Donna Urquhart

Assoc Professor

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Donna Urquhart is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a NHMRC Career Development Fellow (Level 2)/Senior Research Scientist. She is also a physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.

Donna’s research program involves a wide range of projects relating to low back pain and musculoskeletal conditions, including NHMRC-funded clinical trials examining the effectiveness of interventions for low back pain, MRFF funded research examining the overuse of narcotics and imaging for musculoskeletal pain, and internationally awarded work investigating the role of physical activity and obesity in musculoskeletal conditions.

Donna is currently supervising a number of PhD, Masters and honours students in cross-disciplinary collaborations. She is also on the International Editorial Review Board for the Cochrane Back Review Group and Journal of Physiotherapy, and is a board member for the Australian New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network Scientific Advisory Group (SAG).

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Projects 2004 2022

Research Output 1999 2020

Association between Inflammatory Biomarkers and Non-specific Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review

Hussain, M., Lim, Y. Z., Wang, Y., Cicuttini, F., Hughes, H. J., Chou, L., Urquhart, D., Ong, E., Ong, E. & Hussain, M., 27 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : The Clinical journal of pain. 47 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Correspondence: Reply to Hopayian

Lim, Y. Z., Chou, L., Au, R. TM., Seneviwickrama, KL. M. D., Cicuttini, F. M., Briggs, A. M., Sullivan, K., Urquhart, D. M. & Wluka, A. E., 2020, In : Journal of Physiotherapy. 66, 1, p. 65-65 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOther

Open Access

Author's response to letter to editor: “Confounding variables in future studies assessing relationship between paraspinal muscles and low back pain”

Ranger, T. A., Cicuttini, F. M., Jensen, T. S., Heritier, S. & Urquhart, D. M., 1 Jun 2019, In : Spine Journal. 19, 6, p. 1134-1135 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review

High baseline fat mass, but not lean tissue mass, is associated with high intensity low back pain and disability in community-based adults

Brady, S. R. E., Urquhart, D. M., Hussain, S. M., Teichtahl, A., Wang, Y., Wluka, A. E. & Cicuttini, F., 5 Jul 2019, In : Arthritis Research and Therapy. 21, 1, 8 p., 165.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Low-Dose Amitriptyline for Chronic Low Back Pain - Reply

Urquhart, D. M., Wluka, A. & Cicuttini, F., 1 Mar 2019, In : JAMA Internal Medicine. 179, 3, p. 450-451 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOtherpeer-review