The Words Matter Podcast with Oliver Thomson

Dr Oliver Thomson responds and answers questions on professional identity, barriers to the BPS model and his challenges as a novice clinician.

Show Notes

Welcome to another episode of The Words Matter Podcast, and the first Ask Me Anything episode. Thanks for all your questions, please keep them rolling in for future AMA episodes.
In this AMA I discuss:
  • The main barriers that I encounter for musculoskeletal clinicians/osteopaths to adopt a biopsychosocial approach to their practice.
  • Recording diagnoses in clinical notes, and moving away from specific tissues to other factors salient to the persons' situation and experience.
  • How I got into academia, my PhD journey and suggestions for those wanting to begin to dip their toes in.
  • The main challenges I experienced moving from student to novice and then to a more experienced clinician.
  • My view on how evidence-based practice can and should blur the boundaries of musculoskeletal therapies, professional identities and distinctiveness. 
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What is The Words Matter Podcast with Oliver Thomson?

The Words Matter Podcast brings you insights, reflections and conversations focused on the latest evidence, theory, philosophy and practice of communication-focused healthcare.

Find out about the more tacit, 'softer' and personal side of clinical practice such as the role of philosophy, beliefs, behaviours, developing therapeutic relationships or the purposeful use of language with people experiencing pain from expert academics, clinicians and researchers from across the world and spanning the musculoskeletal disciplines. This podcast will help you reflect on your own current practice and inform and stimulate you to consider new ways of approaching your practice and patients, to create a better clinical experience and outcomes in people with musculoskeletal pain.

Hosted by Dr Oliver Thomson PhD, an osteopath and Associate Professor who is passionate about researching and educating clinicians on a revised narrative, communication and biopsychosocial approach to musculoskeletal therapy. If you like the podcast, subscribe and check out the online learning and resources at

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