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Full name Josette Bettany-Saltnikov
Profession Physiotherapist
Actual professional positions Senior Lecturer in Research Methods
Short biographical notes (300 words) Josette qualified as a Physiotherapist in Malta in 1986 and has a master's degree in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA).
Her PhD from Kings College, University of London, investigated the Topographical, kinesiological and Psychological factors in patients with scoliosis.
Josette has over 20 years experience of conducting research studies in spinal deformities and over 17 years experience of teaching research methods to nursing and allied health professionals. She has published over 30 papers in leading journals such as spine, the cochrane library, physiotherapy, physical therapy, the journal of bone and joint surgery and the international journal of therapy and rehabilitation. Josette has also presented over 50 papers relating to scoliosis at both national and international conferences.
Together with colleagues at Teesside, Josette has successfully redeveloped the Doctorate in Health and Social Care programme. She is currently supervising two PhD students and two professional Doctoral students and is the module leader for two of the Doctoral modules currently being taught on the Doctoral programme.
She has been successful in obtaining research funding both internally, £5,000 for research into scoliosis patients perceptions of medical information provided, and externally from the British Scoliosis Research Foundation (BSRF) for £15,000 to evaluate the information needs of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients at the first point of diagnosis.
Josette is a member of the Health Professions Council, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, the British Scoliosis Society, the International Research society of Spinal deformities and the Society of Spinal and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT). She is also on the editorial board of the journal scoliosis and the internet journal of rehabilitation and is a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals. She is also a reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research, health technology assessment programme as well as an abstract reviewer for the World Confederation of Physical Therapy Conference.
Award received (Year, title of the scientific work, awarding institution) Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award for excellence in conceiving, designing and reporting research, awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association, Boston.

The Charles Manning Research Award, awarded by Scoliosis Research Trust for Research into Back Shape Changes following different treatment methods in A.I.S.
Medline published papers (number) 11 (22 in total in other databases)
Book chapters 18
Book 2 (in press)
5 most important Medline papers (copy and paste reference from Medline)

Alcelik I, Pollock RD, Sukeik M, Bettany-Saltikov J, Armstrong PM, Fismer P.A Comparison of Outcomes With and Without a Tourniquet in Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.J Arthroplasty. 2012 Mar;27(3):331-40. Epub 2011 Sep 22.

Bettany-Saltikov J. Learning how to undertake a systematic review: part 1.Nurs Stand. 2010 Aug 18-24;24(50):47-55; quiz 56. Review.

Bettany-Saltikov J. Learning how to undertake a systematic review: Part 2.Nurs Stand. 2010 Aug 25-31;24(51):47-56; quiz 58, 60. Review.

Negrini S, Minozzi S, Bettany-Saltikov J, Zaina F, Chockalingam N, Grivas TB, Kotwicki T, Maruyama T, Romano M, Vasiliadis ES. Braces for idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jan 20;(1):CD006850. Review.

Mcalpine R.T, Bettany-Saltikov J.A., and Warren  (2009) J.G. Computerized back postural assessment in physiotherapy practice: Intra-rater and inter-rater reliability of the MIDAS system. Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation 22 (2009) 173-178DOI 10.3233/ BMR-2009-0231IOS  ;22(3):173-8.

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