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Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS)

Mr Austin Plunkett, BA M Ost


PhD Student

Telephone: 020 7882 7087


Austin graduated with distinction from the British School of Osteopathy in 2011, gaining a master’s degree. He joined the National Council for Osteopathic Research in 2014 to work as a research assistant. He analyses data from several of NCOR’s ongoing projects including patient reported outcomes and patient experiences surveys, and organised NCOR’s 2017 and 2019 conferences. He is currently a PhD student at QMUL, looking at the role of artificial intelligence in clinical health care and clinician engagement with evidence


Research Interests:

  • Osteopathy
  • manual therapies
  • information dissemination
  • PROMs and PREMs
  • thematic analysis
  • paediatric conditions seen by manual therapists. 


Carnes D, Mars T, Plunkett A, Nanke L, Abbey H, 2017. A mixed methods evaluation of a third wave cognitive behavioural therapy and osteopathic treatment programme for chronic pain in primary care (OsteoMAP). International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2017 Mar. doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2017.03.005. Available online at 

Carnes D, Plunkett A, Ellwood J, Miles C. Manual therapy for unsettled, distressed and excessively crying infants: a systematic review and meta-analyses. BMJ Open 2018;8:e019040. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019040. Available online at