Dr Leica S Claydon-Mueller

Associate Professor of Health Services Research

Medical Technology Research Centre

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Research Supervision:

Leica’s research focuses on pain rehabilitation using evidence synthesis, service evaluation, qualitative and effectiveness studies. Improving disability, participation, and knowledge translation are central to her research as is the supervision of postgraduate research students. Leica is currently supervising 11 postgraduate research students and she has supervised 10 to completion.

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Leica has taught on physiotherapy courses since 2003 and has recently co-developed the MSc (pre-reg) Physiotherapy and MSc (pre-reg) Occupational Therapy courses at ARU. Leica has been the Link Tutor for the BSc (Hons) Dual Award Physiotherapy with MAHSA University, Malaysia since 2013. Leica is the first or co-author of 45 peer reviewed publications and has a H-index of 24.

Research interests

• Systematic reviews with meta-analysis 

• Service evaluation 
• Qualitative research 
• Effectiveness studies 
• Pain rehabilitation 
Leica supervises MD/PhD/Prof Doc students from a variety of backgrounds due to her interest in different research designs and methods. Leica’s primary research focus is pain rehabilitation. 
Areas of research supervision
  • Physiotherapy management (particularly exercise) of primary dysmenorrhea
  • Core outcomes in hip preservation surgery
  • Femoroacetabular impingement and hip osteoarthritis tonnis, grade 2 or greater
  • The relationship between muscle strength and management of hip arthroscopy outcomes
  • Analysis of psychological outcomes in patients undergoing breast reconstruction
  • The efficiency of microsurgical breast reconstruction
  • Predicting the surgical difficulty of total mesorectal excision (TME)
  • Reducing toxicity in the treatment of Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Investigating the soluble ST2 biomarker in addition to natriuretic peptides in managing patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction
  • The impact of conflict among health professionals on service delivery in health care
  • The influence of employee empowerment on service quality in health care
  • The influence of organisational culture on performance in health care
  • Respiratory muscle dysfunction monitoring and adjunctive management and respiratory rehabilitation in prolonged ventilated patients
  • The internationalisation of postgraduate taught (PGT) curricula

Leica has examined six PhDs and one Prof Doc.

  • MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
  • Link Tutor for BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Dual-Award with MAHSA, University (2013 to date)
  • PhD (2008; Keele University, UK)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (2010; University of Otago, NZ)
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (2003; Keele University, UK)
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Academic Editor, PLOS ONE
  • Senior Fellowship Anglia Professional Recognition Scheme (APRS)
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Collaborations with the University of Otago, New Zealand) on pain and activity in chronic conditions resulted in 40,000 $NZD in funding.
  • Course development of MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy funded with start-up fees (£100,000) from Health Education England.
Selected recent publications

Andronic, O., Claydon-Mueller, L. S., Cubberley, R., Kumar, K. H. S., Kanduja V., 2020. Outcomes of Hip Arthroscopy in Patients with Femoroacetabular Impingement and Concomitant Tönnis Grade II Osteoarthritis or Greater: Protocol for a Systematic Review. International Journal of Surgery Protocols.

Meshe, O. F., Bungay, H., Claydon-Mueller, L. S., 2019. Participants’ experiences of the benefits, barriers, and facilitators of attending a community-based exercise programme for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Health and Social Care in the Community. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12929

Kannan, P., Chapple, C., Miller, D., Claydon-Mueller, L. S., Baxter, G. D., 2019. Exercise improves pain, daily functioning, and quality of life in women with primary dysmenorrhea: a randomised trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials 81(6), pp. 80-86. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2019.05.004

Mehta, P., Claydon-Mueller, L. S., Mani, R., Hendrick, P., Cook, C., Baxter, G. D., 2018. Chronic diabetic neuropathic pain: psychometric properties of pain and physical function outcome measures. Physical Therapy Reviews 23(6), pp. 317-329. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2018.1517072

Nweke, C., Claydon-Mueller, L. S., 2018. What factors contribute to delayed discharge of end of life (EoL) patient’s in hospital who wish to die at home? European Journal of Palliative Care, 25(2), pp. 68-73.

Johnson, M. I., Claydon, L. S., Herbison, G. P., Jones, G., Paley, C. A., 2017. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for fibromyalgia in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 10, CD012172. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012172.pub2

Winser, S., Smith, C., Hale, L. A., Claydon, L. S., Whitney, S. L., Klatt, B., Mottershead, J., Zaydan, I., Heyman, R., 2017. Psychometric properties of a core set of outcome measures of balance for people with cerebellar ataxia secondary to multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98(2), pp. 270-276. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.07.023

Nair, R., Nikolopoulos, K. I., Claydon, L. S., 2017. Clinical outcomes in women undergoing laparoscopic hysteropexy: a systematic review. European Journal of Obstetrics Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology, 208, pp. 71-80. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2016.11.019

Johnson, M. I., Claydon, L. S., Herbison, G. P., Paley, C. A., Jones, G., 2016. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for fibromyalgia (protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012172

Meshe, O. F., Claydon, L. S., Bungay, H., Andrew, S., 2015. Physical activity and health status following pulmonary rehabilitation: a mixed methods systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 6, pp. 1-11. PubMed PMID: 27049603. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2016.1161842

Jalil, O., Claydon, L. S., Arulampalam, T., 2015. Review of neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone for locally advanced rectal cancer. Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, 46(3), pp. 219-236. doi: 10.1007/s12029-015-9739-7

De Gouveia De Sa, M., Claydon, L. S., Whitlow, B., Dolcet Artahona, M. A., 2015. Minimal access versus open sacrocolpopexy in the treatment of prolapse of the apical segment of the vagina: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Urogynecology Journal. doi: 10.1007/s00192-015-2765-y

De Gouveia De Sa, M., Claydon, L. S., Whitlow, B., Dolcet Artahona, M. A., 2015. Robotic versus laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy in the treatment of prolapse of the apical segment of the vagina: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Urogynecology Journal. doi: 10.1007/s00192-015-2763-0

Mehta, P., Claydon, L. S., Hendrick, P., Cook, C., Baxter, G. D., 2015. Pain and physical functioning in neuropathic pain: a systematic review of psychometric properties of various outcome measures. Pain Practice. doi: 10.1111/papr.12293

Kannan, P., Chapple, C. M., Miller, D., Claydon, L. S., Baxter, G. D., 2015. Effects of an exercise intervention on menstrual pain and quality of life in women with primary dysmenorrhea: rationale, design, and interventions of a randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.03.010

Claydon, L. S., 2015. Scientific Rigour in Quantitative Research. Nursing Standard, 29(47), pp. 43-48.

Media experience

Period Pain: don’t let it stop you from exercising. The Conversation, 2019.