Professor Alison Hammond

Alison Hammond is an occupational therapist, and a leading international Rheumatology Rehabilitation researcher. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and contributed to writing self-help books and information booklets for people with arthritis. Her research includes: clinical trials; surveys; systematic reviews, outcome measurement development and testing; and qualitative research. Alison’s research interests include patient education and self-management for arthritis, health behaviour change, hand therapy and hand orthoses, fatigue management and work rehabilitation. Alison is a member of the Versus Arthritis/MRC National Centre for Excellence in Musculoskeletal Health and Work. She currently leads: the WORKWELL trial, testing work rehabilitation for arthritis; and WORK-PROMS: a programme testing work patient reported outcome measures and investigating the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on work.  

Alison is a Fellow of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and a Fellow of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology. She has contributed to national and international guidelines and standards of care in Rheumatology, including the NICE Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis and for Osteoarthritis, as well as the EULAR Guidelines for Non-Pharmacological Management of Osteoarthritis and for Rheumatology Nursing. 

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Work; Patient education and self-management in long term physical conditions; Hand/upper limb therapy; Health behaviour change

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Musculoskeletal rehabilitation, work rehabilitation, self-management, Patient Education, Health-Behaviour, outcome measures, upper limb therapy