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Saurab Sharma

Current Appointments

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Saurab Sharma is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NeuRA and the UNSW School of Health Sciences. Saurab is supported by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) John J. Bonica Fellowship (2020). Dr Sharma received the Exceptional Thesis Award for his PhD by the University of Otago (2020). Before joining a PhD in 2017, Saurab worked as an educator and musculoskeletal physiotherapist in Nepal for a decade. Saurab has won multiple awards including The Otago Most Promising Pain Research Award (2021) and The UNSW School of Health Sciences Early Career Researcher of the Year Award (2022).

Saurab has published >65 peer-reviewed publications in top general medical (BMJ) and specialist journals (e.g., PAIN, J Physiotherapy). He currently serves as Associate Editor for JOSPT and Physiotherapy.  He is one of the Commissioners for the Lancet Commission on Osteoarthritis. Saurab is a Development Group Member for the World Health Organisation’s initiative of developing rehabilitation intervention package for osteoarthritis. Saurab serves on 5 IASP committees and taskforces including Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy, Global Year Against Pain 2022 and 2023.

Saurab currently leads research theme on Equitable Pain Care – Globally (EQUIP-ALL) within the Centre for Pain IMPACT led by Professor James H. McAuley with an aim to improve pain care for underserved populations. Within this theme, Saurab currently chairs a Consortium for Low Back Pain in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) which consists of 65 multidisciplinary stakeholders from 35 countries. Follow Saurab’s work on Google Scholar.


2023, 22 Mar

Comparative effectiveness and safety of analgesic medicines for adults with acute non-specific low back pain: systematic review and network meta-analysis

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2023, 07 Mar

Evaluating Osteoarthritis Management Programs: outcome domain recommendations from the OARSI Joint Effort Initiative.

2023, 13 Feb

Context and priorities for health systems strengthening for pain and disability in low- and middle-income countries: a secondary qualitative study and content analysis of health policies

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2023, 08 Feb

Cross-sectional study examining the epidemiology of chronic pain in Nepal

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2023 Feb

The physiotherapy workforce in Nepal: A national survey

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2022, 15 Dec

Economic evaluation: a reader’s guide to studies of cost-effectiveness

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2022, 14 Dec

Clinimetrics: The Patient-Specific Functional Scale

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2022 Dec

Towards healthy populations: a need to strengthen systems for musculoskeletal health

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2022 Dec

“My Back is Fit for Movement”: A Qualitative Study Alongside a Randomized Controlled Trial for Chronic Low Back Pain

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2022, 24 Nov

Reliability, Validity, Responsiveness, and Minimum Important Change of the Stair Climb Test in Adults With Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

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