Biography

Christina is Professor of Rehabilitation Research in the School of Health Sciences. An occupational therapists by background her clinical career started in the UK where she specialised as a hand therapist. It was during her clinical work with peripheral nerve injuries that she became particularly interested in the assessment of hand sensibility and hand function. This led her to study full-time for a Masters in Rehabilitation Studies at Southampton University before joining the newly established undergraduate programme for occupational therapy and physiotherapy at UEA in 1992. She completed a PhD in 2002 on the clinical assessment of peripheral nerve injuries in the hand. Christina currently leads a programme of research on musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limb funded through an NIHR Senior Research Fellowship focused on improving outcomes for people with hand sensory disorders including carpal tunnel syndrome.

Career History

  Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

  • Diploma of College of Occupational Therapists
  • MSc in Rehabilitation Studies
  • PhD
  • Member of the British Association of Hand Therapist
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of the Society for Rehabilitation Research

 

All Publications

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Miller, L. K., Jerosch-Herold, C., Shepstone, L.

(2017)

Clinical assessment of hand oedema: A systematic review,

in Hand Therapy

22

(4)

pp. 153-164

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Ashwood, M., Jerosch-Herold, C., Shepstone, L.

(2017)

Learning to live with a hand nerve disorder: A constructed grounded theory,

in Journal of Hand Therapy

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Jerosch-Herold, C., Chester, R., Shepstone, L., Vincent, J., MacDermid, J. C.

(2017)

An evaluation of the structural validity of the Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI) using the Rasch model,

in Quality of Life Research

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(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Chester, R., Lewis, J., Shepstone, L., Jerosch-Herold, C.

(2017)

Response to Gabel et al's, 2017 letter to the Editor-in-Chief, "Representing the QuickDASH as a single score: Letter to the Editor-in-Chief,

in Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy

47

(11)

pp. 886-887

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(Comment/debate)

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Miller, L. K., Jerosch-Herold, C., Shepstone, L.

(2017)

Effectiveness of edema management techniques for subacute hand edema: A systematic review,

in Journal of Hand Therapy

30

(4)

pp. 432-446

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(Article)

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de Klerk, S., Buchanan, H., Jerosch-Herold, C.

(2017)

The validity and clinical utility of the Disabilities of the Arm Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire for hand injuries in developing country contexts: A Systematic Review,

in Journal of Hand Therapy

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Jerosch-Herold, C., Houghton, J., Blake, J., Shaikh, A., Wilson, E. C., Shepstone, L.

(2017)

Association of psychological distress, quality of life and costs with carpal tunnel syndrome severity: a cross-sectional analysis of the PALMS cohort,

in BMJ Open

2017

(7)

article no. e017732

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Jerosch-Herold, C., Chester, R., Shepstone, L.

(2017)

Rasch model analysis gives new insights into the structural validity of the Quick-DASH in patients with musculoskeletal shoulder pain,

in Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy

47

(9)

pp. 664-672

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Chester, R., Jerosch-Herold, C., Lewis, J., Shepstone, L.

(2017)

SPADI and QUICKDASH are similarly responsive in patients undergoing physical therapy for shoulder pain,

in Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy

47

(8)

pp. 538–547

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Kan, H. J., Verrijp, F. W., Hovius, S. E. R., van Nieuwenhoven, C. A., Selles, R. W.

(2017)

Recurrence of Dupuytren’s contracture: A consensus-based definition,

in PLoS ONE

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(5)

article no. e0164849

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Jerosch-Herold, C., Houghton, J., Miller, L., Shepstone, L.

(2016)

Does sensory relearning improve tactile function after carpal tunnel decompression? A pragmatic, assessor-blinded, randomized clinical trial,

in Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)

41(E)

(9)

pp. 948-956

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(Article)

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Payne, C., Jerosch-Herold, C., Mason, R.

(2016)

Key outcomes for shoulder problems: An ICF-based study to determine how well patient reported measures capture patients' perspectives,

in Manual Therapy

25

pp. e52-e53

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Chester, R., Jerosch Herold, C., Shepstone, L., Lewis, J.

(2016)

Shoulder pain, prognostic factors for the outcome of physiotherapy treatment. Results from a prospective multicentre cohort study,

in Manual Therapy

25

pp. e53-e54

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de Klerk, S., Buchanan, H., Jerosch-Herold, C.

(2016)

The validity and clinical utility of the Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and \hand (DASH) questionnaire for upper limb injuries in developing country contexts: A systematic review,

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Jerosch-Herold, C., Houghton, J., Miller, L., Shepstone, L.

(2016)

A pragmatic, assessor-blinded, randomized trial of the clinical effectiveness of a 6-week sensory relearning home program on tactile function of the hand after carpal tunnel decompression,

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Bhattacharya, D., Aldus, C., Barton, G., Bond, C., Boonyaprapa, S., Charles, I., Fleetcroft, R., Holland, R., Jerosch-Herold, C., Salter, C., Shepstone, L., Walton, C., Watson, S., Wright, D.

(2016)

The feasibility of determining the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medication organisation devices compared with usual care for older people in a community setting: systematic review, stakeholder focus groups and feasibility randomised controlled trial,

in Health Technology Assessment

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(50)

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Chester, R., Jerosch-Herold, C., Lewis, J., Shepstone, L.

(2016)

Psychological factors are associated with the outcome of physiotherapy for people with shoulder pain: a multicentre longitudinal cohort study,

in British Journal of Sports Medicine

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Fairplay, T., Larsen, D., Jerosch-Herold, C.

(2015)

The role of hand rehabilitation after surgical and non-surgical procedures for Dupuytren’s disease,

in Dupuytren’s Disease, FESSH Instructional Course Textbook.

Edizioni Medico Scientifiche

pp. 111-133

ISBN 978-88-7110-331-0

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

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Forget, N. J., Jerosch-Herold, C., Shepstone, L., Higgins, J.

(2014)

Psychometric evaluation of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) with Dupuytren's contracture: validity evidence using Rasch modeling,

in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

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article no. 361

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Bhattacharya, D., Salter, C., Aldus, C., Barton, G., Bond (Aberdeen), C., Charles, I., Fleetcroft, R., Holland, R., Jerosch-Herold, C., Shepstone, L., Walton, C., Wright, D.

(2014)

Do not initiate medication organisation devices without prior detailed medication review and vigilant monitoring,

in British Medical Journal (BMJ)

UEA Repository

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Key Research Interests

My  research interests lie in the area of hand rehabilitation and the development of  evidence-based approaches to clinical assessment and treatment of upper limb neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.  Through strong collaborative partnerships with upper limb surgeons and therapists regionally, nationally and internationally a programme of research has been developed which is designed to address the following key questions:

  • Which clinical tests and patient-rated outcome measures should be used in clinical trials of interventions for rehabilitation of upper extremity disorders?
  • What is the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of surgical and therapy interventions for specific disorders in the upper limb?
  • How effective are existing surgical and hand therapy interventions in improving functioning and minimising disability in neuro-musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity
     

Recent projects completed include:

A multi-centre, pragmatic randomised controlled trial of night splinting after surgical release of Dupuytren’s contracture

An observational study of sensory and motor recovery in patients undergoing carpal tunnel decompression

A pilot randomised controlled trial of sensory relearning to improve tactile sensibility and hand function after carpal tunnel decompression

 

Current projects:

I am currently funded by a National Institute for Health Research Senior Research Fellowship to undertake a five-year programme of research aimed at improving the clinical management of carpal tunnel syndrome.  It comprises a large cohort study to identify prognostic factors for response to corticosteroid injection and surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome and a Phase III randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effect of sensory relearning in improving sensibility and hand function in patients with long-term sensory deficits after carpal tunnel decompression.

 

Grants/Funding

2013 - NIHR Senior Research Fellowship for 5 year programme entitled: Improving the clinical management of carpal tunnel syndrome’  (£559,372)

2011 - A pilot study of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of Multi-compartment Medication Devices , Health Technology Assessment  (£367,000)

2009 - NIHR Career Development Fellowship for 3 year programme entitled:  Enhancing sensory and motor recovery after carpal tunnel decompression (£400,092)

2007 - SCoRD trial (Splinting after Contracture Release for Dupuytren’s: pragmatic, multi-centre, randomized controlled trial) funded for 3 years by Action Medical Research charity (£174,056)

Research Group Membership

Rachel Chester,  Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Julie Houghton, Senior Research Associate

Leanne Miller, Research Associate

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

 

  • Editor in Chief  Hand Therapy http://hth.sagepub.com/ - 1998 - to present

  • Editorial Board member Journal of Hand Surgery (European) http://journals.sagepub.com/home/jhs/  2017-20

  • Board member  NIHR RfPB East of England  2016-19

  • Guest lecturer at the University of Lund ‘Masters in Hand Rehabilitation’ - 1996 to present