Career History

Professional Qualifications

2002 - PhD, ‘Unheard Stories, Unmet Needs: The clinical and educational implications of perceptions of rheumatoid arthritis’, Centre for Applied Research in Education, School of Education and Professional Development, University of East Anglia (UEA)

1989 - Bachelor of Education (Hons) for Paramedics, School of Education, (UEA)

1978 - Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists, Astley Ainslie School of Occupational Therapy, Edinburgh
 

Research interests

  • Lived experience of rheumatological conditions
  • Management of change in long term conditions

Career summary

During the first thirteen years of my professional career, I gained wide clinical experience in rheumatology, hand therapy and burns and plastics. I joined UEA in 1991 as a founding member of RSC.

 

Recent research activities

2009 ongoing  Arthritis Research Campaign, EFFORT 2 project ‘National survey of service users and service providers experiences of rheumatological foot orthoses and footwear provision’,  Principal Investigator  (PI)

2008                Arthritis Research Campaign, EFFORT project ‘A qualitative case study examining the lived experience of services users and service providers of rheumatological foot orthoses and footwear provision’,  (PI)

2008                College of Occupational Therapists, ‘Systematic review of occupational therapy pain management strategies’ (PI)

2006 ongoing  ‘The establishment of a National ME Observatory and initiation of a programme of epidemiological and social research into chronic fatigue syndrome’.  Co-applicant

2006                Ataxia UK, ‘The effectiveness of Lycra pressure garments in management of movement control problems caused by cerebellar ataxia. Co – applicant

2006                College of Occupational Therapists, ‘Delphi exercise to review of research priorities for rheumatology occupational therapy. PI

2005                Patient Safety Research Programme, ‘Intention and Experience:  Learning Patient Safety in pre registration health care’, RSC lead in UEA .
 

PGR Supervision:

1st supervisor: 1)Occupational engagement in young people with early psychosis; 2) RA and work

2nd supervisor: 3) Embodiment in people following stoma-forming surgery; 4) The impact of being an informal male carer; 5) The lived experience of MS and standing frames; 6) Cerebellar ataxia and lycra.

 

Publications:

McArthur MA, 2008, ‘Systematic review of pain management strategies’, The Journal of Rheumatology Occupational Therapy, 23(1); 16-18.

Hammond A, Reeve L, McArthur MA, 2008, Occupational Therapy in Musculoskeletal Chronic Pain Management pp158-166, in ‘British Society for Rheumatology and IASP Musculoskeletal Pain Taskforce Guidelines for the Integrated Management of Musculoskeletal Pain Symptoms (IMMsPS)’,  http://www.hope- academic.org.uk/Academic/researchdevelopment/Themes/Neurosciences/Pain/IMMsPS.htm

McArthur MA, 2007, ‘Systematic review of pain management strategies’, The Journal of Rheumatology Occupational Therapy, 22(2); 29-31

McArthur MA, 2007, ‘Research priorities for rheumatology occupational therapists’, The Journal of Rheumatology Occupational Therapy, 22(2); 26-8

McArthur MA, Hammond A, Adams J, Bell E, 2007, ‘Is advice on joint protection and education worthwhile?’, National Electronic Library for Health – http://www.librarynhs.uk/musculoskeletal/viewResource.aspx?resID=260188&code=c9cc36d3a300b0e37a6b3567c3fcfc9d

McArthur MA, 2006, The impact of acute rheumatoid arthritis on employment’, The Journal of Rheumatology Occupational Therapy, 20(1); 11-12

Rutherford J, McArthur MA, 2004, A qualitative account of the factors affecting team learning in primary care, Education for Primary Care, 15;352-60

Bell EA, McArthur MA, 2003, How do occupational therapists measure the effectiveness of their joint protection intervention? - a qualitative study’, in The Journal of Rheumatology Occupational Therapy, 17(1); 17-32.

McArthur MA, 2003, ‘I can’t understand it … only old people get this’: Constructions of rheumatoid arthritis’ in The Journal of Rheumatology Occupational Therapy, 17(1); 3-16.

Thomas J, McArthur M, 2003, ‘Working with people who have HIV and AIDS: a health professional's guide', International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation’, 10 (4);160-5.

 

Recent Research Project Reports:

McArthur MA, 2007, ‘Research priorities of rheumatology occupational therapy practice’, COT Specialist Section – Rheumatology.

McArthur MA, Bonner L, Harrison D, Killett A, 2006, ‘Evaluation of the Healthy Mind Centre, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk’.

McArthur MA, Mason R, Harrison D, 2004, ‘Evaluation of St Augustine’s Healthy Living Centre’.

McArthur MA, Mason R, 2004, ‘Biting the Bullet: a model to address the theoretical and practical perspectives of CPD among health and social care professionals’, for the South West London Strategic Health Authority


Recent Conference presentations:

McArthur MA, Crompton B, 2009, The EFFORT project: ‘A qualitative case study examining the lived experience of services users and service providers of rheumatological foot orthoses and footwear provision’, British Society of Rheumatology/ British Health Professionals in Rheumatology conference, Glasgow.

McArthur MA, Birt L, Harrison D, Killett A, 2008, ‘It’s not something you are going to talk about with your mates in the pub’: Perceptions of a community mental health service, UK Mental Health Research Network Conference, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.

McArthur MA, 2007, Paper, ‘Loss of self in rheumatoid arthritis – identity and productivity’, Symposium on Identities in Health, University of East Anglia

McArthur MA, 2005, Poster, “Oh I wish I could go to work”: the impact of rheumatoid arthritis on employment’, International Conference on Working with Emotions: Organisations, Occupations and Self, Tavistock Institute, London

McArthur MA, 2005,  “Oh I wish I could go to work”: the impact of rheumatoid arthritis on employment’, Invited Speaker.         National Association of Rheumatology Occupational Therapists Conference

McArthur MA, 2004, Paper, ‘The circle of loss: The impact of rheumatoid arthritis’.5th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Bournemouth University.

McArthur MA, 2004, Poster, ‘I want to do it but don’t know how: A model to address the theoretical and practical perspectives of CPD among health and social care professionals’. 5th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Bournemouth University.

McArthur MA, 2003, ‘What Choice? Unheard stories, Unmet Needs’, British Health Professionals in Rheumatology conference, University of East Anglia. Invited speaker.

 

All Publications

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Thorpe, G., McArthur, M.

(2017)

Social adaptation following intestinal stoma formation in people living at home: a longitudinal phenomenological study,

in Disability and Rehabilitation

39

(22)

pp. 2286-2293

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., Arthur, A., McArthur, M.

(2016)

Adjusting to bodily change following stoma formation: a phenomenological study,

in Disability and Rehabilitation

38

(18)

pp. 1791-1802

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


McArthur, M. A., Birt, L., Goodacre, L.

(2015)

"Better but not best": a qualitative exploration of the experiences of occupational gain for people with inflammatory arthritis receiving anti-TNFα treatment,

in Disability and Rehabilitation

37

(10)

pp. 854-863

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., McArthur, M., Richardson, B.

(2014)

Healthcare experiences of patients following faecal output stoma-forming surgery: A qualitative exploration,

in International Journal of Nursing Studies

51

(3)

pp. 379–389

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mcarthur, M., Birdthistle, I., Seeley, J., Mpendo, J., Asiki, G.

(2013)

How HIV diagnosis and disclosure affect sexual behavior and relationships in Ugandan fishing communities,

in Qualitative Health Research

23

(8)

pp. 1125-1137

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hendrie, W., McArthur, M., Watson, M.

(2011)

"Standing up is a little thing that's actually a big thing" - a mixed methods investigation of the use of Oswestry standing frames in the homes of people with severe multiple sclerosis,

in Multiple Sclerosis

17

(10 Suppl.)

article no. P581

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brown, S., Mcarthur, M., Mares, K., Watson, M.

(2011)

They think I'm drunk because I am staggering: A mixed method investigation of cerebellar ataxia and the effects of Dynamic Elastomeric Fabric Orthoses (DEFO) - Qualitative Study,

(Poster)

(Published)


De Carvalho Leite, J., de L Drachler, M., Killett, A., Kale, S., Nacul, L., Mcarthur, M., Hong, C., O'Driscoll, L., Pheby, D., Campion, P., Lacerda, E., Poland, F.

(2011)

Social support needs for equity in health and social care: a thematic analysis of experiences of people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis,

in International Journal for Equity in Health

10

(1)

pp. 46

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mcarthur, M., Mason, R.

(2011)

Theory into practice: a model to facilitate the integration of CPD,

in Tools for Continuing Professional Development.

Quay Books

pp. 171-181

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Horton, S., Poland, F., Kale, S., Drachler, M. D. L., De Carvalho Leite, J., Mcarthur, M. A., Campion, P. D., Pheby, D., Nacul, L.

(2010)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) in adults: a qualitative study of perspectives from professional practice,

in BMC Family Practice

11

(1)

article no. 89

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Drachler, M., De Carvalho Leite, J., Hooper, L., Hong, C., Pheby, D., Nacul, L., Lacerda, E., Campion, P., Killett, A., McArthur, M., Poland, F.

(2009)

The expressed needs of people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A systematic review,

in BMC Public Health

9

article no. 458

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mcarthur, M., Crompton, B.

(2009)

THE EFFORT PROJECT; A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION OF ORTHOSES AND FOOTWEAR PROVISION FOR PEOPLE WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA),

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Birt, L., Mcarthur, M., Poland, F.

(2009)

Good mates, bloody good mates: Enhancing male carers wellbeing through alternative support networks,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Hendrie, W., Watson, M., Mcarthur, M.

(2009)

An exploration of the impact of standing in Oswestry standing frames in people with progressive MS, using a parallel mixed methods design,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


McArthur, M., Crompton, B.

(2009)

The EFFORT project: a qualitative case study examining lived experience of service users and service providers of rheumatological foot orthoses and footwear provision.,

in Journal of Rheumatology Occupational Therapy

24

(1)

pp. 5-7

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., Mcarthur, M., Richardson, B.

(2009)

Caring for individuals with a stoma: how is it for you?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., Richardson, B., McArthur, M.

(2009)

Bodily change following faecal stoma formation: an interpretive synthesis of qualitative studies.,

in Journal of Advanced Nursing

65

(9)

pp. 1778-1789

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hammond, A., Reeve, L., McArthur, M.

(2008)

Occupational Therapy in Musculoskeletal Chronic Pain Management,

in British Society of Rheumatology Guidelines of integrated management of chronic pain

pp. 158-166

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mcarthur, M., Birt, L., Harrison, D., Killett, A.

(2008)

It's not something you are going to talk about with your mates in the pub: Perceptions of a community mental health service,

(Poster)

(Published)


McArthur, M.

(2007)

Establishing the research priorities of rheumatology OTs,

in Occupational Therapy News

15

(11)

pp. 23-23

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

My research interests focus on concepts of assessment of need and management of change. My main methodology is qualitative, particularly phenomenology and case study. Doctoral work focused on the concept of self through role rationalisation in people newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and placed particular emphasis on their stories. I was primarily interested in health career pathways and the compromise of desired occupational performances. Post-doctoral development concentrates on work rehabilitation with people with newly diagnosed RA. My other interests centre on chronic illness, programme evaluation, collaborative care partnerships (both voluntary and statutory), continuing professional development, and interprofessional learning.

Research funding

2012 McArthur MA, Birt L, Goodacre L, ‘An investigation into the experiences of occupational gain in people with inflammatory arthritis receiving antiTNF treatment’. UK OT Research Foundation (UKOTRF) funding

2012 Goodacre L, McArthur MA. An investigation of the retail model for assistive technology (AT).  Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) funding.

2009 - 2012 PARADISE – Psychosocial factors Relevant to Brain Disorders in Europe. Investigating the psychosocial impact of a number of neurological conditions.  European Commission CEC (Framework 7) funding

2009 - 2010 McArthur MA, Reeve L, EFFORT 2 – large scale survey of service users and providers. Commissioned project Arthritis Research Campaign 

2008 – 2012 McArthur MA, Systematic review of pain management strategies. College of Occupational Therapists (COT) funding

2008 -2009 McArthur MA, Crompton B, ‘The EFFORT project – Exploration of rheumatology foot health services’. Commissioned project  Arthritis Research Campaign, Completed May 2009 

2006 - 2009 ‘The establishment of a National ME Observatory and initiation of a programme of epidemiological and social research into chronic fatigue syndrome’. Big Lottery funding

2006-2008 Watson M, McArthur MA, Mares K, Brown S, Worth P ‘The effectiveness of Lycra pressure garments in management of movement control problems caused by cerebellar ataxia. Ataxia UK funding

2005-2009 ‘Intention and Experience:  Learning Patient Safety in pre-registration health care’, AHP lead in UEA; A Howes UEA lead.

Research Group Membership

Chronic Illness and Rehabilitation

Education and Learning

Teaching Interests

Current teaching activity is focussed mainly on postgraduate research degree (PGR) students and on the MSc pre-registration in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy – rheumatology; burns and plastics; clinical reasoning; occupational science; problem-based learning; research unit co-ordination.

Recent Academic Activities

Member and alternate chair of Faculty of Health  Ethics committee, University of East Anglia

  • External Examiner - Pre-registration MSc Occupational Therapy, University of Northumbria
  • Reviewer of books and journal articles for: British Journal of Occupational Therapy; International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation; British Journal of Hand Therapy

Teaching

Rheumatology

Burns and plastics

Assessment and feedback processes

Clinical reasoning

Enquiry based learning

Postgraduate Research Supervision

2012 Multiple Sclerosis and standing, Wendy Hendrie, PhD     

2011 Stoma & embodiment, Gabby Thorpe, PhD     

2010 Male informal carers, Linda Birt, PhD     

2009 Lycra and ataxia, Stephanie Brown, MSc by Research

Current professional activities

Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Orthotics Group – steering group member

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Ethics Committee Vice-chair

External examiner BSc Occupational Therapy– Cardiff University

Reviewer for British Journal of Rheumatology and British Journal of Hand Therapy

Key Responsibilities

Consultancy

Developed a work-placed facilitatory CPD package – the Collaborative CPD model (CCPD). Able to provide support and facilitation of service development needs.

Extensive experience in qualitative research and the exploration of the management of change in long term conditions.

Administrative Posts

  • MSc Pre-registration Occupational Therapy Programme Director