Healthcare for Injured Pianists – Invitation to a research project

David Harvey is researching pianists’ views and experiences of access to healthcare for injuries that limit playing. David is a professional pianist and final year trainee Osteopath at the University College of Osteopathy.

How to take part

If you think that you might like to take part in this research project please get in touch with David at by 30 April 2022, and he will send you more information about the study so that you can decide whether or not to participate.

What is the purpose of the study? 

Little is known about how pianists choose to deal with physical symptoms that limit their playing and what influences those decisions.  We are carrying out an interview-based study to develop new information in this area as part of a Master’s level qualification in osteopathy.

What’s in it for you? 

There is no direct reward or payment for being involved, but you would be contributing your experience to this research.

You may be able to help us improve our understanding of pianists’ needs and preferences for healthcare when they have symptoms, which may be helpful information for practitioners when working with musicians like you.

Who can participate? 

We would like to interview professional pianists and adult conservatoire students who have experienced physical symptoms that affected their ability to play at their usual level. If this sounds like you and you might be willing to contribute your experience to this research, we would welcome you getting in touch.  It doesn’t matter if the symptoms are the result of playing or from a different cause.

Will my information be confidential? 

All the information we get from the interview will be treated as strictly confidential and all personal identifiable information will be anonymised.

This study has received approval from the Research Ethics Committees of the University College of Osteopathy and Conservatoires UK.