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Mark Hancock is a Professor of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Macquarie University. He has over 20 years of clinical experience as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist working in a primary care setting. Mark now works primarily as an academic/researcher, but continues part time clinical work. His research focuses on the diagnosis and management of back pain.

Mark completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2007. He has published over 140 peer reviewed papers and received over 4.5 million dollars in funding to support his research. He has published in leading medical journals (e.g. NEJM, Lancet and BMJ and discipline specific journals (e.g. Spine and Journal of Physiotherapy). His work has been accompanied by editorials and received wide media attention. Professor Hancock is a member of the associate editorial board for the Cochrane Back Review Group and Journal of Physiotherapy board member.

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Projects 2012 2022

WalkBack: Preventing recurrence of low back pain: Is walking the best approach?

Hancock, M., Latimer, J., Lin, C. W. C., Merom, D., vanTulder, M. W., Maher, C., Clavisi, O., MacAskill, P. & Tiedemann, A.


Project: Research

RESTORE - Individualised movement rehabilitation and movement sensor biofeedback for low back pain

Kent, P., Hancock, M., O'Sullivan, P., Smith, A., Haines, T., Campbell, A. & McGregor, A.


Project: Other

Time to unpack the black box of non-specific back pain

Hancock, M., Cicuttini, F., Jarvik, J., Magnussen, J., Koes, B., Maher, C., Irwig, L., Herbert, R. & MacAskill, P.

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Project: Research

Research Output 2005 2019

Appraisal of Clinical Practice Guideline: early and locally advanced breast cancer: diagnosis and management. NICE guideline [NG101]

Hancock, M. J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Physiotherapy. 65, 1, p. 57 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

How common is imaging for low back pain in primary and emergency care? Systematic review and meta-analysis of over 4 million imaging requests across 21 years

Downie, A., Hancock, M., Jenkins, H., Buchbinder, R., Harris, I. A., Underwood, M., Goergen, S. & Maher, C., 13 Feb 2019, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Emergency Medical Services
Low Back Pain
Primary Health Care
Information Storage and Retrieval

Measurement properties of quality assessment tools for studies of diagnostic accuracy

Kaizik, M. A., Garcia, A. N., Hancock, M. J. & Herbert, R. D., 30 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Routine Diagnostic Tests
Confidence Intervals

Predicting pain recovery in patients with acute low back pain: updating and validation of a clinical prediction model

da Silva, T., Macaskill, P., Kongsted, A., Mills, K., Maher, C. G. & Hancock, M. J., Feb 2019, In : European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom). 23, 2, p. 341-353 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Low Back Pain
Validation Studies