Professor Mike Hurley is the research lead for the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. He qualified as a physiotherapist in 1985 and obtained his PhD in 1992. Between 1990 and 2009 he held the posts of lecturer, reader and professor of physiotherapy at Kings College London before joining Kingston & St George's as Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Mike's overarching research interest is the development, evaluation and dissemination of clinically effective complex healthcare interventions that are acceptable, deliverable and affordable and which improve physical, psychosocial and economic wellbeing.
His primary clinical interest is musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions (osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis). He is also involved in research into falls in the elderly, dementia, cancer and chronic fatigue.
His work, which has been included in evidence-based clinical guidelines, has enabled him to gain a strong understanding of, and experience in, designing, conducting and reporting quantitative research (from pilot studies to large multi-centred cluster randomised pragmatic clinical trials), qualitative studies, and economic evaluation.
Mike has authored and co-authored many research papers and book chapters, presents at local, national and international conferences and is particularly keen on writing for patient/lay audiences.