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Cliona McRobert

Cliona McRobert

Cliona is currently completing her PhD at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences, Keele University, in the U.K ( Prior to becoming a full-time trainee with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (, Cliona practiced as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in national health services in both U.K. and Republic of Ireland. Alongside her current research, Cliona continues to provide physiotherapy to elite and international athletes in Liverpool, U.K. Cliona loves travel, keeping fit and active and is a keen golfer. She has an ever-growing collection of vinyl LP’s and an eclectic taste in music.


Research Goals

Cliona’s PhD entitled: ‘Musculoskeletal Shoulder Disorders: Which Treatment for Whom?’ seeks to understand processes underpinning treatment decision-making for patients with musculoskeletal shoulder disorders in order to streamline clinical management optimise outcome for patients. Her PhD will identify (i) the moderators of clinical outcome of three commonly used conservative management strategies and (ii) the profiles of likely best responders to each of the three interventions. Cliona’s PhD will identify the profiles of likely best responders to each of the three interventions using international online surveys employing choice-based conjoint analysis methods in medical and healthcare practitioners who routinely manage patients with musculoskeletal shoulder disorders.

Cliona’s academic supervision team include Prof. Danielle van der Windt, Prof. Elaine Hay and Dr. Jonathan Hill. Prof. John F. Bridges, associate professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Management and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health acts as an external advisor on the clinical decision analysis aspect of Cliona’s PhD.

You can contact Cliona about her work on her twitter account: @cliona311 or via Linkedin ( )

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