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Kim is a freelance occupational health research consultant with a part time professorial appointment at the University. In 2011 he was appointed an OBE for services to occupational healthcare.

Having gained a diploma in osteopathy in 1968 he practiced in Huddersfield for many years. Gradually, he moved sideways to a career in research after studying for a PhD in biomechanics, ergonomics, and epidemiology related to back pain at Huddersfield Polytechnic, which he gained in 1987. Kim has worked with the university in various capacities ever since, including directorship of the former Spinal Research Unit. He is now member of the Centre for Applied Research in Health. Kim has an international profile for research primarily at the health-work interface, and is an Expert Advisor to the Department for Work and Pensions, and a Member of the Indiustrial Injuries Advisory Council.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Work and health – occupational health – research and consultancy.
  • Biomechanics. Ergonomics. Clinical. Biopsychosocial.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial factors, sickness absence.
  • Quantitative methods: randomised controlled trials, Cochrane systematic reviewing, epidemiology.
  • Lab-based biomechanics and ergonomics studies.
  • Public health and patient educational material.
  • Questionnaire development.
  • Training for health professionals and health case managers.
  • Journal, book and report publication.
  • Clinical guidelines development.

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Occupational Health
  • Work
  • Work and Health
  • Clinical Trials
  • Medical Research
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Clinical Guidelines
  • Ergonomics
  • Biomechanics
  • Common Health Problems
  • Biopsychosocial
  • Psychosocial
  • Patient Education
  • Policy
  • Work Ability
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Case Management

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Research Output 2005 2019

Maintained physical activity and physiotherapy in the management of distal arm pain: a randomised controlled trial

Jones, G. T., Macfarlane, G. J., Walker-bone, K., Burton, A., Heine, P. J., Mccabe, C., McNamee, P., Mcconnachie, A., Zhang, R., Whibley, D., Palmer, K. & Coggon, D., 9 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : RMD Open.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Randomized Controlled Trials
Back Pain
Intention to Treat Analysis

Cost-utility of maintained physical activity and physiotherapy in the management of distal arm pain: an economic evaluation of data from a randomised controlled trial

Neilson, A. R., Jones, G. T., Macfarlane, G. J., Walker-Bone, K., Burton, A., Heine, P. J., McCabe, C. S., McConnachie, A., Palmer, K. T., Coggon, D. & McNamee, P., 6 Jun 2018, In : Family Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quality-Adjusted Life Years
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Randomized Controlled Trials
Costs and Cost Analysis
2 Citations
Open Access
Musculoskeletal Pain
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Primary Health Care
Cost Savings
General Practice

The development and content of the vocational advice intervention and training package for the Study of Work And Pain (SWAP) trial (ISRCTN 52269669)

Sowden, G., Main, C., Van Der Windt, D., Burton, A. & Wynne-jones, G., 7 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Physical Therapists
Vocational Education
Musculoskeletal Pain
2 Citations

Can group-based reassuring information alter low back pain behavior? A cluster-randomized controlled trial

Frederiksen, P., Indahl, A., Andersen, L. L., Burton, K., Hertzum-larsen, R. & Bendix, T., 27 Mar 2017, In : PLoS One. 12, 3, e0172003.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
back (body region)
Low Back Pain
Randomized Controlled Trials
work schedules

Activities 2016 2018

  • 3 Oral presentation

The Working Population - How Can the Workplace Prevent Spine Disability

Kim Burton (Speaker)
26 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Working with Pain: Is Harnessing Social Support a New Tool for the Biopsychosocial Box?

Serena Bartys (Speaker), Kim Burton (Speaker), Michiel Reneman (Speaker), Haitze De Vries (Speaker), Chris Main (Speaker)
31 May 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Making Every Contact Count: Social Assets in Tackling Work Disability Due to Low Back Pain

Serena Bartys (Speaker), Kim Burton (Speaker), Pernille Frederiksen (Speaker), Tom Bendix (Speaker)
25 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation