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This is the research question being asked in a brand new online international survey launched by Keele University. Cliona McRobert, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and NIHR SPCR Doctoral Fellow, is leading this study with Prof Danielle van der Windt at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University.

This study is part of Cliona’s PhD that forms the basis for a clinical treatment decision aid for use with patients with shoulder disorders in primary care.

Urging as many members of the NIHR SPCR as possible to take part Cliona says:

We are pleased to invite GPs, Rheumatologists, shoulder surgeons and physiotherapists (clinicians and academics) to take part in this international online survey. No particular expertise in the management of shoulder disorders is required; having some experience of managing shoulder cases is sufficient. Respondents will be required to view 12 hypothetical clinical cases and indicate how you would manage each patient by choosing a treatment option. This survey will take less than 20 minutes to complete."
- Cliona McRobert









Cliona, Danielle and the rest of the research team invite you to take part in the survey now at and to share this invitation with your clinical colleagues. For further information, please contact Cliona McRobert via email at

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