Dr. Simon French

PhD, MPH, BAppSc(Chiropractic)

Accepting MSc and PhD students in the following areas of research:
  • Knowledge translation research: evaluating ways of improving the uptake of research into primary care practice
  • Clinical research into musculoskeletal disorders (low back pain and osteoarthritis)
  • Systematic reviews of musculoskeletal disorders

Dr. Simon French Contact information:
Louise D. Acton Building, Room 222
Internal telephone extension: 36461
External telephone: 613-533-6461
e-mail: simon.french@queensu.ca

Simon has a clinical background as a chiropractor. He completed his PhD at the Australasian Cochrane Centre in 2009, and undertook his post-doctoral position at the Primary Care Research Unit, University of Melbourne, supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellowship. In 2013, Simon was awarded the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation Professorship in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University.

Simon conducts research in the area of knowledge translation in primary care with a focus on the management of musculoskeletal conditions. He also undertakes randomized trials of interventions relevant to primary care settings. He is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.

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Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

French SD, Bennell KL, Nicolson PJA, Hodges PW, Dobson FL, Hinman RS. What do people with knee or hip osteoarthritis need to know? An international consensus list of essential statements for osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research 2015;67(6):809-16

French SD, Green SE, Francis JJ, Buchbinder R, O’Connor DA, Grimshaw JM, Michie S. Evaluation of the fidelity of an interactive face-to-face educational intervention to improve general practitioner management of back pain. BMJ Open 2015;5(7)

Jenkins H, Hancock M, Maher C, French S, Engel R, Magnussen J. Effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce the use of imaging for low-back pain: a systematic review. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2015;187(6):401-8

Bussières AE, Al Zoubi F, Quon J, Ahmed S, Thomas A, Stuber K, Sajko S, French S. Fast tracking the design of theory-based KT interventions through a consensus process. Implementation Science, 2015;10:18

French SD
, Werth PD, Walker BW. Approach to low back pain - chiropractic. Australian Family Physician 2014;43(1):43-4

Walker BF, Stomski NJ, Hebert JJ, French SD. Evidence-based chiropractic practice: chiropractors' knowledge, skills, and barriers to the use of research literature. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, in press, accepted 28 February 2014, available online 12 March 2014

Murphy K, O'Connor DA, Browning CJ, French SD, Michie S, Francis JJ, Russell GM, Workman B, Flicker L, Eccles MP, Green SE. Understanding diagnosis and management of dementia and guideline implementation in general practice: A qualitative study using the Theoretical Domains Framework. Implementation Science 2014;9:31

French SD
, Charity M, Forsdike K, Gunn J, Polus B, Walker B, Chondros P, Britt H. Chiropractic Observation and Analysis STudy (COAST): providing an understanding of current chiropractic practice. Medical Journal of Australia, 2013;199(10):687-91

Walker BF, Stomski NJ, Hebert JJ, French SD. A survey of Australian chiropractors' attitudes and beliefs about evidence-based practice and their use of research literature and clinical practice guidelines. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2013;21:44

Hebert J, Stomski N, French S, Rubinstein SM. Serious adverse events and spinal manipulative therapy of the low back region: a systematic review of cases. J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 2013 Jun 17. [Epub ahead of print]

French SD, McKenzie JE, O'Connor DA, Grimshaw JM, Mortimer D, Francis JJ, Michie S, Spike N, Schattner P, Kent P, Buchbinder R, Page MJ, Green SE. Evaluation of a theory-informed implementation intervention for the management of acute low back pain in general medical practice: the IMPLEMENT cluster randomised trial. PLoS One, 2013;8(6): e65471.

Mortimer D, French SD, McKenzie JE, O?Connor DA, Green SE. Economic evaluation of active implementation versus guideline dissemination for evidence-based care of acute low-back pain in a general practice setting. PLoS ONE 2013;8(10): e75647

French SD
, Densley K, Charity MJ, Gunn J. Who uses chiropractic services? Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2013;21:31

Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of Usual Chiropractic. The OUCH Randomized Controlled Trial of Adverse Events. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2013;38(20):1723-1729

McKenzie JE, French SD, O'Connor DA, Mortimer DS, Browning CJ, Russell GM, Grimshaw JM, Eccles MP, Francis JJ, Michie S, Murphy K, Kossenas F, Green SE. Evidence-based care of older people with suspected cognitive impairment in general practice: protocol for the IRIS cluster randomised trial. Implementation Science, 2013;8:91

Charity M, French SD, Forsdike K, Britt H, Polus B, Gunn J. Extending ICPC-2 PLUS terminology to develop a classification system specific for the study of chiropractic encounters. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2013;21:4

Ivers N, Jamtvedt G, Flottorp S, Young JM, Odgaard-Jensen J, French SD, O'Brien MA, Johansen M, Grimshaw J, Oxman AD. Audit and feedback: effects on professional practice and healthcare outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 6:CD000259

French SD, Green SE, O'Connor D, McKenzie JE, Francis JJ, Michie S, Buchbinder R, Schattner P, Spike N, Grimshaw JM. Developing theory-informed behaviour change interventions to implement evidence into practice: a systematic approach using the Theoretical Domains Framework. Implementation Science 2012;7:38

Walker BF, French SD, Page MJ, O'Connor DA, McKenzie JE, Beringer K, Murphy K, Keating JL, Michie S, Francis JJ, Green SE. Management of people with acute low-back pain: a survey of Australian chiropractors. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 2011;19:29

Page MJ, French SD, McKenzie JE, O'Connor DA, Green SE. Recruitment difficulties in a primary care cluster randomised trial: investigating factors contributing to general practitioners' recruitment of patients. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2011;11:35

McKenzie JE, O'Connor DA, Page MJ, Mortimer DS, French SD, Walker BF, Keating JL, Grimshaw JM, Michie S, Francis JJ, Green SE  Improving the care for people with acute low-back pain by allied health professionals (the ALIGN trial): cluster randomised trial protocol. Implementation Science, 2010;5:86

French SD, Walker BF, Perle SM. Chiropractic care for children: too much, too little or not enough? Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010, 18:17

Walker BF, French SD, Grant W, Green S. Combined chiropractic interventions for low-back pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD005427

French SD, Green S, Buchbinder R, Barnes H. Interventions for improving the appropriate use of imaging in people with musculoskeletal conditions. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD006094

French SD, Cameron M, Walker B, Reggars J, Esterman AJ. Superficial heat or cold for low-back pain. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2006, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD004750

French SD, McDonald S, McKenzie JE, Green SE. Investing in updating: how do conclusions change when Cochrane systematic reviews are updated? BMC Medical Research Methodology 2005, 5:33.

French SD, Green S, Forbes A. The reliability of chiropractic methods commonly used to detect manipulable lesions in patients with chronic low back pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000, 23(4): 231-8.

Selected Invited Commentaries and Editorials

Bussières A, Côté P, French S, Godwin M, Gotlib A, Graham ID, Grondin D, Hawk C, Leboeuf-Yde C, Mior S, Stuber K. Creating a Chiropractic Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN): Enhancing the management of musculoskeletal care. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 2014;58(1):8-15

Walker BF, French SD. Pain in the neck: many (marginally different) treatment choices. Annals of Internal Medicine 2012;156:52-53

Selected Book Chapters

French SD, Green SE, Buchbinder R, Grimshaw JM. Implementation research. In: Jull G, Moore A, Falla D, Lewis J, Sterling M (eds). Grieves Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, 2015, 4th Edition. Churchill Livingstone

Minter W, French S, Cameron M. Chiropractic and osteopathy. In: Grimmer-Somers K, Kumar S, Worley A, Young A (eds). Practical tips in finding the evidence: an allied health primer. UST Publishing House, Manila, 2009. ISBN 978-971-506-494-1