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Staff Profile

Rebecca Whear

Research Fellow

Kath Maguire

I joined PenCLAHRC in August 2009. I am part of the Evidence Synthesis Team that helps to manage the PenCLAHRC question prioritisation process and conducts systematic reviews for relevant questions identified from this process. My main areas of interest include improving healthcare for patients and the NHS, the mental health and behaviour of children and young people and dementia. I am also involved in running PenSR a systematic review discussion group open to anyone interested in systematic reviews across the Exeter, Plymouth and Truro locations and, as part of the team, help to run systematic review clinics for those working on their own systematic reviews. My main skills are focused on the conduct of systematic reviews in health services research. However, I have also been involved with setting research agendas. The reviews we conduct aim to work with clinicians and service users to answer the questions most relevant to them and their practices and to help bridge the gap between research and practice.

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Contact by phone
01392 726064

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Evidence Synthesis, Health Services Research

Projects

Systematic review of patient-initiated clinics (PIC) in secondary care for people with chronic disease

Methods to synthesise evidence of implementation and knowledge translation

Effectiveness of mealtime interventions in elderly people living in residential care

Impact of Using Outdoor Spaces on the Physical and Mental Well-Being of Those With Dementia

Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease

Physical activity in outdoor natural environments vs physical activity indoors

Interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on health and crop productivity in developing countries

The effectiveness of interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions

Antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia resident in care homes

Effects of animals on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes

Effectiveness of TNFa inhibitors to reduce depression in chronic physical illness

Psychiatric disorders and emotional and behavioural disturbance in children excluded from school

Teacher-led interventions on social and emotional behaviour in primary school children

Telephone consultation follow-up following routine surgery

'My Nature' - Supporting healthcare professionals to improve older people’s sensory experiences of the natural world

Pharmacological, psychosocial and dietary interventions for children with recurrent abdominal pain

What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Parent-to-Parent Support Interventions for Parents of Babies Cared for in a Neonatal unit (PaReNt)

Systematic review of patient initiated clinics (PICs) in patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care

Publications

Establishing local priorities for a health research agenda

The effect of teacher-led interventions on social and emotional behaviour in primary school children: a systematic review

Psychiatric disorder or impairing psychology in children who have been excluded from school: A systematic review

Patient initiated clinics for patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care: a systematic review of patient reported outcomes and patient and clinician satisfaction

Interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions: A systematic review

Are interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on human health in developing countries effective? A systematic review protocol

Telephone consultations in place of face to face out-patient consultations for patients discharged from hospital following surgery: a systematic review

Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on nutritional outcomes for the elderly living in residential care: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Multiple component interventions for preventing falls and fall-related injuries among older people: systematic review and meta-analysis

Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Tumour necrosis factor α inhibitor therapy in chronic physical illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect on depression and anxiety

Does participating in physical activity in outdoor natural environments have a greater effect on physical and mental wellbeing than physical activity indoors? A systematic review

What Is the Impact of Using Outdoor Spaces Such as Gardens on the Physical and Mental Well-Being of Those With Dementia? A Systematic Review of Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence.

How do robopets impact the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence.

Patient initiated clinics for patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care: a systematic review of patient reported outcomes and patient and clinician satisfaction.

Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on behaviour symptoms of people with dementia living in care homes: A systematic review

Interventions to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medications in people with dementia resident in care homes: a systematic review

School exclusion in children with psychiatric disorder or impairing psychopathology: A systematic review

Interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions: a systematic review

Recurrent abdominal pain in children: summary evidence from three systematic reviews of treatment effectiveness

Recurrent abdominal pain in children: summary evidence from three systematic reviews of treatment effectiveness

Psychosocial interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood

Dietary interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood

Pharmacological interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood

Psychosocial interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood

Pharmacological interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood

Non-pharmacological interventions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings: systematic reviews of quantitative and qualitative research

Upcoming Events

Sep
24

Searching and Review Clinic

South Cloisters 2.35, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Sep
25

Making Sense of Evidence: One...

The Canalside, Bridgwater

PenCLAHRC Free One Day Workshop Making Sense of Evidence - discover how to use evidence to...
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Calendar

News

Research shows parental involvement plays key role in children's academic attainment

18 September 2019

New research has shown how parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic...
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Management Board Chair appointed at start of new era of Health Research in the Southwest

28 August 2019

Dr Barbara Vann has been appointed chair of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South...
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Job Opportunity: Senior Research Fellow PenARC

15 August 2019

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Research Fellow with expertise in qualitative...
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News

Research Projects

Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing in care homes (STOPPING)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care

We have been awarded funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop...
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SAMueL – Stroke Audit Machine Learning

Theme: PenCHORD

This study aims to develop a tool for doctors to help them review and improve...
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Research Projects