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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.

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

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Research Output 2013 2018

Open Access
Musculoskeletal Pain
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Primary Health Care
Cost Savings
General Practice
1 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
Public health

In Memoriam: Gordon Waddell, CBE, DSc, MD, FRCS

Main, C. & Burton, A. 1 Aug 2017 In : Spine. 42, 15, p. 1115-1116 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations

System influences on work disability due to low back pain: An international evidence synthesis

Bartys, S., Frederiksen, P., Bendix, T. & Burton, K. Aug 2017 In : Health Policy. 121, 8, p. 903-912 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Low Back Pain
Workers' Compensation
Systems Analysis

The HealthWork Toolbox: A one-stop resource for tackling avoidable sickness absence

Burton, A. & Lunt, J. Apr 2017 Occupational Health at Work, 13, 6, p. 29-31 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

World Wide Web

Activities 2016 2016

  • 2 Oral presentation

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

Bartys, S. (Speaker), Burton, A. (Speaker), Pernille Frederiksen (Speaker), Tom Bendix (Speaker)
25 Sep 2016

Activity: Oral presentation

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

Bartys, S. (Speaker), Burton, A. (Speaker), Michiel Reneman (Speaker), Haitze De Vries (Speaker), Chris Main (Speaker)
31 May 2016

Activity: Oral presentation