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July 2016 - Prevalence Study Scottish Orchestras
BAPAM, the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, has published an article about this study on their website. Click here to read it!

July 2016 - IFOMPT conference 2016
Patrice presented the prevalence study on "Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Problems (PRMPs) among professional orchestra musicians in Scotland" at the World Congress of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy which took place in Glasgow, Scotland. Click here to download the poster.

June 2016 - Publication of the prevalence study on Scottish Orchestras
The prevalence study on "Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Problems (PRMPs) among professional orchestra musicians in Scotland", using the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM), has been published this month in the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists, a journal dedicated to Performing Arts Medicine. Click here to access the article.

IFOMPT 2016 - World Congress of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Patrice will be presenting the prevalence study on "Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Problems (PRMPs) among professional orchestra musicians in Scotland" at IFOMPT 2016, which takes place in Glasgow this year!
The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) will be hosting the World Congress of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in Glasgow, Scotland. This conference is held every four years, and promotes the best academic research and clinical practice in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy science.

January 2016 - Publication - Prevalence study Scottish Orchestras
The prevalence study on "Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Problems (PRMPs) among professional orchestra musicians in Scotland", using the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM), has been accepted for publication in the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists, a journal dedicated to Performing Arts Medicine. More information on the date of publication will soon be available.

August 2015 - Report on PAMA Conference 2015
Patrice produced a brief report regarding the 2015 Medical Problems of Performing Artists Symposium, which took place in Snowmass, Colorado, between 9-12 July 2015. The conference is organised by PAMA. You can download the report. You can also read it on BAPAM's website here. A handout of Patrice's presentation is also available on this website. Click here to view.

July 2015 - MPPA conference approaching
Patrice witll be presenting his study on "development and psychometric evaluation of the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM)" at the 2015 Medical Problems of Performing Artists Symposium in Snowmass, Colorado, in July. Countdown to Curtain!

Funding from the Private Physiotherapy Educational Fund (PPEF)
Patrice is very grateful to the PPEF, who have supported his application to present his study on "development and psychometric evaluation of the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM)" at the 2015 PAMA Conference in Snowmass, Colorado, next July. The PPEF is the Educational Foundation of Physio First in the UK. Its key aim is to support physiotherapists by offering educational and research grants and awards. PPEF's significant contribution will make it possible for Patrice to attend and present at PAMA 2015. PAMA is the Performing Arts Medicine Association, USA.

January 2015 - Happy New Year
You can download my 2015 Newsletter. Click here to read it.

December 2014 - MPIIQM published in Manual Therapy
The study on development and validation of the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM) will be published in its final version in the journal Manual Therapy in December 2014. The article is made available for free by the journal until 9th January 2015. Click this link to read it and download it.

November 2014 - MPIIQM User Guide now available
The Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM) is now available as a User Guide with the full version of the questionnaire. You can download it from this website. Click here to download.

October 2014 - Physiotherapy UK conference, Birmingham, UK
The study on development and validation of the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM) will be presented at Physiotherapy UK 2014, the international conference organised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in Birmingham in October 2014. This conference is the biggest Physiotherapy conference in the UK. Click here to view the abstract.

June 2014 - Publication - MPIIQM study
The study on development and validation of the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM) has been accepted for publication in the journal Manual Therapy, a journal specialised in musculoskeletal conditions, musculoskeletal therapies, and musculoskeletal medicine. The article has been made available online as "article in press". Click here to access the link to the paper.

05-06 April 2014 - Physio First conference, Nottingham, UK.
A poster of the study on development and validation of the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM) will be presented at the Physio First Conference in April 2014 in Nottingham.Click here to view the poster.

April 2014 - BAPAM Scotland meeting
A meeting of health practitioners and performers will take place on Saturday 5th April in Glasgow. The topic of the day is Musician's Dystonia. Patrice will be presenting a talk on focal hand dystonia affecting musicians. A PDF file of this talk is available on the "Advice and Downloads" page of this website. Click here to view it and download it.

March 2014 - Focal Dystonia publications available on this website
The 4-year follow-up of the study on focal dystonia, published in March 2013 in Medical Problems of Performing Artists is now available for download in PDF, with kind permission of the publishers "Science and Medicine" (USA). The aim of the study was to investigate the long-term effects of constraint-induced therapy and motor control retraining in musicians affected by focal hand dystonia. You can download the full article here.

January 2014 - Facebook page
Musicians' Health Scotland is now on Facebook. Click on the logo below to see it and "like it". This will spread the word about the field of Performing Arts Medicine. Thank you!
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January 2014 - Abstract and poster for the MPIIQM study
The study on development and validation of the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM) has been completed. A poster of the study will be presented at the Physio First Conference in April 2014 in Nottingham.Click here to view the poster. Click here to view the abstract.

October 2013 - Masters Degree with Distinction
Patrice completed his Masters Degree, MSc in Manual Therapy, and obtained it with Distinction.

His Masters Degree Dissertation was a research project conducted with three major orchestras in Scotland, i.e. the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The main aim of this study was to develop a questionnaire, designed specifically for professional musicians, that could be used to measure pain and its impact on playing a musical instrument. The questionnaire was named the Musculoskeletal Pain Intensity and Interference Questionnaire for Musicians (MPIIQM). A second aim of the study was to gain an insight on the extent of muscle and joint problems among professional musicians from these three orchestras. The abstract of the study is now available. Click here to view it.

September 2013 - Musician's Dystonia research in New York
Following the publication of the systematic review on dystonia rating scales in the journal Neurology last month (see below), Patrice travelled to New York to work at the Mount Sinai Hospital on the second part of this research project. This collaborative work, which received grants from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation in the USA, involves experts in the field of dystonia research from the USA and Germany.

August 2013 - Publication - Systematic review of rating scales used to measure Musician's Dystonia (MD).
This comprehensive review of the literature aimed to identify the rating scales used in MD and to summarise the extent to which these scales had been evaluated for their clinical utility, reliability, validity, sensitivity, and specificity to MD. Patrice was involved in this collaborative work with experts in the field of dystonia research from the USA and Germany. The paper was published this month in the journal Neurology (list of publications).

Research 2013 - "Development and validation of a self-report instrument to measure musculoskeletal pain in professional orchestra musicians in Scotland".
The Performing Arts Medicine literature has grown substantially since 1980, and several prevalence studies on the topic of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs) affecting musicians have been carried out around the world among professional orchestra musicians. Very few of these prevalence studies have used existing validated questionnaires measuring musculoskeletal pain and, when did, no attempt was made to evaluate or confirm the validity and reliability of these instruments in a population of musicians.

The main aim of this study was to develop a questionnaire designed specifically for professional musicians that could be used to measure pain and its impact on playing a musical instrument. A second aim of the study was to gain an insight on the extent of muscle and joint problems among professional musicians from three major orchestras in Scotland, i.e. the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The study has now been completed, and the final results should be available in the autumn 2013. Check the Research page to find out more.

13-14 June 2013 - MHPNC conference: Musicians' Health and Performance Nordic Conference, Pitea, Sweden.
The first Nordic conference in music medicine will take in Sweden in June 2013. The goal of the Conference is to bring together researchers, clinicians, music teachers and musicians with a special interest in various aspects of musicians´ health and performance to share their knowledge and ideas. The results of the Conference are expected to promote further research and development, and promote international collaboration within this area. 
Topics that will be covered at the conference include musculoskeletal disorders; sensorimotor control and learning; stress; hearing disorders; health promotion and related interventions.
Patrice will be presenting a poster of the final results of the 4-year long-term follow-up study on focal hand dystonia at this conference.

March 2013 - Publication - Long-term Follow-up Study on Focal Hand Dystonia.
The 4-year follow-up of the study published in December 2010 in Medical Problems of Performing Artists was completed in March 2012, and has just been published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists. The aim of the study was to investigate the long-term effects of constraint-induced therapy and motor control retraining in musicians affected by focal hand dystonia.

February 2013 - New clinic address!
The Musicians' Clinic is moving. Consultations will now take place at Scottish Opera Production Studios (technical centre) in Edington Street, Glasgow G4 9RD, close to Cowcaddens underground station (map).

October 2012 - IFOMPT conference: World Congress of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The final results of the 4-year long-term follow-up study on focal hand dystonia were presented at IFOMPT 2012 conference. The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) was hosting the World Congress of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in Quebec City, Canada. This conference is held only once every four years, and promotes the best academic research and clinical practice in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy science. You can download the IFOMPT 2012 Supplement (PDF - 4MB), and read Patrice's abstract on p. A77 and A78.

12-13 October 2012 - Physiotherapy UK 2012 Conference.
This is the annual UK Physiotherapy Conference, organised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). A poster (PDF - 1 MB) of Patrice's long-term follow-up study on focal hand dystonia in musicians will be presented by Heather Gray, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University, and co-author of the study.

July 2012 - "Medical Problems of Performing Artists"conference, Colorado, USA: 26-29 July 2012.
The 4-year long-term follow-up study on Focal Hand Dystonia, which started in 2007, was completed in March 2012. The full results were presented at the 30th Annual Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists in Snowmass, Colorado, in July 2012. This conference is organised by the Performing Arts Medicine Association, USA. This year, research topics dealing with injury prevention and surveillance, education, and maximisation of performance were emphazised. More information on this conference can be found on PAMA's website (PAMA)(Download Brochure).

March 2012 - Long-Term Follow-up Study on Focal Hand Dystonia
A 4-year follow-up study of the study published in December 2010 in Medical Problems of Performing Artists has been completed. Data collection was carried out in September and October 2011. The aim of the study was to investigate the long-term effects of constraint-induced therapy and motor control retraining in musicians affected by focal hand dystonia.

December 2011 - Susanne Klein-Vogelbach Special Award 2011
Patrice was awarded the Klein-Vogelbach Special Award for his paper "A Combination of Constraint-induced Therapy and Motor Control Retraining in the Treatment of Focal Hand Dystonia in Musicians", published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists in 2010, vol.25:149-161. The prize is awarded to researchers in neuroscience, orthopaedics, anatomy, whose work is oriented to a better understanding of the underlying principles of human movement and its rehabilitation, with the Special Award being granted to excellent papers from the field of physiotherapy. The Special Award has only been awarded twice before (in 2004 and 2010). Click here to see the News entry on BAPAM's website.

10th August 2011 - Piping Live!
Patrice will be doing a talk at Glasgow International Piping Festival on Playing-Related Health Problems affecting musicians, with a special focus on pipers and guitar players. You can check the programme of the festival by clicking here.

Research Article Publication - December 2010
The research study on Focal Hand Dystonia, started in 2007 and completed in March 2010, has now been published in the medical journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists. To get the reference of the article, go to the list of publications.

Dystoniamatters! - Issue 70, Winter 2010
The newsletter of the Dystonia Society, winter issue 2010 has been published. It is a special issue on Dystonia and Physiotherapy. Several articles are featured, including a large scale research study that has been carried out in Scotland on Cervical Dystonia (p.13,14), and an article written by Patrice on his research study on Focal Hand Dystonia (p.15,16). Click here to read it (3MB download), or go to the list of publications .

New website - "Athletes and the Arts"
This new website, designed for performing artists, was announced at the annual conference Medical Problems of Performing Artists held in Snowmass, Colorado in July 2010. The website is the result of a collaboration between the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). It aims to identify key medical and wellness issues unique to musicians / performing artists, and deliver educational material. Click here to access it or go the Links section.

"Medical Problems of Performing Artists", Colorado, USA:
29th July to 1st August 2010

The research study on Focal Hand Dystonia, which started in 2007, was completed in March 2010. The full results were presented at the 28th Annual Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists in Snowmass, Colorado, in July 2010. This conference was organised by the Performing Arts Medicine Association, USA. More information on this conference can be found on their website (PAMA). You can also read the study abstract here.

"Scottish Dystonia Conference", Perth, Scotland: 22 May 2010
The Dystonia Society organises an annual conference in Scotland. This year, it will take place in Perth, Scotland. Patrice will present the final results of his research study at the conference.
Title: "A Combination of Constraint-Induced Therapy and Motor Control Retraining in the Treatment of Focal Hand Dystonia in Musicians".

"3rd International Conference on Movement Dysfunction", UK
Preliminary results of the Focal Hand Dystonia study, which has been ongoing since 2007, have been presented by Patrice at the Third International Conference on Movement Dysfunction (website), held in Edinburgh at the end of October 2009. These preliminary results involve a guitar player and a flute player. You can read the conference abstract here.

 

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