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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 Outputs 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

Do prognostic variables predict a set of outcomes for patients with chronic low back pain: a long-term follow-up secondary analysis of a randomized control trial

Garcia, A. N., Costa, L. O. P., Costa, L. D. C. M., Hancock, M. & Cook, C., 4 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Low Back Pain
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Linear Models
Multivariate Analysis

Evaluation of guideline-endorsed red flags to screen for fracture in patients presenting with low back pain

Parreira, P. C. S., Maher, C. G., Traeger, A. C., Hancock, M. J., Downie, A., Koes, B. W. & Ferreira, M. L., 1 May 2019, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 53, 10, p. 1-8 8 p., e099525.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Low Back Pain
Evidence-Based Practice

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

Is preoperative physical activity level of patients undergoing cancer surgery associated with postoperative outcomes? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Steffens, D., Beckenkamp, P. R., Young, J., Solomon, M., da Silva, T. M. & Hancock, M. J., Apr 2019, In : European Journal of Surgical Oncology. 45, 4, p. 510-518 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Length of Stay
Odds Ratio