Dr Oliver Thomson is a practicing osteopath and Associate Professor at the UCO and leads the research teaching for the full time Level 6 and 7 undergraduate course and the varied postgraduate osteopathy programs.

Oliver completed his PhD in osteopathy at the University of Brighton, Clinical Research Centre for Health Professions, where he explored clinical decision-making. His research interests include clinical decision reasoning, professional identity and beliefs, and qualitative research into therapeutic approaches, practitioners' attitudes towards biopsychosocial factors, the nature of clinical expertise, osteopaths' attitudes towards evidence-informed practice, and the influence of communication and language on patients' beliefs, attitudes and behaviour. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and is on the international advisory board for Musculoskeletal Science and Practice (formerly Manual Therapy). In 2015, Oliver was amongst the first cohort selected for the Osteopathic Leadership Programme, in collaboration with the OU. He is currently involved in helping to coordinate in the EBASE study, and is leading a qualitative clinical study exploring assessments of clinical competence.

Publications

Pollar-Smith, T., Thomson, O. P., (2017). Professional ballet dancers’ experience of injury and osteopathic treatment in the UK: A qualitative study. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 21(1): 148-156.

Thomson, O. P., Abbey, H. (2017) Your paradigm or mine? Navigating the varied landscapes of osteopathic practice, research and education. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, Volume 24, June 2017, Pages 1-2

Zangoni, G., & Thomson, O. P. (2016). “I need to do another course”- Italian physiotherapists’ knowledge and beliefs when assessing psychosocial factors in patients presenting with chronic low back pain. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 27, 71–77.

Thomson, O. P., & Collyer, K. (2016). “Talking a different language” – A qualitative study on low back pain patients’ interpretation of the language used by student osteopaths. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hirai, P. M., & Thomson, O. P. (2016). T4 syndrome- A distinct theoretical concept or elusive clinical entity? A case report. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 20(4), 722–727.

Hohenschurz-Schmidt, D. J., Esteves, J. E., & Thomson, O. P. (2016). Tensegrity and manual therapy practice: A qualitative study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 21, 5–18.

Pollard-Smith, T., & Thomson, O. P. (2016). Professional ballet dancers’ experience of injury and osteopathic treatment in the UK: A qualitative study. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Thomson, O. P., & Evans, D. W. (2016). Masterclasses - integrating research evidence with expertise into clinical practice. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 20, 1–2.

Stenberg, G., Fjellman-Wiklund, A., & Ahlgren, C. (2014). “I am afraid to make the damage worse” - fear of engaging in physical activity among patients with neck or back pain - a gender perspective. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 28(1), 146–154.

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Moore, A. P. (2014). Clinical decision-making and therapeutic approaches in osteopathy - A qualitative grounded theory study. Manual Therapy, 19(1), 44–51.

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Moore, A. P. (2014). Diagnostic reasoning in osteopathy - A qualitative study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 17(2), 83–93.

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Moore, A. P. (2014). A qualitative grounded theory study of the conceptions of clinical practice in osteopathy - A continuum from technical rationality to professional artistry. Manual Therapy, 19(1), 37–43.

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Moore, A. P. (2014). Osteopaths’ professional views, identities and conceptions - A qualitative grounded theory study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 17(3), 146–159.

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Scholes, J. (2014). Grounding osteopathic research - Introducing grounded theory. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 17(3), 167–186.

Thomson, Oliver P. et al. (2013). Clinical reasoning and therapeutic approaches of experienced osteopaths. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16(1), 15 -16.

Esteves, J. E., Bennison, M., & Thomson, O. P. (2013). Script concordance test: Insights from the literature and early stages of its implementation in osteopathy. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16(4), 231–239.

Lougee, H., Johnston, R. G., & Thomson, O. P. (2013). The suitability of sham treatments for use as placebo controls in trials of spinal manipulative therapy: A pilot study. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 17(1), 59–68.

Fisher, G., Ramadan, H., & Thomson, O. (2013). Can a high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation of C1-2 affect active depression of the temporomandibular joint in a symptomatic population? International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16(1), e21–e22.

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Moore, A. P. (2013). Reconsidering the patient-centeredness of osteopathy. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16(1), 25–32.

McSweeney, T. P., Thomson, O. P., & Johnston, R. (2012). The immediate effects of sigmoid colon manipulation on pressure pain thresholds in the lumbar spine. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 16(4), 416–423.

Petty, N. J., Thomson, O. P., & Stew, G. (2012). Ready for a paradigm shift? Part 1: Introducing the philosophy of qualitative research. Manual Therapy, 17(4), 267–274.

Petty, N. J., Thomson, O. P., & Stew, G. (2012). Ready for a paradigm shift? Part 2: Introducing qualitative research methodologies and methods. Manual Therapy, 17(5), 378–384.

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., Ramage, C. M., & Moore, A. P. (2011). Qualitative research: Exploring the multiple perspectives of osteopathy. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 14(3), 116–124.

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Moore, A. P. (2011). Clinical reasoning in osteopathy - More than just principles? International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 14(2), 71–76.

Thomson, O., Haig, L., & Mansfield, H. (2009). The suitability of high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation and mobilisation techniques on pressure pain threshold in the lumbar spine. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 12(2), 56–62.