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Dr Arlene McCurtin

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Employed as a lecturer in the School of Allied Health (Clinical Therapies) at the University of Limerick. Current role includes Post-graduate Co-ordinator and previously served as Course Director for the MSc Speech and language Therapy programme. Member of Academic Council, faculty PhD board and Department of Clinical Therapies Research committee.

I am interested in how knowledge is generated, used, valued and interpreted and this translates into research interests in: Patient involvement and communication in health care (Minimally disruptive healthcare, patient evidence, communication in healthcare, shared decision making); Clinical practice (Bases of clinical decision making, therapeutic alliance), and; Epistemology including evidence based practice, science and pseudoscience, evidence anthologies.  I have a specialist interest in Dysphagia (swallowing disorders) practice and interventions specifically compensatory interventions and bolus modification techniques including thickened liquids.

I am in the process of completing a HRI funded project on shared decision making and currently developing projects centred on Treatment benefit and burden (minimally disruptive healthcare) and in the area of evidence based practice/clinical decision making with a focus on scientific and critical thinking.


Connery, A., McCurtin, A. & Robinson, K. (2019). The lived experience of stuttering: a synthesis of qualitative studies with implications for rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation.

O'Connor, A., Cantillon, P., Parker, M. & McCurtin, A. (2018). Juggling roles and generating solutions; practice-based educators’ perceptions of performance-based assessment of physiotherapy students. Physiotherapy.

O'Connor, A., McCurtin, A., Cantillon, P. & McGarr, O. (2017). Illusions of specificity in power-laden clinical performance assessment. Medical Teacher. 40 (3): 313-314.

McCurtin, A., Healy, C., Kelly, L., Murphy, F., Ryan, J. & Walsh, J. (2017). Plugging the patient evidence gap: What people with swallowing disorders post-stroke say about thickened liquid. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 53 (1): 30-39.

Clifford, A., Ryan, J., Walsh, C., McCurtin, A. (2017). What information is used in treatment decision aids? A systematic review of the types of evidence populating health decision aids. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 17: 22.

McCurtin, A. & Healy, C. (2017). Why do clinicians choose the therapies and techniques they do? Exploring clinical decision-making via treatment selections in dysphagia practice'. International Journal Of Speech-Language Pathology. 19: 69-76.