Dr Peter Kent

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy

PhD, GradDipManipPhysio, BAppSc(Physio), BAppSc(Chiro)

Email:
peter.kent@monash.edu

Profile

Peter Kent is the leader of the Quality Assurance and Database unit  at the Spine Centre of Southern Denmark, and a Clinical Associate  Professor, Institute of Regional Health Services Research, University of  Southern Denmark. He has 25 years of clinical experience as a  physiotherapist and chiropractor.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Supervision of PhD, Masters and Honours level health professionals

Field of Expertise

  • Database design
  • Questionnaire design and translation
  • Data mining
  • Research design and analysis
  • Systematic review method
  • Quality assurance

Research Interests

  • Spine pain
  • The application of information technology to enhance clinical practice and research outcomes
  • Quality assurance

Awards

  • The most outstanding thesis, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, 2006
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia: Health Professional Postdoctoral Fellowship 2006-2009

Publications

Recent Publications in peer reviewed journals

Laird R, Kent P, Keating J. Modifying patterns of movement in people with low back pain – does it help? BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2012, 13:169 doi:10.1186/1471-2474-13-169

Morsø M, Kent P., Albert HB, Manniche C. Is the psychosocial profile of people with low back pain seeking care in primary care different from those in secondary care? Manual Therapy. 2012. Jul 31. [Epub ahead of print]

Hawthorne G, de Morton N, Kent P. Back pain and social isolation: validation of the Friendship Scale for use in studies of low back pain. Clinical Journal of Pain. (accepted 15/01/12)

Kent P,  Kjær P. Targeted psychosocial interventions for modifiable risk factors  of persistent pain in non-specific low back pain – A systematic review. Manual Therapy. 2012, 17:385-401. doi:10.1016/j.math.2012.02.008

Kent P, Kongsted A. Identifying clinical course patterns in SMS data using cluster analysis. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies. 2012, 20:20 doi:10.1186/2045-709X-20-20

Kent P,  Briggs A, Albert H, Byrhagen A, Hansen C, Kjaergaard K, Secher Jensen  T. Inexperienced clinicians can extract pathoanatomic information from  MRI narrative reports with high reproducability for use in  research/quality assurance. Chiropractic and Osteopathy. 2011, 19:16 doi:10.1186/2045-709X-19-16

Albert H, Briggs A, Kent P,  Byrhagen A, Hansen C, Kjaergaard K. The prevalence of MRI-defined  spinal pathoanatomy and their association with Modic changes in  individuals seeking care for low back pain. European Spine Journal. 2011, 20(8):1355-62. DOI 10.1007/s00586-011-1794-6

Morsø L, Kent P, Albert H, Hill J, Manniche C. Translation and validation of a Danish version of the STarT Back Tool. European Spine Journal. 2011. 20(12):2166-73.

Froud_R, Eldridge S, Kovacs F, Alan Breen A, Bolton J, Dunn K, Fritz J, Keller A, Kent P,  Lauridsen H, Ostelo R, Pincus T, van Tulder M, Steven Vogel S,  Underwood M. Back pain trials Reporting Outcomes Consensus (BaROC)  statement. European Journal of Pain. 2011 15(10):1068-74.

Morsø L, Kent P,  Albert H. Are self-reported pain characteristics, classified using the  PainDETECT Questionnaire, predictive of outcome in people with low back  pain and associated leg pain? Clinical Journal of Pain. 2011, 27(6):535-41.

Kent P,Lauridsen HH. Managing missing scores on the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire. Spine. 2011, 36(22):1-7. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181ffe53f.

Kent P, Keating JL, Leboeuf-Yde C. Research methods for subgrouping low back pain. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2010, 10:62doi:10.1186/1471-2288-10-62.

Kent P,  Hancock M, Petersen, D.H, Mjøsund, H.L. Choosing appropriate study  designs for particular questions about treatment subgroups. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 2010, 18(3):47-152.

Kent P,  Mjøsund, H.L. Petersen, D.H. “Does targeting manual therapy and/or  exercise improve patient outcomes in nonspecific low back pain? – A  systematic review. BMC Medicine. 2010, 8:22 doi:10.1186/1741-7015-8-22

Mirkhil S, Kent P.  Validity of brief screening questions for psychosocial risk factors of  poor outcome from an episode of pain: a systematic review. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2009, 25(4): 340-348 doi: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31819299e3.

Kent P, Keating JL, Buchbinder R. Searching for a conceptual framework for nonspecific low back pain. Manual Therapy. 2009, 14(4): 387-396.

Kent P,  Keating JL, Taylor N. Primary care clinicians use variable methods to  assess acute nonspecific low back pain and usually focus on impairments. Manual Therapy. 2009, 14(1):88-100.

McCarthy C, Keating J, Kent P, Lall R, Lamb S, Strimpakos N. Targeted manual therapy for low back pain (Protocol) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 2.

McKenzie JE, French SD, O’Connor DA, Grimshaw JM, Mortimer D, Michie S, Francis J, Spike N, Schattner P, Kent P, Buchbinder R, Green SE. IMPlementing a clinical practice guideline for  acute Low-back pain Evidence-based manageMENT in general practice  (IMPLEMENT): cluster randomised controlled trial study protocol. Implementation Science.2008 3:11. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-3-11.

Mortimer, D. Simon D, French, SD, Joanne E McKenzie, JE, Denise A O'Connor, DA, Sally E Green, SE and the IMPLEMENT study group. Protocol for economic evaluation alongside the IMPLEMENT cluster randomised controlled trial. Implementation Science.2008, 3:12. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-3-12.

Hayden JA, Côté P, Steenstra IA, Bombardier C, for the QUIPS-LBP Working Group. Identifying phases of investigation helps planning, appraising and applying the results of explanatory prognosis studies. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2008, 61(6): 552-560.

Kent P, Keating JL. Can we predict poor recovery from recent-onset nonspecific low back pain? A systematic review. Manual Therapy. 2008, 13: 12–28.

Recent conference proceedings

Morsø L, Kent P,  Albert HB, Manniche C. Is the psychosocial profile of people with low  back pain seeking care in Danish primary care different from those in  secondary care? Odense International Forum XII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 17-20/10/12.

Jensen RK, Jensen TS, Kjaer P, Kent P.   Identifying biological pathways in the MRI findings of people with low back pain. Odense International Forum XII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 17-20/10/12.

Kongsted A, Kent P, Albert HB, Jensen TS, Manniche C.Leg pain in low back pain patients is not only about location – a cross-sectional study. Odense International Forum XII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 17-20/10/12.

Mansell G, Hill J, Kamper S, Kent P. Workshop. How can we design intervention studies that also investigate mediation? Odense International Forum XII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 17-20/10/12.

Kent P, Kongsted A, Jensen TS, Albert H, O’Neill S, Manniche C. Patterns of pain distribution in people seeking care for chronic low back pain – do they matter? Odense International Forum XII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 17-20/10/12.

Ferreira P, Kent P, Manniche C, Secher Jensen T, Refshauge K, Maher C, Ferreira M. Does the report of a cause for low back pain matter? A comparison  between patients who report a cause for an episode of low back pain and  those who do not. Odense International Forum XII: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 17-20/10/12.

Kent P. Research aspects of a health registry. Norwegian Association for Spine Research 2011. Oslo, Norway. 20/04/12. (Invited speaker)

Kent P. Practical aspects of a health registry. Norwegian Association for Spine Research 2012. Oslo, Norway. 20/04/12. (Invited speaker).

Morsø L, Albert H, Kent P, Manniche C, Hill J. Translation and discriminative validation of the STarT Back Screening Tool into Danish. The British Society for Back Pain Research 2011 Annual General Meeting. Bar Hill, Cambridge, UK. 10 November 2011.

Kent P. How can databases and registries help us understand what works when treating pain? Back and Neck Pain Conference 2011. Trondheim, Norway. 7 April 2011. (Invited speaker).

Kent P. Sub-grouping in low back pain - where are we in this search for the Holy Grail? Back and Neck Pain Conference 2011. Trondheim, Norway. 7 April 2011. (Invited speaker).

Kent P. Melanie Jenkins, Jenny Keating, Hanne Albert, Claus Manniche. Is  back pain ‘irritability’ a construct independent of pain intensity,  activity limitation, fear avoidance beliefs or psychosocial factors? Back and Neck Pain Conference 2011. Trondheim, Norway. 6 April 2011.

Kent P. Experience with the COBRA2 Database. Datacapture Pre-Conference Workshop, Back and Neck Pain Conference 2011. Trondheim, Norway. 5 April 2011.

Morsø L, Schroll H, Kent P,  Albert H, Manniche C. Overcoming barriers to the implementation of an  electronic version of the STarT Back Tool in Danish Primary Care. Melbourne International Forum XI: Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. Poster presentation. The Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, Australia, 16 March 2011.

Kent P. Quality assurance for spine care in the secondary sector. The Danish Chiropractic Foundation Research Day. 14 September 2010. Regionernes Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kent P,  Mjøsund, H.L. Petersen, D.H. Does targeting manual therapy and/or  exercise improve patient outcomes in nonspecific low back pain? – A  systematic review. The British Society for Back Pain Research 2010 Annual General Meeting. 11 June 2010. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Kent P, Lauridsen HH. Managing missing scores on the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire. The British Society for Back Pain Research 2010 Annual General Meeting. 10 June 2010. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Kent P. Pre-conference workshop: Databases and registries in back pain research – Practical and methodological issues. The British Society for Back Pain Research 2010 Annual General Meeting. 9 June 2010. University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Jensen T, Kent P,  Karppinen J, Sorensen J, Niinimäki J, Leboeuf-Yde C. Do vertebral  endplate signal changes (Modic changes) hurt? - A systematic review. European Congress of Radiology 4-8 March 2010 Vienna, Austria.