Dr Michelle Holmes | AECC University College

Dr Michelle Holmes

PhD, MRes, BSc (Hons), Lecturer in Research Methods

Dr. Michelle Holmes is a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods at AECC University College and Professional Development Framework Lead.


Michelle is a health services researcher and has experience of working with various healthcare professionals and patient groups. At AECC University College she lectures in Research Methods and is the Postgraduate Framework Lead for the School of Chiropractic. Along with teaching, Michelle is also the convenor for the Centre of Clinical and Applied Service Provision Research (CASPR) responsible for steering and reporting on research activity on patient outcomes and delivery of health services. In 2021 Michelle completed her PhD at the University of Southampton, examining patient-reported outcomes as active components of treatment for low back pain.

Current Activity

Michelle currently leads the teaching of research methods to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Chiropractic and the School of Radiology, as well as supervising student projects and overseeing the delivery of Postgraduate courses in the School of Chiropractic.
At this present time, Michelle has several ongoing research projects, including practice-based networks within chiropractic, patient experience and patient safety and treatment decisions for musculoskeletal decisions. Michelle is also involved in the Research Excellence Framework as the REF administrator for AECC University College.

Areas of interest/expertise

Areas of interest and expertise include health service research and research methodology .



  • BSc (Hons) Natural Therapeutics, University of Westminster (2013)
  • MRes Clinical and Health Research, University of Southampton (2014)
  • PhD Psychology, University of Southampton (2021)
Research interests

Research interests

Michelle’s Research interests include: musculoskeletal health, patient-reported outcomes, Chronic pain,
multimorbidity, patient experience, service provision



  • Collaborative Research UK Network for Chiropractic (CRUNCh)
  • Patient experiences and satisfaction with chiropractic care
  • Decisions regarding treatment for musculoskeletal conditions
  • Web-based back pain support
  • Illness perceptions and multimorbidity.




  • Pohlman, K. A., Salsbury, S. A., Funabashi, M., Holmes, M. M., & Mior, S. (2020). Patient safety in chiropractic teaching programs: a mixed-methods study. Chiropractic & manual therapies, 28(1), 1-10.
  • Holmes, M. M., Stanescu, S. C., Linaker, C., Price, C., Maguire, N., Fraser, S., & Walker-Bone, K. (2020). Individualised placement support as an employment intervention for individuals with chronic pain: a qualitative exploration of stakeholder views. BJGP open, 4(3).
  • Holmes, M.M., Stanescu, S.C., Linaker, C. et al. (2020). Exploring the views of stakeholders about the feasibility of carrying out a randomised controlled trial of Individual Placement and Support for people unemployed with chronic pain based in primary care (the InSTEP study). Pilot Feasibility Studies. 6, 44, 10.1186/s40814-020-00588-z.
  • Koebisch, S. H., Rix, J., & Holmes, M. M. (2020). Recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals in rural Canada: A systematic review. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 25(2), 67.
  • Holmes, M. M., Stanescu, S., & Bishop, F. L. (2019). The Use of Measurement Systems to Support Patient Self-Management of Long-Term Conditions: An Overview of Opportunities and Challenges. Patient-Related Outcome Measures, 10, 385.
  • Odhwani, A. S., Sarkar, P. K., Giggleman, G. F., Holmes, M. M., & Pohlman, K. A. (2019). Self-perceived evidence-based practice competencies: a survey of faculty and students at a chiropractic institution. Journal of Chiropractic Education.
  • Field, J., Holmes, M. M., & Newell, D. (2019). PROMs data: Can it be used to make decisions for individual patients? A narrative review. Patient related outcome measures, 10, 233.
  • Nind, M., Holmes, M., Insenga, M., Lewthwaite, S., & Sutton, C. (2019). Student perspectives on learning research methods in the social sciences. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-15.
  • Holmes, M. M. (2019). Why People Living With and Beyond Cancer Use the Internet. Integrative cancer therapies, 18, 1534735419829830.
  • Holmes, M. M., Bishop, F. L., Newell, D., Field, J., & Lewith, G. (2018). Chiropractors’ views on the use of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical practice: a qualitative study. Chiropractic & manual therapies, 26(1), 50.
  • Adams, J., Kawchuk, G., Breen, Ax., De Carvalho, D., Eklund, A., Fernandez, M., Funabashi, M., Holmes, M.M., Johansson, M.S., de Luca, K., Moore, C., Page, I., Pohlman, K.A., Swain, M.S., Wong, A.Y.L, Hartvigsen J. (2017) Leadership and capacity building in international chiropractic research: Introducing the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL). Chiropractic and Manual Therapies.
  • Holmes, M.M., Bishop, F.L., Calman, L. (2017). “I just googled and read everything”: exploring breast cancer survivors’ use of the internet to find information on complementary medicine. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 33 p78-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2017.06.007.
  • Bishop, F., Coghlan, B., Geraghty, A., Everitt, H., Little, P., Holmes, M.M., Seretis, D., Lewith, G.T. (2017). What techniques might be used to harness placebo effects in non-malignant pain? A literature review and survey to develop a taxonomy. BMJ Open. 7 (6). DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015516.
  • Holmes, M. M., Lewith, G. T., Newell, D., Field, J., & Bishop, F. L. (2016). The impact of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in clinical practice for pain: a systematic review. Quality of Life Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-016-1449-5.
  • Bishop, F.L., Holmes, M.M., (2013). Mixed Methods in CAM Research: A Systematic Review of Studies Published in 2012. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013. DOI: 10.1155/2013/187365.
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