Trials. Physical Therapy 93:852-9.
2013   Panagopoulos J, Hancock M, Ferreira P. 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.
2013   Stanton TR, Hancock MJ, Apeldoorn AT, Wand BM, Fritz JM. 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.
2012   Costa LOP, Hancock M, Maher CG, Ostelo RWJG, Cabral CMN, Menezes Costa LD, Pilates for low-back pain (Protocol). The Cochrane Library: Issue 12.
2012   Pinto RZ, Maher CG, Ferreira ML, Hancock MJ, Oliveira VC, McLachlan AJ, Koes B, Ferreira PH. 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.
2012   Costa LdCM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, Herbert RD, Costa LO. The Prognosis of acute and persistent low back pain: a meta-analysis. CMAJ 184: E613-624.
2012   Prosser R, Hancock MJ, Nicholson LL, LA Harvey, P LaStayo, I Hargreaves, P Scougall, R Herbert. Prognosis and prognostic factors for patients with persistent wrist pain who proceed to wrist arthroscopy. Journal of Hand Therapy 25: 264-270.
2012   Sheets C, Machado L, Hancock MJ, Maher CG. 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.
2012   Pinto RZ, Maher CG, Ferreira ML, Ferreira PH, Hancock MJ, Oliveira VC, McLachlan AJ, Koes B. Drugs for relief of pain in patients with sciatica: systematic review and meta-analysis.  BMJ 344:e497 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e497.
2012   Williams C, Hancock MJ, Ferreira P, Ferreira M, Maher CG. 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.
2012   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? Eur Spine J  21:240-246.
2011   Steffens D, Beckenkamp PR, Hancock MJ, Paiva DN, Menna-Barreto SS, Alison JA. Activity level predicts 6-minute walk distance in healthy older females. Physiotherapy: doi:10.1016/j.physio.2011.11.004
2011   Kamper SJ, Hancock MJ, Maher CG. Optimal designs for prediction studies of whiplash. Spine 36:S268-274.
2011   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.
2011   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.
2011   Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Laslett M, Hay E, Koes B. Discussion paper: what happened to the "bio" in the bio-psychosocial model of model of low back pain? Eur Spine J 20: 2105-10
2011   Stanton TR, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock MJ. A modified Delphi approach to standardize low back pain recurrence terminology. Eur Spine J 20:744-752.
2011   Costa LdCM, Maher CG, McAuley JH, Hancock MJ, Oliveira Wde M, Azevedo DC, Freitas Pozzi LM, Pereira AR, Costa LO. 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.
2011   Hancock MJ, Koes B, Ostelo R, Peul W. Diagnostic accuracy of the clinical examination in identifying the level of herniation in patients with sciatica. Spine 36:E712-719.
2011   Stanton TR, Fritz JM, Hancock MJ, Latimer J, Maher CG, Benedict M, Wand , Eric Parent. Evaluation of a Treatment-Based Classification Algorithm for Low Back Pain: A Cross-Sectional Study. Physical Therapy 91:496-509.
2011   Macedo LG, Maher CG, Latimer J, Hancock MJ, Machado LA, McAuley JH. Responsiveness of the 24-, 18- and 11-item versions of the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire. Eur Spine J 20:458-463.
2011   Costa LdCM, Maher CG, McAuley JH, Hancock MJ, Smeets R. 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.
2010   Williams CM, Latimer J, Maher CG, McLachlan AJ, Cooper CW, Hancock MJ, Day RO, McAuley JH, Lin CWC. PACE - The first placebo controlled trial of paracetamol for acute low back pain: Design of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 11:169.
2010   Maher CG, Hancock MJ (2010). On "Moving past sleight of hand" Mintken et al JOSPT 40: 253-255. JOSPT 40: 536-537.
2010   Hancock MJ. Invited Commentary: A model for investigating subgroups. Physical Therapy 19 1495-1501.
2010   Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, McLachlan AJ, Latimer J. Reply to Appropriate Discard of "Best" Practice Guidelines for Acute Low Back Pain. Arch Int Med 170: 1088.
2010   Stanton T, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Koes BW. Author response: Improving the development and validation of clinical prediction rules within physical therapy. Physical Therapy 90: 858-859.
2010   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.
2010   Kent P, Hancock MJ, Petersen DHD, Mjøsund HL. Clinimetrics Corner: Choosing appropriate study designs for particular questions about treatment subgroups. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 16; 147-152.
2010   Kamper SJ, Maher CG, Herbert RD, Hancock MJ, Hush JM, Smeets RJ.  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.
2010   Hancock MJ, Battie MC, Videman T, Gibbons L. The role of back injury or trauma in lumbar disc degeneration: An exposure-discordant twin study. Spine 35:1925-9.
2010   Stanton T, Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Koes BW. Critical appraisal of clinical prediction rules that aim to optimise treatment selection for musculoskeletal conditions. Physical Therapy 90: 843-853.
2010   Kamper SJ, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, Koes BW, Croft PR, Hay E. 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.
2010   Williams CM, Maher CG, Hancock MJ, McAuley JH, McLachlan AJ, Britt H, Fahridin S, Harrison C, Latimer J. 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.
2010   Kamper S, Ostelo R, Knol D, Maher CG, de Vet R, Hancock MJ. 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.
2009   Stanton T, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock MJ. How do we define the condition 'recurrent low back pain'? A systematic review. European Spine Journal 19: 533-539.
2009   Costa LdCM, Maher CG, McAuley JH, Hancock MJ, Herbert RD, Refshauge KM, Henschke N. Prognosis for patients with chronic low back pain: inception cohort study. BMJ 339:b3829 doi:10.1136/bmj.b3829.
2009   Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, McLachlan AJ, Day, RO, Davies R. Can predictors of response to NSAIDs be identified in patients with acute low back pain? Clinical Journal of Pain 25: 659-665.
2009   Hancock MJ, Herbert RD, Maher CG. Author response. Physical Therapy 2009 89: 1099.
2009   Hancock MJ, Herbert R, Maher CG. A guide to interpretation of studies investigating subgroups of responders to physical therapy interventions. Physical Therapy 89:698-704.
2009   Stanton, TR, Maher CG, Hancock, MJ. On "clinical prediction rules for physical therapy interventions..." Beneciuk JM, et al. Phys Ther. 2009;89:114-124. Physical Therapy 89: 394.
2009   Cook  C, Brismée JM, Courtney C, Hancock MJ, May S. Publishing a Scientific Manuscript on Manual Therapy. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 17: 141-147.
2009   Stanton T, Latimer J, Maher CG, Hancock MJ. Definitions of recurrence of an episode of low back pain: A systematic review. Spine 34:E316-322.
2008   Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J. Spinal manipulative therapy for acute low back pain. A clinical perspective. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 16: 198-203.
2008   Davies R, Maher CG, Hancock MJ. A systematic review of paracetamol for non-specific low back pain. European Spine Journal 17:1423-1430.
2008   Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Herbert RD, McAuley JH. 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.
2008   Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Herbert RD 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.
2008   Hancock MJ, Maher CG, Latimer J, Herbert RD and McAuley JH. 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.
2008   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. European Spine Journal 17: 936-943.
2005   Munn J, Herbert RD, Hancock MJ and Gandevia SC: Training with unilateral resistance exercise increases contralateral strength. Journal of Applied Physiology 99: 1880-1884.
2005   Munn J, Herbert RD, Hancock MJ and Gandevia SC: Resistance training for strength: Effect of number of sets and contraction speed. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 37: 1622-162.