LinkPhysio is started by Saurab Sharma which is an initiative to improve evidence based practice, share recent knowledge with physiotherapists and physiotherapy students in Nepal and other developing countries. This website will also encourage active participation of physiotherapists and students in writing evidence based articles to share with all. The topics covered in the website will focus especially on topics relevant to clinical practices in physiotherapy and also cover curriculum requirements of undergraduate and post-graduate physiotherapy. Here are some of the presentation slides of teaching and conference presentations in slideshare.

Saurab completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2008. After working for 3 years as a physiotherapy teaching assistant and a physiotherapist at the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences and Dhulikhel Hospital respectively, he studied Master of Physiotherapy (Orthopedics, with Manual Therapy as Elective) from at Manipal University, and completed in 2013. See the master’s thesis here. He worked for another additional 3+ years in the same institution as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy and after being promoted to Assistant Professor, he joined PhD at Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand under the supervision of Professor J. Haxby Abbott in February 2017.

He is a member of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and Cochrane Back and Neck Review Group. He is an active pain and outcome measure researcher. He has served as an advisor to Nepal Physiotherapy Association (NEPTA) and an active subject committee member to Physiotherapy at Nepal Health Professional Council (NHPC). He has presented papers and delivered keynote talks in 10 countries in reputed conferences in Physiotherapy, Manual Therapy and Pain. Likewise, he has won numerous prizes, awards, bursaries and grants.

Research Interests:

  1. Interventions to address mind and body for the management of pain using Randomized Controlled Trials and Systematic reviews/ Meta-analyses.
  2. Cross-cultural comparisons of (bio-psycho-social) factors in (chronic) pain.
  3. Development and cross-cultural adaptations of patient-reported outcome measures into newer languages and assessment of their measurement properties.

Peer reviewed publications:

  1. Sharma, S., Palanchoke, J., Abbott, J. H. (2018). Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Nepali  translation of the Patient-specific functional scale. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther:1-23. Epub 6 Apr 2018. https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2018.7925
  2. Sharma, S., Abbott, J. H., Pathak, A., Jensen, M.P. (2018). Psychometric properties of the Nepali version of the Connor Davidson Resilience Scales in individuals with chronic pain. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 16(56). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-018-0884-0
  3. Sharma, S., Thibault, P., Abbott, J. H., & Jensen, M. P. (2018). Clinimetric properties of the Nepali version of the Pain Catastrophizing Scale in individuals with chronic pain. Journal of Pain Research, 2018, 265-276. https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S153061
  4. Sharma, S., Palanchoke, J., Reed, D., & Abbott, J.H. (2017). Translation, cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric properties of the Nepali versions of numerical pain rating scale and global rating of change. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes15(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12955-017-0812-8
  5. Sharma, S., Pathak, A., & Jensen, M. (2016). Words that describe chronic musculoskeletal pain: implications for assessing pain quality across cultures. Journal of Pain ResearchVolume 9, 1057-1066. http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/jpr.s119212
  6. Sharma, S., Shrestha, N., & Jensen, M. (2016). Pain-related factors associated with lost work days in nurses with low back pain: A cross-sectional study. Scandinavian Journal of Pain11, 36-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sjpain.2015.11.007
  7. Sharma, S., Balthillaya, G., Rao, R., & Mani, R. (2016). Short term effectiveness of neural sliders and neural tensioners as an adjunct to static stretching of hamstrings on knee extension angle in healthy individuals: A randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy In Sport17, 30-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2015.03.003
    (PEDro score for quality assessment = 8/10)
  8. Nepal Physiotherapy Association (Reed, D., Shakya, N., Pokhrel, S., Sharma, S.) (2015). The Role of Physical Therapists in the Medical Response Team Following a Natural Disaster: Our Experience in Nepal. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.;45(9):644-646. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.0108

Published Abstracts:

Sharma, S., Pathak, A., Abbott, J.H., Jensen M.P. (2018). Psychometric properties of Nepali
versions of the Connor Davidson Resilience Scales and the Pain Catastrophising Scale in individuals with chronic pain. Journal of Pain. Vol. 19Issue 3S59. 
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2017.12.150

Sharma, S., Maharjan, R., Pathak, A., Abbott, J.H., Correia, H., Jensen M.P. (2018). Psychometric
properties of Nepali versions of PROMIS short form measures of pain intensity,
pain interference, pain behaviour, depression and sleep disturbance. Journal of Pain. Vol. 19Issue 3S59. DOI: 
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2017.12.15

Sharma, S., Cleland, J. (2016). Effect of tensioner neural mobilization on the flexibility of contralateral lower extremity. Manual Therapy. 25.e118. 

Sharma, S., Jensen, M.P. (2016)The words people use to describe chronic pain: A cross-cultural comparison.
Journal of Pain. 17 (4): S7.

Sharma, S, Balthillaya, G., Rao, R., Mani, R. (2015). Effectiveness of neural sliders and neural tensioners as an adjunct to static stretching on hamstrings flexibility: A randomized controlled trial. Physiotherapy. 101:E1372. DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2015.03.1311

Sharma, S., Nepal, G.M., Khadgi, B., Acharya, R.S(2016). Physiotherapist’s role in a disaster situation- An experience of Nepal earthquake 2015. Manual Therapy. 25.e113.

Other non-indexed publications:

Grants, Awards and Honors:

  1. Bursary- World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) to attend and present papers at WCPT Congress 2017 in Cape Town between 2 – 4 July, 2017 [US$ 950].
  2. Scholarship- International Federation of Physiotherapy Regulator Authorities (INPTRA) to deliver a talk at INPTRA conference on 30th June and 1st July 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa [US$ 2,500].
  3. Scholarship- University of Otago Doctoral Research Scholarship to pursue PhD in Medicine at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in December 2016 for a period of three years (February 2017 to January 2020) [NZ$ 75,000].
  4. Financial award- International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) to attend IASP Pain Conference in Yokohama, Japan between 26 – 30 September, 2016 [US$ 1,000]
  5. Bursary- International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT), Glasgow, Scotland between 4th – 8th July, 2016 [GBP 2,000]
  6. Grant- Developing Countries Collaborative Research Grant by International Association for Study of Pain (IASP) with Dr. Mark P Jensen, Professor at University of Washington, Seattle in June 2015 for upto three years (July 2015 – June 2018) [US$ 15,000].
  7. First Prize- Poster Presentation at Pain Adelaide Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia, on 29 March, 2015 [Aus$ 500].
  8. Bursary- Developing country stipend for attending Cochrane Colloquium in Hyderabad, India in September 2014.
  9. First Prize- Poster Presentation- Title “Cervicogenic headache and Physiotherapy Management” on free poster presentation competition organized by Department of Physiotherapy, Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal University, India on 8th September 2012.
  10. University rank- University Third rank in Neurology and Neurosurgery and Seventh rank in General Medicine Examination in B.P.T. Third Year, 2005.
  11. University rank- University Fifth rank in Microbiology and Pathology examination and Ninth rank in Pharmacology examination, in B.P.T. Second Year, 2004.
  12. University rank- University seventh rank in Anatomy examination, B.P.T. First Year, 2003.
    Best out-going student in 10+2 Examination- Himalayan White House International College, Naya Baneswar, Kathmandu, Nepal, Year 2002.
  13. Best out-going student School Leaving Certificate- Sunrise Boarding School, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal, Year 2000.

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