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Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher

Laureate Professor

School of Medicine and Public Health (Public Health)

$3.38m for dementia research

Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher will lead a multi-disciplinary team in dementia research with $3.38 million in federal funding, just announced.

The project titled 'Australian Community Of practice in Research in Dementia' (ACcORD) was one of six Dementia Research Team Grants worth $35.6 million just announced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

ACcORD will explore barriers to service delivery, evaluate the current legal impediments and look at implementing new measures for consistently assessing unmet needs. Clinicians, biostatisticians, health economists, legal experts and consumer representatives will take part, some of whom have previously worked outside the field.

Director of the University of Newcastle's internationally recognised Centre for Health Behaviour and co-leader of HMRI's Public Health Program, Professor Sanson-Fisher has more than 35 years' experience leading ground-breaking research projects in this field. 

In a time fraught with high emotions and where crucial decisions need to be made, Professor Sanson-Fisher's research is setting the global benchmark for clinical practice guidelines and training for doctors to help reduce the emotional impact of terminal illnesses on patients and their families.

This includes spearheading a research project that analyses international approaches and cultural differences to end-of-life care, a study identifying communication and perception gaps between doctors, patients and families, as well as developing an internet-based system that keeps patients, families and caregivers on the same page.

"The nature of terminal illnesses, like cancer or cardiovascular disease, is that many people do not want to have the discussion about death, because there is fear that voicing this discussion is like jinxing or giving up, and will only increase stress on the patient," Professor Sanson-Fisher said.

"In actual fact, research shows that planning for death helps ease depression and anxiety. People who receive end-of-life care consistent with preferences are said to experience higher quality of life and lower physical and psychological distress," he said.

"Our research delves into the many areas of decision making that emerge towards the end-of-life, from treatment choices to legal parameters on who makes the decisions to quality of life preferences such as where and how you would like to be housed and who you would like to look after you.

"However, patient preferences often aren't clearly communicated to doctors and families, who become surrogate decision-makers. Providers then have to rely on the perceptions and personal views of family members rather than the patients themselves, at a time when the family members are incredibly stressed.

"There is increasing evidence to show that terminal cancer patients are receiving more treatments at the end-of-life than they might want if their views were sought. Planning helps reduce fear and stress, and helps everyone develop a shared understanding and sense of responsibility and values."

It is Professor Sanson-Fisher's aim to reshape thinking surrounding dying, so that preparations are as thorough for end-of-life as the other end of the spectrum – childbirth.

"With ageing population expected to increase, it is paramount that we begin to view preparation for end-of-life as a process as important as preparing for the birth of a baby. Improving end-of-life preparation has implications across many different sectors and industries, from government to legal to psychological, medical and aged care."

Professor Sanson-Fisher's Consensus Guidelines for Medical Practitioners on breaking bad news originally set the international benchmark for helping patients, families and doctors through the delicate and often heartbreaking discussion of how they would like their final days to play out.

An inaugural Director of the National Cancer Control Institute and New South Wales Cancer Education Research Program, Professor Sanson-Fisher has published more than 400 peer reviewed research papers on improving public health outcomes in the areas of behavioural science, cancer control and Indigenous health. This service was recognised when he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his work.

The Centre for Health Behaviour and the multidisciplinary research team for the Who Decides and at What Cost study brings a unique blend of clinical, legal, behavioural, bioethics, health economics, information technology and biostatistics expertise.

The study builds on the Centre's extensive experience and successes, and uses new research methodologies such as video, films and live scenarios to explore reactions and educate practitioners.

The Who Decides and at What Cost Study will be the first in the world to provide clinically relevant data on the degree to which providers and surrogate decision makers accurately reflect cancer patients' end-of-life decisions over time.

The study will also try to address evidence-based practice gap, which shows what clinicians should be doing and identifying where they are not meeting best practice and why they are not.

Professor Sanson-Fisher is also working on a study that analyses and compares approaches to end-of-life care in Australia, Japan, Vietnam and Korea.

"One of the interesting early indications from the initial international findings is that there appears to be universal consistencies surrounding discussions on dying," Professor Sanson-Fisher said.

"You would expect there to be variations between Japan, which is perceived as being a hierarchical society, compared to Vietnam which is considered a socialist society, versus Australia, a traditional family-dominated medical environment, where questioning medical practice is considered more common. However, there isn't much difference".

"Surprisingly however, advanced directives are much more common in Japan than they are here in Australia. So we are looking at research into why that might be and whether or not patients in Australia would like to have advanced directives.

Studies by Sanson-Fisher have indicated that patients with advanced, incurable cancer have high levels of unmet needs, especially in relation to the areas of psychological and medical communication and information.

Professor Sanson-Fisher believes that these unmet needs are largely driven by a gap between clinicians' expectations and a patient's expectations.

"An oncologist might tell a patient that a certain treatment might 'work'. The patient will interpret that as meaning the treatment will extend their life by years, but the oncologist actually means extending their life by three months," says Professor Sanson-Fisher.

Perception plays a key role, according to Professor Sanson-Fisher, who believes it is not so much about what is in the plan – but in the interpretation of what the patient would want. 

"Doctors often talk about 'good' cancers, but most people think there are no good cancers to have. Oncologists deal with horrible situations every day and for patients this might be their first encounter with cancer.

"Their perceptions are completely different because they live in different worlds, but it's essential that we bridge this communication and perception gap for all parties' sake.

The timing of when to have the discussions is also being investigated, with Sanson-Fisher and his team developing frameworks that will assist caregivers to recognise the point at which psychosocial and emotional responses to patients' needs require specialist intervention.

"We're also researching when and how patient's advanced directives and patient preferences change over time. I have certainly seen patients say I don't want treatment when they are not a patient and then when they are a patient they say 'give me everything you've got'."

Sanson-Fisher and his team are currently trialling an internet-based research system to bridge this gap for leukaemia patients.

"Leukaemia and its treatment is a complex area. Blood cancers are much harder to understand and the decisions about what treatment plan to follow are therefore much harder.

"The internet-based information system outlines what treatment they are using, what the decisions and consequences are and what they can do to manage it.

"The site gives leukaemia patients, their families, their support team and their health team access to a central site any time they like to help everyone feel as though they are on the same page."

With 7.6 million people dying from cancer worldwide every year alone, Professor Sanson-Fisher is leading the way in helping the last goodbye become an easier one.

$3.38m for dementia research

Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher will lead a multi-disciplinary team in dementia research with $3.38 million in federal funding, just announced.The project titled 'Australian Community Of practice in Research in Dementia' (ACcORD) was one of six Dementia Research Team Grants worth…

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Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise

Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher is internationally recognised as a leader in health behavioural research. His work is known for successfully combining behavioural and public health approaches to health promotion, health service evaluation and cancer control. He has published more than 263 peer review research papers and 16 chapters in books. Rob has obtained numerous research grants, including program grants from the NHMRC and other competitive funding agencies. His current research interests are in changing health care providers clinical behaviour so that it more closely approximates best evidence practice, the development, implementation and evaluation of attempting to improving the health outcomes for vulnerable population groups. Professor Sanson-Fisher played a significant role in establishing the Behavioural Science Group in Relation to Medicine at the University of Newcastle. He also was the initiator of the Hunter Centre for Health Advancement and Director of the New South Wales Cancer Education Research Program.health service models, assessment of unmet needs of cancer patients and The research training and publications, which resulted from this group, have received national and international recognition. These research achievements were recognised with the group being designated a WHO Centre of Excellence with Professor Sanson- Fisher as the director. He was the inaugural director of the National Cancer control Institute. More recently Rob finished a four-year term as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Newcastle. In 2000 he was awarded the Hunter Medical Research Institute Award for Research Excellence.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Western Australia
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical), University of Western Australia
  • Bachelor of Psychology, University of Western Australia

Keywords

  • Psycho-social/ Behavioural
  • Public Health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 60
111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified 25
160508 Health Policy 15

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Laureate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2003 - 1/01/2007 Director Mater Hospital Board
Australia
1/01/1999 - 1/01/2000 Chairperson NSW Cancer Council
Australia
1/01/1999 - 1/01/2001 Chairperson NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
1/01/1998 - 1/01/2001 Dean University of Newcastle
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/1998 - 1/01/2001 Member of Executive Committee Newcastle Institute of Public Health
Australia
1/01/1996 - 1/01/1997 Inaugural Director Australian Commonwealth Government National Cancer Control Initiative
Australia
1/01/1992 - 1/01/1995 Director University of Newcastle
WHO Centre for Health Behaviour Research
Australia
1/01/1992 - 1/01/1997 Inaugural Director University of Newcastle
Hunter Centre For Health Advancement
Australia
1/01/1981 - 1/01/1997 Professor University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Behavioural Medicine Multidisciplinary Health Education Behavioural Medicine Multidisciplinary Health Education
Australia
Member - The Australian Psychologist The Australian Psychologist
Australia
Member - Journal of Behavioural Psychotherapy Journal of Behavioural Psychotherapy
Australia
Member - Cancer Strategy Journal of Criminal Justice and Behaviour Cancer Strategy Journal of Criminal Justice and Behaviour
Australia

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2007 3rd Biennial General Practice Conference
Organisation: Monash University Description: Deliver lectures on Evidence - Practice Gaps
2005 Working Conference on Research Design
Organisation: NIH and CDC Description: Invited presentation to Working Conference on Research Design.
2002 Community Interventions, New Directions
Organisation: American Cancer Council Description: Invited Presentation: A troubled Landscape
2002 Public Health Association of Australia Annual Conference
Organisation: Public Health Association of Australia Description: Keynote address: Limitations of Randomised Clinical trials in determining evidence in Public Health
2001 National taiwan University College of Medicine Conference
Organisation: National Taiwan University Description: Invited Presentation: Community Based medical Education New Directions
2001 Dick Gibson - Oration
Organisation: Australian Association of Gerontology Description: Invited Presentation: Age Care - Old Problems, New Solutions
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Waller AE, Boyes A, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Screening and Assessment for Unmet Needs', Psycho-Oncology, Oxford University Press, New York 369-377 (2015) [B2]
DOI 10.1093/med/9780199363315.003.0046
Co-authors Amy Waller, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Allison Boyes, Mariko Carey
2000 Sanson-Fisher RW, Bonevski B, 'Psychosocial aspects of cancer control', Stress and Health: Research and Clinical Applications, Harwood Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, Netherlands 319-334 (2000) [B1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Billie Bonevski
1998 Wiggers JH, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Evidence-based health promotion', Evaluating Health Promotion, Stanley Thornes (Publishers) Ltd., UK 126-145 (1998) [B1]
Co-authors John Wiggers, Rob Sanson-Fisher

Journal article (498 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Paul CL, Piterman L, Shaw JE, Kirby C, Forshaw KL, Robinson J, et al., 'Poor uptake of an online intervention in a cluster randomised controlled trial of online diabetes education for rural general practitioners.', Trials, 18 137 (2017)
DOI 10.1186/s13063-017-1869-8
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2017 Hobden B, Bryant J, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Oldmeadow C, 'Computer tablet or telephone? A randomised controlled trial exploring two methods of collecting data from drug and alcohol outpatients.', Addict Behav, 71 111-117 (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.03.009
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Christopher Oldmeadow
2017 Bryant J, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Turon H, Wei A, Kuss B, 'The Patients' Perspective: Hematological Cancer Patients' Experiences of Adverse Events as Part of Care.', J Patient Saf, (2017)
DOI 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000347
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2017 Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Macrae F, Cameron E, Hill D, D'Este C, Doran C, 'Improving adherence to colorectal cancer surveillance guidelines: results of a randomised controlled trial.', BMC Cancer, 17 106 (2017)
DOI 10.1186/s12885-017-3095-x
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2017 Clough AR, Margolis SA, Miller A, Shakeshaft A, Doran CM, McDermott R, et al., 'Alcohol management plans in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australian communities in Queensland: Community residents have experienced favourable impacts but also suffered unfavourable ones', BMC Public Health, 17 (2017)

© 2017 The Author(s). Background: In Australia, 'Alcohol Management Plans' (AMPs) provide the policy infrastructure for State and Commonwealth Governments to address problematic ... [more]

© 2017 The Author(s). Background: In Australia, 'Alcohol Management Plans' (AMPs) provide the policy infrastructure for State and Commonwealth Governments to address problematic alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We report community residents' experiences of AMPs in 10 of Queensland's 15 remote Indigenous communities. Methods: This cross-sectional study used a two-stage sampling strategy: N = 1211; 588 (48%) males, 623 (52%) females aged =18 years in 10 communities. Seven propositions about 'favourable' impacts and seven about 'unfavourable' impacts were developed from semi-structured interviews. For each proposition, one-sample tests of proportions examined participant agreement and multivariable binary logistic regressions assessed influences of gender, age (18-24, 25-44, 45-64, =65 years), residence (=6 years), current drinking and Indigenous status. Confirmatory factor analyses estimated scale reliability (¿), item loadings and covariances. Results: Slim majorities agreed that: AMPs reduced violence (53%, p = 0.024); community a better place to live (54%, 0.012); and children were safer (56%, p < 0.001). More agreed that: school attendance improved (66%, p < 0.001); and awareness of alcohol's harms increased (71%, p < 0.001). Participants were equivocal about improved personal safety (53%, p = 0.097) and reduced violence against women (49%, p = 0.362). The seven 'favourable' items reliably summarized participants' experiences of reduced violence and improved community amenity (¿ = 0.90). Stronger agreement was found for six 'unfavourable' items: alcohol availability not reduced (58%, p < 0.001); drinking not reduced (56%, p < 0.001)); cannabis use increased (69%, p < 0.001); more binge drinking (73%, p < 0.001); discrimination experienced (77%, p < 0.001); increased fines, convictions and criminal records for breaching restrictions (90%, p < 0.001). Participants were equivocal (51% agreed, p = 0.365) that police could enforce restrictions effectively. 'Unfavourable' items were not reliably reflected in one group (¿ = 0.48) but in: i) alcohol availability and consumption not reduced and ii) criminalization and discrimination. In logistic regressions, longer-term (= 6 years) residents more likely agreed that violence against women had reduced and that personal safety had improved but also that criminalization and binge drinking had increased. Younger people disagreed that their community was a better place to live and strongly agreed about discrimination. Current drinkers' views differed little from the sample overall. Conclusions: The present Government review provides an opportunity to reinforce 'favourable' outcomes while targeting: illicit alcohol, treatment and diversion services and reconciliation of criminalization and discrimination issues.

DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3995-8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2017 Carey M, Boyes AW, Bryant J, Turon H, Clinton-McHarg T, Sanson-Fisher R, 'The Patient Perspective on Errors in Cancer Care: Results of a Cross-Sectional Survey', Journal of Patient Safety, (2017)

Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reservedOBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to explore medical oncology outpatients' perceived experiences of error... [more]

Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reservedOBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to explore medical oncology outpatients' perceived experiences of errors in their cancer care. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted. English-speaking medical oncology outpatients aged 18 years or older were recruited from 9 Australian cancer treatment centers. Participants completed 2 paper-and-pencil questionnaires: an initial survey on demographic, disease and treatment characteristics upon recruitment; and a second survey on their experiences of errors in cancer care 1 month later. RESULTS: A total of 1818 patients (80%) consented to participate, and of these, 1136 (62%) completed both surveys. One hundred forty-eight participants (13%) perceived that an error had been made in their care, of which one third (n = 46) reported that the error was associated with severe harm. Of those who perceived an error had been made, less than half reported that they had received an explanation for the error (n = 65, 45%) and only one third reported receiving an apology (n = 50, 35%) or being told that steps had been taken to prevent the error from reoccurring (n = 52, 36%). Patients with university or vocational level education (odds ratio [OR] = 1.6 [1.09¿2.45], P = 0.0174) and those who received radiotherapy (OR = 1.72 [1.16¿2.57]; P = 0.0076) or ¿other¿ treatments (OR = 3.23 [1.08¿9.63]; P = 0.0356) were significantly more likely to report an error in care. CONCLUSIONS: There is significant scope to improve communication with patients and appropriate responses by the healthcare system after a perceived error in cancer care.This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License 4.0 (CCBY-NC-ND), where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially without permission from the journal.

DOI 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000368
Co-authors Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Mariko Carey, Allison Boyes, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2017 Peek K, Carey M, Mackenzie L, Sanson-Fisher R, 'An observational study of Australian private practice physiotherapy consultations to explore the prescription of self-management strategies.', Musculoskeletal Care, (2017)
DOI 10.1002/msc.1181
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2017 Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Paul C, Bradstock K, Williamson A, Campbell HS, 'Psychological morbidity among Australian rural and urban support persons of haematological cancer survivors: Results of a national study.', Psychooncology, (2017)
DOI 10.1002/pon.4411
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2017 Grady A, Carey M, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Hobden B, 'A systematic review of patient-practitioner communication interventions involving treatment decisions', Patient Education and Counseling, 100 199-211 (2017)

© 2016 Elsevier Ireland LtdObjectives To examine the: 1) methodological quality of interventions examining strategies to improve patient-practitioner communication involving trea... [more]

© 2016 Elsevier Ireland LtdObjectives To examine the: 1) methodological quality of interventions examining strategies to improve patient-practitioner communication involving treatment decisions; 2) effectiveness of strategies to improve patient-practitioner communication involving treatment decisions; and 3) types of treatment decisions (emergency/non-emergency) in the included studies. Methods Medline, PsychINFO, CINAHL, and Embase were searched to identify intervention studies. To be included, studies were required to examine patient-practitioner communication related to decision making about treatment. Study methodological quality was assessed using Cochrane's Effective Practice and Organisation of Care risk of bias criteria. Study design, sample characteristics, intervention details, and outcomes were extracted. Results Eleven studies met the inclusion criteria. No studies were rated low risk on all nine risk of bias criteria. Two of the three interventions aimed at changing patient behaviour, two of the five practitioner directed, and one of the three patient-practitioner directed interventions demonstrated an effect on decision-making outcomes. No studies examined emergency treatment decisions. Conclusions Existing studies have a high risk of bias and are poorly reported. There is some evidence to suggest patient-directed interventions may be effective in improving decision-making outcomes. Practice implications It is imperative that an evidence-base is developed to inform clinical practice.

DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2016.09.010
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2017 Mansfield E, Boyes AW, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Quantifying the unmet needs of caregivers of people with dementia: a critical review of the quality of measures', International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 32 274-287 (2017)

Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Objective: The array of demanding tasks carried out by caregivers of people with dementia have significant negative impacts on their ph... [more]

Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Objective: The array of demanding tasks carried out by caregivers of people with dementia have significant negative impacts on their physical, mental and social well-being. Needs assessment allows individuals to indicate the extent to which their needs across different areas have or have not been met, allowing for estimations of the prevalence of needs and the extent to which help is required. This approach is extremely valuable in a clinical context, as it enables identification of the areas with which caregivers report a particular desire for help and allows targeting of support and resources to those who identify high levels of unmet needs. This systematic review aimed to critically examine the psychometric properties of measures that assess unmet needs of caregivers of people with dementia. Methods: Medline, Embase, PsycINFO and Cochrane electronic databases were searched between January 1990 and August 2015 for English-language publications describing the development or validation of measures assessing the unmet needs of adult caregivers of people with dementia. The psychometric properties of included measures were assessed against standard criteria for psychometric quality. Results: Four measures met the inclusion criteria. Only half of the indices of psychometric quality were tested across measures. Three measures had adequate internal consistency reliability, of which one also showed adequate test¿retest reliability. Two measures reported adequate construct validity, while criterion validity was not assessed for any measure. Conclusions: There is a clear need to develop a psychometrically rigorous instrument to identify the unmet needs of caregivers of people with dementia. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/gps.4642
Co-authors Elise Mansfield, Allison Boyes, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2017 Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, Boadle D, 'The first step in ensuring patient-centred quality of care: ask the patient', European Journal of Cancer Care, 26 (2017)

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons LtdHealth providers may not be aware of their patients' needs or preferences, and patients reluctant to raise their concerns. Consequently, the first ste... [more]

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons LtdHealth providers may not be aware of their patients' needs or preferences, and patients reluctant to raise their concerns. Consequently, the first step in ensuring quality of care is to ask the patient about the care that they would like. A cross-sectional sample of 244 medical oncology outpatients were surveyed about provider-asking behaviours across six dimensions of patient-centred care defined by the Institute of Medicine. Specifically, were patients asked by clinic staff at the treatment centre about their physical and emotional symptoms, information needs to enable decision-making, preferences for involvement in decision-making, involvement of family and friends, and appointment scheduling. Patients were significantly (Cochran's ¿2 (9)¿=¿122.541, P¿<¿0.001) less likely to be asked about emotional symptoms (35% infrequently asked), preferences for the involvement of family and friends (25% infrequently asked), and preferences for involvement in medical decision-making (23% infrequently asked). Only a minority of patients were infrequently asked about their treatment-related information needs (8%), physical symptoms (13% pain, 14% fatigue) and preferences for appointment scheduling (13%). Younger age, not Australian born and greater educational qualifications were associated with being infrequently asked. Improvements to care delivery can be made if clinic staff were to more regularly elicit patient's emotional symptoms, and their preferences for the involvement of family/friends and participation in medical decision-making.

DOI 10.1111/ecc.12435
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Amy Waller, Mariko Carey, Alison Zucca, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2017 Bryant J, Waller A, Cameron E, Hure A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Diet during pregnancy: Women's knowledge of and adherence to food safety guidelines', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 57 315-322 (2017)

© 2016 ANZJOG.Background: As a precaution against acquiring food-borne illnesses, guidelines recommend women avoid some foods during pregnancy. Aims: To examine among women recei... [more]

© 2016 ANZJOG.Background: As a precaution against acquiring food-borne illnesses, guidelines recommend women avoid some foods during pregnancy. Aims: To examine among women receiving antenatal care: (i) level of knowledge and self-reported adherence to guidelines about foods that should be avoided during pregnancy; and (ii) associated socio-demographic characteristics. Methods: Women attending a public outpatient clinic who were: pregnant or had recently given birth; 18 years or older; able to complete an English language survey with minimal assistance; and had at least one prior antenatal appointment for their current pregnancy, were asked to complete a cross-sectional survey. Results: In total 223 women (64% consent rate) participated. Knowledge of foods to avoid during pregnancy was poor, with 83% of women incorrectly identifying at least one unsafe food as safe to consume. The average knowledge score for foods to avoid during pregnancy was 7.9 (standard deviation = 3.4; median = 9; interquartile range: 6-11; n = 218) out of a possible score of 12. Having more general practice (GP) visits for antenatal care and fewer tertiary antenatal visits were significantly associated with higher knowledge. Women with a higher number of GP visits and those receiving care in a high-risk clinic were more likely to be adherent to guidelines. Conclusions: The majority of pregnant women have poor knowledge of food avoidance guidelines and continue to consume foods that put them at risk.

DOI 10.1111/ajo.12523
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alexis Hure, Amy Waller
2017 Hall A, Lynagh M, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Mansfield E, 'Who are the support persons of haematological cancer survivors and how is their performance perceived?', Psychooncology, (2017)
DOI 10.1002/pon.4449
Co-authors Elise Mansfield, Mariko Carey, Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall
2017 Waller A, Dodd N, Tattersall MHN, Nair B, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Improving hospital-based end of life care processes and outcomes: a systematic review of research output, quality and effectiveness.', BMC Palliat Care, 16 34 (2017)
DOI 10.1186/s12904-017-0204-1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller
2017 Paul C, Hall A, Oldmeadow C, Lynagh M, Campbell S, Bradstock K, et al., 'Dyadic interdependence of psychosocial outcomes among haematological cancer survivors and their support persons.', Support Care Cancer, (2017)
DOI 10.1007/s00520-017-3751-3
Co-authors Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Christopher Oldmeadow, Marita Lynagh
2016 Clough AR, Margolis SA, Miller A, Shakeshaft A, Doran CM, McDermott R, et al., 'Alcohol control policies in Indigenous communities: A qualitative study of the perceptions of their effectiveness among service providers, stakeholders and community leaders in Queensland (Australia)', International Journal of Drug Policy, 36 67-75 (2016)

© 2016 Elsevier B.V.Background Favourable impacts are reported from complex alcohol control strategies, known as ¿Alcohol Management Plans¿ (AMPs) implemented 14 years ago in 1... [more]

© 2016 Elsevier B.V.Background Favourable impacts are reported from complex alcohol control strategies, known as ¿Alcohol Management Plans¿ (AMPs) implemented 14 years ago in 19 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) communities in Queensland (Australia). However, it is not clear that all communities benefited and that positive impacts were sustained. Service providers, key stakeholders and community leaders provided insights about issues and impacts. Methods Participants (N¿=¿382) were recruited from knowledgeable and experienced persons using agency lists and by recommendation across sectors which have a mandate for managing alcohol-related issues and consequences of AMP policies in communities. In semi-structured interviews, participants (51% Indigenous, 55% male and comprised of at least one-third local community residents) were asked whether they believed alcohol controls had been effective and to describe any favourable and unfavourable outcomes experienced or perceived. Inductive techniques were used for thematic analysis of the content of transcribed recorded interviews. Comments reflecting themes were assessed across service sectors, by gender, Indigenous status and remoteness. Results Participants attributed reduced violence and improved community amenity to AMPs, particularly for ¿very remote¿ communities. Participants¿ information suggests that these important achievements happened abruptly but may have become undermined over time by: the availability of illicit alcohol and an urgency to consume it; migration to larger centres to seek alcohol; criminalization; substitution of illicit drugs for alcohol; changed drinking behaviours and discrimination. Most issues were more frequently linked with ¿very remote¿ communities. Conclusion Alcohol restrictions in Queensland's Indigenous communities may have brought favourable changes, a significant achievement after a long period of poorly regulated alcohol availability from the 1980s up to 2002. Subsequently, over the past decade, an urgency to access and consume illicit alcohol appears to have emerged. It is not clear that relaxing restrictions would reverse the harmful impacts of AMPs without significant demand reduction, treatment and diversion efforts.

DOI 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.06.015
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Oldmeadow C, Mansfield E, Walsh J, 'Improving self-management of cancer risk factors, underscreening for cancer and depression among general practice patients: study protocol of a randomised controlled trial', BMJ OPEN, 6 (2016)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014782
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Elise Mansfield, Christopher Oldmeadow
2016 Paul CL, Cameron E, Doran C, Hill D, Macrae F, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Experiences of colorectal cancer patients in the 2-years post-diagnosis and patient factors predicting poor outcome', Supportive Care in Cancer, 24 4921-4928 (2016) [C1]

© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.Purpose: There are few recent longitudinal studies investigating the quality of life of colorectal cancer patients in the early years fo... [more]

© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.Purpose: There are few recent longitudinal studies investigating the quality of life of colorectal cancer patients in the early years following diagnosis. This study aimed to (i) compare the health status of people with colorectal cancer less than 1¿year from diagnosis with health status 1¿year later and (ii) determine the characteristics associated with a change in overall health status. Methods: The study was conducted as part of a larger trial. Participants (n = 539) were identified via the Victorian Cancer Registry in Australia, completed a computer-assisted baseline telephone interview (including the EQ-5D-3L) within 6¿12¿months of diagnosis, and mailed a survey 12¿months later. Results: At baseline, the majority of participants (55¿%) reported some problems, including difficulties in usual activities (26¿%), pain or discomfort (25¿%), anxiety or depression (23¿%) and mobility issues (15¿%). Sixty-nine percent had either an unchanged or increased health utility score from baseline to follow-up. The largest proportion reporting an increase in problems between baseline and follow-up related to pain or discomfort (18¿%). While visual analogue scale scores indicated a significantly improved health state over time overall, 32¿% reported a decreased health utility score from baseline to follow-up. Those aged over 80¿years were more likely to report a decreased health utility score compared to 60¿80-year-olds. Conclusions: A sizeable minority of patients experience ongoing problems in their daily lives and should be offered assistance in overcoming disabilities and returning to best possible functioning, particularly older patients who appear to be vulnerable to poor outcomes.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-016-3348-2
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Stewart J, Sanson-Fisher R, Eades S, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health: accuracy of patient self-report of screening for diabetes, high cholesterol and cervical cancer.', Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 40 Suppl 1 S3-S6 (2016) [C1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Mansfield E, Bryant J, Regan T, Waller A, Boyes A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Burden and Unmet Needs of Caregivers of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients: A Systematic Review of the Volume and Focus of Research Output', COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 13 662-667 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.Caregivers of individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience significant burden. To develop effective interventions t... [more]

© 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.Caregivers of individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience significant burden. To develop effective interventions to support this vulnerable group, it is necessary to understand how this burden varies as a function of patient well-being and across the illness trajectory. This systematic review aimed to identify the number and type of data-based publications exploring the burden and unmet needs of caregivers of individuals with COPD. Medline, Embase, PsycINFO and Cochrane databases were searched for studies published between January 2000 and February 2014. Studies were eligible if they were quantitative studies examining unmet needs of, or burden on, adult caregivers of individuals with COPD. Eligible papers were categorised according to (i) type (i.e. descriptive, measurement and intervention studies); (ii) whether they measured associations between patient and caregiver burden and (iii) whether they measured caregiver burden longitudinally. Twenty-seven data-based papers met criteria for inclusion. There was a significant increase in the total number of publications over time. The majority of publications were descriptive studies (n¿=¿25), with one measurement and one intervention study identified. Fourteen descriptive studies measured the relationship between patient or caregiver factors and caregiver burden. Only two studies measured caregiver burden over time. There are a number of gaps in the body of research examining burden and unmet needs of caregivers of individuals with COPD that preclude the development of effective interventions for this population. Greater research effort should be directed towards identifying rigorous measurement tools which more accurately characterise caregiver burden, so that evidence-based interventions can be developed.

DOI 10.3109/15412555.2016.1151488
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Co-authors Amy Waller, Allison Boyes, Timothy Regan, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Elise Mansfield
2016 Hobden B, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Oldmeadow C, Carey M, 'Do rates of depression vary by level of alcohol misuse in Australian general practice?', Aust J Prim Health, (2016)
DOI 10.1071/PY16076
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Co-authors Christopher Oldmeadow, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Passey ME, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Response to Gould et al's Letter to the Editor: Provision of Antenatal Smoking Cessation Support: A Survey With Pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women', NICOTINE & TOBACCO RESEARCH, 18 106-107 (2016)
DOI 10.1093/ntr/ntv086
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Waller A, Bryant J, Cameron E, Galal M, Quay J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Women's perceptions of antenatal care: Are we following guideline recommended care?', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 16 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12884-016-0984-y
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller
2016 Suzuki E, Mackenzie L, Sanson-Fisher R, Carey M, D Este C, Asada H, Toi M, 'Acceptability of a Touch Screen Tablet Psychosocial Survey Administered to Radiation Therapy Patients in Japan', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23 485-491 (2016) [C1]

© 2015, International Society of Behavioral Medicine.Background: Studies in western clinical settings suggest that touch screen computer surveys are an acceptable mode of collect... [more]

© 2015, International Society of Behavioral Medicine.Background: Studies in western clinical settings suggest that touch screen computer surveys are an acceptable mode of collecting information about cancer patients¿ wellbeing Purpose: We examined the acceptability of a touch screen tablet survey among cancer patients in Japan. Methods: Eligible patients (n = 262) attending a university hospital radiation therapy (RT) department were invited to complete a touch screen tablet survey about psychosocial communication and care. Survey consent and completion rates, the proportion and characteristics of patients who completed the touch screen survey unassisted, and patient-reported acceptability were assessed. Results: Of 158 consenting patients (consent rate 60¿% [95¿% CI 54, 66¿%] of eligible patients), 152 completed the touch screen computer survey (completion rate 58¿% [95¿% CI 52, 64¿%] of eligible patients). The survey was completed without assistance by 74¿% (n = 113; 95¿% CI 67, 81¿%) of respondents. Older age was associated with higher odds of having assistance with survey completion (OR 1.09; 95¿% CI 1.04, 1.14¿%). Ninety-two percent of patients (95¿% CI 86, 96¿%) felt that the touch screen survey was easy to use and 95¿% (95¿% CI 90, 98¿%) agreed or strongly agreed that they were comfortable answering the questions. Overall, 65¿% (95¿% CI 57, 73¿%) of respondents would be willing to complete such a survey more than once while waiting for RT treatment. Conclusions: Although patient self-reported acceptability of the touch screen survey was high, self-administered touch screen tablet surveys may not be entirely appropriate for older cancer patients or possibly for patients with lower educational attainment.

DOI 10.1007/s12529-015-9502-2
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Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2016 Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Fradgley E, Hobden B, Zucca A, Henskens F, et al., 'A consumer register: an acceptable and cost-effective alternative for accessing patient populations', BMC Medical Research Methodology, 16 1-10 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The Author(s).Background: Population-based registries are increasingly used to recruit patient samples for research, however, they have several limitations including low c... [more]

© 2016 The Author(s).Background: Population-based registries are increasingly used to recruit patient samples for research, however, they have several limitations including low consent and participation rates, and potential selection bias. To improve access to samples for research, the utility of a new model of recruitment termed the 'Consumer Register', that allows for direct patient recruitment from hospitals, was examined. This paper reports: (i) consent rates onto the register; (ii) preferred methods and frequency of contact; and (iii) the feasibility of establishing the register, including: (a) cost per person recruited to the register; (b) the differential cost and consent rates of volunteer versus paid data collectors; and (c) participant completion rates. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in five outpatient clinics in Australia. Patients were approached by volunteers or paid data collectors and asked to complete a touch-screen electronic survey. Consenting individuals were asked to indicate their willingness and preferences for enrolment onto a research register. Descriptive statistics were used to examine patient preferences and linear regression used to model the success of volunteer versus paid data collectors. The opportunity and financial costs of establishing the register were calculated. Results: A total of 1947 patients (80.6 %) consented to complete the survey, of which, 1486 (76.3 %) completed the questionnaire. Of the completers, the majority (69.4 %, or 1032 participants) were willing to be listed on the register and preferred to be contacted by email (50.3 %). Almost 39 % of completers were willing to be contacted three or more times in a 12 month period. The annual opportunity cost of resources consumed by the register was valued at $37,187, giving an opportunity cost per person recruited to the register of $36. After amortising fixed costs, the annual financial outlay was $23,004 or $22 per person recruited to the register. Use of volunteer data collectors contributed to an annual saving of $14,183, however paid data collectors achieved significantly higher consent rates. Successful enrolment onto the register was completed for 42 % of the sample. Conclusions: A Consumer Register is a promising and feasible alternative to population-based registries, with the majority of participants willing to be contacted multiple times via low-resource methods such as email. There is an effectiveness/cost trade off in the use of paid versus volunteer data collectors.

DOI 10.1186/s12874-016-0238-8
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Christopher Oldmeadow, Frans Henskens, Elizabeth Fradgley, Alison Zucca
2016 Paul CL, Piterman L, Shaw JE, Kirby C, Barker D, Robinson J, et al., 'Patterns of type 2 diabetes monitoring in rural towns: How does frequency of HbA1c and lipid testing compare with existing guidelines?', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24 371-377 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.Objective: To indicate levels of monitoring of type 2 diabetes in rural and regional Australia by examining patterns of glycated haemogl... [more]

© 2016 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.Objective: To indicate levels of monitoring of type 2 diabetes in rural and regional Australia by examining patterns of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) and blood lipid testing. Design and Setting: Retrospective analysis of pathology services data from twenty regional and rural towns in eastern Australia over 24 months. Participants: Of 13 105 individuals who had either a single HbA1c result =7.0% (53 mmol mol-1); or two or more HbA1c tests within the study period. Main outcome measures: Frequency of testing of HbA1c and blood lipids (cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and triglycerides) were compared with guideline recommendations. Results: About 58.3% of patients did not have the recommended 6-monthly HbA1c tests and 30.6% did not have annual lipid testing. For those who did not receive tests at the recommended interval, the mean between-test interval was 10.5 months (95% CI = 7.5¿13.5) rather than 6 months for HbA1c testing; and 15.7 (95% CI = 13.3¿18.1) months rather than annually for blood lipids. For those with at least one out-of-range test result, 77% of patients failed to receive a follow-up HbA1c test and 86.5% failed to receive a follow-up blood lipid test within the recommended 3 months. Patients less than 50 years of age, living in a more remote area and with poor diabetes control were less likely to have testing at the recommended intervals (P < 0.0001). Conclusions: Although poor diabetes testing is not limited to rural areas, more intensive diabetes monitoring is likely to be needed for patients living in non-metropolitan areas, particularly for some subgroups.

DOI 10.1111/ajr.12283
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Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Peek K, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Mackenzie L, 'Aiding patient adherence to physiotherapist-prescribed self-management strategies: an evidence-based behavioural model in practice', Physical Therapy Reviews, 21 124-130 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10833196.2016.1226537
Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Herrmann A, Mansfield E, Hall AE, Sanson-Fisher R, Zdenkowski N, 'Wilfully out of sight? A literature review on the effectiveness of cancer-related decision aids and implementation strategies', BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 16 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Herrmann et al.Background: There is evidence to suggest that decision aids improve a number of patient outcomes. However, little is known about the progression of research... [more]

© 2016 Herrmann et al.Background: There is evidence to suggest that decision aids improve a number of patient outcomes. However, little is known about the progression of research effort in this area over time. This literature review examined the volume of research published in 2000, 2007 and 2014 which tested the effectiveness of decision aids in improving cancer patient outcomes, coded by cancer site and decision type being targeted. These numbers were compared with the volume of research examining the effectiveness of strategies to increase the adoption of decision aids by healthcare providers. Methods: A literature review of intervention studies was undertaken. Medline, Embase, PsychInfo and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews were searched. The search was limited to human studies published in English, French, or German. Abstracts were assessed against eligibility criteria by one reviewer and a random sample of 20 % checked by a second. Eligible intervention studies in the three time periods were categorised by: i) whether they tested the effectiveness of decision aids, coded by cancer site and decision type, and ii) whether they tested strategies to increase healthcare provider adoption of decision aids. Results: Over the three time points assessed, increasing research effort has been directed towards testing the effectiveness of decision aids in improving patient outcomes (p < 0.0001). The number of studies on decision aids for cancer screening or prevention increased statistically significantly (p < 0.0001) whereas the number of studies on cancer treatment did not (p = 1.00). The majority of studies examined the effectiveness of decision aids for prostate (n = 10), breast (n = 9) or colon cancer (n = 7). Only two studies assessed the effectiveness of implementation strategies to increase healthcare provider adoption of decision aids. Conclusions: While the number of studies testing the effectiveness of decision aids has increased, the majority of research has focused on screening and prevention decision aids for only a few cancer sites. This neglects a number of cancer populations, as well as other areas of cancer care such as treatment decisions. Also, given the apparent effectiveness of decision aids, more effort needs to be made to implement this evidence into meaningful benefits for patients.

DOI 10.1186/s12911-016-0273-8
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall, Elise Mansfield
2016 Schofield P, Gough K, Lotfi-Jam K, Bergin R, Ugalde A, Dudgeon P, et al., 'Nurse-led group consultation intervention reduces depressive symptoms in men with localised prostate cancer: a cluster randomised controlled trial', BMC Cancer, 16 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12885-016-2687-1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Macrae F, Cameron E, Hill D, D'Este C, et al., 'Can a print-based intervention increase screening for first degree relatives of people with colorectal cancer? A randomised controlled trial', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40 582-587 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The AuthorsObjective: To test the effectiveness of a targeted print-based intervention to improve screening adherence in first degree relatives of people with colorectal c... [more]

© 2016 The AuthorsObjective: To test the effectiveness of a targeted print-based intervention to improve screening adherence in first degree relatives of people with colorectal cancer (CRC). Methods: People with CRC and their adult first degree relatives were identified through a population-based cancer registry and randomly allocated as a family unit to the intervention or control condition. The control group received general information about CRC screening. The intervention group received printed advice regarding screening that was targeted to their risk level. Screening adherence was assessed at baseline and at 12 months via self report. Results: 752 (25%) index cases and 574 (34%) eligible first degree relatives consented to take part in the trial and completed baseline interviews. At 12 months, 58% of first degree relatives in the control group and 61% in the intervention group were adherent to screening guidelines (mixed effects logistic regression group by time interaction effect =2.7; 95%CI=1.2¿5.9; P=0.013). Subgroup analysis indicated that the intervention was only effective for those with the lowest risk. Conclusions: Provision of personalised risk information may have a modest effect on adherence to CRC screening recommendations among first degree relatives of people diagnosed with CRC. Implications: Improved strategies for identifying and engaging first degree relatives are needed to maximise the population impact of the intervention.

DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12579
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Hall AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey ML, Paul C, Williamson A, Bradstock K, Campbell HS, 'Prevalence and associates of psychological distress in haematological cancer survivors', Supportive Care in Cancer, 24 4413-4422 (2016) [C1]

© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.Purpose: To explore outcomes of psychological distress, including anxiety, depression and stress, amongst adult haematological cancer su... [more]

© 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.Purpose: To explore outcomes of psychological distress, including anxiety, depression and stress, amongst adult haematological cancer survivors, with a specific focus on potential differences between rural and urban survivors. Methods: One thousand four hundred fourteen urban and rural survivors were recruited from five Australian population-based cancer registries and completed a self-report pen-and-paper survey on their well-being, including the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale 21-item version. Results: A quarter of survivors were identified as reporting above normal levels of anxiety and depression, respectively, and almost one fifth (17¿%) reported above normal levels of stress. There were no statistically significant differences in the percentage of rural and urban survivors reporting above normal levels of anxiety, depression, or stress. Survivors who had experienced financial burden due to their cancer or were of middle age had higher odds of reporting multiple domains of psychological distress, compared to their counterparts. Conclusions: Haematological cancer survivors diagnosed during middle age or who experience increased financial burden as a result of their diagnosis may require additional support and care with regards to psychological distress.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-016-3282-3
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul
2016 Fradgley EA, Bryant J, Paul CL, Hall AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Oldmeadow C, 'Cross-sectional data that explore the relationship between outpatients' quality of life and preferences for quality improvement in oncology settings', Journal of Oncology Practice, 12 e746-e754 (2016) [C1]

Copyright © 2016 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.Purpose This cross-sectional study assessed the association between oncology outpatients' quality improvement preference... [more]

Copyright © 2016 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.Purpose This cross-sectional study assessed the association between oncology outpatients' quality improvement preferences and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Implementation of specific initiatives preferred by patients with lower HRQoL may be a strategic approach to enhancing care for potentially vulnerable patients. Methods English-speaking adults were recruited from five outpatient chemotherapy clinics located in New South Wales, Australia. Using touch screen devices, participants selected up to 25 initiatives that would improve their experiences and completed the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G) survey. The logistic odds of selecting an initiative according to FACT-G scores were calculated to determine whether preferences were associated with HRQoL after controlling for potential confounders. Results Of the 411 eligible outpatients approached to participate, 263 (64%) completed surveys. Commonly selected initiatives were up-to-date information on treatment and condition progress (19.8%), access to or information on financial assistance (18.3%), and reduced clinic wait times (17.5%). For those with relatively lower FACT-G scores, the adjusted odds of selecting five initiatives illustrated an increasing trend: convenient appointment scheduling systems (+23% [P =.002]), reduced wait times (+15% [P =.01]), information on medical emergencies (+14% [P =.04]), access to or information on financial assistance (+15% [P =.009]), help to maintain daily living activities (+18% [P =.007]). Conclusion Two areas of improvement were commonly selected: easily accessible health services and information and support for self-management. Although the results suggest an association between a few quality improvement preferences and HRQoL, a wider spectrum of patient characteristics must be considered when targeting quality improvement to patient subgroups.

DOI 10.1200/JOP.2016.011023
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall, Elizabeth Fradgley, Christopher Oldmeadow, Chris Paul
2016 Turon H, Waller A, Clinton-McHarg T, Boyes A, Fleming J, Marlton P, et al., 'The Perspectives of Haematological Cancer Patients on Tissue Banking', Oncology and Therapy, 4 91-102 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s40487-016-0019-x
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller
2016 Waller A, Turon H, Mansfield E, Clark K, Hobden B, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Assisting the bereaved: A systematic review of the evidence for grief counselling', Palliative Medicine, 30 132-148 (2016) [C1]

© The Author(s) 2015.Background: Supporting people after bereavement is a priority area for many health services. Investment in bereavement care must be supported by a rigorous e... [more]

© The Author(s) 2015.Background: Supporting people after bereavement is a priority area for many health services. Investment in bereavement care must be supported by a rigorous evidence-base. Aim: To examine the (1) relative proportion of descriptive, measurement and intervention research in grief counselling and (2) quality and effectiveness of intervention studies. Design: Systematic review of studies published in the area of grief counselling. Data sources: MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Library and PsycINFO databases were searched for studies published between 2000 and 2013. Eligible papers were categorised into descriptive, measurement, review, commentaries and intervention studies. Intervention studies were assessed against the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care methodological criteria, and papers meeting criteria were assessed for quality. The impact of interventions on grief, psychological morbidity and quality of life was examined. Results: A total of 126 data-based papers, including 47 descriptive, 3 measurement and 76 grief counselling intervention studies were included. Only 59% (n = 45) of intervention studies met Effective Practice and Organisation of Care design criteria. Overall, study quality was poor, with the majority of interventions showing a risk of bias in several key areas. The three studies that met all criteria showed mixed effectiveness. Conclusion: Grief counselling interventions require a strong rationale for design, and a systematic approach to development and evaluation. Descriptive research efforts should inform this process, focusing on homogeneity in sample, identification of risk factors for complicated grief and the impact of extraneous factors on intervention effects. Interventions should include comparisons to usual care, as well as replication to confirm positive findings.

DOI 10.1177/0269216315588728
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Elise Mansfield, Amy Waller
2016 Wolfenden L, Milat AJ, Lecathelinais C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey ML, Bryant J, et al., 'What is generated and what is used: A description of public health research output and citation', European Journal of Public Health, 26 523-525 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved.The aim of this short report was to describe the ... [more]

© 2016 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved.The aim of this short report was to describe the output and citation rates of public health. Data-based publications and literature reviews from the year 2008, and their 5-year citation rates were extracted from 10 randomly selected public health journals. In total, 86.2% of publications were descriptive/epidemiological studies, 56.8% used cross-sectional (56.8%) designs and 77.8% were classified as research translation stage 2. Reviews and publications describing randomized controlled trials were the most highly cited, but were infrequently published. Strategies to address the discordance between public health research output and research citation may improve the impact of public health research.

DOI 10.1093/eurpub/ckw047
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Amy Waller, Luke Wolfenden, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, John Wiggers
2016 Noble N, Paul C, Sanson-Fisher R, Turon H, Turner N, Conigrave K, 'Ready, set, go: a cross-sectional survey to understand priorities and preferences for multiple health behaviour change in a highly disadvantaged group', BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 16 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1701-2
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Peek K, Sanson-Fisher R, Mackenzie L, Carey M, 'Interventions to aid patient adherence to physiotherapist prescribed self-management strategies: A systematic review', Physiotherapy (United Kingdom), 102 127-135 (2016) [C1]

© 2015 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.Background: Physiotherapist prescribed self-management strategies are an important adjunct to 'hands on' treatment. However, treatment o... [more]

© 2015 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.Background: Physiotherapist prescribed self-management strategies are an important adjunct to 'hands on' treatment. However, treatment outcomes are likely to be related to whether patients adhere to the prescribed strategy. Therefore, physiotherapists should be aware of adherence aiding interventions designed to maximise patient outcomes underpinned by quality research studies. Objective: To conduct a systematic review of the interventions used to aid patient adherence to all physiotherapist prescribed self-management strategies. Data sources: The search included the databases CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PUBMED, PSYCINFO, SPORTSDiscus, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PEDro and Mednar for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) published in a peer reviewed journal from inception to November 2014. Data extraction and synthesis: Data were extracted using a standardised form from twelve included RCTs for patient adherence rates to self-management strategies for interventions used to aid patient adherence and usual care. Two independent reviewers conducted methodological quality assessment. Results: Twelve different interventions to aid patient adherence to exercise were recorded from twelve fair to high quality RCTs. Potential adherence aiding interventions include an activity monitor and feedback system, written exercise instructions, behavioural exercise programme with booster sessions and goal setting. Conclusion and implications of key findings: Despite a number of studies demonstrating interventions to positively influence patient adherence to exercise, there is insufficient data to endorse their use in clinical practice. No RCTs examining adherence aiding interventions to self-management strategies other than exercise were identified, indicating a significant gap in the literature. Systematic review registration number: PROSPERO CRD42015014516.

DOI 10.1016/j.physio.2015.10.003
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Lisa Mackenzie
2016 Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, Boyes AW, Proietto A, 'Does screening for physical and psychosocial symptoms vary between medical oncology treatment centres?', Psycho-Oncology, 25 521-528 (2016) [C1]

Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.Objective Our aim is to examine whether provider screening for physical and emotional symptoms, as reported by medical oncology outpatient... [more]

Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.Objective Our aim is to examine whether provider screening for physical and emotional symptoms, as reported by medical oncology outpatients, varies across medical oncology treatment centres. Methods A cross-sectional sample of 716 patients attending the outpatient medical oncology department of six public cancer treatment centres across five Australian states participated. Four patient-report survey items explored how often patients were specifically asked by clinical staff at the treatment centre about their (i) emotional distress (anxiety, distress and depression), (ii) pain, (iii) fatigue and (iv) other physical symptoms (e.g. nausea and constipation). Asking at less than half of all appointments was classified as infrequent screening. Results No significant associations were found between treatment centre and symptom screening for emotional distress (p = 0.65), pain (p = 0.21), fatigue (p = 0.95) and other physical symptoms (p = 0.40). The proportion of patients who were regularly screened versus infrequently screened was significantly higher for physical symptoms than emotional symptoms (p < 0.001): 36% infrequently screened for emotional distress (range: 33-45%), 15% infrequently screened for pain (range: 9-21%), 16% infrequently screened for fatigue (range: 15-19%) and 11% infrequently screened for other physical symptoms (range: 5-17%). Conclusions No significant variation in symptom screening was found across treatment centres. While the majority of patients received recommended care, treatment centres must continue to improve symptom screening rates, particularly for emotional distress. However, screening is only the first step and must be accompanied by the offer of help and provision of help to relieve patient suffering.

DOI 10.1002/pon.3948
Co-authors Amy Waller, Allison Boyes, Mariko Carey, Alison Zucca, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Bryant J, Mansfield E, Hall A, Waller A, Boyes A, Jayakody A, et al., 'The psychosocial outcomes of individuals with hematological cancers: Are we doing enough high quality research, and what is it telling us?', Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, 101 21-31 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.This systematic review assessed the quantity and quality of research examining the psychosocial outcomes among hematological cancer patients. Studies ... [more]

© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.This systematic review assessed the quantity and quality of research examining the psychosocial outcomes among hematological cancer patients. Studies were categorised as either measurement, descriptive or intervention. Intervention studies were further assessed according to Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) methodological criteria. A total of 261 eligible papers were identified. The number of publications increased by 8.8% each year (95% CI = 7.5-10.2%; p < 0.0001). The majority of studies were descriptive (n = 232; 89%), with few measurement (n = 8; 3%) and intervention (n = 21; 8%) studies identified. Ten intervention studies met EPOC design criteria, however only two interventions, one targeted at individuals with Hodgkin's or Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and one targeted at individuals with leukaemia, lymphoma or myelomatosis were successful in improving patients' psychosocial outcomes. Despite an increasing volume of research examining psychosocial outcomes of hematological cancer patients, there is a need for robust measurement and methodologically rigorous intervention research in this area.

DOI 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2016.02.016
Co-authors Amy Waller, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Allison Boyes, Alix Hall, Elise Mansfield
2016 Peek K, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Mackenzie L, 'Physiotherapists¿ perceptions of patient adherence to prescribed self-management strategies: a cross-sectional survey of Australian physiotherapists', Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-7 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/09638288.2016.1212281
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Lisa Mackenzie
2016 Hobden B, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Oldmeadow C, Carey M, 'Co-occurring depression and alcohol misuse is under-identified in general practice: A cross-sectional study.', Journal of health psychology, (2016)
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Christopher Oldmeadow, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Forshaw KL, Carey ML, Hall AE, Boyes AW, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Preparing patients for medical interventions: A systematic review of the psychometric qualities of published instruments', Patient Education and Counseling, 99 960-973 (2016) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.Objective: Preparing patients for medical interventions improves patient outcomes and is an ethical and legal imperative. This review examines the cha... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.Objective: Preparing patients for medical interventions improves patient outcomes and is an ethical and legal imperative. This review examines the characteristics and psychometric properties of published instruments which assess patients' preparation for medical interventions. Methods: Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE and PsycINFO electronic databases were searched from the date of their inception to November 2015. Data-based publications describing the development or validation of a self-report instrument designed to assess the quality of adult patients' perceived preparation for a medical intervention were included. Results: Nine publications described the development or validation of seven instruments which met inclusion criteria. The psychometric qualities of the instruments varied. None met all of the accepted criteria for psychometric rigour. Although the Satisfaction with Cancer Information Profile met the highest number (n = 5) of the defined psychometric properties, the study sample size was less than 100. Overall, content validity of the included instruments was the most frequently assessed criteria. Conclusion: Few instruments have been specifically developed to assess patients' self-reported preparation for medical interventions. Of the available instruments, none demonstrated adequate rigour across essential psychometric properties. Practice Implications: The need to develop instruments examining patient preparation for medical interventions is apparent given the limitations of the instruments reviewed.

DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2015.12.008
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2016 Jayakody A, Bryant J, Carey M, Hobden B, Dodd N, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Effectiveness of interventions utilising telephone follow up in reducing hospital readmission within 30 days for individuals with chronic disease: a systematic review', BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 16 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1650-9
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Bryant J, Mansfield E, Boyes AW, Waller A, Sanson-Fisher R, Regan T, 'Involvement of informal caregivers in supporting patients with COPD: A review of intervention studies', International Journal of COPD, 11 1587-1596 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Bryant et al.Caregivers of individuals with COPD have a key role in maintaining patient adherence and optimizing patient function. However, no systematic review has examin... [more]

© 2016 Bryant et al.Caregivers of individuals with COPD have a key role in maintaining patient adherence and optimizing patient function. However, no systematic review has examined how the caregiver role has been operationalized in interventions to improve outcomes of individuals with COPD or the quality or effectiveness of these interventions. The aims of this review were to 1) determine whether caregivers have been involved as part of interventions to improve outcomes of individuals with COPD; 2) determine the risk of bias within included intervention studies; and 3) examine the effectiveness of interventions that have involved caregivers in improving outcomes of individuals with COPD. The electronic databases of Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, and Cochrane Library were searched from January 2000 to November 2015. Experimental studies testing interventions that involved a caregiver to improve COPD patient outcomes were eligible. Nine studies involving caregivers met inclusion criteria. No studies reported any intervention components targeted solely at caregivers, with most instead including caregivers in dyadic or group education sessions about COPD delivered by health care professionals. The risk of bias identified in included studies was mixed. Seven of the nine studies were effective in improving a broad range of outcomes. These findings highlight that there is an urgent need for methodologically rigorous interventions to examine the effectiveness of strategies to assist caregivers to provide direct care, encourage adherence to health care provider recommendations, act as a health care advocate, and provide emotional and psychosocial support to individuals with COPD.

DOI 10.2147/COPD.S107571
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller, Allison Boyes, Elise Mansfield, Timothy Regan
2015 Boyes AW, Clinton-Mcharg T, Waller AE, Steele A, D'Este CA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Prevalence and correlates of the unmet supportive care needs of individuals diagnosed with a haematological malignancy', Acta Oncologica, 54 507-514 (2015) [C1]

© 2014 Informa Healthcare.Background. Information about the unmet supportive care needs of haematological cancer patients is needed for service planning and to inform clinical pr... [more]

© 2014 Informa Healthcare.Background. Information about the unmet supportive care needs of haematological cancer patients is needed for service planning and to inform clinical practice. This study described the prevalence of, and factors associated with, unmet supportive care needs among haematological cancer patients. Material and methods. A total of 380 adults diagnosed with haematological cancer were recruited from the outpatient department at three comprehensive cancer treatment centres in Australia. Of these, 311 completed a self-report questionnaire. Unmet needs were assessed using the 34-item Supportive Care Needs Survey (SCNS-SF34). The data were examined using descriptive statistics and logistic regression. Results. Overall, 51% (95% CI 45-57%) of participants reported having at least one 'moderate to high' level unmet need, while 25% (95% CI 20-30%) reported 'no need' for help with any items. Unmet needs were most commonly reported in the psychological (35%; 95% CI 30-41%) and physical aspects of daily living (35%; 95% CI 30-41%) domains. The three most frequently endorsed items of 'moderate to high' unmet need were: lack of energy/tiredness (24%; 95% CI 20-30%), not being able to do the things you used to do (21%; 95% CI 17-26%), and uncertainty about the future (21%; 95% CI 16-25%). Patients' sociodemographic characteristics influenced unmet needs more than disease characteristics. Patients who were female, aged less than 55 years or not in the labour force had higher odds of reporting 'moderate to high' level unmet supportive care needs. Conclusion. Unmet supportive care needs are prevalent among haematological cancer patients, particularly in the psychological and physical aspects of daily living domains. These findings provide valuable insight about the range of resources, multidisciplinary linkages and referral pathways needed to address haematological cancer patients' unmet needs.

DOI 10.3109/0284186X.2014.958527
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Amy Waller, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Allison Boyes
2015 Grady A, Carey M, Oldmeadow C, Bryant J, Mazza D, Sanson-Fisher R, 'GP detection of health risk factors among general practice patients at risk of primary and secondary stroke', Family Practice, 32 336-342 (2015) [C1]

© The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.Background. People with a history of stroke or heart disease are at increased risk of future stroke; ... [more]

© The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.Background. People with a history of stroke or heart disease are at increased risk of future stroke; therefore, identification of risk factors by GPs is critical. Objectives. To compare the following among general practice patients with and without a history of stroke or heart disease: (i) self-reported prevalence rates of lifestyle risk factors; (ii) accuracy of GP detection of patient-reported risk factors and (iii) average proportion of patient-reported risk factors detected by GPs. Methods. Consecutive patients attending a participating general practice clinic were invited to participate in a cross-sectional touchscreen survey assessing lifestyle risk factors in 2010-11. The GP of each consenting patient completed a corresponding survey assessing the patient's risk factors. Demographic characteristics of patients and GPs were obtained. Results. Data from 51 GPs and 564 patients were analysed. Patients without a history of stroke or heart disease reported significantly higher rates of smoking (12%) and risky alcohol consumption (56%) than patients with a history of stroke or heart disease (6% and 36%, respectively). Low sensitivity of GP detection of risk factors was found for all risk factors for all patients. Patients with a history of stroke or heart disease have a significantly higher mean proportion of risk factors detected by their GP compared to patients without a history of stroke or heart disease (P = 0.00). Conclusion. Given low sensitivity and specificity of GP detection of risk factors among patients, alternate methods of identification are needed. Research is required to determine strategies to facilitate secondary care of patients with a history of stroke or heart disease by GPs.

DOI 10.1093/fampra/cmv024
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Christopher Oldmeadow
2015 Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, Fradgley E, Regan T, 'Medical Oncology Patients: Are They Offered Help and Does It Provide Relief?', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 50 436-444 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.Context Identifying modifiable gaps in the symptom management pathway, as perceived by patients, is the first step to r... [more]

© 2015 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.Context Identifying modifiable gaps in the symptom management pathway, as perceived by patients, is the first step to relieving patient suffering. Objectives The objective is to describe the proportion of patients experiencing treatable cancer-related symptoms who reported 1) a health care provider at the treatment center offered assistance for their symptom, 2) they accepted the assistance offered, and 3) the assistance relieved suffering. Variation in symptom management among treatment centers also was examined. Methods A survey was done with 528 medical oncology outpatients recruited from six treatment centers. Eight items explored management of prevalent, burdensome, and treatable cancer-related symptoms: pain, fatigue, other physical side effects, and emotional distress. Participants were asked about symptom management provided at the clinic from where they were recruited. Questions referred to the last occasion the patient experienced the symptom. Results Fewer patients were offered help to relieve fatigue (44%) and emotional distress (57%), than pain (90%) and other physical side effects (84%). In most cases, help was not offered as clinic staff were not aware of the patient's symptom. Although the vast majority of patients accepted the help that was offered, more patients accepted help for physical symptoms (pain, 97%; fatigue, 95%; and other side effects, 98%) than emotional symptoms (87%). When care was provided, most patients experienced at least a little relief from pain (99%), fatigue (94%), and emotional distress (96%). Symptom management did not vary significantly by treatment center (P = 0.073). Conclusion Quality improvement initiatives must focus primarily on improving providers' awareness of their patients' symptoms and ensuring that patients are subsequently offered help.

DOI 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.04.018
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Co-authors Elizabeth Fradgley, Mariko Carey, Alison Zucca, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller, Timothy Regan
2015 Waller A, Forshaw K, Bryant J, Carey M, Boyes A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Preparatory education for cancer patients undergoing surgery: A systematic review of volume and quality of research output over time', Patient Education and Counseling, 98 1540-1549 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.Objective: To determine the volume and scope of research output examining preparation of patients for people undergoing cancer-related surgical treatm... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.Objective: To determine the volume and scope of research output examining preparation of patients for people undergoing cancer-related surgical treatment, and the impact of pre-operative education on patient outcomes and health care utilisation. Methods: Medline, EMBASE, PsychINFO databases were systematically searched. Eligible papers were coded as data-based or non-data-based. Data-based papers were further classified as descriptive, measurement or intervention studies. Methodological quality and effectiveness of intervention studies were assessed using Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) criteria. Results: We identified 121 eligible papers. The number of publications significantly increased over time. Most were data-based (n = 99) and descriptive (n = 83). Fourteen intervention studies met EPOC design criteria. Face-to-face interventions reported benefits for anxiety (5/7), satisfaction (1/1), knowledge (3/3) and health care costs (1/1). Audio-visual and multi-media interventions improved satisfaction (1/1) and knowledge (2/3), but not anxiety (0/3). Written interventions were mixed. Conclusion: Descriptive studies dominate the literature examining preoperative education in oncology populations, with few rigorous intervention studies. Pre-operative education can improve satisfaction, knowledge and reduce anxiety. Practice implications: Further work should be directed at multi-modal interventions, and those that include the caregiver, given their role in assisting patients to prepare and recover from surgery.

DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2015.05.008
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Amy Waller, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2015 Grady AM, Bryant J, Carey ML, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Levi CR, 'Agreement with evidence for tissue Plasminogen Activator use among emergency physicians: A cross-sectional survey', BMC Research Notes, 8 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Grady et al.Background: Emergency department staff play a crucial role in the triage of stroke patients and therefore the capacity to deliver time-dependent treatments suc... [more]

© 2015 Grady et al.Background: Emergency department staff play a crucial role in the triage of stroke patients and therefore the capacity to deliver time-dependent treatments such as tissue Plasminogen Activator. This study aimed to identify among emergency physicians, (1) rates of agreement with evidence supporting tissue Plasminogen Activator use in acute stroke care; and (2) individual and hospital factors associated with high agreement with evidence supporting tissue Plasminogen Activator use. Methods: Australian fellows and trainees of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine were invited to complete an online cross-sectional survey assessing perceptions of tissue Plasminogen Activator use in acute stroke. Demographic and hospital characteristics were also collected. Results: 429 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine members responded (13% response rate). Almost half (47.2%) did not agree with any statements regarding the benefits of tissue Plasminogen Activator use for acute stroke. Perceived routine administration of tissue Plasminogen Activator by the head of respondents' emergency department was significantly associated with high agreement with the evidence supporting tissue Plasminogen Activator use in acute stroke. Conclusions: Agreement with evidence supporting tissue Plasminogen Activator use in acute stroke is not high among responding Australian emergency physicians. In order for tissue Plasminogen Activator treatment to become widely accepted and adopted in emergency settings, beliefs and attitudes towards treatment need to be in accordance with clinical practice guidelines.

DOI 10.1186/s13104-015-1242-5
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Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Christopher Levi
2015 Mackenzie LJ, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, Yoong SL, 'A cross-sectional study of radiation oncology outpatients' concern about, preferences for, and perceived barriers to discussing anxiety and depression.', Psycho-oncology, 24 1392-1397 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.3806
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Lisa Mackenzie, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Paul CL, Carey ML, Russell G, D'Este C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Zwar N, 'Prevalence of FOB testing in eastern-Australian general practice patients: What has a national bowel cancer screening program delivered?', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26 39-44 (2015) [C1]

© Australian Health Promotion Association 2015.Issues addressed The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) was introduced in Australia in 2006, offering free immunochemi... [more]

© Australian Health Promotion Association 2015.Issues addressed The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) was introduced in Australia in 2006, offering free immunochemical Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) to persons aged 50, 55 or 65. The study aimed to examine the prevalence of self-reported screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) using the FOBT and factors associated with not having an FOBT. Methods A cross-sectional study of Australian general practice patients aged 50 and over with no personal history of CRC completed a health risk survey while waiting for scheduled appointments between November 2010 and November 2011. Results A total of 5671 patients from 12 practices were approached to participate. Of the 4707 eligible patients (adults attending for care who understood English and were capable of providing informed consent), 4062 (86%) consented to participate, with 2269 eligible to complete the FOBT items. Approximately half (52%) of participants reported ever having an FOBT. More than one-third (39.7%) of the sample reported having an FOBT in the prior three years. Those who recalled receiving a mailed kit as part of the NBCSP were five times more likely to report being screened. Those less likely to report screening were aged 50-59 years, were female and had been diagnosed with a form of cancer other than CRC. Conclusions There is justification for the extension of the NBCSP to ensure a majority of the age-appropriate population is screened for CRC. So what? Further work is needed to identify whether high rates of screening are achievable using the mailed-kit approach, and how to increase participation by females, those aged 50-69 years and those diagnosed with other cancers.

DOI 10.1071/HE14058
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey
2015 Zucca AC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Waller A, Carey M, Grady A, Mackenzie L, 'Life expectancy discussions in a multisite sample of australian medical oncology outpatients', Medical Journal of Australia, 203 405.e1-405.e7 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 AMPCo Pty Ltd. Produced with Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.Objectives: The study examined: 1) the proportion of patients who received their preferred level of informat... [more]

© 2015 AMPCo Pty Ltd. Produced with Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.Objectives: The study examined: 1) the proportion of patients who received their preferred level of information about life expectancy; and 2) sociodemographic, clinical and psychological factors associated with patients¿ perceptions of whether they received too little, too much, or the right amount of information about life expectancy. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: Eleven large Australian medical oncology treatment centres. Participants: A total of 1431 medical oncology outpatients participated (81% consent rate). Eligible patients were approached between September 2012 and May 2014. Main outcome measures: Patients indicated whether the information about life expectancy they received aligned with their preferences. Results: Almost one in four patients (24%) received too little information, 4% received too much, and 50% received all the information they wanted; 22% of patients neither wanted nor received information about life expectancy. Patients were more likely to receive too little information if they were not in remission (odds ratio [OR], 1.77), did not know their cancer stage at diagnosis (OR, 3.64), or were anxious (OR, 1.48) or depressed (OR, 1.48). Patients had greater odds of receiving too much information if they were younger (OR, 1.45), had more advanced cancer (OR, 2.01) or did not know their cancer stage at diagnosis (OR, 4.42). Conclusions: That fact that 28% of cancer patients did not receive their desired level of information about life expectancy highlights the difficulties associated with discussing this sensitive topic. To ensure that life expectancy discussions correspond with patient preferences, clinicians should routinely ask patients whether they want to know this information, in what format, and at which level of detail.

DOI 10.5694/mja15.00596
Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Alison Zucca, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Amy Waller
2015 Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Fradgley E, Regan T, Hobden B, Ackland SP, 'Oncology patients overwhelmingly support tissue banking.', BMC Cancer, 15 413 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12885-015-1416-5
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Timothy Regan, Elizabeth Fradgley, Stephen Ackland, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Bryant J, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Mansfield E, Regan T, Bisquera A, 'Missed opportunities: General practitioner identification of their patients' smoking status', BMC Family Practice, 16 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Bryant et al.; licensee BioMed Central.Background: In order to provide smoking cessation support to their patients in line with clinical practice guidelines, general pract... [more]

© 2015 Bryant et al.; licensee BioMed Central.Background: In order to provide smoking cessation support to their patients in line with clinical practice guidelines, general practitioners must first ascertain whether their patients' use tobacco. This study examined (i) the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of general practitioner detection of smoking, and (ii) the general practitioner and patient characteristics associated with detection of tobacco use. Methods: Eligible patients completed a touchscreen computer survey while waiting for an appointment with their general practitioner. Patients self-reported demographic characteristics, medical history, and current smoking status. Following the patient's consultation, their general practitioner was asked to indicate whether the patient was a current smoker (yes/no/unsure/not applicable). Smoking prevalence, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive values (with 95% confidence intervals) were calculated using patient self-report of smoking status as the gold standard. Generalised estimating equations were used to examine the general practitioner and patient characteristics associated with detection of tobacco use. Results: Fifty-one general practitioners and 1,573 patients in twelve general practices participated. Patient self-report of smoking was 11.3% compared to general practitioner estimated prevalence of 9.5%. Sensitivity of general practitioner assessment was 66% [95% CI 59-73] while specificity was 98% [95% CI 97-98]. Positive predictive value was 78% [95% CI 71-85] and negative predictive value was 96% [95% CI 95-97]. No general practitioner factors were associated with detection of smoking. Patients with a higher level of education or who responded 'Other ' were less likely to be detected as smokers than patients who had completed a high school or below level of education. Conclusion: Despite the important role general practitioners play in providing smoking cessation advice and support, a substantial proportion of general practitioners do not know their patient's smoking status. This represents a significant missed opportunity in the provision of preventive healthcare. Electronic waiting room assessments may assist general practitioners in improving the identification of smokers.

DOI 10.1186/s12875-015-0228-7
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Elise Mansfield, Timothy Regan
2015 Passey ME, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Provision of Antenatal Smoking Cessation Support: A Survey With Pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women', NICOTINE & TOBACCO RESEARCH, 17 746-749 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/ntr/ntv019
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Tzelepis F, Sanson-Fisher RW, Hall AE, Carey ML, Paul CL, Clinton-Mcharg T, 'Development and psychometric evaluation of the Quality of Patient-Centered Cancer Care measure with hematological cancer survivors', Cancer, 121 2383-2392 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 American Cancer Society.BACKGROUND The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended 6 objectives for achieving patient-centered care. However, most patient-reported outcome mea... [more]

© 2015 American Cancer Society.BACKGROUND The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended 6 objectives for achieving patient-centered care. However, most patient-reported outcome measures developed with cancer populations fail to address all 6 patient-centeredness dimensions. The Quality of Patient-Centered Cancer Care (QPCCC) measure was developed on the basis of IOM recommendations, and the measure's validity, reliability, and floor and ceiling effects were examined. METHODS The development of the QPCCC measure included interviews with hematological cancer survivors and feedback from hematologists and cancer patients. To evaluate the measure's psychometric properties, hematological cancer survivors were identified via 2 cancer registries and were mailed the QPCCC measure. To examine test-retest reliability, a second QPCCC measure was mailed to survivors 7 to 14 days after they had returned the first measure. RESULTS Overall, 545 hematological cancer survivors completed the 48-item QPCCC measure. Exploratory factor analysis revealed a 10-factor structure with factor loadings>0.40. The subscales were labeled Treatment Delivery, Treatment Decision Making, Coordinated and Integrated Care, Emotional Support, Timely Care, Follow-Up Care, Respectful Communication, Patient Preferences and Values, Cancer Information, and Equitable Care. The QPCCC measure demonstrated acceptable internal consistency for all subscales (Cronbach's a=.73-.94). When test-retest reliability was assessed, 4 items demonstrated substantial agreement (¿>0.60), whereas 40 items showed moderate agreement (¿=0.41-0.60). Ceiling effects were present for 8 subscales. CONCLUSIONS The QPCCC measure has acceptable face and content validity, construct validity, and internal consistency. However, the measure's discriminant validity and test-retest reliability could be improved. The QPCCC measure could be used to improve patient-centered cancer care. Cancer 2015;121:2383-2392.

DOI 10.1002/cncr.29384
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Flora Tzelepis, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2015 Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Stevenson W, Smits R, Henskens F, Wei A, et al., 'Protocol of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of a web-based information intervention with nurse-delivered telephone support for haematological cancer patients and their support persons', BMC Cancer, 15 (2015) [C3]

© 2015 Bryant et al.; licensee BioMed Central.Background: High rates of anxiety, depression and unmet needs are evident amongst haematological cancer patients undergoing treatmen... [more]

© 2015 Bryant et al.; licensee BioMed Central.Background: High rates of anxiety, depression and unmet needs are evident amongst haematological cancer patients undergoing treatment and their Support Persons. Psychosocial distress may be minimised by ensuring that patients are sufficiently involved in decision making, provided with tailored information and adequate preparation for potentially threatening procedures. To date, there are no published studies evaluating interventions designed to reduce psychosocial distress and unmet needs specifically in patients with haematological cancers and their Support Persons. This study will examine whether access to a web-based information tool and nurse-delivered telephone support reduces depression, anxiety and unmet information needs for haematological cancer patients and their Support Persons. Methods/Design: A non-blinded, parallel-group, multi-centre randomised controlled trial will be conducted to compare the effectiveness of a web-based information tool and nurse-delivered telephone support with usual care. Participants will be recruited from the haematology inpatient wards of five hospitals in New South Wales, Australia. Patients diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Burkitt's lymphoma, Lymphoblastic lymphoma (B or T cell), or Diffuse Large B-Cell lymphoma and their Support Persons will be eligible to participate. Patients and their Support Persons will be randomised as dyads. Participants allocated to the intervention will receive access to a tailored web-based tool that provides accurate, up-to-date and personalised information about: cancer and its causes; treatment options including treatment procedures information; complementary and alternative medicine; and available support. Patients and Support Persons will complete self-report measures of anxiety, depression and unmet needs at 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks post-recruitment. Patient and Support Person outcomes will be assessed independently. Discussion: This study will assess whether providing information and support using web-based and telephone support address the major psychosocial challenges faced by haematological patients and their Support Persons. The approach, if found to be effective, has potential to improve psychosocial outcomes for haematological and other cancer patients, reduce the complexity and burden of meeting patients' psychosocial needs for health care providers with high potential for translation into clinical practice.

DOI 10.1186/s12885-015-1314-x
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Frans Henskens, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul
2015 Hall AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, Tzelepis F, D'Este C, 'What do haematological cancer survivors want help with? A cross-sectional investigation of unmet supportive care needs', BMC research notes, 8 221 (2015) [C1]

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to identify the most prevalent unmet needs of haematological cancer survivors.METHODS: Haematological cancer survivors aged 18-80 years at time of rec... [more]

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to identify the most prevalent unmet needs of haematological cancer survivors.METHODS: Haematological cancer survivors aged 18-80 years at time of recruitment were selected from four Australian state cancer registries. Survivors completed the Survivor Unmet Needs Survey. The most frequently reported "high/very high" unmet needs items were identified, as well as characteristics associated with the three most prevalent "high/very high" unmet needs reported by haematological cancer survivors.RESULTS: A total of 715 eligible survivors returned a completed survey. "Dealing with feeling tired" (17%), was the most frequently endorsed "high/very high" unmet need. Seven out of the ten most frequently endorsed unmet needs related to emotional health. Higher levels of psychological distress (e.g., anxiety, depression and stress) and indicators of financial burden as a result of cancer (e.g., having used up savings and trouble meeting day-to-day expenses due to cancer) were consistently identified as characteristics associated with the three most prevalent "high/very high" unmet needs.CONCLUSIONS: A minority of haematological cancer survivors endorsed a "high/very high" unmet need on individual items. Additional emotional support may be needed by a minority of survivors. Survivors reporting high levels of psychological distress or those who experience increased financial burden as a result of their cancer diagnosis may be at risk of experiencing the most prevalent "high/very high" unmet needs identified by this study.

DOI 10.1186/s13104-015-1188-7
Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Flora Tzelepis, Marita Lynagh, Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Peek K, Sanson-Fisher R, Mackenzie L, Carey M, 'Patient adherence to physiotherapist prescribed self-management strategies: A critical review', International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 22 535-543 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 MA Healthcare Ltd.Aims: To examine the published literature on patient adherence to physiotherapist prescribed self-management strategies in order to describe: changes in ... [more]

© 2015 MA Healthcare Ltd.Aims: To examine the published literature on patient adherence to physiotherapist prescribed self-management strategies in order to describe: changes in the proportion of publications over time; methodological quality of non-intervention and intervention-based studies; types of measures used to assess patient adherence and the reported accuracy of those measures. Methods: A comprehensive search of eight electronic databases was conducted, covering the period from January 1995 to November 2014. Data were extracted and coded for the number and proportion of articles that were: i) non data-based; ii) data-based, no new data (reviews); iii) data-based, new data. The methodological quality of non-intervention and intervention publications was assessed using the Effective Public Health Practice Project Quality Assessment Tool, and data were extracted regarding the type and accuracy of adherence measures reported in these publications. Results: A total of 80 relevant papers were identified. Of these, 49 non-intervention and intervention quantitative study designs underwent methodological assessment, with only 14 studies (29%) assessed as being of at least moderate quality. Fifty-three different measures of patient adherence were recorded from the 49 included studies, with only 5 of the 49 included studies (10%) reporting statistical evidence to support accuracy of the adherence measures applied. Conclusions: The results indicate that despite a trend towards intervention-based studies and reviews over the last 20 years, the methodological quality of studies on patient adherence could be improved. Accurate and standardised measures of patient adherence are needed for any future research involving patient adherence to physiotherapist prescribed self-management strategies.

DOI 10.12968/ijtr.2015.22.11.535
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Tzelepis F, Sanson-Fisher RW, Zucca AC, Fradgley EA, 'Measuring the quality of patient-centered care: Why patient-reported measures are critical to reliable assessment', Patient Preference and Adherence, 9 831-835 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Tzelepis et al.Purpose: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified patient-centeredness as crucial to quality health care. The IOM endorsed six patient-centeredness dimens... [more]

© 2015 Tzelepis et al.Purpose: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified patient-centeredness as crucial to quality health care. The IOM endorsed six patient-centeredness dimensions that stipulated that care must be: respectful to patients¿ values, preferences, and expressed needs; coordinated and integrated; provide information, communication, and education; ensure physical comfort; provide emotional support; and involve family and friends. Patient-reported measures examine the patient¿s perspective and are essential to the accurate assessment of patient-centered care. This article¿s objectives are to: 1) use the six IOM-endorsed patient-centeredness dimensions as a framework to outline why patient-reported measures are crucial to the reliable measurement of patient-centered care; and 2) to identify existing patient-reported measures that assess each patient-centered care dimension. Methods: For each IOM-endorsed patient-centeredness dimension, the published literature was searched to highlight the essential role of patients in assessing patient-centered care and informing quality improvement efforts. Existing literature was also searched to identify examples of patient-reported measures that assess each patient-centeredness dimension. Conclusion: Patient-reported measures are arguably the best way to measure patient-centeredness. For instance, patients are best positioned to determine whether care aligns with patient values, preferences, and needs and the Measure of Patient Preferences is an example of a patient-reported measure that does so. Furthermore, only the patient knows whether they received the level of information desired, and if information was understood and can be recalled. Patient-reported measures that examine information provision include the Lung Information Needs Questionnaire and the EORTC QLQ-INFO25. In relation to physical comfort, only patients can report the severity of physical symptoms and whether medications provide adequate relief. Patient-reported measures that investigate physical comfort include the Pain Care Quality Survey and the Brief Pain Inventory. Using patient-reported measures to regularly measure patient-centered care is critical to identifying areas of health care where improvements are needed.

DOI 10.2147/PPA.S81975
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Alison Zucca, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Flora Tzelepis, Elizabeth Fradgley
2015 Tzelepis F, Sanson-Fisher RW, Hall AE, Carey ML, Paul CL, Clinton-Mcharg T, 'The quality of patient-centred care: Haematological cancer survivors' perceptions', Psycho-Oncology, 24 796-803 (2015) [C1]

Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.Objective Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) that assess the quality of patient-centred c... [more]

Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.Objective Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) that assess the quality of patient-centred cancer care have failed to measure all six patient-centredness dimensions endorsed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). This study is the first to use the Quality of Patient-Centered Cancer Care (QPCCC) measure that covers all six IOM patient-centredness dimensions to examine haematological cancer survivors' perceptions of care and characteristics associated with perceived quality of care. Methods Haematological cancer survivors diagnosed in the last 6 years and aged 18-80 years were recruited from two Australian state population-based cancer registries. Survivors were mailed the 48-item QPCCC measure. Results Overall, 545 haematological cancer survivors completed the measure. Areas of care most commonly identified as delivered were hospital staff showing respect to survivors (93%) and making sure the correct treatment was received (93%). Aspects of care most frequently nominated as not delivered were hospital staff helping family and friends (34%) or the survivor (32%) to find other people with similar experiences to talk to. Characteristics associated with survivors perceiving higher quality care was delivered included being employed, having private health insurance, being younger, a Non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis and more recent diagnosis. Being depressed or stressed was associated with perceived lower quality of care. Conclusions Provision of peer support programs that allow haematological cancer survivors and families and friends to talk to others in similar situations could be improved. Using PROMs to identify areas where cancer survivors perceive improvements are needed is essential to quality improvement efforts.

DOI 10.1002/pon.3728
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Chris Paul, Flora Tzelepis, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Mariko Carey, Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Waller A, Carey M, Mazza D, Yoong S, Grady A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Patient-reported areas for quality improvement in general practice: A cross-sectional survey', British Journal of General Practice, 65 e312-e318 (2015) [C1]

©British Journal of General Practice.Background: GPs are often a patient's first point of contact with the health system. The increasing demands imposed on GPs may have an impact... [more]

©British Journal of General Practice.Background: GPs are often a patient's first point of contact with the health system. The increasing demands imposed on GPs may have an impact on the quality of care delivered. Patients are well placed to make judgements about aspects of care that need to be improved. Aim: To determine whether general practice patients perceive that the care they receive is 'patient-centred' across eight domains of care, and to determine the association between sociodemographic, GP and practice characteristics, detection of preventive health risks, and receipt of patient-centred care. Design and setting: Cross-sectional survey of patients attending Australian general practice clinics. Method: Patients completed a touchscreen survey in the waiting room to rate the care received from their GP across eight domains of patient-centred care. Patients also completed the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and self-reported health risk factors. GPs completed a checklist for each patient asking about the presence of health risk factors. Results: In total1486 patients and 51 GPs participated. Overall, 83% of patients perceived that the care they received was patient-centred across all eight domains. Patients most frequently perceived the 'access to health care when needed' domain as requiring improvement (8.3%). Not having private health insurance and attending a practice located in a disadvantaged area were significantly associated with perceived need for improvements in care (P<0.05). Conclusion: Patients in general practice report that accessibility is an aspect of care that could be improved. Further investigation of how indicators of lower socioeconomic status interact with the provision of patient-centred care and health outcomes is required.

DOI 10.3399/bjgp15X684841
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Co-authors Amy Waller, Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2015 Carey M, Noble N, Mansfield E, Waller A, Henskens F, Sanson-Fisher R, 'The role of ehealth in optimizing preventive care in the primary care setting', Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17 (2015) [C1]

Modifiable health risk behaviors such as smoking, overweight and obesity, risky alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition contribute to a substantial proportion... [more]

Modifiable health risk behaviors such as smoking, overweight and obesity, risky alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition contribute to a substantial proportion of the world's morbidity and mortality burden. General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in identifying and managing modifiable health risk behaviors. However, these are often underdetected and undermanaged in the primary care setting. We describe the potential of eHealth to help patients and GPs to overcome some of the barriers to managing health risk behaviors. In particular, we discuss (1) the role of eHealth in facilitating routine collection of patient-reported data on lifestyle risk factors, and (2) the role of eHealth in improving clinical management of identified risk factors through provision of tailored feedback, point-of-care reminders, tailored educational materials, and referral to online self-management programs. Strategies to harness the capacity of the eHealth medium, including the use of dynamic features and tailoring to help end users engage with, understand, and apply information need to be considered and maximized. Finally, the potential challenges in implementing eHealth solutions in the primary care setting are discussed. In conclusion, there is significant potential for innovative eHealth solutions to make a contribution to improving preventive care in the primary care setting. However, attention to issues such as data security and designing eHealth interfaces that maximize engagement from end users will be important to moving this field forward.

DOI 10.2196/jmir.3817
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Amy Waller, Frans Henskens, Elise Mansfield, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Carey M, Turon H, Goergen S, Sanson-Fisher R, Yoong SL, Jones K, 'Patients¿ experiences of the management of lower back pain in general practice: use of diagnostic imaging, medication and provision of self-management advice', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 21 342-346 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/PY14057
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2015 Lynagh MC, Clinton-McHarg T, Hall A, Sanson-Fisher R, Stevenson W, Tiley C, Bisquera A, 'Are Australian clinicians monitoring medication adherence in hematological cancer survivors? Two cross-sectional studies.', Experimental Hematology & Oncology, 4 1-8 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s40164-015-0011-4
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Co-authors Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Marita Lynagh, Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Carey M, Yoong SL, Grady A, Bryant J, Jayakody A, Sanson-Fisher R, Inder KJ, 'Unassisted detection of depression by GPs: Who is most likely to be misclassified?', Family Practice, 32 282-287 (2015) [C1]

© The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.Background. Meta-analyses indicate 50% of cases of depression are not detected by GPs. It is importan... [more]

© The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.Background. Meta-analyses indicate 50% of cases of depression are not detected by GPs. It is important to examine patient and GP characteristics associated with misclassification so that systems can be improved to increase accurate detection and optimal management for groups at risk of depression. Objective. To examine patient and GP characteristics associated with GP misclassification of depression for patients classified by the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 as depressed. Methods. A cross-sectional study within general practices in two states of Australia. GPs completed a one-page paper and pencil survey indicating whether they thought each patient was clinically depressed. Patients completed a computer tablet survey while waiting for their appointment to provide demographic information and indicate depression status. Chi-square analyses were used to determine whether patient and GP characteristics were associated with a false-negative and false-positive result. The probability of misclassification was modelled using Generalized Estimating Equations to account for clustering of patients. Results. Fifty GPs from 12 practices participated. GPs completed surveys for 1880 patients. Younger patients aged 25-44, and those with a health care card were less likely to have a false-negative assessment. Patients with 0-3 GP visits in the past 12 months, and those with private health insurance were less likely to have a false-positive assessment. GPs who worked five sessions or fewer per week were more likely to make false-positive assessments.

DOI 10.1093/fampra/cmu087
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Kerry Inder, Mariko Carey
2015 Waller A, Forshaw K, Carey M, Robinson S, Kerridge R, Proietto A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Optimizing Patient Preparation and Surgical Experience Using eHealth Technology.', JMIR medical informatics, 3 e29 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Amy Waller, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Bryant J, Yoong SL, Sanson-Fisher R, Mazza D, Carey M, Walsh J, Bisquera A, 'Is identification of smoking, risky alcohol consumption and overweight and obesity by General Practitioners improving? A comparison over time.', Family practice, 32 664-671 (2015) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2014 Smits R, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Tzelepis F, Henskens F, Paul C, Stevenson W, 'Tailored and integrated Web-based tools for improving psychosocial outcomes of cancer patients: the DoTTI development framework.', J Med Internet Res, 16 e76 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.2196/jmir.2849
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Flora Tzelepis, Frans Henskens
2014 Paul C, Yoong SL, Sanson-Fisher R, Carey M, Russell G, Makeham M, 'Under the radar: A cross-sectional study of the challenge of identifying at-risk alcohol consumption in the general practice setting', BMC Family Practice, 15 (2014) [C1]

Background: Primary care providers are an important source of information regarding appropriate alcohol consumption. As early presentation to a provider for alcohol-related concer... [more]

Background: Primary care providers are an important source of information regarding appropriate alcohol consumption. As early presentation to a provider for alcohol-related concerns is unlikely, it is important that providers are able to identify at-risk patients in order to provide appropriate advice. This study aimed to report the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of General Practitioner (GP) assessment of alcohol consumption compared to patient self-report, and explore characteristics associated with GP non-detection of at-risk status. Method. GP practices were selected from metropolitan and regional locations in Australia. Eligible patients were adults presenting for general practice care who were able to understand English and provide informed consent. Patients completed a modified AUDIT-C by touchscreen computer as part of an omnibus health survey while waiting for their appointment. GPs completed a checklist for each patient, including whether the patient met current Australian guidelines for at-risk alcohol consumption. Patient self-report and GP assessments were compared for each patient. Results: GPs completed the checklist for 1720 patients, yielding 1565 comparisons regarding alcohol consumption. The sensitivity of GPs' detection of at-risk alcohol consumption was 26.5%, with specificity of 96.1%. Higher patient education was associated with GP non-detection of at-risk status. Conclusions: GP awareness of which patients might benefit from advice regarding at-risk alcohol consumption appears low. Given the complexities associated with establishing whether alcohol consumption is 'at-risk', computer-based approaches to routine screening of patients are worthy of exploration as a method for prompting the provision of advice in primary care. © 2014 Paul et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

DOI 10.1186/1471-2296-15-74
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul
2014 Paul CL, Levi CR, D'Este CA, Parsons MW, Bladin CF, Lindley RI, et al., 'Thrombolysis ImPlementation in Stroke (TIPS): Evaluating the effectiveness of a strategy to increase the adoption of best evidence practice - protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial in acute stroke care', Implementation Science, 9 (2014) [C3]

Background: Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability internationally. One of the three effective interventions in the acute phase of stroke care is thrombolytic therapy w... [more]

Background: Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability internationally. One of the three effective interventions in the acute phase of stroke care is thrombolytic therapy with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), if given within 4.5 hours of onset to appropriate cases of ischaemic stroke.Objectives: To test the effectiveness of a multi-component multidisciplinary collaborative approach compared to usual care as a strategy for increasing thrombolysis rates for all stroke patients at intervention hospitals, while maintaining accepted benchmarks for low rates of intracranial haemorrhage and high rates of functional outcomes for both groups at three months.Methods and design: A cluster randomised controlled trial of 20 hospitals across 3 Australian states with 2 groups: multi- component multidisciplinary collaborative intervention as the experimental group and usual care as the control group. The intervention is based on behavioural theory and analysis of the steps, roles and barriers relating to rapid assessment for thrombolysis eligibility; it involves a comprehensive range of strategies addressing individual-level and system-level change at each site. The primary outcome is the difference in tPA rates between the two groups post-intervention. The secondary outcome is the proportion of tPA treated patients in both groups with good functional outcomes (modified Rankin Score (mRS <2) and the proportion with intracranial haemorrhage (mRS =2), compared to international benchmarks.Discussion: TIPS will trial a comprehensive, multi-component and multidisciplinary collaborative approach to improving thrombolysis rates at multiple sites. The trial has the potential to identify methods for optimal care which can be implemented for stroke patients during the acute phase. Study findings will include barriers and solutions to effective thrombolysis implementation and trial outcomes will be published whether significant or not.Trial registration: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12613000939796. © 2014 Paul et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

DOI 10.1186/1748-5908-9-38
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Frans Henskens, John Attia, Christopher Levi, Catherine Deste, Mark Parsons, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul
2014 Shakeshaft A, Doran C, Petrie D, Breen C, Havard A, Abudeen A, et al., 'The effectiveness of community action in reducing risky alcohol consumption and harm: a cluster randomised controlled trial.', PLoS Med, 11 e1001617 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001617
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2014 Grady A, Bryant J, Carey M, Paul C, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Enablers of the implementation of tissue plasminogen activator in acute stroke care: A cross-sectional survey', PLoS ONE, 9 (2014) [C1]

© 2014 Grady et al.Objective: To assess emergency physicians' perceptions of individual and system enablers to the use of tissue Plasminogen Activator in acute stroke.Method: Aus... [more]

© 2014 Grady et al.Objective: To assess emergency physicians' perceptions of individual and system enablers to the use of tissue Plasminogen Activator in acute stroke.Method: Australian fellows and trainees of Australasian College for Emergency Medicine completed a 57-item online survey assessing enablers to implementation of evidence-based practice across six domains: knowledge, skills, modelling, monitoring, feedback, and maintenance. Demographic and workplace characteristics were obtained. Descriptive statistics were calculated to describe demographic and workplace characteristics of responders, and survey responses. Each domain received an overall score (%) based on the number of responders agreeing with all items within the domain.Results: A total of 429 (13%) Australasian College for Emergency Medicine members responded. 17.7% of respondents reported they and/or their workplace met all knowledge-related enablers, however only 2.3% had all skill-related enablers in place. Of respondents who decide which patients receive tissue Plasminogen Activator treatment, 18.1% agreed that all maintenance-related enablers are in place at their hospital, compared to 6.6% for those who do not decide which patients receive tissue Plasminogen Activator treatment. None of the respondents had all items in place cross all domains.Conclusions: Even when allowing for the low response rate, it seems likely there is a lack of individual and system enablers supporting the implementation of bestpractice stroke care in a number of Australian hospitals. Quality improvement programs could target all domains, particularly the skills-training and feedback emergency physicians receive, to aid implementation of tissue Plasminogen Activator treatment for acute stroke.

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0114778
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Passey ME, Sanson-Fisher RW, Stirling JM, 'Supporting Pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women to Quit Smoking: Views of Antenatal Care Providers and Pregnant Indigenous Women', Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18 2293-2299 (2014) [C1]

© 2013, The Author(s).To assess support for 12 potential smoking cessation strategies among pregnant Australian Indigenous women and their antenatal care providers. Cross-section... [more]

© 2013, The Author(s).To assess support for 12 potential smoking cessation strategies among pregnant Australian Indigenous women and their antenatal care providers. Cross-sectional surveys of staff and women in antenatal services providing care for Indigenous women in the Northern Territory and New South Wales, Australia. Respondents were asked to indicate the extent to which each of a list of possible strategies would be helpful in supporting pregnant Indigenous women to quit smoking. Current smokers (n¿=¿121) were less positive about the potential effectiveness of most of the 12 strategies than the providers (n¿=¿127). For example, family support was considered helpful by 64¿% of smokers and 91¿% of providers; between 56 and 62¿% of smokers considered advice and support from midwives, doctors or Aboriginal Health Workers likely to be helpful, compared to 85¿90¿% of providers. Rewards for quitting were considered helpful by 63¿% of smokers and 56¿% of providers, with smokers rating them more highly and providers rating them lower, than most other strategies. Quitline was least popular for both. This study is the first to explore views of pregnant Australian Indigenous women and their antenatal care providers on strategies to support smoking cessation. It has identified strategies which are acceptable to both providers and Indigenous women, and therefore have potential for implementation in routine care. Further research to explore their feasibility in real world settings, uptake by pregnant women and actual impact on smoking outcomes is urgently needed given the high prevalence of smoking among pregnant Indigenous women.

DOI 10.1007/s10995-013-1373-z
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Bryant J, Passey ME, Hall AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A systematic review of the quality of reporting in published smoking cessation trials for pregnant women: An explanation for the evidence-practice gap?', Implementation Science, 9 (2014) [C1]

© 2014 Bryant et al.; licensee BioMed Central.Background: To facilitate translation of evidence into clinical practice, it is critical that clear, specific, and detailed informat... [more]

© 2014 Bryant et al.; licensee BioMed Central.Background: To facilitate translation of evidence into clinical practice, it is critical that clear, specific, and detailed information about interventions is provided in publications to promote replication, appropriate aggregation in meta-analysis, and implementation. This study examined whether twenty elements of interventions deemed essential for such translational application were reported in sufficient detail in smoking cessation trials with pregnant women. Methods: Searches of electronic databases using MeSH terms and keywords identified peer-reviewed English language studies published between 2001 and 2012. Eligible studies reported a smoking cessation intervention targeted at pregnant women and met Cochrane's Effective Practice and Organization of Care group study design criteria. Each intervention arm of eligible studies was assessed against the developed twenty criteria. Results: Thirty relevant studies reported the findings of 45 intervention arms. The mode of delivery of the intervention was reported in 100% of intervention arms. Other well-reported criteria included reporting of the provider who delivered the intervention (96%), sample characteristics (80%), and the intervention setting (80%). Criteria not reported adequately included care provided to women who relapse (96% not reported), details about training given to providers (77% not reported), and the method of quit advice advised (76% not reported). No studies reported 100% of relevant criteria. Conclusions: Current standards of reporting of intervention content and implementation are suboptimal. The use of smoking cessation specific checklists for reporting of trials, standard reporting using behaviour change taxonomies, and the publication of protocols as supplements should be considered as ways of improving the specificity of reporting.

DOI 10.1186/s13012-014-0094-z
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall
2014 Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Carey ML, Noble N, Paul CL, 'Evaluation of Systems-Oriented Public Health Interventions: Alternative Research Designs', ANNUAL REVIEW OF PUBLIC HEALTH, VOL 35, 35 9-27 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182445
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste
2014 Clinton-Mcharg T, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Tzelepis F, Bryant J, Williamson A, 'Anxiety and depression among haematological cancer patients attending treatment centres: Prevalence and predictors', Journal of Affective Disorders, 165 176-181 (2014) [C1]

Background This study aimed to: (1) estimate the prevalence of anxiety and/or depression among haematological cancer patients attending treatment centres; and (2) explore the demo... [more]

Background This study aimed to: (1) estimate the prevalence of anxiety and/or depression among haematological cancer patients attending treatment centres; and (2) explore the demographic, disease and treatment characteristics associated with anxiety and/or depression. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted with outpatients from three haematology clinics in Australia. Patients with a confirmed diagnosis of haematological cancer were approached by a research assistant while waiting for their appointment and invited to participate in the survey. Participants completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and self-reported demographic, disease and treatment characteristics. Results Questionnaires from 304 participants were returned. Twenty-seven percent of patients reported anxiety and 17% reported depression. Specifically, 15% reported anxiety without depression, 5% reported depression without anxiety, and 12% reported comorbid anxiety and depression. Participants who had to relocate to receive treatment had almost three times the odds of reporting anxiety and/or depression compared to those who did not have to move. Former smokers also had significantly higher odds of reporting anxiety and/or depression. Limitations The HADS is likely to have produced some false positives and false negatives when compared with gold standard structured clinical interviews for assessing psychological morbidity. Conclusions Approximately 20% of haematological cancer patients attending outpatient clinics may experience clinically significant levels of anxiety and/or depression. Providing additional tailored support to patients who have had to relocate for treatment, and to former smokers, may help to reduce anxiety and depression among these subgroups. © 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V.

DOI 10.1016/j.jad.2014.04.072
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Flora Tzelepis, Mariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2014 Tzelepis F, Sanson-Fisher RW, Hall AE, Carey ML, Paul CL, Clinton-McHarg T, 'DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOMETRIC EVALUATION OF THE QUALITY OF PATIENT-CENTERED CANCER CARE MEASURE WITH HAEMATOLOGICAL CANCER SURVIVORS', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, 10 254-255 (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2014 Passey ME, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Stirling JM, 'Tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use during pregnancy: Clustering of risks', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 134 44-50 (2014) [C1]

Background: Antenatal substance use poses significant risks to the unborn child. We examined use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islan... [more]

Background: Antenatal substance use poses significant risks to the unborn child. We examined use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; and compared characteristics of women by the number of substances reported. Methods: A cross-sectional survey with 257 pregnant Indigenous women attending antenatal services in two states of Australia. Women self-reported tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use (current use, ever use, changes during pregnancy); age of initiation of each substance; demographic and obstetric characteristics. Results: Nearly half the women (120; 47% (95%CI:40%, 53%) reported no current substance use; 119 reported current tobacco (46%; 95%CI:40%, 53%), 53 (21%; 95%CI:16%, 26%) current alcohol and 38 (15%; 95%CI:11%, 20%) current cannabis use. Among 148 women smoking tobacco at the beginning of pregnancy, 29 (20%; 95%CI:14%, 27%) reported quitting; with 80 of 133 (60%; 95%CI:51%, 69%) women quitting alcohol and 25 of 63 (40%; 95%CI:28%, 53%) women quitting cannabis. Among 137 women reporting current substance use, 77 (56%; 95%CI:47%, 65%) reported one and 60 (44%; 95%CI:35%, 53%) reported two or three. Women using any one substance were significantly more likely to also use others. Factors independently associated with current use of multiple substances were years of schooling and age of initiating tobacco. Conclusions: While many women discontinue substance use when becoming pregnant, there is clustering of risk among a small group of disadvantaged women. Programmes should address risks holistically within the social realities of women's lives rather than focusing on individual tobacco smoking. Preventing uptake of substance use is critical. © 2013 The Authors.

DOI 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.09.008
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2014 Grady A, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Assessing awareness of appropriate responses to symptoms of stroke', Patient Education and Counseling, 95 400-405 (2014) [C1]

Objective: The study explored (1) the level of awareness, and associates of greater awareness, of the appropriate action to take in response to stroke symptoms; and (2) actions ta... [more]

Objective: The study explored (1) the level of awareness, and associates of greater awareness, of the appropriate action to take in response to stroke symptoms; and (2) actions taken in response to potential stroke symptoms, among general practice patients. Methods: Patients attending general practice clinics in New South Wales, Australia completed a paper and pencil survey. Results: 308 participants returned the survey. 76% indicated they would call an ambulance within 10. min for 'difficulty speaking or understanding others, with blurred vision (in one eye), and face, arm or leg weakness or numbness (on one side of the body)'. Having a first degree relative with a history of stroke was significantly associated with greater awareness of the appropriate action to take in response to stroke symptoms. Of those reporting they had experienced 'dizziness, loss of balance or an unexplained fall' 80% did not call an ambulance at the time of experiencing this symptom. Conclusion: There appears to be high awareness of the appropriate response to take for stroke symptoms among this sample, however this does not translate into actions when individuals experience a potential stroke symptom. Practice implications: Education campaigns should be targeted towards individuals without a family history of stroke. © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2014.03.007
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2014 Yoong SL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Mackenzie L, Boyes A, 'A cross-sectional study examining Australian general practitioners' identification of overweight and obese patients', Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29 328-334 (2014) [C1]

BACKGROUND: Overweight and obese patients attempt weight loss when advised to do so by their physicians; however, only a small proportion of these patients report receiving such a... [more]

BACKGROUND: Overweight and obese patients attempt weight loss when advised to do so by their physicians; however, only a small proportion of these patients report receiving such advice. One reason may be that physicians do not identify their overweight and obese patients. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine the extent that Australian general practitioners (GP) recognise overweight or obesity in their patients, and to explore patient and GP characteristics associated with non-detection of overweight and obesity. METHODS: Consenting adult patients (n = 1,111) reported weight, height, demographics and health conditions using a touchscreen computer. GPs (n = 51) completed hard-copy questionnaires indicating whether their patients were overweight or obese. We calculated the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) for GP detection, using patient self-reported weight and height as the criterion measure for overweight and obesity. For a subsample of patients (n = 107), we did a sensitivity analysis with patient-measured weight and height. We conducted an adjusted, multivariable logistic regression to explore characteristics associated with non-detection, using random effects to adjust for correlation within GPs. RESULTS: Sensitivity for GP assessment was 63 % [95 % CI 57-69 %], specificity 89 % [95 % CI 85-92 %], PPV 87 % [95 % CI 83-90 %] and NPV 69 % [95 % CI 65-72 %]. Sensitivity increased by 3 % and specificity was unchanged in the sensitivity analysis. Men (OR: 1.7 [95 % CI 1.1-2.7]), patients without high blood pressure (OR: 1.8 [95 % CI 1.2-2.8]) and without type 2 diabetes (OR: 2.4 [95 % CI 1.2-8.0]) had higher odds of non-detection. Individuals with obesity (OR: 0.1 [95 % CI 0.07-0.2]) or diploma-level education (OR: 0.3 [95%CI 0.1-0.6]) had lower odds of not being identified. No GP characteristics were associated with non-detection of overweight or obesity. CONCLUSIONS: GPs missed identifying a substantial proportion of overweight and obese patients. Strategies to support GPs in identifying their overweight or obese patients need to be implemented. © 2013 Society of General Internal Medicine.

DOI 10.1007/s11606-013-2637-4
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Lisa Mackenzie
2014 Campbell HS, Hall AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Barker D, Turner D, Taylor-Brown J, 'Development and validation of the Short-Form Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SF-SUNS)', Supportive Care in Cancer, 22 1071-1079 (2014) [C1]

Purpose: The Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS) is one of the only unmet needs measures that was developed and evaluated utilising a population-based sample of cancer survivors. A... [more]

Purpose: The Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS) is one of the only unmet needs measures that was developed and evaluated utilising a population-based sample of cancer survivors. At 89 items, the current scale is quite burdensome. The current study aimed to develop a valid and reliable short version of this survey. Methods: A heterogeneous sample of 1,589 cancer survivors, aged 19 years or over at diagnosis, diagnosed with a histologically confirmed cancer in the previous 12 to 60 months, completed the SUNS. Using these data, we employed a combined theoretical and statistical method of reducing the number of items in the SUNS. The shortened survey was examined for construct validity, internal consistency, discriminant validity and floor and ceiling effects. Results: Fifty-nine items were removed. Construct validity closely reflected the original structure of the SUNS. However, all items from the Emotional health and Relationships domains loaded onto one factor. Cronbach's alpha for the final four domains were 0.85 or above, demonstrating strong internal consistency. Intra-class correlations of the three domains from the original survey (Financial concerns, Information and Access and continuity of care) and shortened survey were high (>0.9). Discriminant validity illustrated the short-form SUNS' ability to discriminate between those who had recently received treatment and those who had not. Conclusions: This study describes the development and psychometric evaluation of the short-form SUNS (SF-SUNS). Future studies should confirm the test-retest reliability and predictive validity of the SF-SUNS utilising large, independent, population-based samples of cancer survivors. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-013-2061-7
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, 'Patient-centred care: Making cancer treatment centres accountable', Supportive Care in Cancer, 22 1989-1997 (2014) [C1]

Patient-centred care is argued to be an essential component in the delivery of quality health and cancer care. This manuscript discusses the need to generate credible data which i... [more]

Patient-centred care is argued to be an essential component in the delivery of quality health and cancer care. This manuscript discusses the need to generate credible data which indicates the quality of patient-centred care provided by cancer treatment centres. Patient-centred care covers six domains including physical comfort; emotional support; respect for patients' preferences and values; integration and coordination; involvement of family and friends; and the provision of information, communication and education to enable patients to understand and make informed decisions about their care. First, we identify priority areas within each domain. Next, we propose three questions that should be asked of every patient across the six domains of patient-centred care. The first question explores whether patients were specifically asked by a healthcare provider at the cancer treatment centre about their concerns, values and preferences. Research indicates that it cannot be assumed that clinicians are aware of patient's needs or preferences in these six areas. Second, if the answer from the patient suggests that they would like assistance, then it would be expected that this would be offered. Thirdly, if the patient indicates that they would like such assistance and it is provided, then it might be expected that the patient would report that the provided assistance did relieve their suffering, or the assistance provided was consistent with their preferences, needs and values. Regular measurement and reporting of these aspects of patient-centred cancer care has the potential to identify deficits and inequities in care delivery, allow for comparisons across treatment centres and stimulate an improvement in the patient-centred care provided to cancer patients. © 2014 Springer-Verlag.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-014-2221-4
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Amy Waller, Mariko Carey, Alison Zucca, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Hall A, D Este C, Tzelepis F, Lynagh M, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Factors associated with haematological cancer survivors experiencing a high level of unmet need across multiple items of supportive care: a cross-sectional survey study', Supportive Care in Cancer, 22 2899-2909 (2014) [C1]

© 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.Purpose: This study aimed to identify subgroups of haematological cancer survivors who report a ¿high/very high¿ level of unmet need o... [more]

© 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.Purpose: This study aimed to identify subgroups of haematological cancer survivors who report a ¿high/very high¿ level of unmet need on multiple (=7) items of supportive care.Results: Of the 696 survivors included in this study, 175 (n = 25¿%) reported a ¿high/very high¿ level of unmet need on seven or more items of the SUNS. Survivors who: had relocated due to their cancer (OR: 2.04; 95¿% CI: 1.18, 3.52), had difficulty paying bills (OR: 2.42; 95¿% CI: 1.34, 4.38), had used up their savings as a result of cancer (OR: 1.90; 95¿% CI: 1.06, 3.40), and were classified as having above normal symptoms of depression (OR: 3.65; 95¿% CI: 2.17, 6.15) and stress (OR: 5.94; 95¿% CI: 3.22, 10.95) on the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21) had statistically significantly higher odds of reporting seven or more ¿high/very high¿ unmet needs.Methods: Haematological cancer survivors, aged 18 to 80¿years at recruitment were selected from four Australian state-based cancer registries. Eligible survivors were sent a survey containing the Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS). Logistic regression analysis was used to identify characteristics associated with haematological cancer survivors reporting a ¿high/very high¿ level of unmet need on =7 items of the SUNS.Conclusions: Additional and intensive supportive care may be needed for this subgroup of haematological cancer survivors experiencing multiple ¿high/very high¿ unmet needs. Assistance with accessing relevant financial support and highly accessible services that provide emotional and information support, such as online and telephone peer support programs may prove beneficial in addressing the needs of this subgroup of haematological cancer survivors. It is suggested that future, methodologically rigorous intervention studies assess such strategies.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-014-2264-6
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Flora Tzelepis, Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste, Alix Hall
2014 Carey M, Small H, Yoong SL, Boyes A, Bisquera A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Prevalence of comorbid depression and obesity in general practice: A cross-sectional survey', British Journal of General Practice, 64 (2014) [C1]

Background: General practice is a common setting for the provision of weight-management advice, as well as the treatment of depression. While there is some evidence of a reciproca... [more]

Background: General practice is a common setting for the provision of weight-management advice, as well as the treatment of depression. While there is some evidence of a reciprocal relationship between obesity and depression, there are limited data about the rates of depression among general practice patients who are underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese. Aim: To explore the prevalence of depression among underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese general practice patients. Design and setting: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 12 Australian general practices. Method: Patients aged =18 years and older who were presenting for general practice care were eligible to participate. Consenting patients completed a touchscreen computer survey assessing self-reported weight and height. Depression was assessed by the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), with a score of =10 used to indicate possible depression. Results: Data were obtained from 3361 participants. The prevalence of depression was 24% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 11.86 to 39.28) among underweight participants, 11% (95% CI = 8.5 to 14.0) among normal weight participants, 12% (95% CI = 0.9 to 15.2) among overweight participants, and 23% (95% CI = 17.8 to 29.0) among obese participants. The prevalence of depression was higher for women than for men across all weight categories except underweight. Conclusion: Weight and depression demonstrated a U-shaped relationship, with higher prevalence of depression observed among underweight and obese general practice patients. These conditions may act as red flags for opportunistic screening of depression in the general practice setting. ©British Journal of General Practice.

DOI 10.3399/bjgp14X677482
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Serene Yoong, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Campbell SH, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Barker D, Turner D, Taylor-Brown J, Hall A, 'Measuring the unmet supportive care needs of cancer support persons: The development of the Support Person's Unmet Needs Survey - short form', European Journal of Cancer Care, 23 255-262 (2014) [C1]

Few rigorous measures of unmet needs have been developed for cancer support persons. This study describes the development of a short version of the Support Person's Unmet Needs Su... [more]

Few rigorous measures of unmet needs have been developed for cancer support persons. This study describes the development of a short version of the Support Person's Unmet Needs Survey (SPUNS). Cancer survivors [n = 1589, 612 (52%) men, mean age of 62.5 years, SD 11.5] 1-5 years post diagnosis and recruited through three Canadian population-based cancer registries were asked to pass a survey package on to their principal support person. Surveys were returned by 1183 support persons. The survey included the long form of the SPUNS, which contains 78 items. Fifty-two items were deleted using a combination of expert opinion and statistical criteria. Analysis of the remaining items revealed a five-factor structure. The original factors were retained with the exception of a merging of the personal and emotional needs subscales. Cronbach's alpha co-efficients for all subscales were =0.87, and intraclass correlation of domain scores of the short and long versions of the SPUNS were high. The SPUNS short form was able to discriminate between support persons of survivors who had (n = 147), and those who had not received treatment in the past month (n = 969). At just 26 items, it is likely to have strong clinical and research applicability. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI 10.1111/ecc.12138
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall
2014 Courtney RJ, Bradford D, Martire KA, Bonevski B, Borland R, Doran C, et al., 'A randomized clinical trial of a financial education intervention with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for low socio-economic status Australian smokers: a study protocol', ADDICTION, 109 1602-1611 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/add.12669
Citations Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Grady A, Carey M, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Recruitment of healthcare specialists', EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia, 26 516-517 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/1742-6723.12275
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Bonevski B, 'Keeping the 'Goose' on the Menu: Response to Commentaries on Financial Incentives in Health Behaviour Change', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 21 206-209 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1007/s12529-013-9342-x
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Breen C, Shakeshaft A, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, Mattick RP, Gilmour S, 'Identifying individual- and population-level characteristics that influence rates of risky alcohol consumption in regional communities', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 38 60-65 (2014) [C1]

Objective: To examine the extent to which individual- and community- level characteristics account for differences in risky alcohol consumption. Method: A cross-sectional postal s... [more]

Objective: To examine the extent to which individual- and community- level characteristics account for differences in risky alcohol consumption. Method: A cross-sectional postal survey of 2,977 randomly selected individuals from 20 regional communities in NSW, Australia. Individuals drinking at harmful levels on the AUDIT and for risk of harm in the short term and long-term were identified. Multi-level modelling of the correlates of risky alcohol consumption at the individual and community level was conducted. Results: There were differences between communities in alcohol consumption patterns. Being male, unmarried and reporting worse health were significant individual-level correlates for drinking at levels for risk of harm in the long term. The number of GPs (+) and police (-) were significant community characteristics. Being younger (=25), unmarried, Australian born and with a larger income was associated with drinking at levels for risk of harm in the short term and harmful drinking on the AUDIT. The number of hotels and clubs was positively associated with drinking at levels for risk of harm in the short term. Conclusions: Rates of risky drinking vary significantly between communities and both individual and community characteristics are significantly associated with risky alcohol consumption. Implications: A combination of individual- and population-level interventions, tailored to the risk profile of individual communities, is most likely to be optimally effective. © 2014 The Authors. ANZJPH © 2014 Public Health Association of Australia.

DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12176
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2014 Stewart JM, Sanson-Fisher R, Eades S, D'Este C, 'Aboriginal health: agreement between general practitioners and patients on their health risk status and screening history.', Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 38 563-566 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2014 Paul C, Courtney R, Sanson-Fisher R, Carey M, Hill D, Simmons J, Rose S, 'A randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of a pre-recruitment primer letter to increase participation in a study of colorectal screening and surveillance', BMC MEDICAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY, 14 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2288-14-44
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey
2014 Clough AR, Fitts MS, Robertson JA, Shakeshaft A, Miller A, Doran CM, et al., 'Study Protocol - Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) in remote indigenous communities in Queensland: their impacts on injury, violence, health and social indicators and their cost-effectiveness', BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 14 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-14-15
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Noble NE, Paul CL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Blunden SV, Stewart JM, Conigrave KM, 'A cross-sectional survey assessing the acceptability and feasibility of self-report electronic data collection about health risks from patients attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service', BMC MEDICAL INFORMATICS AND DECISION MAKING, 14 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1472-6947-14-34
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey
2014 Hall A, D'Este C, Tzelepis F, Sanson-Fisher R, Lynagh M, 'The Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS) for haematological cancer survivors: a cross-sectional study assessing the relevance and psychometric properties', BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 14 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1472-6963-14-211
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh, Flora Tzelepis, Catherine Deste
2014 Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Walsh J, Stewart J, 'Health research priority setting in selected high income countries: a narrative review of methods used and recommendations for future practice', Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, 12 1-11 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1478-7547-12-23
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Hall A, Sanson-Fisher R, Lynagh M, Tzelepis F, D'Este C, 'A COMPARISON OF THE UNMET NEEDS OF YOUNGER AND OLDER ADULT HAEMATOLOGICAL CANCER SURVIVORS', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, 10 162-163 (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall, Marita Lynagh, Flora Tzelepis, Catherine Deste
2014 Courtney RJ, Bradford D, Martire KA, Bonevski B, Borland R, Doran C, et al., 'A randomized clinical trial of a financial education intervention with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for low socio-economic status Australian smokers: a study protocol', Addiction (Abingdon, England), 109 1602-1611 (2014)

© 2014 Society for the Study of Addiction.BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Reducing smoking prevalence among smokers from low socio-economic status (SES) is a preventative health priority. F... [more]

© 2014 Society for the Study of Addiction.BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Reducing smoking prevalence among smokers from low socio-economic status (SES) is a preventative health priority. Financial stress (e.g. shortage of money or inability to pay bills) may be a major barrier to quitting smoking. This study evaluates the efficacy of a financial education and support programme coupled with pharmacotherapy at improving cessation rates at 8-month follow-up among Australian low SES smokers (people receiving a government pension or allowance).DESIGN: A two-group parallel block randomized (ratio 1¿:¿1) open-label clinical trial (RCT) with allocation concealment will be conducted. Allocation will be concealed to interviewers at data collection-points.SETTING: The study will be conducted primarily by telephone with baseline, follow-up interviews and telephone-based support sessions. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) delivery will be mail-based.PARTICIPANTS: Daily smokers who are interested in quitting smoking and are currently in receipt of government benefits (n¿=¿1046) will be recruited through study advertisements placed in newspapers, posters placed in government social assistance agencies and Quitline telephone-based cessation support services. After completion of a baseline computer-assisted telephone interview, participants will be allocated randomly to control or intervention group using a permuted block approach.INTERVENTION AND COMPARATOR: Participants in both groups will receive 8 weeks of free combination NRT plus Quitline support. Participants in the intervention group will also receive four telephone-delivered financial education and support sessions.MEASUREMENTS: The primary outcome measure will be prolonged abstinence (at 8-month follow-up) assessed using Russell Standard criteria and biochemically verified (urine cotinine).COMMENTS: This is the first intervention study to evaluate the potential of co-managing financial stress as a means of enhancing smokers' capacity to quit smoking. Such an intervention may provide a scalable intervention to help low SES smokers to quit.

DOI 10.1111/add.12669
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Carey M, Jones KA, Yoong SL, D'Este C, Boyes AW, Paul C, et al., 'Comparison of a single self-assessment item with the PHQ-9 for detecting depression in general practice', Family Practice, 31 (2014) [C1]

Background: Several factors need to be considered when selecting a screening tool for depression including accuracy, level of burden for patients and for staff to administer and f... [more]

Background: Several factors need to be considered when selecting a screening tool for depression including accuracy, level of burden for patients and for staff to administer and follow-up. Objective: This study aimed to explore the utility of a single self-assessment item in identifying possible cases of depression in primary care by examining sensitivity and specificity with the nine-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) at different thresholds. Design: Cross-sectional survey presented on a touchscreen computer. Participants. Adult patients attending 12 urban general practices in Australia completed a health status questionnaire (n = 1004). Main measures. Depression was assessed by the PHQ-9 and a single self-assessment item. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values were calculated for the single item using a PHQ-9 score of 10 or more as the criterion value. Key results. A total of 1004 participants (61% female, 48% aged 55 years or older) completed both the PHQ-9 and a single self-assessment item. When using a threshold of mild depression or greater, the single item had adequate specificity (76%, 95% CI: 71-80%), with 76 out of every 100 people defined as non-depressed by the PHQ-9 also identified as not depressed by the single item. Sensitivity was high (91%, 95% CI: 84-95%), with the single item identifying 91 out of every 100 true cases (as defined by the PHQ-9). Conclusions: The single self-assessment item has high sensitivity and moderate specificity to identify possible cases of depression when used at a threshold of mild depression or greater. © The Author 2014.

DOI 10.1093/fampra/cmu018
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Serene Yoong, Kerry Inder, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Chris Paul
2014 Mackenzie LJ, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Paul CL, Yoong SL, 'Agreement between HADS classifications and single-item screening questions for anxiety and depression: a cross-sectional survey of cancer patients.', Ann Oncol, 25 889-895 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/annonc/mdu023
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Serene Yoong, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Lisa Mackenzie
2014 Carey M, Jones K, Meadows G, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, Inder K, et al., 'Accuracy of general practitioner unassisted detection of depression.', Aust N Z J Psychiatry, 48 571-578 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0004867413520047
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Serene Yoong, Kerry Inder, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey
2014 Tzelepis F, Rose SK, Sanson-Fisher RW, Clinton-McHarg T, Carey ML, Paul CL, 'Are we missing the Institute of Medicine's mark? A systematic review of patient-reported outcome measures assessing quality of patient-centred cancer care', BMC Cancer, 14 (2014) [C1]

Background: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has endorsed six dimensions of patient-centredness as crucial to providing quality healthcare. These dimensions outline that care must ... [more]

Background: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has endorsed six dimensions of patient-centredness as crucial to providing quality healthcare. These dimensions outline that care must be: 1) respectful to patients' values, preferences, and expressed needs; 2) coordinated and integrated; 3) provide information, communication, and education; 4) ensure physical comfort; 5) provide emotional support-relieving fear and anxiety; and 6) involve family and friends. However, whether patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) comprehensively cover these dimensions remains unexplored. This systematic review examined whether PROMs designed to assess the quality of patient-centred cancer care addressed all six IOM dimensions of patient-centred care and the psychometric properties of these measures.Methods: Medline, PsycINFO, Current Contents, Embase, CINAHL and Scopus were searched to retrieve published studies describing the development and psychometric properties of PROMs assessing the quality of patient-centred cancer care. Two authors determined if eligible PROMs included the six IOM dimensions of patient-centred care and evaluated the adequacy of psychometric properties based on recommended criteria for internal consistency, test-retest reliability, face/content validity, construct validity and cross-cultural adaptation.Results: Across all 21 PROMs, the most commonly included IOM dimension of patient-centred care was " information, communication and education" (19 measures). In contrast, only five measures assessed the " involvement of family and friends." Two measures included one IOM-endorsed patient-centred care dimension, two measures had two dimensions, seven measures had three dimensions, five measures had four dimensions, and four measures had five dimensions. One measure, the Indicators (Non-small Cell Lung Cancer), covered all six IOM dimensions of patient-centred care, but had adequate face/content validity only. Eighteen measures met the recommended adequacy criteria for construct validity, 15 for face/content validity, seven for internal consistency, three for cross-cultural adaptation and no measure for test-retest reliability.Conclusions: There are no psychometrically rigorous PROMs developed with cancer patients that capture all six IOM dimensions of patient-centred care. Using more than one measure or expanding existing measures to cover all six patient-centred care dimensions could improve assessment and delivery of patient-centred care. Construction of new comprehensive measures with acceptable psychometric properties that can be used with the general cancer population may also be warranted. © 2014 Tzelepis et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

DOI 10.1186/1471-2407-14-41
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Chris Paul, Flora Tzelepis, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2014 Bryant J, Boyes A, Jones K, Sanson-Fisher R, Carey M, Fry R, 'Examining and addressing evidence-practice gaps in cancer care: A systematic review', Implementation Science, 9 (2014) [C1]

Background: There is increasing recognition of gaps between best scientific evidence and clinical practice. This systematic review aimed to assess the volume and scope of peer-rev... [more]

Background: There is increasing recognition of gaps between best scientific evidence and clinical practice. This systematic review aimed to assess the volume and scope of peer-reviewed cancer research output in the years 2000, 2005, and 2010.Methods: Eligible papers were published in English and reported on evidence-practice gaps in cancer care. The electronic database Medline was searched for three time periods using MeSH headings and keywords. Abstracts were assessed against eligibility criteria by one reviewer and checked by a second. Papers meeting eligibility criteria were coded as data-based or non-data-based, and by cancer type of focus. All data-based papers were then further classified as descriptive studies documenting the extent of, or barriers to addressing, the evidence-practice gap; or intervention studies examining the effectiveness of strategies to reduce the evidence-practice gap.Results: A total of 176 eligible papers were identified. The number of publications significantly increased over time, from 25 in 2000 to 100 in 2010 (p < 0.001). Of the 176 identified papers, 160 were data-based. The majority of these (n = 150) reported descriptive studies. Only 10 studies examined the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce discrepancies between evidence and clinical practice. Of these, only one was a randomized controlled trial. Of all data-based studies, almost one-third (n = 48) examined breast cancer care.Conclusions: While the number of publications investigating evidence-practice gaps in cancer care increased over a ten-year period, most studies continued to describe gaps between best evidence and clinical practice, rather than rigorously testing interventions to reduce the gap. © 2014 Bryant et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

DOI 10.1186/1748-5908-9-37
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2014 Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Bonevski B, 'Keeping the ¿goose¿ on the menu: response to commentaries on financial incentives in health behaviour change.', Int J Behav Med, 21 206-209 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1007/s12529-013-9313-2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh, Billie Bonevski
2013 Yoong SL, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Grady A, 'A systematic review of behavioural weight-loss interventions involving primary-care physicians in overweight and obese primary-care patients (1999-2011).', Public Health Nutrition, 16 2083-2099 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1017/S1368980012004375
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Eades SJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Panaretto K, 'An intensive smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: a randomised controlled trial REPLY', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 198 23-24 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.5694/mja12.11298
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Passey ME, Bryant J, Hall AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'How will we close the gap in smoking rates for pregnant Indigenous women?', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 199 39-41 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5694/mja12.11848
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall
2013 Paul CL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Houlcroft LE, Turon HE, 'The impact of web-based approaches on psychosocial health in chronic physical and mental health conditions', Health Education Research, 28 450-471 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/her/cyt053
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul
2013 Yoong SL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, 'Recruitment in general practice', Australian Family Physician, 42 9 (2013) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste
2013 Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, 'The many faces of preventative care in the practice of oncology', Cancer Forum, 37 12-16 (2013) [C1]

Prevention in the oncology setting has traditionally focused on the progression of cancer, recurrence and development of new cancers. Increasingly, the focus has moved to a more h... [more]

Prevention in the oncology setting has traditionally focused on the progression of cancer, recurrence and development of new cancers. Increasingly, the focus has moved to a more holistic view of prevention that pursues prevention of suffering and maintaining quality of life. The cancer treatment team has the opportunity to play an active role in the promotion of healthy lifestyles for patients, and the relatives for whom the patient's cancer conveys risk. Assisting patients to adhere to 'non-cancer' care is important for their mortality and morbidity. Given patient's reluctance to disclose physical and emotional side-effects they may be experiencing, there is a need for health providers to regularly initiate discussions with their patients about their needs. Similarly, an oncology service that actively seeks to understand patient preferences will be better equipped to provide individualised care. A systems-minded approach to prevention may ensure that cancer care is organised to anticipate and to prevent of poor quality care. As the cancer treatment team will continue to play a more complex role in prevention, they must be supported by organisational factors that facilitate evidence-based practice.

Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Amy Waller, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alison Zucca
2013 Hall AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, Threlfall T, D'Este CA, 'Format and readability of an enhanced invitation letter did not affect participation rates in a cancer registry-based study: a randomized controlled trial', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY, 66 85-94 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2012.07.016
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh
2013 Mackenzie LJ, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, 'Psychological distress in cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy treatment', SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER, 21 1043-1051 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-012-1624-3
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey, Lisa Mackenzie
2013 Park B, Kim SY, Shin JY, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shin DW, Cho J, Park JH, 'Prevalence and predictors of anxiety and depression among family caregivers of cancer patients: A nationwide survey of patient-family caregiver dyads in Korea', Supportive Care in Cancer, 21 2799-2807 (2013) [C1]

Purpose: This study aimed to identify the prevalence and predictors of anxiety and depression among family caregivers of patients with cancer in Korea. Methods: A national, multic... [more]

Purpose: This study aimed to identify the prevalence and predictors of anxiety and depression among family caregivers of patients with cancer in Korea. Methods: A national, multicenter, cross-sectional survey was conducted with 897 family caregivers. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale was used to assess anxiety and depression in patient-family caregiver dyads. Results: The prevalence of anxiety in family caregivers was 38.1 %:20.3 % reported mild anxiety, 13.3 % reported moderate anxiety, and 4.6 % reported severe anxiety. The prevalence of depression was 82.2 %:40.4 % reported mild depression, 25.5 % reported moderate depression, and 16.3 % reported severe depression. Family caregivers who were younger, were caring for male patients, or had a low quality of life (QOL) in relation to three of the variables measured in the Korean Caregiver Quality of Life Index-Cancer (CQOLC-K): burden, disturbance, and financial concerns reported increased anxiety. Becoming unemployed during caregiving, being the spouse of a patient and having low QOL in relation to three of the variables measured by the CQOLC-K: burden, disturbance, and positive adaptation were associated with depression among family caregivers. The predictive validity of the selected variables were 0.861 (95 % CI: 0.844-0.892) for anxiety and 0.794 (95 % CI: 0.751-0.828) for depression. Conclusions: Family caregivers of patients with cancer experienced high levels of anxiety and depression. Socio-demographic factors and QOL were predictors of anxiety and depression in family caregivers. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

DOI 10.1007/s00520-013-1852-1
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Yoong SLI, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, 'Recruitment in general practice', Australian family physician, 42 9 (2013)
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Hall A, Lynagh M, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Supportive care needs of hematological cancer survivors: A critical review of the literature', Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, 88 102-116 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2013.03.008
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Hall A, Campbell HS, Sanson-Fisher R, Lynagh M, D'Este C, Burkhalter R, Carey M, 'Unmet needs of Australian and Canadian haematological cancer survivors: a cross-sectional international comparative study', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 22 2032-2038 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.3247
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste
2013 MacKenzie LJ, Carey ML, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, 'Do we get it right? Radiation oncology outpatients' perceptions of the patient centredness of life expectancy disclosure', Psycho-Oncology, 22 2720-2728 (2013) [C1]

Objective A patient-centred approach to discussing life expectancy with cancer patients is recommended in Western countries. However, this approach to eliciting and meeting patien... [more]

Objective A patient-centred approach to discussing life expectancy with cancer patients is recommended in Western countries. However, this approach to eliciting and meeting patient preferences can be challenging for clinicians. The aims of this study were the following: (i) to examine cancer patients' preferences for life expectancy disclosure; and (ii) to explore agreement between cancer patients' preferences for, and perceived experiences of, life expectancy disclosure. Methods Cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment in metropolitan Australia completed a cross-sectional touchscreen computer survey including optional questions about their life expectancy disclosure preferences and experiences. Results Of the 208 respondents, 178 (86%) indicated that they would prefer their clinician to ask them before discussing life expectancy, and 30 (14%) indicated that they would prefer others (i.e. clinicians, family) to decide whether they were given life expectancy information. Of the 175 respondents who were classified as having a self- determined or other-determined disclosure experience, 105 (60%) reported an experience of life expectancy disclosure that was in accordance with their preferences. Cohen's ¿ was -0.04 (95% CI, -0.17, 0.08), indicating very poor agreement between patients' preferences for and perceived experiences of life expectancy disclosure (p = 0.74). Conclusions In light of patient-centred prognosis disclosure guidelines, our findings of a majority preference for, and experience of, a self-determined approach to life expectancy disclosure amongst radiation oncology patients are encouraging. However, poor agreement between preferences and experiences highlights that additional effort from clinicians is required in order to achieve a truly patient-centred approach to life expectancy disclosure. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/pon.3337
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Lisa Mackenzie
2013 Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Bonevski B, 'What's Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander. Guiding Principles for the Use of Financial Incentives in Health Behaviour Change', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 20 114-120 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s12529-011-9202-5
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh, Billie Bonevski
2013 Yoong SL, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, 'Prevalence and correlates of overweight and obesity in adult Australian general practice patients', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 37 586-586 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12117
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Paul C, Sanson-Fisher R, Carey M, 'Measuring psychosocial outcomes: is the consumer or the professional the best judge?', European Journal of Cancer Care, 22 281-288 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ecc.12048
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Bryant J, McDonald VM, Boyes A, Sanson-Fisher R, Paul C, Melville J, 'Improving medication adherence in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A systematic review', Respiratory Research, 14 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1465-9921-14-109
Citations Scopus - 41Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Vanessa Mcdonald, Allison Boyes
2013 Yoong SL, Carey ML, D'Este C, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Agreement between self-reported and measured weight and height collected in general practice patients: a prospective study', BMC MEDICAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY, 13 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2288-13-38
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste
2013 Carey M, Bryant J, Yoong SL, Russell G, Barker D, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Prostate specific antigen testing in family practice: a cross sectional survey of self-reported rates of and reasons for testing participation and risk disclosure', BMC FAMILY PRACTICE, 14 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2296-14-186
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Serene Yoong, Mariko Carey
2013 Yoong SL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, 'A cross-sectional study assessing Australian general practice patients' intention, reasons and preferences for assistance with losing weight', BMC FAMILY PRACTICE, 14 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2296-14-187
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste
2013 Courtney RJ, Paul CL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Macrae FA, D'Este C, et al., 'A population-based cross-sectional study of colorectal cancer screening practices of first-degree relatives of colorectal cancer patients', BMC CANCER, 13 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2407-13-13
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Courtney RJ, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Macrae FA, Carey ML, Attia J, McEvoy M, 'Individual- and provider-level factors associated with colorectal cancer screening in accordance with guideline recommendation: a community-level perspective across varying levels of risk', BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 13 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-13-248
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Mark Mcevoy, John Attia, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Paul CL, Piterman L, Shaw J, Kirby C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey ML, et al., 'Diabetes in rural towns: effectiveness of continuing education and feedback for healthcare providers in altering diabetes outcomes at a population level: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial', IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE, 8 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1186/1748-5908-8-30
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Patrick Mcelduff
2013 Park B, Kim SY, Shin J-Y, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shin DW, Cho J, Park JH, 'Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts in Anxious or Depressed Family Caregivers of Patients with Cancer: A Nationwide Survey in Korea', PLOS ONE, 8 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0060230
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Mackenzie LJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey ML, D'Este CA, 'Radiation oncology outpatient perceptions of patient-centred care: a cross-sectional survey', BMJ OPEN, 3 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001265
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Lisa Mackenzie, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey
2012 Eades SJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Wenitong M, Panaretto K, D'Este CA, Gilligan C, Stewart JM, 'An intensive smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: A randomised controlled trial', Medical Journal of Australia, 197 42-46 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.5694/mja11.10858
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 28
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste, Conor Gilligan
2012 Courtney RJ, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Macrae FA, Carey ML, Attia JR, McEvoy MA, 'Colorectal cancer screening in Australia: A community-level perspective', Medical Journal of Australia, 196 516-520 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.5694/mja11.10661
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Mark Mcevoy, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, John Attia, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Courtney RJ, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey ML, Macrae FA, Yoong SL, 'Community approaches to increasing colorectal screening uptake: A review of the methodological quality and strength of current evidence', Cancer Forum, 36 27-35 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Serene Yoong
2012 Carey ML, Anderson AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, Paul CL, Tzelepis F, 'How well are we meeting haematological cancer survivors' preferences for involvement in treatment decision making?', Patient Education and Counseling, 88 87-92 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2011.12.014
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Amy Anderson, Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Carey ML, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, 'Development of cancer needs questionnaire for parents and carers of adolescents and young adults with cancer', Supportive Care in Cancer, 20 991-1010 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-011-1172-2
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Carey ML, Lambert SD, Smits RE, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Clinton-Mcharg TL, 'The unfulfilled promise: A systematic review of interventions to reduce the unmet supportive care needs of cancer patients', Supportive Care in Cancer, 20 207-219 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-011-1327-1
Citations Scopus - 41Web of Science - 33
Co-authors Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Mackenzie LJ, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Hall AE, 'Cancer patients' willingness to answer survey questions about life expectancy', Supportive Care in Cancer, 20 3335-3341 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-012-1477-9
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Lisa Mackenzie, Catherine Deste, Alix Hall
2012 Paul CL, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Tzelepis F, 'On-line information and support for supporters and carers of haematological cancer patients: Is access an issue?', Supportive Care in Cancer, 20 2687-2695 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-012-1388-9
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Passey ME, D'Este CA, Stirling JM, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Factors associated with antenatal smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in two jurisdictions', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 608-616 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00448.x
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2012 Stewart JM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, Fitzgerald MN, 'The risk status, screening history and health concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 617-624 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A response to: Evidence that community-based prevention reduces adolescent alcohol use: A commentary on Gilligan et al', Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 932 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Conor Gilligan
2012 Carey ML, Paul CL, Mackenzie LJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Cameron EC, 'Do cancer patients' psychosocial outcomes and perceptions of quality of care vary across radiation oncology treatment centres?', European Journal of Cancer Care, 21 384-389 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2011.01299.x
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Lisa Mackenzie, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul
2012 Paul CL, Carey ML, Anderson AE, Mackenzie LJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Courtney RJ, Clinton-Mcharg TL, 'Cancer patients' concerns regarding access to cancer care: Perceived impact of waiting times along the diagnosis and treatment journey', European Journal of Cancer Care, 21 321-329 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2011.01311.x
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Amy Anderson, Lisa Mackenzie
2012 Carey ML, Noble NE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Mackenzie LJ, 'Identifying psychological morbidity among people with cancer using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale: Time to revisit first principles?', Psycho-Oncology, 21 229-238 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.2057
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 33
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Lisa Mackenzie, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Schofield P, Gough K, Ugalde A, Carey ML, Aranda S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Cancer Treatment Survey (CaTS): Development and validation of a new instrument to measure patients' preparation for chemotherapy and radiotherapy', Psycho-Oncology, 21 307-315 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.1896
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Schofield P, Gough K, Ugalde A, Dolling L, Aranda S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Validation of the needs assessment for advanced lung cancer patients (NA-ALCP)', Psycho-Oncology, 21 451-455 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.1902
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 White VM, Macvean ML, Grogan S, D'Este CA, Akkerman D, Ieropoli S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Can a tailored telephone intervention delivered by volunteers reduce the supportive care needs, anxiety and depression of people with colorectal cancer? A randomised controlled trial', Psycho-Oncology, 21 1053-1062 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.2019
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2012 Courtney RJ, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Macrae F, Attia JR, McEvoy MA, 'Current state of medical-advice-seeking behaviour for symptoms of colorectal cancer: determinants of failure and delay in medical consultation', Colorectal Disease, 14 e222-e229 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 8
Co-authors John Attia, Chris Paul, Mark Mcevoy, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Courtney RJ, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Macrae FA, Carey ML, Attia JR, McEvoy MA, 'Colorectal cancer risk assessment and screening recommendation: A community survey of healthcare providers' practice from a patient perspective', BMC Family Practice, 13 1-9 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Mark Mcevoy, John Attia, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Yoong SL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, 'A cross-sectional study assessing the self-reported weight loss strategies used by adult Australian general practice patients', BMC Family Practice, 13 48-48 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2296-13-48
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste
2012 Courtney RJ, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Macrae FA, Attia JR, McEvoy MA, 'Factors associated with consultation behaviour for primary symptoms potentially indicating colorectal cancer: A cross-sectional study on response to symptoms', BMC Gastroenterology, 12 1-9 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mark Mcevoy, Chris Paul, John Attia
2012 Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Macrae F, Hill D, D'Este CA, Paul CL, Doran CM, 'Improving adherence to surveillance and screening recommendations for people with colorectal cancer and their first degree relatives: a randomized controlled trial', BMC Cancer, 12 62 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey
2012 Shakeshaft A, Petrie D, Doran CM, Breen C, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'An empirical approach to selecting community-based alcohol interventions: Combining research evidence, rural community views and professional opinion', BMC Public Health, 12 25-25 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-12-25
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Passey ME, D'Este CA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Knowledge, attitudes and other factors associated with assessment of tobacco smoking among pregnant Aboriginal women by health care providers: A cross-sectional survey', BMC Public Health, 12 1-10 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2012 Lynagh MC, Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher RW, Symonds IM, Scott A, Hall AE, Oldmeadow CJ, 'An RCT protocol of varying financial incentive amounts for smoking cessation among pregnant women', BMC Public Health, 12 1032 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Ian Symonds, Marita Lynagh, Christopher Oldmeadow, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Billie Bonevski, Alix Hall
2012 Clinton-Mcharg TL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Shakeshaft A, 'Preliminary development and psychometric evaluation of an unmet needs measure for adolescents and young adults with cancer: The Cancer Needs Questionnaire - Young People (CNQ-YP)', Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 10 13-13 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1477-7525-10-13
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2012 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Turon HE, 'The organ donation conundrum', Progress in Transplantation, 22 312-316 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.7182/pit2012216
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Conor Gilligan, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Sanson-Fisher RW, Mackenzie LJ, Butow P, Rankin N, Paul CL, 'Advancing the evidence base in cancer: Psychosocial multicenter trials', Trials, 13 171 (2012) [C2]
Co-authors Chris Paul, Lisa Mackenzie, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Carey ML, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Buchan H, 'Data systems for assessing quality of cancer care: Are building blocks in place for person-centered care?', The International Journal of Person Centred Medicine, 2 334-340 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.5750/ijpcm.v2i3.246
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2012 Yoong SL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Russell G, Mazza D, Makeham M, et al., 'Touch screen computer health assessment in Australian general practice patients: A cross-sectional study protocol', BMJ Open, 2 1-7 (2012) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Kerry Inder, Chris Paul, Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2011 Clinton-Mcharg TL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Tracey E, 'Recruitment of representative samples for low incidence cancer populations: Do registries deliver?', BMC Medical Research Methodology, 11 1-9 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2288-11-5
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2011 Bonevski B, Paul CL, D'Este CA, Sanson-Fisher RW, West R, Girgis A, et al., 'RCT of a client-centred, caseworker-delivered smoking cessation intervention for a socially disadvantaged population', BMC Public Health, 11 70 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-11-70
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Catherine Deste
2011 Havard A, Shakeshaft AP, Conigrave KM, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The prevalence and characteristics of alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments in rural Australia', Emergency Medicine Journal, 28 290-295 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/emj.2010.091561
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Passey ME, Gale JT, Sanson-Fisher RW, ''It's almost expected': Rural Australian Aboriginal women's reflections on smoking initiation and maintenance: A qualitative study', BMC Women's Health, 11 55 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Carey ML, Yoong SL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Paul CL, Inder KJ, Makeham M, 'Efforts to close the evidence-practice gap in the management of cardiovascular risk factors in general practice: Strategic or haphazard?', International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, 1 660-667 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.5750/ijpcm.v1i4.140
Co-authors Kerry Inder, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Serene Yoong
2011 Czech S, Shakeshaft A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Breen C, 'The development and application of a proxy measure of alcohol-related traffic crashes for rural communities', Accident Analysis and Prevention, 43 2160-2165 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2011.06.007
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 McNamara BJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Eades S, 'Type 2 diabetes in Indigenous populations: Quality of intervention research over 20 years', Preventive Medicine, 52 3-9 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.11.002
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Shin DW, Kim SY, Cho J, Sanson-Fisher RW, Guallar E, Chai GY, et al., 'Discordance in perceived needs between patients and physicians in oncology practice: A nationwide survey in Korea', Journal of Clinical Oncology, 29 4424-4429 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1200/JCO.2011.35.9281
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Campbell HS, Sanson-Fisher RW, Turner D, Hayward L, Wang XS, Taylor-Brown J, 'Psychometric properties of cancer survivors' unmet needs survey', Supportive Care in Cancer, 19 221-230 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-009-0806-0
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Anderson AE, D'Este CA, 'Strategies to increase community-based intervention research aimed at reducing excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm', Drug and Alcohol Review, 30 659-663 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Conor Gilligan, Catherine Deste, Amy Anderson, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Douglas HE, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Williamson A, Barker DJ, 'Cutting the research pie: A value-weighting approach to explore perceptions about psychosocial research priorities for adults with haematological cancers', European Journal of Cancer Care, 20 345-353 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2010.01188.x
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2011 Carey ML, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Campbell S, Douglas HE, 'Patient or treatment centre? Where are efforts invested to improve cancer patients' psychosocial outcomes?', European Journal of Cancer Care, 20 152-162 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2010.01211.x
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Paul CL, Carey ML, Hall AE, Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Henskens FA, 'Improving access to information and support for patients with less common cancers: hematologic cancer patients' views about web-based approaches', Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13 e112 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.2196/jmir.1894
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Chris Paul, Frans Henskens, Mariko Carey, Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall
2011 Lynagh MC, Bonevski B, Symonds IM, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Paying women to quit smoking during pregnancy? Acceptability among pregnant women', Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 13 1029-1036 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/ntr/ntr108
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh, Billie Bonevski, Ian Symonds
2010 Clinton-Mcharg TL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, Rainbird KJ, 'Measuring the psychosocial health of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors: A critical review', Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 8 1-13 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1477-7525-8-25
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Evensen AE, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Fitzgerald MN, 'Trends in publications regarding evidence-practice gaps: A literature review', Implementation Science, 5 1-5 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1748-5908-5-11
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Stewart JM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades SJ, Mealing NM, 'Strategies for increasing high-quality intervention research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health: views of leading researchers', Medical Journal of Australia, 192 612-615 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Petrie DJ, Doran CM, Shakeshaft AP, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The relationship between risky alcohol consumption, crime and traffic accidents in Australian rural communities', Addictive Behaviors, 35 359-362 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.10.022
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Bonevski B, Campbell EM, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The validity and reliability of an interactive computer tobacco and alcohol use survey in general practice', Addictive Behaviors, 35 492-498 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.12.030
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Billie Bonevski
2010 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, 'Appropriate research designs for evaluating community-level alcohol interventions: What next?', Alcohol and Alcoholism, 45 481-487 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/agq038
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Conor Gilligan, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Stewart JM, Anderson AE, 'Being sorry is not enough: The sorry state of the evidence base for improving the health of indigenous populations', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 38 566-568 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.02.001
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Chris Paul, Amy Anderson, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Czech S, Shakeshaft AP, Breen C, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Whole-of-community approaches to reducing alcohol-related harm: What do communities think?', Journal of Public Health, 543-551 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10389-010-0339-5
Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, Wenitong M, Panaretto K, D'Este CA, 'Assessing the accuracy of self-reported smoking status and impact of passive smoke exposure among pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women using cotinine biochemical validation', Drug and Alcohol Review, 29 35-40 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00078.x
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Conor Gilligan, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Sanson-Fisher RW, Brand M, Shakeshaft A, Haber P, Day C, Conigrave K, et al., 'Forming a national multicentre collaboration to conduct clinical trials: Increasing high-quality research in the drug and alcohol field', Drug and Alcohol Review, 29 469-474 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00166.x
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Clinton-Mcharg TL, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Williamson A, 'Determining research priorities for young people with haematological cancer: A value-weighting approach', European Journal of Cancer, 46 3263-3270 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ejca.2010.06.013
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Catherine Deste, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2010 Carey M, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lotfi-Jam K, Schofield P, Aranda S, 'Multidisciplinary care in cancer: Do the current research outputs help?', European Journal of Cancer Care, 19 434-441 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2009.01105.x
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2010 Bailey LJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Aranda S, D'Este CA, Sharkey K, Schofield P, 'Quality of life research: Types of publication output over time for cancer patients, a systematic review', European Journal of Cancer Care, 19 581-588 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2009.01109.x
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Sanson-Fisher RW, Bailey LJ, Aranda S, D'Este CA, Stojanovski E, Sharkey K, Schofield P, 'Quality of life research: is there a difference in output between the major cancer types?', European Journal of Cancer Care, 19 714-720 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2009.01158.x
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste, Elizabeth Stojanovski
2010 Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, 'Alcohol-related harm: Perceptions of ambulance officers and health promotion actions they do and would do', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 21 19-25 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh
2010 Breen CL, Shakeshaft AP, Doran CM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Mattick RP, 'Cost-effectiveness of follow-up contact for a postal survey: A randomised controlled trial', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34 508-512 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00598.x
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Buchan H, Lourey E, D'Este CA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Effectiveness of strategies to encourage general practitioners to accept an offer of free access to online evidence-based information: A randomised controlled trial', Implementation Science, 4 1-8 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1748-5908-4-68
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2009 Lynagh MC, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, 'Reducing alcohol-related harm: The untapped potential of pre-hospital care workers', International Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2 237-240 (2009) [C3]
DOI 10.1007/s12245-009-0127-6
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Rainbird K, Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Rolfe IE, Anseline P, 'The needs of patients with advanced, incurable cancer', British Journal of Cancer, 101 759-764 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1038/sj.bjc.6605235
Citations Scopus - 57Web of Science - 46
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Campbell HS, Sanson-Fisher RW, Taylor-Brown J, Hayward L, Wang XS, Turner D, 'The Cancer Support Person's Unmet Needs Survey: Psychometric properties', Cancer, 115 3351-3359 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/cncr.24386
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey M, Mackenzie LJ, Hill D, Campbell S, Turner D, 'Reducing inequities in cancer care: The role of cancer registries', Cancer, 115 3597-3605 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/cncr.24415
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Lisa Mackenzie
2009 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Eades S, Wenitong M, 'Knowledge and attitudes regarding smoking during pregnancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women', Medical Journal of Australia, 190 557-561 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Conor Gilligan, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, D'Este CA, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Scheman S, 'Identifying pregnant women at risk of poor birth outcomes', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 29 181-187 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/01443610902753713
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Conor Gilligan, Frances Kaylambkin, Catherine Deste
2009 Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey ML, Paul CL, 'Measuring the unmet needs of those with cancer: A critical overview', Cancer Forum, 33 198-201 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 15
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul
2009 Paul CL, Clinton-Mcharg TL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Douglas HE, Webb G, 'Are we there yet? The state of the evidence base for guidelines on breaking bad news to cancer patients', European Journal of Cancer, 45 2960-2966 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ejca.2009.08.013
Citations Scopus - 40Web of Science - 33
Co-authors Chris Paul, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Kypri K, Walsh RA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Australian universities' open door policies on alcohol industry research funding', Addiction, 104 1765-1767 (2009) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02651.x
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Kypros Kypri, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Webb GR, Shakeshaft A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Havard A, 'A systematic review of work-place interventions for alcohol-related problems', Addiction, 104 365-377 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02472.x
Citations Scopus - 44Web of Science - 35
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Hawkins N, Sanson-Fisher R, Shakeshaft A, Webb G, 'Differences in licensee, police and public opinions regarding interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm associated with licensed premises (Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (2009) 33, 2)', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33 296 (2009)
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.0396.x
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Hawkins NG, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, Webb GR, 'Differences in licensee, police and public opinions regarding interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm associated with licensed premises', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33 160-166 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00364.x
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Carey M, Buchan H, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The cycle of change: Implementing best-evidence clinical practice', International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 21 37-43 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/intqhc/mzn049
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2008 Pearce NJM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Campbell HS, 'Measuring quality of life in cancer survivors: A methodological review of existing scales', Psycho-Oncology, 17 629-640 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.1281
Citations Scopus - 60Web of Science - 50
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2008 Sanson-Fisher RW, Williams N, Outram S, 'Health inequities: The need for action by schools of medicine', Medical Teacher, 30 389-394 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/01421590801948042
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Sue Outram
2008 Petrie D, Doran C, Shakeshaft A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The relationship between alcohol consumption and self-reported health status using the EQ5D: Evidence from rural Australia', Social Science and Medicine, 67 1717-1726 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.09.017
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2008 Adams J, Parkinson L, Sanson-Fisher RW, Walsh RA, 'Enhancing self-report of adolescent smoking: The effects of bogus pipeline and anonymity', Addictive Behaviors, 33 1291-1296 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.addbeh.2008.06.004
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, L Parkinson
2008 Macvean ML, White VM, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'One-to-one volunteer support programs for people with cancer: A review of the literature', Patient Education and Counseling, 70 10-24 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.pec.2007.08.005
Citations Scopus - 39Web of Science - 36
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2008 Sanson-Fisher RW, Campbell EM, Htun AT, Bailey LJ, Millar C, 'We are what we do: Research outputs of public health', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3 380-385 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2008.06.039
Citations Scopus - 39Web of Science - 35
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2008 Havard A, Shakeshaft A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Systematic review and meta-analyses of strategies targeting alcohol problems in emergency departments: Interventions reduce alcohol-related injuries', Addiction, 103 368-376 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2007.02072.x
Citations Scopus - 160Web of Science - 130
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Lynagh MC, Burton R, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A systematic review of medical skills laboratory training: Where to from here?', Medical Education, 41 879-887 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2007.02821.x
Citations Scopus - 94Web of Science - 80
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Sanson-Fisher RW, Bonevski B, Green LW, D'Este CA, 'Limitations of the Randomized Controlled Trial in Evaluating Population-Based Health Interventions', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 33 155-161 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2007.04.007
Citations Scopus - 180Web of Science - 147
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Hawkins NG, Sanson-Fisher RW, Shakeshaft A, D'Este CA, Green LW, 'The Multiple Baseline Design for Evaluating Population-Based Research', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 33 162-168 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2007.03.020
Citations Scopus - 92Web of Science - 79
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Macvean ML, White VM, Pratt S, Grogan S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Reducing the unmet needs of patients with colorectal cancer: a feasibility study of The Pathfinder Volunteer Program', Supportive Care in Cancer, 15 293-299 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-006-0128-4
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 24
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Gilligan C, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, D'Este CA, 'Antenatal smoking in vulnerable population groups: An area of need', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 27 664-671 (2007) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/01443610701667486
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Conor Gilligan, Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2006 Sanson-Fisher RW, Campbell EM, Perkins JJ, Blunden SV, Davis BB, 'Indigenous health research: a critical review of outputs over time', Medical Journal of Australia, 184 502-505 (2006) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 77Web of Science - 69
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2006 Kable SA, Henry R, Sanson-Fisher RW, Ireland M, Cockburn JD, 'Is a computer questionnaire of childhood asthma acceptable in general practice?', Family Practice, 23 88-90 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/fampra/cmi079
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2006 Schofield P, Carey M, Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Barriers to the provision of evidence-based psychosocial care in oncology', Psycho-Oncology, 15 863-872 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.1017
Citations Scopus - 53Web of Science - 43
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Billie Bonevski
2006 Campbell E, Walsh RA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Burrows S, Stojanovski E, 'A group randomised trial of two methods for disseminating a smoking cessation programme to public antenatal clinics: effects on patient outcomes', Tobacco Control, 15 97-102 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/tc.2004.011049
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Elizabeth Stojanovski
2006 Wood E, Shakeshaft A, Gilmour S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A systematic review of school-based studies involving alcohol and the community', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30 541-549 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2006.tb00783.x
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2006 Boyes AW, Newell SA, Girgis A, McElduff P, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Does routine assessment and real-time feedback improve cancer patients' psychosocial well-being?', European Journal of Cancer Care, 15 163-171 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2005.00633.x
Citations Scopus - 83Web of Science - 70
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Patrick Mcelduff, Allison Boyes
2005 Sanson-Fisher RW, Rolfe IE, Williams N, 'Competency based teaching: the need for a new approach to teaching clinical skills in the undergraduate medical education course', Medical Teacher, 27 29-36 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/01421590400019500
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 19
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2005 Carey M, Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Barriers to the provision of evidence-based psychosocial care in oncology', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 57 189-189 (2005)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Billie Bonevski
2005 Rainbird KJ, Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The needs assessment for advanced cancer patients (NA-ACP): A measure of the perceived needs of patients with advanced, incurable cancer. A study of validity, reliability and acceptability', Psycho-Oncology, 14 297-306 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/pon.845
Citations Scopus - 42Web of Science - 37
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2005 Sanson-Fisher RW, Lynagh MC, 'Problem-based learning: A dissemination success story?', Medical Journal of Australia, 183 258-260 (2005) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 37Web of Science - 29
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2005 Sanson-Fisher RW, Baitch L, Peterson E, 'From bland to grand: An approach to classification of interprofessional education for undergraduate health sciences', Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal, 7 34-48 (2005) [C1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2004 Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Diffusion of innovation theory for clinical change', MJA, 180 S55-S56 (2004) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 71
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2004 Sanson-Fisher RW, Grimshaw J, Eccles MP, 'The science of changing providers' behaviour: the missing link in evidence-based practice', MJA, 180 205-206 (2004) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2004 Paul CL, Redman S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A cost-effective approach to the development of printed materials: a randomized controlled trial of three strategies', Health Education Research: theory and practice, 19 698-706 (2004) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/her/cyg090
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul
2004 Davidson P, Cockburn JD, Daly J, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Patient-centered needs assessment: rationale for a psychometric measure for assessing needs in heart failure', Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 19 164-172 (2004) [C3]
Citations Scopus - 28
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2004 Redman S, Butow P, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A celebration of the achievements of Professor Jill Cockburn', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 28 590-591 (2004) [C3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2003 Paul CL, Redman S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Print material content and design: is it relevant to effectiveness?', Health Education Research:, 18 181-190 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/her/18.2.181
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul
2003 Baratiny GY, Campbell EM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Cockburn JD, 'Hospital patients receptive to quit smoking advice', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 14 69 (2003) [C3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2002 Newell SA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Savolainen NJ, 'Re: Systematic review of psychological therapies for cancer patients: Overview and recommendations for future research - Response', JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE, 94 1811-1812 (2002)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2002 Brédart A, Cayrou S, Dolbeault S, Newell SA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Savolainen NJ, 'Re: Systematic review of psychological therapies for cancer patients: Overview and recommendations for future research (multiple letters) [4]', Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 94 1810-1812 (2002)
Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2002 Newell SA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Savolainen N, 'Systematic review of psychological therapies for cancer patients: overview and recommendations for future research', Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 94(8) 558-584 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 369Web of Science - 287
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2002 Rolfe IE, Pearson S-A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Ringland CL, Bayley S, Hart A, Kelly S, 'Which common clinical conditions should medical students be able to manage by graduation? A perspective from Australian interns', Medical Teacher, 24(1) 16-22 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2002 Rolfe IE, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Translating learning principles into practice: a new strategy for learning clinical skills', MEDICAL EDUCATION, 36 345-352 (2002)
DOI 10.1046/j.1365-2923.2002.01170.x
Citations Scopus - 57Web of Science - 41
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2002 Sanson-Fisher RW, Rolfe IE, Jones PD, Ringland C, Agrez MV, 'Trialling a new way to learn clinical skills: systematic clinical appraisal and learning', Medical Education, 36(11) 1028-1034 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2002 Sanson-Fisher RW, Rolfe IE, Jones PD, 'A New Method of Clinical Learning', Medical Education, 36 1028-1034 (2002) [C1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2002 Shakeshaft A, Bowman JA, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Community-based drug and alcohol counselling: who attends and why?', Drug and Alcohol Review, 21 (2) 153-162 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Jenny Bowman
2002 Shakeshaft A, Bowman JA, Burrows S, Doran C, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Community-based alcohol counselling: a randomized clinical trial', Addiction, 97 1449-1463 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Jenny Bowman
2002 Newell SA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Girgis A, Davey HM, 'Can personal health record booklets improve cancer screening behaviors?', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 22(1) 15-22 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2001 Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Walsh RA, 'Preventive and other interactional skills of general practitioners, surgeons, and physicians: perceived competence and endorsement of postgraduate training', Preventive Medicine, 32 73-81 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2001 Parkinson L, Sanson-Fisher RW, Perkins JJ, Girgis A, Howley P, Schofield M, 'The effect of a community action intervention on adolescent smoking rates in rural Australian Towns: the CART project', Preventive Medicine, 32 332-340 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Peter Howley, L Parkinson, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2001 Parkinson L, Sanson-Fisher RW, Perkins JJ, Corkrey SR, Burton R, Reid S, 'Effect of a community action intervention on cervical cancer screening rates in rural Australian towns: The CART Project', Preventive Medicine, 32 109-117 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, L Parkinson
2001 Parkinson L, Sanson-Fisher RW, Perkins JJ, McClintock A, Howley P, Gibberd RW, 'Effect of a community action program on adult quit smoking rates in rural Australian towns: the CART project', Preventive Medicine, 32 118-127 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 11
Co-authors L Parkinson, Robert Gibberd, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Peter Howley
2001 Campbell EM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Walsh B, 'Smoking status in pregnant women Assessment of self-report against carbon monoxide (CO)', Addictive Behaviors, 26 1-9 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 30
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2001 Walsh RA, Roche A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Saunders J, 'Interactional skills of students from traditional and non-traditional medical schools before and after alcohol education', Medical Education, 35 211-216 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2001 Kable SA, Henry R, Sanson-Fisher RW, Ireland M, Corkrey SR, Cockburn JD, 'Childhood asthma: can computers aid detection in general practice?', British Journal of General Practice, 51 112-116 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2001 Rolfe IE, Pearson S, Sanson-Fisher RW, Ringland C, 'Identifying Medical School Learning Needs: A Survey of Australian Interns', Education for Health, 14 395-404 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Sanson-Fisher RW, Girgis A, Boyes A, Bonevski B, Burton L, Cook P, et al., 'The unmet supportive care needs of patients with cancer', Cancer, 88 225-236 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 319Web of Science - 396
Co-authors Stephen Ackland, Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Allison Boyes
2000 Newell SA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Australian oncologists' self-reported knowledge and attitudes about non-traditional therapies used by cancer patients', Medical Journal of Australia, 172 110-113 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 72Web of Science - 53
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Newell S, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher R, Ireland M, 'Accuracy of Patients' recall of pap and Cholesterol Screening', American Journal of Public Health, 90 5 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 57Web of Science - 57
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Sanson-Fisher R, Rolfe I, 'The content of undergraduate health professional courses: a topic largely ignored?', MEDICAL TEACHER, 22 564-567 (2000)
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Baratiny GY, Campbell EM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Graham J, Cockburn JD, 'Collecting cancer risk factor data from hospital outpatients: use of touch-screen computers', Cancer Prevention and Detection, 24(6) 501-507 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Rankin NM, Newell SA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Girgis A, 'Consumer participation in the development of psychosocial clinical practice guidelines: opinions of women with breast cancer', European Journal of Cancer Care, 9 97-104 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 26
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Improving doctor-patient communication skills: The continuing challenge of the new millennium', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 9 S14-S14 (2000)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Improving outcomes for cancer patients: Using unmet needs as a screening tool', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 9 S39-S39 (2000)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Rainbird KJ, Tzelepis F, 'Unmet needs: The challenge of caring for people with advanced cancer', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 9 S40-S40 (2000)
Co-authors Flora Tzelepis, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Girgis A, Boyes A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Burrows SA, 'Perceived needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer: rural versus urban location', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 24(2) 166-173 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 141Web of Science - 127
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Carter SE, Campbell EM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Gillespie W, 'Accidents in older people living at home: a community-based study assessing prevalence, type, location and injuries', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 24(6) 633-636 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 41Web of Science - 34
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher RW, Girgis A, Burton L, Cook P, Boyes A, et al., 'Evaluation of an instrument to assess the needs of patients with cancer', Cancer, 88 217-225 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 267Web of Science - 227
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Allison Boyes, Stephen Ackland, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Zwar NA, Wolk J, Gordon JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Benzodiazepine prescribing by GP registrars. A trial of educational outreach.', Australian family physician, 29 1104-1107 (2000)

BACKGROUND: Despite ongoing concern about adverse effects and dependence on benzodiazepines, approximately 2% of Australians are still taking them on a regular basis. The aim of t... [more]

BACKGROUND: Despite ongoing concern about adverse effects and dependence on benzodiazepines, approximately 2% of Australians are still taking them on a regular basis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational outreach or 'academic detailing' program about prescribing of benzodiazepines. METHOD: In this randomised trial general practice registrars (n = 157) in New South Wales were allocated to an intervention group (n = 79), which received a 20 minute educational outreach visit; or a control group (n = 78) which received an intervention on an unrelated topic. Prescribing behaviour was monitored by a pre-intervention and two post-intervention practice activity surveys. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: These were the rate of benzodiazepine prescribing for all indications, for anxiety and for sleep disorders. RESULTS: Overall benzodiazepine prescribing by the intervention group declined from 2.3 to 1.7 per 100 encounters, while the control group also declined from 2.2 to 1.6 per 100 encounters. Analysis of variance showed this was a significant drop over time (P = 0.042) but there was no difference between groups (P = 0.99). The prescribing decrease observed was in continuing rather than initial prescriptions. CONCLUSIONS: A marked decrease in benzodiazepine prescribing was seen over the course of the study in both intervention and control groups but no differential effect due to the educational outreach visit was found.

Citations Scopus - 16
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Chapman S, Scollo M, Doran C, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Tobacco taxes are no insurance against litigation', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 24 103-104 (2000)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2000.tb00736.x
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher RW, Girgis A, Perkins JJ, 'Women's experiences of having a colposcopic examination: Self-reported satisfaction with care, perceived needs and consequences', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 18(5) 462-470 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 16
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Billie Bonevski
1999 Clover KA, Dobbins TA, Smyth TJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Factors associated with waiting time for surgery - In reply', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 170 511-511 (1999)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Clover K, Hazell T, Stanbridge V, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Dentists' attitudes and practice regarding smoking', Australian Dental Journal, 44(1) 46-50 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher RW, Campbell EM, Curruthers A, Reid A, Ireland M, 'Randomized controlled trial of a computer strategy to increase general practitioner preventive care', Preventive Medicine, 29 478-486 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 39
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Girgis A, Bonevski B, Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Self-reported cervical screening practices and beliefs of women from urban, rural and remote regions', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 19(2) 172-179 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Zwar N, Wolk J, Gordon J, Sanson-Fisher R, Kehoe L, 'Influencing antibiotic prescribing in general practice: A trial of prescriber feedback and management guidelines', Family Practice, 16 495-500 (1999)

Background. The extent of use of antibiotics to treat upper respiratory infections in general practice is an area for concern due to the increasing problem of bacterial resistance... [more]

Background. The extent of use of antibiotics to treat upper respiratory infections in general practice is an area for concern due to the increasing problem of bacterial resistance. Effective educational strategies to promote rational prescribing are needed. Objectives. We aimed to examine the effectiveness of prescriber feedback and management guidelines in reducing antibiotics prescribing by GP trainees for undifferentiated upper respiratory tract infection, and in improving the choice of antibiotic for tonsillitis/streptococcal pharyngitis. The research tested a stepwise approach to targeting educational input to high prescribers. Method. General Practice trainees in New South Wales (n = 157) were randomly allocated to a treatment group (n = 78) which received an education intervention on antibiotic use, or to a control group (n = 79) which received an intervention on an unrelated topic. Trainees completed three practice activity surveys, each of 110 consecutive patient encounters, with 6-month intervals between surveys. Prescriber feedback and management guidelines on use of antibiotics for URTI and choice of antibiotic for tonsillitis/streptococcal pharyngitis were delivered in a written form between surveys 1 and 2. An educational outreach visit to high prescribers occurred between surveys 2 and 3. Outcome measures were the rate of antibiotic prescribing for all indications, for URTI and prescribing of select antibiotics for tonsillitis/streptococcal pharyngitis. Results. Antibiotic prescribing by the intervention group declined over three occasions from 25.0 to 23.3 to 19.7 per 100 URTI problems, while the control group increased from 22.0 to 25.0 to 31.7 per 100 URTI problems (P = 0.002). Prescribing in agreement with accepted guidelines for tonsillitis/streptococcal pharyngitis increased over time in the intervention group from 55.6 to 69.8 to 73.0 per 100 problems, but decreased in the control group from 59.6 to 57.5 to 58.5 (P = 0.05). Conclusion. Prescriber feedback and management guidelines were shown to influence antibiotic prescribing for URTI and choice of antibiotic for tonsilitis/streptococcal pharyngitis. This study provides a model for targeting educational input to those prescribers who most need to change their behaviour.

DOI 10.1093/fampra/16.5.495
Citations Scopus - 58
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Walsh RA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Low A, Roche A, 'Teaching medical students alcohol intervention skills: results of a controlled trial', Medical Education, 33 559-565 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 19
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Sanson-Fisher R, Campbell E, Ireland P, Lovell R, 'The challenge of setting national cancer control priorities', Cancer Forum, 23 7-9 (1999)
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Haertsch M, Campbell E, Sanson-Fisher R, 'What is recommended for healthy women during pregnancy? A comparison of seven prenatal clinical practice guideline documents', BIRTH-ISSUES IN PERINATAL CARE, 26 24-30 (1999)
DOI 10.1046/j.1523-536x.1999.00024.x
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher RW, Hersey P, Paul C, Foot G, 'Assessing the perceived needs of patients attending an outpatient melanoma clinic', Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 17(3/4) 101-118 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 32
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Billie Bonevski
1999 Shakeshaft AP, Bowman JA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A comparison of two retrospective measures of weekly alcohol consumption: Diary and quantity/frequency index', ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLISM, 34 636-645 (1999) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/34.4.636
Citations Scopus - 45Web of Science - 38
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Newell SA, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Savolainen NJ, 'The accuracy of self-reported health behaviors and risk factors relating to cancer and cardiovascular disease in the general population: A critical review', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 17(3) 211-229 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 213Web of Science - 195
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Schofield P, 'Is there consensus between breast cancer patients and providers on guidelines for breaking bad news?', Behavioral Medicine, 25(2) 69-77 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 64Web of Science - 55
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Newell SA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Girgis A, Ackland S, 'The physical and psycho-social experiences of patients attending an outpatient medical oncology department: a cross-sectional study', European Journal of Cancer Care, 8 73-82 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 60Web of Science - 51
Co-authors Stephen Ackland, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Macneil HF, Clover KA, Dobbins TA, Smyth TJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Factors associated with waiting time for surgery (multiple letters) [10]', Medical Journal of Australia, 170 511 (1999)
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1999 Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Byles J, Tiller K, 'Factors relating to cervical screening in New South Wales, Australia', Health and Place, 5 223-233 (1999) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Julie Byles
1999 Haertsch MF, Campbell EM, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'What is recommended for healthy women during pregnancy? An examination of the consistency between seven antenatal clinical practice guideline documents', Birth, 26(1) 24-30 (1999) [C1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Keller SD, Ware JE, Gandek B, Aaronson NK, Alonso J, Apolone G, et al., 'Testing the equivalence of translations of widely used response choice labels: Results from the IQOLA project', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY, 51 933-944 (1998)
DOI 10.1016/S0895-4356(98)00084-5
Citations Scopus - 82Web of Science - 66
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Sanson-Fisher R, Considine R, 'Preaching by the unconverted', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, 28 417-418 (1998)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-5994.1998.tb02073.x
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Anseline P, Gillespie WJ, Lowe A, 'A preliminary exploration of the interactional skills of trainee surgeons', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF SURGERY, 68 670-674 (1998)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1998.tb04842.x
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Clover KA, Dobbins TA, Smyth TJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Factors associated with waiting time for surgery', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 169 464-468 (1998)
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Rolfe IE, Pearson S, Sanson-Fisher R, Fardell SD, Kay FJ, Gordon J, 'Measuring the hospital experiences of junior doctors', MEDICAL EDUCATION, 32 312-319 (1998)
DOI 10.1046/j.1365-2923.1998.00206.x
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Frances Kaylambkin, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Rainbird KJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Perkins JJ, Rolfe IE, Anseline PF, 'The perceived needs of patients with advanced incurable cancer', JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE CARE, 14 107-107 (1998)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Shakeshaft AP, Bowman JA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Comparison of three methods to assess binge consumption: One-week retrospective drinking diary, AUDIT, and quantity/frequency', Substance Abuse, 19 191-203 (1998)

Binge consumption contributes substantially to the occurrence of alcohol-related harm. Despite its importance, binge drinking is not well defined in the literature. The present st... [more]

Binge consumption contributes substantially to the occurrence of alcohol-related harm. Despite its importance, binge drinking is not well defined in the literature. The present study examines the proportions of respondents identified as binge drinkers by three separate measures: a 1- week retrospective drinking diary (RD), the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), and a quantity/frequency (QF) question. Overall, AUDIT detected the highest proportion of binge drinkers, followed by QF and RD. There was also good agreement between QF and RD, as well as QF and AUDIT. Ultimately, the measure of choice should be that which provides information most appropriate to the purposes of each study.

DOI 10.1023/A:1021481413529
Citations Scopus - 16
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Jenny Bowman
1998 Doran CM, Pekarsky B, Gordon M, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'General practitioners' role in preventive medicine: Scenario analysis using smoking as a case study', Addiction, 93(7) 1013-1022 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Haertsch MF, Campbell EM, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Who can provide antenatal care? The views of obstetricians and midwives', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22(4) 471-475 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Doran CM, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Smoking by adolescents: Three years later, there's even larger revenue but little for prevention', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22(3) 321-323 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Parkinson L, Sanson-Fisher RW, Kentish LM, 'Cervical cancer screening in rural NSW: Health Insurance Commission data compared with self-report', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22 307-312 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
Co-authors L Parkinson, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Paul CL, Redman S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Print material as a public health education tool', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22(1) 146-148 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Walsh R, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Breaking Bad News 2: what evidence is available to guide clinicians?', Behavioral Medicine, 24(2) 61-72 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 49Web of Science - 35
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Breaking Bad News 1: Current best advice for clinicians', Behavioral Medicine, 24(2) 53-59 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 101Web of Science - 75
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Campbell EM, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Breaking Bad News 3: Encouraging the adoption of best practices', Behavioral Medicine, 24(2) 73-80 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 18
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Clarke S, Youman KV, 'An exploration of screening practices for prostate cancer and the associated community expenditure', British Journal of Urology, 82 524-529 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Newell SA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Girgis A, Bonaventura A, 'How well do medical oncologists' perceptions reflect their patients' reported physical and psychosocial problems? Data from a survey of five oncologists', Cancer, 83(8) 1640-1651 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 201Web of Science - 170
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Shakeshaft AP, Bowman JA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Computers in community-based drug and alcohol clinical settings: Are they acceptable to respondents?', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 50 177-180 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 31
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Walsh RA, Low A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Researchers' views about priorities for research on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs', Drug and Alcohol Review, 17 111-115 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'An examination of self- and telephone- administered modes of administration for the Australian SF-36', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 51(11) 969-973 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 88Web of Science - 85
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Sanson-Fisher RW, Perkins JJ, 'Adaptation and validation of the SF-36 health survey for use in Australia', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 51(1) 961-967 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 109Web of Science - 92
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Schofield M, Lattimore-Foot G, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'SF-36 health profiles of recently discharged hospital patients in Australia', Journal of Health Psychology, 3(4) 551-563 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher RW, Girgis A, Perkins JJ, 'Women's experiences of having a colposcopic examination: self-reported satisfaction with care, perceived needs and consequences', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 19(5) 462-470 (1998) [C1]
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Carrick S, Bonevski B, Redman S, Simpson J, Sanson-Fisher RW, Webster F, 'Surgeons' opinions about the NHMRC clinical practice guidelines for the management of early breast cancer', Medical Journal of Australia, 169 300-305 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Billie Bonevski
1998 Dietrich A, Olson A, Sox C, Stevens M, Tosteson T, Ahles T, et al., 'A Community-based Randomized Trial Encouraging Sun Protection for Children', Pediatrics, 102(6) E641-E648 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 60Web of Science - 30
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Lower AG, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'How valid is adolescent's self-report as a way of assessing sun protection practices?', Preventive Medicine, 27 385-390 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 29
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Lower AG, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The prevalence and predictors of solar protection use among adolescents', Preventive Medicine, 27 391-399 (1998) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 34
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Sanson-Fisher R, Burton R, 'Screening for cancer in Australia', Cancer Forum, 22 47-49 (1998)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Girgis A, Doran C, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Erratum: Smoking by adolescents: Large revenue but little for prevention (Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (1995) 19 (29-33))', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22 323 (1998)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Schofield MJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Gulliver S, 'Interventions with retailers to reduce cigarette sales to minors: a randomised controlled trial', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 21 590-596 (1997)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1997.tb01761.x
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Girgis A, SansonFisher RW, McCarthy WH, 'Communicating with patients: Surgeons' perceptions of their skills and need for training', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF SURGERY, 67 775-780 (1997)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb04578.x
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Wiggers JH, SansonFisher R, 'Duration of general practice consultations: Association with patient occupational and educational status', SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 44 925-934 (1997)
DOI 10.1016/S0277-9536(96)00175-X
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 28
Co-authors John Wiggers, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Bowman JA, SansonFisher R, Redman S, 'The accuracy of self-reported Pap smear utilisation', SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 44 969-976 (1997)
DOI 10.1016/S0277-9536(96)00222-5
Citations Scopus - 80Web of Science - 66
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Jenny Bowman
1997 Wiggers J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Practitioner provision of preventive care in general practice consultations: association with patient educational and occupational status', Social Science and Medicine, 44(2) 137-146 (1997) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 31Web of Science - 26
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, John Wiggers
1997 Sanson-Fisher R, Cockburn J, 'Effective teaching of communication skills for medical practice: Selecting an appropriate clinical context', Medical Education, 31 52-57 (1997)

Increasingly, courses in communication skills are being incorporated into medical training. In order for communication skills to be effectively maintained in post-training medical... [more]

Increasingly, courses in communication skills are being incorporated into medical training. In order for communication skills to be effectively maintained in post-training medical practice, they must be taught within an appropriate clinical context. The present paper describes and provides rationale for seven criteria by which to select clinical issues which are appropriate foci for communication skills courses. The criteria are: (1) the issue must be one which is encountered frequently in clinical practice; (2) the issue must be associated with a high burden of illness; (3) there must be evidence that practitioners need to improve skills for dealing with the issue; (4) there must be an intervention, of which communication skills are an integral component, that is demonstrably effective for dealing with the clinical issue; (5) the intervention must represent a cost-effective means of dealing with the issue; (6) the intervention must be acceptable to doctors and be able to be incorporated into routine medical practice; (7) the intervention must be acceptable to patients. Examples of clinical issues which fit these criteria are given in the paper and include smoking, hazardous alcohol consumption, non-adherence to treatment instructions, overdue cervical screening, inappropriate diet, recovery from medical interventions, and breaking bad news to patients.

Citations Scopus - 20
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Carter SE, Campbell EM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Redman S, Gillespie WJ, 'Environmental hazards in the homes of older people', Age and Ageing, 26 195-202 (1997)

Objectives: to investigate (i) the prevalence of environmental safety hazards in the homes of people aged 70 years and over, (ii) their knowledge of causes of injuries to older pe... [more]

Objectives: to investigate (i) the prevalence of environmental safety hazards in the homes of people aged 70 years and over, (ii) their knowledge of causes of injuries to older people and the safety measures they can implement to prevent such injuries and (iii) the relationship between socio-demographic characteristics of this population group and levels of home environmental hazards. Method: a cross-sectional survey of 425 people aged 70 years and older living in a defined geographical area of Australia, Participants were recruited through their general practitioners. A structured interview completed with each participant included questions on demographics and home safety issues. A home safety inspection was also undertaken using a predetermined rating format. Results: 80% (n = 342) of homes inspected had at least one hazard and 39% (n = 164) had > 5 hazards. The bathroom was identified as the most hazardous room, with 66% (n = 279) of bathrooms having at least one hazard. Hazards relating to floor surfaces (62% of homes had one 'flooring' hazard) and absence of appropriate grab or handrails (60% of homes had one or more hazards relating to this) were prevalent. Eighty-eight percent (n = 374) of older people were able to identify falls as the most common cause of injury and 87% (n = 368) were able to accurately name at least one safety measure. Although a significant association was found between the older people's self-assessment of their home's safety and the presence of more than 5 hazards, 30% of those rating their homes as very safe (n = 289) had more than 5 hazards. Logistic regression analysis identified one variable - contact with healthcare service providers - as predictive of the hazard level in older people's homes. Older people who were never visited by service providers were twice as likely to have more than 5 hazards as those who were visited weekly or more often (OR 2.12, 95% CI 1.104, 4.088). Conclusion: many older people are living in potentially hazardous environments. As yet, a causal link between the presence of environmental hazards and falls in older people has not been established. More definitive work in this area needs to be carried out.

DOI 10.1093/ageing/26.3.195
Citations Scopus - 93
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Campbell EM, Peterkin D, O apos Grady K, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Premenstrual symptoms in general practice patients: Prevalence and treatment', Journal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist, 42 637-646 (1997)

OBJECTIVE: To examine the rates of premenstrual symptoms in Australian patients, the treatments they had tried for such symptoms, the perceived effectiveness of these treatments, ... [more]

OBJECTIVE: To examine the rates of premenstrual symptoms in Australian patients, the treatments they had tried for such symptoms, the perceived effectiveness of these treatments, the proportion of women who reported that they had sought help for premenstrual symptoms and whether women perceived the need for additional help in dealing with premenstrual symptoms. Characteristics associated with higher symptom levels and desire for help were examined. STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional survey of 310 general practices patients aged 18-45 years and who had reported having had a menstrual period in the previous three months. RESULTS: Between 11% and 32% of women reported severe or extreme changes during the premenstrual phase on each of the 10 symptoms in the short Premenstrual Assessment Form, with the highest rates for affective symptoms. Eighty-five percent of women reported that they had tried treatments for premenstrual symptoms, and many reported having tried multiple treatments. The most commonly tried treatments included pain killers, rest, drinking more fluid and exercise, which had been tried by at least one-third of women. When women were asked to nominate up to three treatments they had tried and found most effective, the most commonly mentioned were dietary changes, evening primrose oil, vitamins (including B 6 ) and exercise. Approximately 50% of the women had sought help, most commonly from a general practitioner and 45% reported that they would like more help dealing with premenstrual symptoms. Higher overall symptom scores were associated with a history of endometriosis, a lower education level, not taking oral contraceptives, taking evening primrose oil and taking vitamin B 6 . CONCLUSION: There is a need to further refine, through evaluation of different approaches, programs and resources, ways to effectively help women who report premenstrual symptoms and would like help to deal with them.

Citations Scopus - 86
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Hancock L, SansonFisher RW, Redman S, Burton R, Burton L, Butler J, et al., 'Community action for health promotion: A review of methods and outcomes 1990-1995', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 13 229-239 (1997)
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 31
Co-authors Robert Gibberd, Rob Sanson-Fisher, L Parkinson, Michael Hensley
1997 Roche AM, Stubbs JM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Saunders JB, 'A controlled trial of educational strategies to teach medical students brief intervention skills for alcohol problems', Preventive Medicine, 26 78-85 (1997)

Objectives. Comparatively little is known about the most effective educational strategies to train medical students to successfully intervene in their patients' alcohol problems. ... [more]

Objectives. Comparatively little is known about the most effective educational strategies to train medical students to successfully intervene in their patients' alcohol problems. The relative effectiveness of two educational programs to teach medical students brief intervention skills for managing alcohol problems was examined. Methods. Teaching took place over 3 hr and was either the traditional didactic teaching program on the principles and practice of brief and early intervention or an interactive program involving a shortened lecture, clinical practice, and small group feedback on clinical performance. Students were assessed on a 10-min videotaped encounter with a simulated patient before and after teaching according to how they addressed alcohol-related issues and on their general interactional skills. Results. Performance on alcohol-related issues and interactional skills were significantly improved after teaching, although still poor in terms of clinical performance. A between-groups comparison on pre/postteaching difference scores indicated interactive training was no more effective than traditional didactic lectures in developing the knowledge and skills needed for a brief alcohol intervention. Conclusion. The need for more detailed teaching sessions on sensitive areas such as alcohol use is indicated.

DOI 10.1006/pmed.1996.9990
Citations Scopus - 36
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Ward J, Harding N, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Trainees' interactional skills when performing Pap smears. A needs assessment.', Australian family physician, 26 147-151 (1997)

OBJECTIVE: Specific interactional behaviours are known to reduce the anxieties and discomforts associated with Papanicolaou (Pap) smears. Few studies have documented doctors use o... [more]

OBJECTIVE: Specific interactional behaviours are known to reduce the anxieties and discomforts associated with Papanicolaou (Pap) smears. Few studies have documented doctors use of such strategies or the needs of young doctors to learn them. This descriptive study was conducted to identify trainees learning needs as part of a larger study in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACCP) Training Program in New South Wales. METHOD: Audioptaped consultations with women seeing a trainee for a Pap smear during the first 3 weeks of the CP term were analysed using a 29 item interactional skills rating scale. Intra-rater reliability (i.e. consistency of rating of the researcher) was checked on a random sample of audiotapes. RESULTS: Rates of specific interactional skills in the 23 audiotaped consultations were low. Trainees explained the procedure in seven consultations (30%). No trainees explained a stop signal. Ten women (43%) were told how to find out the result of their Pap smears. No trainees offered written information Smoking status was ascertained in only two consultations (9%). CONCLUSIONS: This study adds to increasing evidence that undergraduate medical education in Australia fails to equip graduates with practical skills in preventive care. Our findings have implications for GP supervisor and the RACGP Training Program. Specifically, trainees clinical behaviour when taking Pap smears should be observed improved and assessed during supervised training before entry into independent practice.

Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Burton R, Sanson-Fisher R, 'The national cancer control initiative', Cancer Forum, 21 17-18 (1997)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Newell S, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Stewart J, 'Are touchscreen computer surveys acceptable to medical oncology patients?', Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 15 37-46 (1997)

The acceptability of a touchscreen computer survey to assess levels of physical side effects, anxiety, depression, and perceived needs among 229 cancer patients receiving chemothe... [more]

The acceptability of a touchscreen computer survey to assess levels of physical side effects, anxiety, depression, and perceived needs among 229 cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and hormone therapy was assessed. Despite the fact that approximately 60% of the patients had no previous experience with computers, the survey was highly acceptable to them. In addition, 96% of the patients were happy for their oncologist to receive a summary of their results, and 89% said they would be happy to complete such a survey during each visit to the hospital. Therefore, the results indicated that touchscreen computers are an acceptable and efficient method of assessing the levels of physical side effects, anxiety, depression, and perceived needs experienced by these patients. The use of such routine patient surveys has the potential to improve the breadth and quality of care provided to patients by oncologies.

DOI 10.1300/J077V15N02_03
Citations Scopus - 50
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Schofield MJ, Walkom S, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Patient-provider agreement on guidelines for preparation for breast cancer treatment', Behavioral Medicine, 23 36-45 (1997)

Guidelines for preparing cancer patients for threatening medical procedures were developed and refined and their perceived relevance and importance rated by three concerned groups... [more]

Guidelines for preparing cancer patients for threatening medical procedures were developed and refined and their perceived relevance and importance rated by three concerned groups - 84 breast cancer patients, 64 doctors, and 140 nurses and nurse oncologists. All three groups indicated strong support for the guidelines. Patients and nurses rated more of the guidelines as essential aspects of good quality care than did doctors. Items in which a significant discrepancy existed included the importance of (a) consistent information, (b) involvement of others in preparation, and (c) assistance to the patient in coping with treatment for breast cancer. Doctors, compared with patients and nurses, underrated the importance of some aspects of preparation. These issues should be given more prominence in undergraduate and specialist medical training, as well as in continuing medical education.

Citations Scopus - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Ward J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Accuracy of women's recall of opportunistic recruitment for cervical cancer screening in general practice', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 21 335-336 (1997)

Evaluation of strategies to improve opportunistic recruitment via general practice of women overdue for a cervical smear requires an accurate behavioural measure. As part of an ex... [more]

Evaluation of strategies to improve opportunistic recruitment via general practice of women overdue for a cervical smear requires an accurate behavioural measure. As part of an experimental trial to evaluate the effect of a postgraduate workshop on preventive care, we conducted this methodological study to determine the accuracy of women's recall of an opportunistic discussion about cervical screening, by comparing it against audiotapes (n = 524). Taking the taped evidence of the trainee's verbal behaviour as the gold standard, sensitivity was 85 per cent (95 per cent confidence interval (CI) 73.1 to 92.0 per cent) and specificity was 78 per cent (CI 73.9 to 81.6 per cent). Given the low rate of opportunistic recruitment by trainees in the main study, only one-third of positive recollections by women of an opportunistic discussion about cervical screening were correct. Until other measures have been validated, women's recall may continue to be used to measure general practitioners' behaviour, but an appreciation of likely bias is recommended.

Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1997 Lynagh M, Schofield MJ, SansonFisher RW, 'School health promotion programs over the past decade: A review of the smoking, alcohol and solar protection literature', HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 12 43-60 (1997)
DOI 10.1093/heapro/12.1.43
Citations Scopus - 75Web of Science - 62
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh
1997 Shakeshaft AP, Bowman JA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Behavioural alcohol research: New directions or more of the same?', Addiction, 92 1411-1422 (1997)

Aim. Despite a large body of literature, a substantial burden of illness related to the abuse of alcohol, as well as significant economic and social costs, persist. As such, a cri... [more]

Aim. Despite a large body of literature, a substantial burden of illness related to the abuse of alcohol, as well as significant economic and social costs, persist. As such, a critical examination of the type of research being published in relation to alcohol misuse seems appropriate, particularly since some experts in the field have expressed the view that the current distribution of research types may not be optimal. Findings. The types of research conducted in two separate years, 1983 and 1993, were examined critically. Generally, the types of research conducted in both years was found to be similar: the majority of published alcohol research is behavioural, the majority of published behavioural alcohol research is descriptive and the majority of published behavioural intervention alcohol research represents tertiary prevention studies. Although the reasons for this distribution of research types are undoubtedly numerous and complex, some possible explanations are discussed. Conclusions. Overall, it is concluded that the current approach to alcohol research may have engendered a distribution of research types which is somewhat less than ideal and that, as such, a new approach may be indicated. Some strategies that may assist in redressing the perceived imbalance are considered.

Citations Scopus - 24
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Jenny Bowman
1996 Haertsch M, Campbell E, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Important components of antenatal care: Midwives' and obstetricians' views', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 36 411-416 (1996)

This study sought the views of midwives and obstetricians about what they considered to be important aspects of routine antenatal care. Midwives and obstetricians were randomly se... [more]

This study sought the views of midwives and obstetricians about what they considered to be important aspects of routine antenatal care. Midwives and obstetricians were randomly selected from the NSW membership lists of the Australian College of Midwives and The Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, respectively. Seventy-eight percent of midwives (n = 196) and 52% of obstetricians (n = 114) completed a questionnaire which itemised components of routine care derived from the National Health and Medical Research Council's Guidelines for Antenatal Care. Participants were asked to rate each of the 77 components on a 4-point scale as either: very important; desirable but not essential; not necessary; or, don't know. Twenty-four (31%) of the components were rated as very important by at least 90% of midwives and 19 (22%) were rated as very important by at least 90% of obstetricians. 'Recording details of previous pregnancy complications' was the component most commonly rated as being very important by both groups. On 37 (48%) of the components there was a significant difference between midwives and obstetricians in terms of whether or not they rated the component as very important (p < 0.01). There were considerable differences between midwives' and obstetricians' views about the important components of routine antenatal care and a substantial proportion of both groups did not consider many of the components listed in the guidelines to be essential in routine care. The findings suggest that a revision of the current antenatal care guidelines is necessary.

Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 McDonald R, Vechi C, Bowman J, SansonFisher R, 'Mental health status of a Latin American community in New South Wales', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 30 457-462 (1996)
DOI 10.3109/00048679609065017
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Clover K, Redman S, Forbes J, SansonFisher R, Callaghan T, 'Two sequential randomized trials of community participation to recruit women for mammographic screening', PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 25 126-134 (1996)
DOI 10.1006/pmed.1996.0038
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 23
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, John Forbes
1996 Paul CL, SansonFisher RW, 'Experts' agreement on the relative effectiveness of 29 smoking reduction strategies', PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 25 517-526 (1996)
DOI 10.1006/pmed.1996.0085
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Campbell EM, Redman S, Moffitt PS, SansonFisher RW, 'The relative effectiveness of educational and behavioral instruction programs for patients with NIDDM: A randomized trial', DIABETES EDUCATOR, 22 379-386 (1996)
DOI 10.1177/014572179602200412
Citations Scopus - 79Web of Science - 68
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Campbell E, Weeks C, Walsh R, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Training medical students in HIV/AIDS test counselling: Results of a randomized trial', Medical Education, 30 134-141 (1996)

The study assessed the effectiveness of a programme aimed at increasing medical students' skills in counselling patients presenting for HIV testing/AIDS information. Senior medica... [more]

The study assessed the effectiveness of a programme aimed at increasing medical students' skills in counselling patients presenting for HIV testing/AIDS information. Senior medical students were randomly assigned to receive a short course in pre- and post-test counselling, or to a control group which received the usual curriculum. The students' performance in counselling simulated patients was videotaped at baseline and after 3 months. A subsample was also assessed at 12 months. Students receiving the programme showed significantly greater improvement in pre- and post-test counselling skills over 3 months than did the controls. For the subsample continuing to 12 months, a significant effect over time was found; however, there was no significant difference between the groups. This may have been influenced by the small sample sizes used for the 12-month assessment. General interactional skills improved for the overall sample over 3 and 12 months, but again there were no significant differences between groups. Those exposed to the programme did not show significantly greater changes in either knowledge or attitude scores over either time frame, compared with controls. When taught in addition to the usual undergraduate curriculum at Newcastle University, this short interactional skills course significantly enhanced students' ability to provide pre- or post-test counselling for HIV/AIDS.

Citations Scopus - 11
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Schofield MJ, Sanson-Fisher R, 'How to prepare cancer patients for potentially threatening medical procedures: Consensus guidelines', Journal of Cancer Education, 11 153-158 (1996)

Background. Cancer patients face a frightening array of potentially threatening medical interventions. While the need to prepare patients for such procedures is widely acknowledge... [more]

Background. Cancer patients face a frightening array of potentially threatening medical interventions. While the need to prepare patients for such procedures is widely acknowledged, there have been few attempts to clearly specify in detail what adequate preparation entails. Methods. This study sought to develop a set of guidelines on how to prepare cancer patients for potentially threatening medical procedures. These guidelines were extensively reviewed and modified by a consensus panel of experts. The guidelines were then rated by 101 cancer patients. Results and Conclusions. These ratings led to further modification of the guidelines, the final version of which was developed into a training module for junior medical officers in New South Wales.

Citations Scopus - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Clover K, 'General practitioner perceptions of surgical waiting times', Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice, 16 195-202 (1996)

This study explored general practitioners' (GP) perceptions of waiting times and the importance of these perceptions in choosing a surgeon. A randomly selected sample of GPs in th... [more]

This study explored general practitioners' (GP) perceptions of waiting times and the importance of these perceptions in choosing a surgeon. A randomly selected sample of GPs in the Hunter Area of New South Wales, Australia, provided information prospectively on patients referred to a surgeon. The results indicated that GPs feel a lack of private health insurance makes only a small difference in waiting time to see a surgeon but a large difference in the waiting time for an operation. Additionally, GPs consider that sizeable numbers of patients will wait longer than they consider reasonable for surgical consultations and procedures. However, perceptions of waiting times do not appear to have a major influence on the choice of surgeon.

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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 SansonFisher R, Redman S, Hancock L, Halpin S, Clarke P, Schofield M, et al., 'Developing methodologies for evaluating community-wide health promotion', HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 11 227-236 (1996)
DOI 10.1093/heapro/11.3.227
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Robert Gibberd, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Michael Hensley, L Parkinson
1996 Hancock L, SansonFisher R, Redman S, Burton R, Burton L, Butler J, et al., 'Community action for cancer prevention: Overview of the cancer action in rural towns (CART) project, Australia', HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 11 277-290 (1996)
DOI 10.1093/heapro/11.4.277
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16
Co-authors L Parkinson, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Robert Gibberd, Michael Hensley
1996 Byles JE, SansonFisher RW, Redman S, 'Promoting screening for cervical cancer: Realising the potential for recruitment by general practitioners', HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 11 299-308 (1996)
DOI 10.1093/heapro/11.4.299
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Julie Byles
1996 Girgis A, Clarke P, Burton RC, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Screening for melanoma by primary health care physicians: a cost-effectiveness analysis.', Journal of medical screening, 3 47-53 (1996)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Byles JE, SansonFisher RW, 'Mass mailing campaigns to promote screening for cervical cancer: Do they work, and do they continue to work?', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 20 254-260 (1996)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1996.tb01025.x
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Julie Byles, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Hancock L, SansonFisher R, Redman S, Reid A, Tripodi T, 'Knowledge of cancer risk reduction practices in rural towns of New South Wales', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 20 529-537 (1996)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1996.tb01635.x
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12
Co-authors L Parkinson, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Doran CM, SansonFisher RW, Gordon M, 'A cost-benefit analysis of the average smoker: A government perspective', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 20 607-611 (1996)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.1996.tb01074.x
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Ward J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Does a 3-day workshop for family medicine trainees improve preventive care? A randomized control trial', Preventive Medicine, 25 741-747 (1996)

Objective. To evaluate the impact on clinical behavior of a 3-day workshop designed to increase trainees' rates of smoking cessation counseling and reminders about Pap smears in r... [more]

Objective. To evaluate the impact on clinical behavior of a 3-day workshop designed to increase trainees' rates of smoking cessation counseling and reminders about Pap smears in routine consultations. Design. Randomized control trial. Setting. Accredited teaching practices of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' Training Program. Subjects. Thirty-four trainees and 1,500 consecutive adult patients ages 16-65 years. Method. Trainees randomly allocated to the experimental group participated in a 3- day interactive workshop on disease prevention during their 13-week family medicine term. Audiotapes of consultations with adults conducted by trainees at the beginning and end of the rotation were analyzed blind to compare assessment of patients' smoking status and, for women, date of last Pap smear. A questionnaire mailed to each patient after the consultation also allowed identification of smokers and women overdue for a smear. Consultations with these patients at risk were analyzed for preventive counseling. Inter- and intrarater reliability was calculated for audiotape analysis. Results. Preworkshop rates of questions about smoking were low, occurring in 22% of consultations. While trainees allocated to the experimental workshop were more likely to ask a routine question about smoking at the end of the term than those in the control group (P = 0.01), two-thirds of smokers remained undetected irrespective of trainee group and fewer than one in five were advised to stop smoking. Reminders about Pap smears did not change as a result of training and remained low in fewer than 20% of consultations. ¿ values demonstrated high reliability of audiotape analysis. Conclusion. This direct measurement of clinical behavior revealed that low levels of preventive care provided by trainees are resistant to skills training without reinforcement in clinical practice. In view of the importance of prevention in routine consultations, we recommend continued evaluation of more intensive educational programs. Those withstanding rigorous evaluation could be considered for implementation in similar training contexts seeking to improve the frequency and quality of disease prevention in primary medical care.

DOI 10.1006/pmed.1996.0114
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Roche AM, Eccleston P, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Teaching smoking cessation skills to senior medical students: A block-randomized controlled trial of four different approaches', Preventive Medicine, 25 251-258 (1996)

Background. Medical practitioners have considerable untapped potential to assist patients in stopping smoking. However, marked deficits have been found in the amount and type of t... [more]

Background. Medical practitioners have considerable untapped potential to assist patients in stopping smoking. However, marked deficits have been found in the amount and type of training medical practitioners receive in smoking cessation counseling with little attention paid to determination of effective training methods. Method. A randomized controlled trial was conducted to examine the relative effectiveness of four different educational programs in teaching smoking cessation skills to 5th-year medical students in an Australian medical school. The four programs comprised: (a) a traditional didactic lecture mode (control group), (b) audio feedback through the use of audiotaped role plays, (c) role plays with peer feedback, and (d) video feedback. Students' smoking cessation intervention skills were assessed prior to training and at the end of term via videotaped interviews with simulated patients. Results. Senior medical students demonstrated significantly improved skills in smoking intervention when exposed to any of the educational approaches other than traditional didactic teaching. No overall differences in smoking intervention skills were found between the three experimental training methods. Conclusions. Specific training in smoking cessation techniques is necessary to increase the intervention skills of medical students. Traditional teaching methods are ineffective in developing smoking cessation intervention skills. Enhanced teaching, of an appropriate nature, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels is needed. © 1996 Academic Press, Inc.

DOI 10.1006/pmed.1996.0054
Citations Scopus - 55
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Heywood A, Firman D, Sanson-Fisher R, Mudge P, Ring I, 'Correlates of physician counseling associated with obesity and smoking', Preventive Medicine, 25 268-276 (1996)

Background. Patient, physician, and consultation variables associated with overweight and smoking counseling in general practice consultations were examined. Methods. A random sam... [more]

Background. Patient, physician, and consultation variables associated with overweight and smoking counseling in general practice consultations were examined. Methods. A random sample of full-time general practitioners was used. The sample consisted of 7,160 patients from 230 GPs who attended for consultations on consecutive days, and self-reported information from the doctor and the patient was collected via questionnaire. The aim of this paper is to identify variables associated with the doctor's identification of overweight and smoking status and with the occurrence of counseling for these two behavioral risk factors. Results. Forty percent of patients were overweight (BMI >24) and 25% were self-reported smokers. Doctors identified 59% of overweight patients and 66% of smokers. Doctors only counseled patients identified as having the risk factor, counseling 36% of identified overweight patients and 49% of identified smokers. Identification of overweight was associated with being female, being heavier, having been previously counseled, being less well educated, presenting with an associated condition, and visiting a doctor who is younger and knows the patient's medical history well. Counseling for overweight was associated with being younger, being previously counseled, presenting with an associated condition, presenting for a routine checkup, visiting a GP who generally has longer consultations, having BP measured in the consultation, visiting an older doctor and visiting a doctor who considers identification of risk behaviors important. Identification of smokers was associated with being a heavier smoker, with those who had been previously counseled, with marital status other than single or married, with a BP measurement being taken in the consultation, and with a doctor who believed it possible to influence lifestyle change. Counseling for smoking was associated with younger patients, longer consultations, previous counseling, BP measurement, presenting with an associated condition, and not presenting frequently. Conclusions. We have identified factors associated with counseling about behavioral risk factors which provide a framework for planning education programs to increase the level of primary preventive activities within general practice.

DOI 10.1006/pmed.1996.0056
Citations Scopus - 35
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Skin cancer prevention, early detection, and management: Current beliefs and practices of Australian family physicians', Cancer Detection and Prevention, 20 316-324 (1996)

The primary aim of this study was to examine Australian family physicians beliefs and practices in relation to skin cancer prevention, early detection, and management. These facto... [more]

The primary aim of this study was to examine Australian family physicians beliefs and practices in relation to skin cancer prevention, early detection, and management. These factors were assessed by a mail-out survey, which was completed by 97 family physicians (69% return rate) randomly selected from the telephone book. Family physicians perceived that issues relating to the prevention and early detection of melanoma and other skin cancers were part of the role of family physicians. Furthermore, family physicians were rated as the most appropriate group for screening (100%; N = 94) and providing skin cancer education to the general public (96%; N = 93). Factors thai discouraged family physicians from screening their patients included lack of time (32%; N = 31), forgetting (26%, N = 25), lack of financial incentive (20%; N = 19), and not being familiar with the patient's screening history (14%; N = 14). The family physicians sampled felt least confident in deciding whether changes are malignant (45%; N = 44), in diagnosing a melanoma (39%; N = 38), and in diagnosing a dysplastic nevus (33%; N = 32). While two-thirds of family physicians believed they currently detected 90 to 100% of their patients with melanoma, 93% felt that they should detect this proportion under ideal conditions, and 75% indicated that they should detect this proportion even given the existing constraints of their practice. The results indicate the need for formal training for family physicians in skin cancer prevention, early detection, and management issues, in order to bridge the gap between what family physicians believe they should be doing and their current practice.

Citations Scopus - 13
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Ward J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Accuracy of patient recall of opportunistic smoking cessation advice in general practice', Tobacco Control, 5 110-113 (1996)

Objective - To determine the accuracy of patient recall of a question about smoking in a specified consultation in general practice; the accuracy of smokers' recall of advice to s... [more]

Objective - To determine the accuracy of patient recall of a question about smoking in a specified consultation in general practice; the accuracy of smokers' recall of advice to stop smoking; and predictors of accurate recall. Design - Analysis of 1075 audiotapes was compared blind with matching patient questionnaires administered after the consultation to calculate sensitivity and specificity for patient recall as a dichotomous variable. Predictors of recall were determined by logistic regression. Setting - General practitioner training practices, New South Wales, Australia. Subjects - Thirty-four trainees and consecutive samples of their patients 16-65 years of age Results - Patient recall of a question about smoking had a high false positive rate of 21% but a sensitivity of 93%. Smokers over-reported advice to stop smoking (specificity 82%; sensitivity 92%). Predictors of accuracy of a question about smoking included patient sex (women 1.58 times more likely than men to be accurate); smoking status (smokers 1.7 times as likely as non-smokers to be accurate); and interval since consultation (those who completed their questionnaires within a week were 1.84 times more likely to be accurate). Conclusions - Patient recall is systematically biased towards over-reporting of a question about smoking status and, among smokers, of advice to quit. Although we recommend its continued application in health services evaluation, findings should be interpreted with caution, particularly if subjects are male or the interval between recall of smoking cessation advice and the occasion of service in which it might have occurred is considerably delayed.

Citations Scopus - 80
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Community based health education: General practitioners' perceptions of their role and willingness to participate', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 20 381-385 (1996)

This study aimed to: 1. determine general practitioners' perceptions of their appropriateness to conduct community based health education; 2. assess the proportion of general prac... [more]

This study aimed to: 1. determine general practitioners' perceptions of their appropriateness to conduct community based health education; 2. assess the proportion of general practitioners who had undertaken group health education in the previous 12 months, and identify the factors that discourage and encourage this activity; and 3. identify appropriate health areas and the community groups that general practitioners would be prepared to address if provided with educational packages on the topic. A random sample of 181 general practitioners (66.5 per cent response rate) completed a mailed questionnaire. General practitioners rated health promotion officers (32.6 per cent) and general practitioners (30.9 per cent) as the most appropriate health care providers to undertake community based health education activities. Of the general practitioners, 38 per cent had undertakes community health education in the previous 12 months, with lack of time, lack of earnings while away from the practice, and lack of confidence in public speaking being the main reasons for not undertaking this activity. Being specifically invited to address groups, being provided with an information package on the topic, and being paid for their time were the three factors most likely to encourage this activity. Skin, cervical and breast cancer, blood pressure and cholesterol, and asthma were the topics general practitioners were most willing to speak on. Although this survey suggests that general practitioners would be willing to undertake this community health education, research is needed on whether they are the most appropriate and effective group for this.

Citations Scopus - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Increased focus on the teaching of interactional skills to medical practitioners', Advances in Health Sciences Education, 1 17-28 (1996)

The interaction which occurs between the doctor and patient has been described as the cornerstone of medial care. Research has shown that interactional skills can have a substanti... [more]

The interaction which occurs between the doctor and patient has been described as the cornerstone of medial care. Research has shown that interactional skills can have a substantial impact on patient outcomes in a number of areas. However, as practitioners do not necessarily acquire such skills through clinical practice, the introduction of formal training programmes for both under and postgraduate medical practitioners should be more closely examined. This paper outlines a number of issues which need to be considered in the formal instruction of medical practitioners in interactional skills. These issues include the teaching of skills within a clinical context that will reflect actual medical practice, the use of all medical disciplines to teach the skills and the inclusion of formal assessment strategies based on the same rigorous criteria as other components of the medical curriculum. © 1996 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Citations Scopus - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Girgis A, SansonFisher RW, Howe C, Raffan B, 'A skin cancer training programme: Evaluation of a postgraduate training for family doctors', MEDICAL EDUCATION, 29 364-371 (1995)
Citations Scopus - 17Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 SANSONFISHER RW, CLOVER K, 'COMPLIANCE IN THE TREATMENT OF HYPERTENSION - A NEED FOR ACTION', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HYPERTENSION, 8 S82-S88 (1995)
DOI 10.1016/0895-7061(95)00195-6
Citations Scopus - 55Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 BYLES JE, REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER RW, BOYLE CA, 'EFFECTIVENESS OF 2 DIRECT-MAIL STRATEGIES TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN TO HAVE CERVICAL (PAP) SMEARS', HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL, 10 5-16 (1995)
DOI 10.1093/heapro/10.1.5
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Julie Byles, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Schofield MJ, Sanson-Fisher R, Byles JE, 'What are women told about Pap smears that lack endocervical cells?', Journal of Medical Screening, 2 105-108 (1995)

Debate exists about the definition of what constitutes an adequate Pap smear and about the recommended rescreening interval for Pap smears lacking an endocervical component. This ... [more]

Debate exists about the definition of what constitutes an adequate Pap smear and about the recommended rescreening interval for Pap smears lacking an endocervical component. This study aimed at determining whether women are currently informed about the endocervical status of their Pap smears and what rescreening recommendations are made to women whose smears lack endocervical cells. Consecutive Pap smears lacking an endocervical component were identified from pathology records. After obtaining consent from the referring doctor, 165 women were interviewed by telephone. Only 110 (67%) of 165 women received active notification of their Pap test result and only six (4%) were aware that their smear lacked endocervical cells. Thirteen (8%) had been advised to have a repeat smear within three months. Nearly half the women reported that they would like more information about their result. It seems that current Pap smear notification patterns for women in New South Wales could be improved. One third are not actively informed at all about their results, and few are given detailed information about their Pap test results. Methods of enhancing the level of information women are given about their medical and screening tests need to be improved. © 1995, Medical Screening Society. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1177/096914139500200211
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Co-authors Julie Byles, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Bowman J, Sanson-Fisher R, Boyle C, Pope S, Redman S, 'A randomised controlled trial of strategies to prompt attendance for a Pap smear', Journal of Medical Screening, 2 211-218 (1995)

To assess the comparative efficacy, by randomised controlled trial, of three interventions designed to encourage ¿at risk¿ women to have a Pap smear: an educational pamphlet; le... [more]

To assess the comparative efficacy, by randomised controlled trial, of three interventions designed to encourage ¿at risk¿ women to have a Pap smear: an educational pamphlet; letters inviting attendance at a women's health clinic; and letters from physicians. ¿ Subjects at risk for cervical cancer who had not been adequately screened were identified by a random community survey and randomly allocated to one of the intervention groups or a control group. Six months after intervention implementation, a follow up survey assessed subsequent screening attendance. Self report was validated by comparison with a national screening data base. ¿ A significantly greater proportion of women (36.9%) within the group receiving a physician letter reported screening at follow up than in any other group (P =0.012). The variables most strongly predicting screening attendance were: age, perceived frequency of screening required, use of oral contraceptives, and allocation to receive the physician letter intervention. ¿ The relative efficacy of the GP letter in prompting screening attendance shows that this strategy is worthy of further investigation. There remains a need to examine the barriers to screening for older women, and to develop tailored strategies for this population. © 1995, Medical Screening Society. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1177/096914139500200408
Citations Scopus - 36
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Jenny Bowman
1995 NEWELL S, GIRGIS A, SANSONFISHER RW, 'RECALL, RETENTION, UTILIZATION AND ACCEPTABILITY OF WRITTEN HEALTH-EDUCATION MATERIALS', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 19 368-374 (1995)
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Wiggers J, Sanson-Fisher R, Halpin S, 'Prevalence and frequency of health service utilisation: association with occupational status and educational attainment', Australian Journal of Public Health, 19 512-519 (1995) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, John Wiggers
1995 Heywood A, Mudge P, Ring I, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Reducing systematic bias in studies of general practitioners: The use of a medical peer in the recruitment of general practitioners in research', Family Practice, 12 227-231 (1995)

Reducing systematic bias in any group of study participants should be a priority of any researcher. This can be achieved by ensuring the sampling framework is adequate and by incr... [more]

Reducing systematic bias in any group of study participants should be a priority of any researcher. This can be achieved by ensuring the sampling framework is adequate and by increasing response rates. Response rates in studies of general practitioners have to date tended to be low. Generalization of results to the wider population of GPs is therefore reduced. This paper systematically examines those factors which can reduce bias, recognising accurate identification of the target population, gaining good access to respondents, and maximising response rates as crucial factors. The importance of a medical peer in recruitment is examined. Applying these factors to a study situation, three different recruitment strategies were tested. As the strategy improved, there was an incremental improvement in the response rate (44%, 67%, 78%). These results indicate that by specifically addressing strategies which facilitate access to the target population, and increase the legitimacy and credibility of the study, significant improvements in response rates can be achieved. © 1995 Oxford University Press.

DOI 10.1093/fampra/12.2.227
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Perkins JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Girgis A, Blunden S, Lunnay D, 'The development of a new methodology to assess perceived needs among indigenous Australians', Social Science and Medicine, 41 267-275 (1995)

The present study examined a new methodology to assess the perceived needs of Indigenous Australians in two urban communities. This methodology, utilizing graphics, allowed for th... [more]

The present study examined a new methodology to assess the perceived needs of Indigenous Australians in two urban communities. This methodology, utilizing graphics, allowed for the classification of general areas of need into four domains namely, health, education and employment, housing as well as social issues and community facilities. In addition participants were able to prioritize their identified needs both within the four domains as well as across domains. Overall, a number of similarities of perceived needs were noted between the communities. The results are discussed in terms of the lack of information on Indigenous Australian peoples' perceptions of their needs and the use of the new methodology to allow a wider examination of perceived needs. © 1995.

DOI 10.1016/0277-9536(94)00321-J
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Zwar NA, Gordon JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Evaluation of an educational program in rational prescribing for GP trainees.', Australian family physician, 24 833-838 (1995)

Education on rational prescribing is receiving increased emphasis but the effectiveness of this education is not well researched. This study used a randomised trial to evaluate a ... [more]

Education on rational prescribing is receiving increased emphasis but the effectiveness of this education is not well researched. This study used a randomised trial to evaluate a seminar for general practice trainees on rational prescribing of antibiotics and benzodiazepines, two important areas of general practice prescribing. Results show a decrease in prescribing of antibiotics by the group of trainees attending the seminar but no effect on an already low level of benzodiazepine prescribing. The study provides evidence that group educational approaches to influencing prescribing behaviour can be effective.

Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Breaking bad news: Consensus guidelines for medical practitioners', Journal of Clinical Oncology, 13 2449-2456 (1995)

Purpose and Design: One of the more difficult tasks that clinicians must perform as part of their care of patients is that of conveying bad news, such as a severe diagnosis or dea... [more]

Purpose and Design: One of the more difficult tasks that clinicians must perform as part of their care of patients is that of conveying bad news, such as a severe diagnosis or death. However, there is a paucity of empirically founded information that relates to the specific steps for breaking bad news. We report on a set of guidelines for breaking bad news that was developed using a consensus process and incorporates the views of medical oncologists, general practitioners, surgeons, nurse consultants, social workers, clergy, human rights representatives, cancer patients, hospital interns, and clinical directors of medical schools in Australia. Results and Conclusion: It is recommended that further research be undertaken in a number of areas. First, there is a need to assess patients' versus providers' perceptions of the importance of each of the steps in breaking bad news, in order to define criteria for minimal levels of competence in this area. Second, controlled trials are needed to assess the effectiveness of the guidelines in changing clinical practice, and to identify the most effective strategies for breaking bad news to patients.

Citations Scopus - 283
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Ward J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Prevalence and detection of HIV risk behavior in primary care: Implications for clinical preventive services', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 11 224-230 (1995)

Despite their potential to reduce the incidence of HIV infection through primary prevention, family physicians report low levels of routine identification of patients at risk and ... [more]

Despite their potential to reduce the incidence of HIV infection through primary prevention, family physicians report low levels of routine identification of patients at risk and counseling. This may reflect perceptions that few of their patients are at risk, that patients at risk will self-disclose during consultations, or that a physician-initiated approach is unacceptable to patients presenting for non-HIV-related problems. Our aim was to determine the prevalence of risk factors for HIV infection and HIV testing among patients in general practice, the acceptability to patients of opportunistic identification of risk during routine consultations and the accuracy of general practitioners' assessment of HIV risk. Our setting included randomly selected general practitioners' surgeries in metropolitan Sydney, Australia. We conducted a self-administered survey about risk factors in a consecutive sample of patients 18-50 years of age and compared it to a checklist about patient's risk factors completed by general practitioners unaware of the patients' answers. Of 1,030 patients, 43 (4%) were at risk of HIV infection having received blood transfusions between 1980 and 1985 and seven (1%) had injected intravenous drugs in the previous 12 months. In the previous 12 months, 133 (21%) female and 110 (28%) male patients had been in nonmutually monogamous heterosexual relationships. Only 26% always used condoms. While the majority of patients indicated they were heterosexual, 42 (4%) were homosexual and 23 (2%) bisexual. Of those men who had sex with other men, 39% always used condoms. Of all patients, 303 (29%) had had a previous HIV test: 2 (< 1%) tests were positive although 10 (3%) of those who had been tested did not know their results. Questions about specific HIV risk factors were acceptable although 12% would mind if their doctor asked about number of sexual partners. Using 1,021 matching checklists, we found that the specificity of physicians' judgment of sexual preference was high but sensitivity was poor. Physicians detected 38% at most of those at risk. The prevalence of risk factors for HIV infection is not insubstantial. Physicians do not judge HIV risk accurately. Their detection of risk needs to be reconsidered in the light of these findings. A physician-initiated approach to risk assessment appears acceptable to patients although some questions were less acceptable than others. We recommend a rigorous trial of risk detection and counseling in family practice to evaluate its cost- effectiveness in changing risk behavior and to monitor any potential for negative impact on patient satisfaction.

Citations Scopus - 21
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Girgis A, Doran CM, Sanson Fisher RW, Walsh RA, 'Smoking by adolescents: large revenue but little for prevention', Australian Journal of Public Health, 19 29-33 (1995)

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to report on the government revenue gained from the sale of cigarettes to minors and the proportion of this revenue that is spent on attemp... [more]

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to report on the government revenue gained from the sale of cigarettes to minors and the proportion of this revenue that is spent on attempting to prevent adolescents from taking up this habit Prevalence of smoking by minors was extrapolated for the individual states using Australian prevalence data; estimates of annual cigarette consumption were coupled with the respective cost of cigarettes in each state to derive an estimate of the total revenue accumulating from cigarette consumption by minors. From our analysis, approximately 211 000 Australian children under the legal age to purchase cigarettes consumed approximately 11.5 million packets of cigarettes in 1990. The estimated tax revenues to the federal and state governments from these sales were $8.42 million and $12.78 million respectively. While the average state revenue from cigarette consumption by minors during 1990 was just over $60 per under-age smoker, only $0.11 per under-age smoker was spent on anti-smoking campaigns in 1990. This is equivalent to approximately 0.002 per cent of state revenue from cigarette smoking by those under the legal purchase age being spent on discouraging adolescents from taking up this habit Clearly, there is an inequitable expenditure on antismoking activities, given the enormous resources obtained from sales to minors. 1995 Public Health Association of Australia

DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.1995.tb00293.x
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Redman S, Sanson-fisher R, Kreft S, Fleming J, Dickinson J, 'Is the Australian national heart foundation programme effective in reducing cholesterol levels among general practice patients?', Health Promotion International, 10 293-303 (1995)

Despite the contribution of elevated cholesterol to the development of cardiovascular disease, many individuals continue to have cholesterol levels greater than the 5.5 mmol/l rec... [more]

Despite the contribution of elevated cholesterol to the development of cardiovascular disease, many individuals continue to have cholesterol levels greater than the 5.5 mmol/l recommended by the Australian National Heart foundation (NHF). Although general practitioners appear to be well placed to offer dietary advice to help patients to reduce their cholesterol levels, there have been few if any randomised trials evaluating the effectiveness of general practitioners in this area. A randomised trial of the relative effectiveness of two general practitioner programmes in reducing cholesterol levels among patients with cholesterol levels between 5.5 and 7.9 mmol/l was undertaken. The dietary advice programme developed by the NHF for use by general practitioners was compared with minimal advice (feedback on cholesterol level, pamphlet and warning of follow-up). Serum cholesterol was measured using a portable Reflotron. At 4-month follow-up, the patients in the NHF group (n=76) had significantly greater reductions in cholesterol levels than those in the minimal group (n=70), and a greater proportion of NHF patients had reduced their cholesterol below risk levels. On average, the patients in the NHF group reduced their cholesterol by 0.84 mmol/l or 13.5% of baseline levels. There were no differences between the NHF and minimal group on changes in pre-to post-test body mass index, attitudes or self-reported dietary change and only minimal differences in satisfaction with advice received. © 1995 Oxford University Press.

DOI 10.1093/heapro/10.4.293
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 Walsh RA, Sanson Fisher R, 'Allocation of research funds in the drug and alcohol field: report of the Consensus Workshop', Drug and Alcohol Review, 13 79-85 (1994)

Issues concerning the allocation of research funds in the drug and alcohol field have been widely debated. A consensus workshop involving senior researchers and policy makers was ... [more]

Issues concerning the allocation of research funds in the drug and alcohol field have been widely debated. A consensus workshop involving senior researchers and policy makers was convened to examine the appropriateness of current drug and alcohol research activities in Australia. The workshop identified several major barriers restricting research developments including lack of monitoring of research efforts, limited community support, inappropriate allocations of research funds which contributed to a low level of intervention studies, the lack of application of research findings by practitioners and ethical constraints in studies involving Aboriginal populations and in multi-centre trials. Agreement was reached on 16 recommendations which could increase the amount of high quality research in Australia directed at reducing the harm associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Strategies which funding bodies could use to encourage intervention studies were identified. A proposal for the Australian Medical and Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs to establish a Researchers' Group to encourage implementation of the recommendations was also endorsed by workshop participants. 1994 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

DOI 10.1080/09595239400185761
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 Zwar NA, Gordon JJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Antibiotic and benzodiazepine prescribing by general practice trainees', Medical Journal of Australia, 161 491-493 (1994)

Objective: To study the prescribing of antibiotics and benzodiazepines by a group of general practice trainees. Methods: Forty-six trainees in their general practice term with the... [more]

Objective: To study the prescribing of antibiotics and benzodiazepines by a group of general practice trainees. Methods: Forty-six trainees in their general practice term with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Training Program and 495 experienced general practitioners were compared with regard to patients managed, prescribing of antibiotics for respiratory tract infections and prescribing of benzodiazepines for anxiety, sleep disorders and depression. Results: Trainees saw more young patients and patients with acute respiratory infections, and fewer patients with psychological problems, than the experienced practitioners. Trainees prescribed antibiotics less often for undifferentiated upper respiratory tract infection and their prescribing for tonsillitis was more frequently in agreement with prescribing guidelines. Trainees were less likely to prescribe a benzodiazepine for anxiety or sleep problems. Conclusions: General practice trainees were relatively conservative prescribers of antibiotics and benzodiazepines. At times both groups did not prescribe in accordance with antibiotic prescribing guidelines and an appreciable number of patients continue to be prescribed benzodiazepines on a long term basis.

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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 Fields A, Best A, Brisson J, Engstrom P, Holowaty E, Wigle D, et al., 'Bridging research to action: A framework and decision-making process for cancer control', CMAJ, 151 1141-1146 (1994)
Citations Scopus - 15
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 Paul CL, Sanson-fisher RW, Redman S, Carter S, 'Preventing accidental injury to young children in the home using volunteers', Health Promotion International, 9 241-248 (1994)

Accidental injury in the home is a major cause of death and ill-health among young children. Reducing home safety hazards by the use of safety devices such as stair barriers and s... [more]

Accidental injury in the home is a major cause of death and ill-health among young children. Reducing home safety hazards by the use of safety devices such as stair barriers and safety taps has the potential to prevent home injuries. Little is known about levels of home safety hazards or how to encourage parents to reduce hazards. The Safe Place Project examined parents' knowledge of home safety and the prevalence of safety hazards in homes where there were young children. The study also evaluated the effectiveness of a low-cost strategy aimed at reducing home safety hazards. The strategy used trained volunteers to provide home safety checks and tailored safety education in conjunction with increasing the availability of home safety devices. One hundred and six families with young children participated in the project. Some homes contained many hazards, with 43% of the sample having more than 10 home safety hazards. At follow-up, the intervention group showed a significant reduction in home hazards and a trend towards an increase in knowledge of home safety. © 1994 Oxford University Press.

DOI 10.1093/heapro/9.4.241
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Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 BYLES JE, HENNRIKUS D, SANSONFISHER R, HERSEY P, 'RELIABILITY OF NEVUS COUNTS IN IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUALS AT HIGH-RISK OF MALIGNANT-MELANOMA', BRITISH JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY, 130 51-56 (1994)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1994.tb06882.x
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17
Co-authors Julie Byles, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 GIRGIS A, SANSONFISHER RW, WATSON A, 'A WORKPLACE INTERVENTION FOR INCREASING OUTDOOR WORKERS USE OF SOLAR PROTECTION', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 84 77-81 (1994)
DOI 10.2105/AJPH.84.1.77
Citations Scopus - 86Web of Science - 74
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 SCHOFIELD MJ, SANSONFISHER R, HALPIN S, REDMAN S, 'NOTIFICATION AND FOLLOW-UP OF PAP TEST-RESULTS - CURRENT PRACTICE AND WOMENS PREFERENCES', PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 23 276-283 (1994)
DOI 10.1006/pmed.1994.1039
Citations Web of Science - 38
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 Schofield MJ, Weeks C, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Alcohol sales to minors: a surrogate study.', Preventive medicine, 23 827-831 (1994)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 Webb GR, Redman S, Hennrikus DJ, Kelman GR, Gibberd RW, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The relationships between high-risk and problem drinking and the occurrence of work injuries and related absences', Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 55 434-446 (1994)

A review of studies on the relationship between alcohol and work injuries revealed that the evidence is contradictory and that many of the studies contain methodological flaws. Th... [more]

A review of studies on the relationship between alcohol and work injuries revealed that the evidence is contradictory and that many of the studies contain methodological flaws. The present study aimed to determine whether there are relationships between problem drinking and high alcohol consumption and outcomes such as work injuries and related absences. The sample consisted of 833 employees at an industrial worksite. Problem drinking was measured by the Mortimer-Filkins test, while alcohol consumption was measured by a 7-day retrospective diary. Work injury data were obtained from medical reports completed at the worksite medical center, while absences data were obtained from company records. Chi-square analyses revealed significant relationships between problem drinking and work injuries and injury-related absences, but not between high alcohol consumption and work injuries and related absences. Logistic regression analysis revealed that no variables were significant predictors of work injuries. However, when uninjured subjects were excluded, a second analysis revealed that Mortimer-Filkins test scores, recent stressful life events, age and job satisfaction were significant predictors of two or more injuries. Injured subjects were almost twice as likely to have two or more injuries if they had high numbers of recent stressful life events and low levels of job satisfaction. Logistic regression analysis revealed that age, Mortimer-Filkins test categories and job satisfaction significantly predicted injury-related absences. Problem drinkers were 2.7 times more likely to have injury-related absences than non-problem drinkers, and subjects with low levels of job satisfaction were 2.2 times more likely than others to have injury-related absences. The implications of the results for workplace alcohol policies and programs are discussed.

Citations Scopus - 77
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Robert Gibberd
1994 Schofield MJ, Walsh RA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Training Medical Students in Behavioural and Cognitive Strategies', Behaviour Change, 11 6-18 (1994)

It is argued that psychologists have an important role in ensuring appropriate training of medical students in behavioural and cognitive strategies. This paper outlines the innova... [more]

It is argued that psychologists have an important role in ensuring appropriate training of medical students in behavioural and cognitive strategies. This paper outlines the innovative medical curriculum at the University of Newcastle and describes the contribution of cognitive psychology to the problem-solving method which underlies the curriculum. It also describes the medical school's approach to training students in interactional skills. One focus of the interactional skills training is to provide practical skills which incorporate behavioural and cognitive strategies to address common, preventable health problems, such as excessive alcohol consumption. © 1994, The Author(s). All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1017/S0813483900005192
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 Wiggers J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'General practitioners as agents of health risk behaviour change: opportunities for behavioural science in patient smoking cessation', Behaviour Change, 11(3) 167-176 (1994) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, John Wiggers
1994 PERKINS JJ, SANSONFISHER RW, BLUNDEN S, LUNNAY D, REDMAN S, HENSLEY MJ, 'THE PREVALENCE OF DRUG-USE IN URBAN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES', ADDICTION, 89 1319-1331 (1994)
DOI 10.1111/j.1360-0443.1994.tb03311.x
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 27
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Michael Hensley
1994 Byles JE, Sanson-Fisher RW, Redman S, Halpin S, Dickinson JA, 'Effectiveness of Three Community Based Strategies to Promote Screening for Cervical Cancer', Journal of Medical Screening, 1 150-158 (1994)

Evaluation of three potential methods for increasing Pap smear use: television media, television media combined with letter based recruitment, and television media combined with g... [more]

Evaluation of three potential methods for increasing Pap smear use: television media, television media combined with letter based recruitment, and television media combined with general practitioner based (GP based) recruitment. A trial of each intervention was carried out in three postal regions in New South Wales, Australia ¿ a rural locality (containing about 1000 women), a country town (about 3000 women), and a major rural centre (about 10000 women). Three control regions were selected to be demographically similar to the corresponding intervention regions. Outcome data on regional Pap smear rates were obtained from government health insurance claims for cervical screening, and from pathology service records. Expected Pap smear rates for the three months after the intervention were predicted from 45 pre-intervention months and were compared with observed rates for this period. Television media alone was associated with a significant increase in attendances for screening in one of the three regions where a trial was carried out: 13.3% in the rural centre. The media/ letter based campaign was associated with a significant increase in attendances in two out of three regions: 52.7% in the rural locality, 43.2% in the rural centre. The media/GP based campaign was associated with significant increases in attendances in all three regions: 50.2% in the rural locality, 80.8% in the country town, 15.7% in the rural centre. All three interventions were associated with significant increases in the number of women attending for cervical screening above those observed in the control regions. Furthermore, these increases were not restricted to women at low risk. They were also found for older women (aged 50¿69 years) and women who had not had a Pap smear within the past three years. © 1994, Medical Screening Society. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1177/096914139400100304
Citations Scopus - 33
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Julie Byles
1993 Sanson-Fisher RW, Schofield MJ, Perkins J, 'Behaviour Therapy's Role in Preventing Physical Illness', Behaviour Change, 10 25-31 (1993)

This paper argues for an expansion of the field of behaviour therapy from a predominant focus on individual and family based treatment of problems into the prevention of physical ... [more]

This paper argues for an expansion of the field of behaviour therapy from a predominant focus on individual and family based treatment of problems into the prevention of physical illness at a population level. It outlines criteria which can be used to make rational decisions about which domains behaviour therapists should focus on, it then provides a rationale for placing more emphasis on population based strategies of prevention. The particular contributions which the discipline of behaviour therapy has to offer to such an expanded role are then delineated and the benefits of an expanded role into primary and secondary prevention of physical disease are discussed in relation to past research. © 1993, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1017/S0813483900005775
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1993 Schofield MJ, Considine R, Boyle CA, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Smoking control in restaurants: The effectiveness of self-regulation in Australia', American Journal of Public Health, 83 1284-1288 (1993)

Objectives. The provision of smoke-free areas in restaurants has been a controversial issue; the restaurant industry largely opts for a self- regulation approach. This study aimed... [more]

Objectives. The provision of smoke-free areas in restaurants has been a controversial issue; the restaurant industry largely opts for a self- regulation approach. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of self- regulation as a strategy in meeting the industry's and customers' perceived needs. Methods. Restaurateur and customer perspectives on the provision of smoke-free areas in restaurants were examined by survey among 365 restaurateurs and 1327 customers in New South Wales, Australia. Results. Less than 2% of restaurants were totally smoke-free; 22% provided some smoke-free areas. Customers were much more likely than owners to think that smoke-free areas should be provided. Owners appeared to be unaware of customers' views about smoke-free areas in restaurants. Conclusions. Little evidence was found to support the effectiveness of the self-regulation policy adopted by the restaurant industry. Characteristics of restaurants and owners associated with the provision of smoke-free areas are presented and implications of the findings are discussed.

Citations Scopus - 32
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1993 Ward J, D'Este C, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Beyond opportunistic Pap smears in general practice. Women's views of strategies to promote regular screening.', Australian family physician, 22 2032-2034 (1993)

BACKGROUND: An opportunistic reminder for a Pap smear is effective and acceptable in general practice. Women's views of strategies to promote ongoing attendance for Pap smears wer... [more]

BACKGROUND: An opportunistic reminder for a Pap smear is effective and acceptable in general practice. Women's views of strategies to promote ongoing attendance for Pap smears were unknown at the time of this study. OBJECTIVE: To determine women's perceptions of strategies to help them attend for their next Pap smear. SETTING AND PATIENTS: Randomly selected male general practitioners in urban Sydney and 174 of their female patients. RESULTS: Seventy-eight per cent response rate to a questionnaire sent after a consultation in which opportunistic screening was offered. A reminder letter from the GP was nominated as likely to help 'a lot' by at least 50 per cent of respondents. Free Pap smears and child-minding were nominated by at least 50 per cent of respondents as making 'no difference'. CONCLUSION: This survey has explored women's perceptions of potential strategies to promote continuing Pap smear screening. Given the disappointing results when these strategies have been implemented in individual general practices, however, the authors recommend prospective controlled evaluation before widespread adoption.

Citations Scopus - 7
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1993 Walsh RA, Docherty S, Considine R, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'General practice smoking cessation.', Australian journal of public health, 17 77-79 (1993)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1993 WOLFENDEN K, SANSON FISHER R, 'Patterns of non-fatal farm injury in New England, NSW', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 1 3-10 (1993)

ABSTRACT: The farm is known to be a dangerous place for those who work it, live there or visit. Little however is known about the patterns of injury of these groups or the influe... [more]

ABSTRACT: The farm is known to be a dangerous place for those who work it, live there or visit. Little however is known about the patterns of injury of these groups or the influence of different farming types. This study used injury surveillance at hospital accident and emergency departments to identify and compare injury patterns by age, status of person, and farm type. Child and adult injury patterns were similar in most regards except the level of occupational and leisure injuries. Differences existed across the various status groups, most markedly between employees/contractors and visitors. There were also marked differences in injury patterns across farm types, reflecting the predominant farm activity. Implications of the injury patterns in developing preventive action are discussed, as is the value of injury surveillance in identifying such variations. Copyright © 1993, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.1993.tb00080.x
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1993 WALSH RA, SANSONFISHER RW, REID ALA, 'AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENTS IN MEDICAL-EDUCATION ABOUT ALCOHOL', JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE, 86 313-314 (1993)
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1993 GIRGIS A, SANSONFISHER RW, TRIPODI DA, GOLDING T, 'EVALUATION OF INTERVENTIONS TO IMPROVE SOLAR PROTECTION IN PRIMARY-SCHOOLS', HEALTH EDUCATION QUARTERLY, 20 275-287 (1993)
DOI 10.1177/109019819302000217
Citations Scopus - 93Web of Science - 80
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1993 Redman S, Henrkus D, Clover K, Sanson-fisher R, 'Responses of women and their doctors to the occurrence of a breast symptom: A community study', Health Promotion International, 8 177-187 (1993)

Public and professional education programmes have emphasized the need for prompt diagnosis and treatment of breast symptoms in improving mortality and morbidity related to breast ... [more]

Public and professional education programmes have emphasized the need for prompt diagnosis and treatment of breast symptoms in improving mortality and morbidity related to breast cancer. The present study of a randomly selected community sample explored the responses of women and their doctors to the occurrence of a breast symptom. One thousand and forty-one women were asked to participate in the study and 745 consented (72%). Sixteen per cent of the women had experienced breast symptoms which were potentially cancer-related, and 21% had experienced period-related breast lumps at some time in their lives. Responses of women and their doctors were examined for those women who had first experienced a potentially cancer-related symptom (n = 63) or period-related lump (n = 68) within the past five years. Of women with potentially cancer-related symptoms, 29% had never visited their doctor about the symptom and a further 21 % delayed attending for more than two weeks after detecting the symptom. Similarly of those women with period-related breast lumps, 21 % had never visited their doctors and 26% had delayed for two weeks or more after finding the lump. Only 54% of women who reported potentially cancer-related symptoms were referred to a specialist. Women may be more likely to attend or visit their doctor if health education messages are viewed as non-threatening. The results are discussed in terms of the need for professional and public education programmes. © 1993 Oxford University Press.

DOI 10.1093/heapro/8.3.177
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1993 Schofield MJ, Coxall A, Sanson-fisher RW, 'Skin cancer: Do early childcare centres provide protection?', Health Promotion International, 8 243-247 (1993)

Increasing skin cancer rates highlight the need to reduce the amount of solar exposure of young children. Children in early childcare are one potential target group for improved s... [more]

Increasing skin cancer rates highlight the need to reduce the amount of solar exposure of young children. Children in early childcare are one potential target group for improved sun protection policy and practice. Solar protection policies and practices in 51 randomly selected early childcare centres in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia were examined. Only 18% of centres had written policies and 36% of centres unwritten policies, predominantly hat and sunscreen policies. The sun protection practices of 306 children across the 51 centres was also examined. The adoption of specific policies by the centre was not associated with increased protection of children within that centre. The need for effective implementation and maintenance strategies is highlighted. © 1993 Oxford University Press.

DOI 10.1093/heapro/8.4.243
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1993 FOOT G, GIRGIS A, BOYLE CA, SANSONFISHER RW, 'SOLAR PROTECTION BEHAVIORS - A STUDY OF BEACHGOERS', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 17 209-214 (1993) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 43Web of Science - 45
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 CLOVER KA, REDMAN S, FORBES JF, SANSONFISHER RW, DICKINSON JA, 'PROMOTION OF ATTENDANCE FOR MAMMOGRAPHIC SCREENING THROUGH GENERAL-PRACTICE - A RANDOMIZED TRIAL OF 2 STRATEGIES', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 156 91-94 (1992)
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 12
Co-authors John Forbes, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 SANSONFISHER RW, BOWMAN JA, LEEDER SR, 'PREVENTION IN CLINICAL-PRACTICE', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 156 397-& (1992)
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 HANCOCK L, WALSH R, HENRY DA, REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER R, 'DRUG-USE IN AUSTRALIA - A COMMUNITY PREVALENCE STUDY', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 156 759-764 (1992)
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 30
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, L Parkinson
1992 Cockburn J, Hennrikus D, Scott R, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Erratum: Adolescent use of sun-protection measures (Med J. Aust. (1989) 151 (136-140))', Medical Journal of Australia, 157 216 (1992)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 WEBB GR, REDMAN S, HENNRIKUS D, SANSONFISHER RW, 'THE RELIABILITY AND STABILITY OF THE MORTIMER-FILKINS TEST', JOURNAL OF STUDIES ON ALCOHOL, 53 561-567 (1992)
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 Rydon P, Redman S, Sanson-Fisher RW, Reid ALA, 'Detection of alcohol-related problems in general practice', Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 53 197-202 (1992)

While primary care has considerable potential as a site for detecting and intervening for alcohol-related problems, few doctors currently identify these problems. The judgments of... [more]

While primary care has considerable potential as a site for detecting and intervening for alcohol-related problems, few doctors currently identify these problems. The judgments of eight primary care physicians about alcohol- related problems in 371 of their patients were compared with the patients' responses to the Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (SMAST) and the CAGE. The CAGE classified 11.4% of the patients as alcoholics and the SMAST identified 23.9% as probable alcoholics. However, the doctors identified only a small proportion (7.0%) of their patients as having any level of alcohol- related problem. The doctors did not identify 65.0% of CAGE-defined alcoholics and 82.3% of those patients classified by the SMAST as probable alcoholics. The discrepancy between primary care physician's judgments and the SMAST and CAGE may be attributable to the doctor's failure to identify patients with alcohol-related problems. An alternative explanation is that the SMAST and CAGE are inappropriate screening tools for use in Australian primary care. The findings are discussed in terms of the implications for training doctors and for the development of better measures of alcohol- related problems for use within a primary care context.

Citations Scopus - 96
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 BYLES JE, REDMAN S, HENNRIKUS D, SANSONFISHER RW, DICKINSON J, 'DELAY IN CONSULTING A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER ABOUT RECTAL BLEEDING', JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, 46 241-244 (1992)
DOI 10.1136/jech.46.3.241
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 37
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Julie Byles
1992 Ward J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Pap smear tests in general practice. An update.', Australian family physician, 21 465-466 (1992)

Reduction of deaths due to cervical cancer by two-yearly Papanicolaou smear screening of women at risk aged 18 to 70 years is now a national health goal. We report a study conduct... [more]

Reduction of deaths due to cervical cancer by two-yearly Papanicolaou smear screening of women at risk aged 18 to 70 years is now a national health goal. We report a study conducted with general practitioners that suggests improving levels of coverage of women at risk. Our research, however, has also identified unexpected challenges in documenting preventive care in general practice.

Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 BYLES JE, SANSONFISHER RW, REDMAN S, REID ALA, AGREZ M, 'EARLY DETECTION OF COLORECTAL-CANCER - A PROFILE OF CURRENT PRACTICE', CANCER DETECTION AND PREVENTION, 16 245-252 (1992)
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Julie Byles, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 Sanson-Fisher R, Bowman J, Armstrong S, 'Factors affecting nonadherence with antibiotics', Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 15 103-109 (1992)

Nonadherence with antibiotic therapy has profound implications both for patient health and the health care system that bears the financial costs incurred. Significant levels of no... [more]

Nonadherence with antibiotic therapy has profound implications both for patient health and the health care system that bears the financial costs incurred. Significant levels of nonadherence with antibiotic prescriptions have been demonstrated. Of the many proposed variables involved, those that are potentially modifiable relate to aspects of the doctor-patient interaction and drug regimen. Despite the potential for intervention with these variables, there have been very few methodologically sound studies examining their effect on adherence with either medications generally or antibiotics specifically. Only two studies were located that had tested the effectiveness of reduced complexity of antibiotic dosage schedules. The results suggest that the less complex the schedule, the greater is the adherence. Both practitioners and patients must be encouraged to use and accept simpler dosage schedules, preferably once-daily schedules wherever possible. The paucity of well-controlled studoes to date highlights the need for further research evaluating intervention strategies that utilize variations in dosage schedule and elements of the doctor-patient interaction to improve adherence with antibiotic medications. © 1992.

DOI 10.1016/0732-8893(92)90136-H
Citations Scopus - 35
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 Gordon JJ, Saunders NA, Hennrikus D, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Interns' performances with simulated patients at the beginning and the end of the intern year', Journal of General Internal Medicine, 7 57-62 (1992)

Objective:To determine whether interns' performances of technical, preventive, and communication aspects of patient care improve during the intern year. Design:A descriptive study... [more]

Objective:To determine whether interns' performances of technical, preventive, and communication aspects of patient care improve during the intern year. Design:A descriptive study. At the beginning and end of the intern year, interns' consultations with three simulated (standardized) patients were videotaped and scored according to explicit criteria set by an expert panel. Problems simulated were urinary tract infection, bronchitis, and tension headache. Setting:The casualty outpatient department in a general teaching hospital in New South Wales, Australia. Participants:Twenty-eight interns rotated to the casualty department. Results:Little improvement over the intern year in technical competence or preventive care was observed, even though initial levels of compliance with criteria were quite low for some items. Greater improvement was apparent in the area of communication skills. Conclusions:The results suggest that the internship should be restructured to more adequately teach the skills required for primary care. © 1992 Society of General Internal Medicine.

DOI 10.1007/BF02599104
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 Aaronson NK, Acquadro C, Alonso J, Apolone G, Bucquet D, Bullinger M, et al., 'International quality of life assessment (IQOLA) project', Quality of Life Research, 1 349-351 (1992)

The International Quality of Life Assesment (IQOLA) Project is a 4-year project to translate and adapt the widely used MOS SF-36 Health Survey Questionnaire in up to 15 countries ... [more]

The International Quality of Life Assesment (IQOLA) Project is a 4-year project to translate and adapt the widely used MOS SF-36 Health Survey Questionnaire in up to 15 countries and validate, norm, and document the new translations as required for their use in international studies of health outcomes. In addition to the eight-scale SF-36 health profile, the project will also validate psychometrically based physical and mental health summary scores, as well as health utility indexes incorporating SF-36 scales for use in cost-utility studies. © 1992 Rapid Communications of Oxford Ltd.

DOI 10.1007/BF00434949
Citations Scopus - 414
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 HANCOCK L, HENRY DA, SANSONFISHER RW, 'ASPIRIN USE IN CHILDREN - HEEDING THE WARNING', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 16 35-37 (1992)
Co-authors L Parkinson, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 Webb GR, Redman S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Work injury experience at an industrial worksite', Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand, 8 143-153 (1992)

Most studies of work injuries use aggregate data about severe injuries resulting in time off work. These studies do not provide information about all injuries, particularly minor ... [more]

Most studies of work injuries use aggregate data about severe injuries resulting in time off work. These studies do not provide information about all injuries, particularly minor injuries. The present study investigated all injuries at a large metal manufacturing plant over a one-year period. Data collected for 1,740 injuries to 639 subjects included type of injury, part of the body injured, temporal variables, work variables, and individual worker variables. The most common types of injuries were soreness and pain, lacerations, superficial injuries and foreign bodies. The most common parts of the body injured were fingers, arms and eyes. Injuries were more likely to occur on Mondays. Injury occurrence peaked during the mid-morning and after lunch. Blue-collar workers had significantly higher rates of injuries and significantly more severe injuries than white-collar workers. Young workers were more likely to have injuries than older workers. Workers with less than three years' experience were significantly more likely to have injuries than other workers. The implications of these findings for prevention of work injuries are explored.

Citations Scopus - 9
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 Dickinson JA, Sanson-Fisher R, Bridges-Webb C, 'General practitioner databases in Australia [5]', Medical Journal of Australia, 156 580 (1992)
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 Sanson-Fisher R, 'Adolescent use of sun-protection measures.', Medical Journal of Australia, 157 216 (1992)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 Wolfenden K, McKenzie A, Sanson Fisher RW, 'Identifying hazards and risk opportunity in child farm injury', Australian Journal of Public Health, 16 122-128 (1992)

Abstract: Although children are overrepresented in farm injury, little is known about the environmental hazards and risk behaviours associated with injury, or about how to identi... [more]

Abstract: Although children are overrepresented in farm injury, little is known about the environmental hazards and risk behaviours associated with injury, or about how to identify these factors at a local level. This study addresses the measurement of these hazards and hazardous behaviours. The study was conducted in 1990 at Gloucester, New South Wales, a small dairy, beef and hobby farm community. After some formative research and local consultation, a checklist survey was constructed and sent to 120 farm families with school-age children. Families were sent the checklist forms again two weeks later to assess test-retest reliability, which was found to be acceptable among the 38 per cent who responded on both occasions. The findings on the prevalence of environmental hazards and risk behaviours from the 84 per cent of respondents were useful to refine the existing injury information available from local hospital morbidity figures, which had identified injuries related to riding Qiorses, bicycles and motorcycles) and to machinery and drowning as major rural injury issues. In particular the importance of bicycle riding and horse-related injury were confirmed. The survey importantly identified some previously undetected issues, most notably the danger to children's hearing. The prevalence data were used to identify targets for the development of local health promotion initiatives, leading the local farm safety action group to select horses, helmets and hearing as issues for preventive action. Findings from the method indicated the importance of local information, involving farmers in constructing the checklist, and feeding back results to the community. 1992 Public Health Association of Australia

DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.1992.tb00040.x
Citations Scopus - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1992 Sanson Fisher RW, Schofield MJ, See M, 'Availability of cigarettes to minors', Australian Journal of Public Health, 16 354-359 (1992)

Abstract: Legislation banning the sale of cigarettes to minors is potentially a cost-effective means of reducing smoking rates among adolescents. Such legislation has been in exi... [more]

Abstract: Legislation banning the sale of cigarettes to minors is potentially a cost-effective means of reducing smoking rates among adolescents. Such legislation has been in existence in Australia for over 80 years. Two studies examined the retail industry's adherence to the sales ban in two regions of New South Wales in 1990. The first study was a survey of 1 849 12- to 15-year-old adolescents from 12 high schools in New South Wales, providing data on self-reported purchasing of cigarettes from retail outlets by minors. In all, 38 per cent reported having purchased cigarettes illegally. A second study was undertaken to determine the proportion of retail shops which sell cigarettes to apparently underage youth. Two 16-year-olds who looked young for their age attempted to purchase cigarettes from 101 different retail outlets in one region of New South Wales. No challenge about age was made for 70 per cent of purchases, and proof of age was requested on only 15 per cent of occasions. The results suggest that legislation banning sales of cigarettes to minors requires strong enforcement procedures to be effective. 1992 Public Health Association of Australia

DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.1992.tb00081.x
Citations Scopus - 21
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 CAMPBELL E, SANSON FISHER R, 'Screening and intervention for cholesterol', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine, 21 393-395 (1991)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-5994.1991.tb01336.x
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 HENNRIKUS D, GIRGIS A, REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER RW, 'A COMMUNITY STUDY OF DELAY IN PRESENTING WITH SIGNS OF MELANOMA TO MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS', ARCHIVES OF DERMATOLOGY, 127 356-361 (1991)
DOI 10.1001/archderm.127.3.356
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 36
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 SCHOFIELD MJ, HENNRIKUS DJ, REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER RW, 'PREVALENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD A HYSTERECTOMY IN A COMMUNITY SURVEY', AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY, 31 153-158 (1991)
DOI 10.1111/j.1479-828X.1991.tb01806.x
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 31
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 BOWMAN JA, REDMAN S, DICKINSON JA, GIBBERD R, SANSONFISHER RW, 'THE ACCURACY OF PAP SMEAR UTILIZATION SELF-REPORT - A METHODOLOGICAL CONSIDERATION IN CERVICAL SCREENING RESEARCH', HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 26 97-107 (1991)
Citations Scopus - 76Web of Science - 79
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Robert Gibberd, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 GIRGIS A, CAMPBELL EM, REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER RW, 'SCREENING FOR MELANOMA - A COMMUNITY SURVEY OF PREVALENCE AND PREDICTORS', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 154 338-343 (1991)
Citations Scopus - 74Web of Science - 83
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 Ward JE, Gordon J, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Strategies to increase preventive care in general practice', Medical Journal of Australia, 154 523-531 (1991)

To develop strategies to overcome barriers to preventive care in general practice. Method: Participants invited to attend a one-day workshop ranked barriers to preventive care in ... [more]

To develop strategies to overcome barriers to preventive care in general practice. Method: Participants invited to attend a one-day workshop ranked barriers to preventive care in a pre-workshop survey. During the workshop, small groups generated strategies to overcome the most influential barriers. After the workshop, participants nominated strategies for implementation in the ideal world and in the realities of resource constraints. Participants: Twenty-six participants representing general practice, medical academe, funding authorities, health policy planners, researchers, medicopolitical organisations and consumers. Results: The surveys yielded preferred strategies for implementation in the ideal world and 10 preferred strategies for implementation given likely resource constraints. Conclusions: Authoritative guidelines are needed to guide clinical practice and to evaluate research. Other comprehensive strategies to overcome barriers to preventive care must be implemented and evaluated for effectiveness and acceptability in field experiments before wider implementation. The controlled implementation and evaluation of these strategies requires genuine collaboration amongst clinicians, health policy planners, researchers, funding authorities and general practice academe.

Citations Scopus - 24
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 REDMAN S, WEBB GR, HENNRIKUS DJ, GORDON JJ, SANSONFISHER RW, 'THE EFFECTS OF GENDER ON DIAGNOSIS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTURBANCE', JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 14 527-540 (1991)
DOI 10.1007/BF00845109
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 28
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 Ward J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Cancer prevention: what's worth doing in general practice?', Australian family physician, 20 1437-1443 (1991)

Primary prevention aims to circumvent the onset of malignant change. Secondary prevention aims to detect early cancer or lesions with high malignant potential before extensive loc... [more]

Primary prevention aims to circumvent the onset of malignant change. Secondary prevention aims to detect early cancer or lesions with high malignant potential before extensive local growth or metastatic spread compromises the effectiveness of treatment. This article should help general practitioners appraise the value of cancer prevention measures and plan an effective approach to cancer prevention in clinical practice.

Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 HANCOCK L, HENNRIKUS D, HENRY DA, SANSONFISHER R, WALSH R, LEWIS JH, 'AGREEMENT BETWEEN 2 MEASURES OF DRUG-USE IN A LOW-PREVALENCE POPULATION', ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS, 16 507-516 (1991)
DOI 10.1016/0306-4603(91)90058-P
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, L Parkinson
1991 SCHOFIELD MJ, BENNETT A, REDMAN S, WALTERS WAW, SANSONFISHER RW, 'SELF-REPORTED LONG-TERM OUTCOMES OF HYSTERECTOMY', BRITISH JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, 98 1129-1136 (1991)
DOI 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1991.tb15365.x
Citations Scopus - 69Web of Science - 65
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 SANSONFISHER RW, REDMAN S, WALSH R, MITCHELL K, REID ALA, PERKINS JJ, 'TRAINING MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN INFORMATION-TRANSFER SKILLS - THE NEW CHALLENGE', MEDICAL EDUCATION, 25 322-333 (1991)
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 31
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 WEBB GR, REDMAN S, GIBBERD RW, SANSONFISHER RW, 'THE RELIABILITY AND STABILITY OF A QUANTITY-FREQUENCY METHOD AND A DIARY METHOD OF MEASURING ALCOHOL-CONSUMPTION', DRUG AND ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE, 27 223-231 (1991)
DOI 10.1016/0376-8716(91)90005-J
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 29
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Robert Gibberd
1991 WARD JE, BOYLE K, REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER RW, 'INCREASING WOMENS COMPLIANCE WITH OPPORTUNISTIC CERVICAL-CANCER SCREENING - A RANDOMIZED TRIAL', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 7 285-291 (1991)
Citations Scopus - 39Web of Science - 38
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 Schofield MJ, Redman S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A Community Approach to Smoking Prevention: A Review', Behaviour Change, 8 17-25 (1991)

This paper reviews individual and community approaches to smoking prevention. It summarises some behavioural components of individual and group methods of smoking prevention and c... [more]

This paper reviews individual and community approaches to smoking prevention. It summarises some behavioural components of individual and group methods of smoking prevention and cessation and points to some of the shortcomings of these approaches. The advantages of community-based interventions for smoking are reviewed and the limitations of past community studies are noted. It is proposed that a community approach to smoking prevention holds considerable promise. Multiple interventions which address smoking as a community issue and the provision of community-based structures and support for smoking cessation are needed to combat this major public health problem. © 1991, The Author(s). All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1017/S0813483900006872
Citations Scopus - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1991 Clover K, Redman S, Wiggers J, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Community knowledge of cancer', Health Promotion International, 6 93-101 (1991) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 11
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, John Wiggers
1991 SCHOFIELD MJ, TRIPODI DA, GIRGIS A, SANSONFISHER RW, 'SOLAR PROTECTION ISSUES FOR SCHOOLS - POLICY, PRACTICE AND RECOMMENDATIONS', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 15 135-141 (1991) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 21
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1990 AGREZ MV, REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER R, HENNRIKUS D, 'FEASIBILITY OF SIGMOIDOSCOPIC SCREENING FOR COLORECTAL-CANCER IN THE HUNTER REGION', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF SURGERY, 60 87-92 (1990)
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1990 Wiggers J, Donovan KO, Redman S, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Cancer patient satisfaction with care', Cancer, 66 610-616 (1990) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 186Web of Science - 162
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, John Wiggers
1990 BOWMAN JA, REDMAN S, REID ALA, SANSONFISHER RW, 'GENERAL-PRACTITIONERS AND THE PROVISION OF PAPANICOLAOU SMEAR-TESTS - CURRENT PRACTICE, KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDES', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 152 178-183 (1990)
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Jenny Bowman
1990 REDMAN S, REID ALA, CAMPBELL E, SANSONFISHER RW, 'BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION AND BREAST EXAMINATION BY A HEALTH-CARE PROVIDER - PREVALENCE AND PREDICTORS OF SCREENING IN A RANDOMLY SELECTED SAMPLE OF AUSTRALIAN WOMEN', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 152 640-& (1990)
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1990 Sanson-Fisher R, Bridges-Webb C, Coates R, Crotty M, Dammery D, Dickinson J, et al., 'Attitudes, knowledge and behaviour of general practitioners in relation to HIV infection and AIDS', Medical Journal of Australia, 153 5-12 (1990)

A stratified random sample of 655 Australian general practitioners (GPs) was surveyed to determine their attitudes, knowledge and behaviour in relation to the human immunodeficien... [more]

A stratified random sample of 655 Australian general practitioners (GPs) was surveyed to determine their attitudes, knowledge and behaviour in relation to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic. Of the 486 respondents, 22% had one or more patients with HIV infection in their practice and 80% had been asked for information on HIV infection in the past month by at least one patient. The majority of respondents viewed screening and education of patients as part of their role, but 24% did not want to maintain a therapeutic relationship with HIV-infected patients and 16% felt it was appropriate to refuse to treat this group. Although most respondents correctly identified the well known risk-taking behaviours for HIV infection in homosexual men and intravenous drug users, they underestimated the risk to heterosexuals and exaggerated that associated with activities generally considered not to involve risk. The knowledge of appropriate infection control procedures of approximately 60% of the respondents was inadequate. A lack of time in consulting was the most commonly cited barrier to the routine assessment of, or enquiry into, risk-taking behaviours of patients in the respondents' practices. Respondents noted that they required more knowledge of the clinical presentation and diagnosis of HIV infection, as well as education in counselling techniques and the risks of transmission associated with sexual and non-sexual activities. They felt such information could best be imparted through printed material. These results indicate that most GPs are willing to play an active role in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of HIV disease, but they require more accurate information in order to fulfil this role appropriately. The study identifies and addresses several barriers to GPs playing a more active role in the management of HIV disease.

Citations Scopus - 16
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1990 WEBB GR, REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER RW, GIBBERD RW, 'COMPARISON OF A QUANTITY-FREQUENCY METHOD AND A DIARY METHOD OF MEASURING ALCOHOL-CONSUMPTION', JOURNAL OF STUDIES ON ALCOHOL, 51 271-277 (1990)
Citations Scopus - 43Web of Science - 40
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Robert Gibberd
1990 Webb G, Jurisich R, Sanson Fisher R, 'A CRITICAL REVIEW OF AUSTRALIAN CANCER ORGANIZATIONS¿ PUBLIC EDUCATION MATERIAL', Community Health Studies, 14 171-179 (1990)

Because of the potential benefits of primary prevention and early detection of cancer, a considerable proportion of the efforts of State cancer organizations has been directed tow... [more]

Because of the potential benefits of primary prevention and early detection of cancer, a considerable proportion of the efforts of State cancer organizations has been directed towards public educational programs. The study aimed to determine the level of agreement in the messages contained in the written educational material of the State and Territory cancer organizations in Australia. Pamphlets and brochures dealing with primary and secondary prevention of breast, cervical, skin and bowel cancers were obtained. The materials were compared on a number of dimensions: the characteristics of people who are at increased risk of contracting the cancer, how to avoid the cancer through primary prevention, how and when to screen in the case of secondary prevention, and action to be taken if a sign or symptom indicative of cancer is discovered. The study found a lack of agreement in the messages of the State cancer organizations. Some hypotheses are suggested to explain the discrepancies. In addition, some suggestions for remedying this situation are provided. 1990 Public Health Association of Australia

DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.1990.tb00038.x
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1990 WEBB GR, REDMAN S, HENNRIKUS D, ROSTAS JAP, SANSONFISHER RW, 'THE PREVALENCE AND SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC CORRELATES OF HIGH-RISK AND PROBLEM DRINKING AT AN INDUSTRIAL WORKSITE', BRITISH JOURNAL OF ADDICTION, 85 495-507 (1990)
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 21
Co-authors John Rostas, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1990 REDMAN S, WEBB GR, OAK S, SANSONFISHER RW, 'DRUG RESEARCH - A COMPARISON OF ONGOING RESEARCH AND PERCEIVED RESEARCH PRIORITIES', BRITISH JOURNAL OF ADDICTION, 85 943-952 (1990)
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1990 Redman S, Spencer EA, Sanson-fisher RW, 'The role of mass media in changing health-related behaviour: A critical appraisal of two models', Health Promotion International, 5 85-101 (1990)

The mass media are increasingly popular as a strategy for delivering preventive health messages. A review of the literature located 24 published evaluations of the effectiveness o... [more]

The mass media are increasingly popular as a strategy for delivering preventive health messages. A review of the literature located 24 published evaluations of the effectiveness of mass media programmes in modifying cardiovascular risk behaviour or safety restraint use among adults. Many of these studies failed to meet basic methodological criteria and were excluded from the review. The remaining studies were found to provide little support for the implementation of mass-media programmes to modify health risk behaviours. When media-alone interventions designed to alter behaviour directly have been evaluated, they have been found to have little impact on behaviour. When the media have been used in an agenda-setting role in combination with a community component, significant changes in behaviour have been reported. However, there is currently no evidence that the media component makes a contribution to the effectiveness of such combined programmes. Future research needs are discussed. © 1990 Oxford University Press.

DOI 10.1093/heapro/5.1.85
Citations Scopus - 67
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1990 SLAMA K, REDMAN S, PERKINS J, REID ALA, SANSONFISHER RW, 'THE EFFECTIVENESS OF 2 SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAMS FOR USE IN GENERAL-PRACTICE - A RANDOMIZED CLINICAL-TRIAL', BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 300 1707-1709 (1990)
Citations Scopus - 76Web of Science - 68
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1989 WEBB GR, REDMAN S, WILKINSON C, SANSONFISHER RW, 'FILTERING EFFECTS IN REPORTING WORK INJURIES', ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, 21 115-123 (1989)
DOI 10.1016/0001-4575(89)90081-X
Citations Scopus - 44Web of Science - 37
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1989 COCKBURN J, HENNRIKUS D, SCOTT R, SANSONFISHER R, 'ADOLESCENT USE OF SUN-PROTECTION MEASURES', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 151 136-140 (1989)
Citations Scopus - 105Web of Science - 103
Co-authors Rodney Scott, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1989 Gordon JJ, Saunders NA, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Evaluating interns' performance using simulated patients in a casualty department', Medical Journal of Australia, 151 18-21 (1989)

An observational study examined the care that was provided by 61 interns for three simulated (standardized) patients in a casualty department within a large teaching hospital. The... [more]

An observational study examined the care that was provided by 61 interns for three simulated (standardized) patients in a casualty department within a large teaching hospital. The consultations were recorded on videotape and were scored by reference to explicit criteria that were set by an expert panel. The criteria described standards of clinical competence, communication skills and preventive care for each of the three cases. An additional list of the general opportunities for preventive advice that were suggested by the patients' case histories was also compared with the interns' actual behaviour. Clinical competence was not demonstrated uniformly across the three cases. The problem of urinary-tract infection was managed best; 19% of the interns complied with all criteria, and 93% of the interns complied with 75% of the criteria. For tension headache, only 3% of the interns complied with all the criteria but 67% of interns complied with 75% of the criteria. In the case of bronchitis, only 3% of interns complied with all the criteria but 58% of interns met 75% of the criteria. The quality of preventive care also varied from case to case, being best for the patient with bronchitis and worst for the patient with tension headache. Over all, only three of the 13 criteria were met by more than half the interns. The communication-skills criteria identified three behaviours which the interns were most likely to omit: the interns summarized the patients' problems in only 73 of the 173 consultations; they explained the aetiology of the problems in only 127 of the 173 consultations; and they ensured that the patients understood their plan of management in only 21 of the 173 consultations.

Citations Scopus - 17
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1989 Dickinson J, Wiggers J, Leeder S, Sanson-Fisher R, 'General practitioners'' detection of patients'' smoking status', Medical Journal of Australia, 150 420-426 (1989) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 81Web of Science - 91
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, John Wiggers
1989 SLAMA KJ, REDMAN S, COCKBURN J, SANSONFISHER RW, 'COMMUNITY VIEWS ABOUT THE ROLE OF GENERAL-PRACTITIONERS IN DISEASE PREVENTION', FAMILY PRACTICE, 6 203-209 (1989)
DOI 10.1093/fampra/6.3.203
Citations Scopus - 53Web of Science - 45
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1989 DONOVAN K, SANSONFISHER RW, REDMAN S, 'MEASURING QUALITY OF LIFE IN CANCER-PATIENTS', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, 7 959-968 (1989)
Citations Scopus - 234Web of Science - 210
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1989 Redman S, Dickinson JA, Cockburn J, Hennrikus D, Sanson-FISHER RW, 'The assessment of reactivity in direct observation studies of doctor-patient interactions', Psychology & Health, 3 17-28 (1989)

A number of recent studies have used the direct observation technique to explore the nature of the medical consultation and its impact on outcomes such as diagnosis, adequacy of c... [more]

A number of recent studies have used the direct observation technique to explore the nature of the medical consultation and its impact on outcomes such as diagnosis, adequacy of care, patient compliance and satisfaction. However, none of these included adequate assessments of the reactive effects of the observation procedure. The present research aimed at extending the current understanding of reactive effects in observation studies of doctor-patient interactions, and was part of a larger study involving the videotaping of over 2000 consultations in the primary care setting. Habituation to the observation procedure was assessed by examining changes over time in the doctor's rates of identifying smoking and psychiatrically disturbed patients. Data from 20 doctors and 619 consultations were assessed for smoking detection and 22 doctors and 564 consultations for psychiatric disturbance. When differences between sessions in case mix and the differential ability of individual doctors to detect were controlled for, there was no evidence of changes in the doctor's behaviour over time. Self-report measures of responses to the observation procedure were collected from 17 primary care physicians and 279 patients. While patients reported no reactive effects, the doctors felt that some aspects of their behaviour had been altered by the study procedures. Results are discussed in terms of strategies for assessing reactivity within observational studies of doctor-patient interactions. © 1989, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1080/08870448908400362
Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1989 Sanson-Fisher RW, Campbell EM, Redman S, Hennrikus DJ, 'Patient-provider interactions and patient outcomes.', The Diabetes educator, 15 134-138 (1989)

Research shows that a number of provider interactional skills are empirically related to patient adherence, making interaction skills a necessary and important part of clinical co... [more]

Research shows that a number of provider interactional skills are empirically related to patient adherence, making interaction skills a necessary and important part of clinical competence. These skills fall into three broad categories: techniques to elicit and modify patients' health and treatment beliefs, to aid recall of information, and to aid adherence. Specific skills in each category are discussed. Research further shows that health care providers can be taught effective communication skills, and that one of the most effective teaching techniques is audio or video feedback in which the provider's interaction with a patient is judged by tutor and peers using explicit, empirically based criteria.

Citations Scopus - 22
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 WEBB GR, SANSONFISHER RW, BOWMAN JA, 'PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS RELATED TO PARENTAL RESTRAINT OF PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN IN MOTOR VEHICLES', ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, 20 87-94 (1988)
DOI 10.1016/0001-4575(88)90023-1
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 28
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 WEBB GR, BOWMAN JA, SANSONFISHER RW, 'STUDIES OF CHILD SAFETY RESTRAINT USE IN MOTOR VEHICLES - SOME METHODOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS', ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, 20 109-115 (1988)
DOI 10.1016/0001-4575(88)90026-7
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 23
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Jenny Bowman
1988 REDMAN S, HENNRIKUS DJ, BOWMAN JA, SANSONFISHER RW, 'ASSESSING WOMENS HEALTH NEEDS', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 148 123-127 (1988)
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 30
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 SANSONFISHER RW, REDMAN S, OAK S, WEBB G, 'THE BURDEN OF ILLNESS THAT IS IMPOSED BY DRUG-ABUSE AND THE ALLOCATION OF RESEARCH MONIES IN THE FIELD - 3 VIEWS', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 149 134-138 (1988)
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 Gordon JJ, Fahey P, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Interns' identification of patients' health risks in a casualty department', Medical Journal of Australia, 148 615-619 (1988)

This study examined whether the interns who staffed a hospital casualty department identified correctly four common health risks among their patients. When compared with patients ... [more]

This study examined whether the interns who staffed a hospital casualty department identified correctly four common health risks among their patients. When compared with patients who were attending general practitioners, patients who attended the casualty department were more likely to be cigarette smokers. They were also more likely to be heavy drinkers of alcohol and to score highly on a standardized measure of psychological disturbance. Women were less likely to have undergone a Papanicolaou smear-examination within the previous two years. The interns, who were the subjects in this study, failed to identify 56% of the smokers, 84% of the heavy drinkers, 35% of the psychologically-disturbed patients and 95% of the women who had not undergone a Papanicolaou smear-test in the last two years. The findings were in contrast with the interns' own opinions on what would constitute good-quality care in this setting. The subjects were just beginning their internship at the time of the study. Their failure to integrate important questions about common health risks suggests that their undergraduate training has been deficient in this area. The internship is the last formal opportunity to correct this deficiency before these doctors are registered for independent medical practice.

Citations Scopus - 19
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 Dickinson JA, Leeder SR, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Frequency of cervical smear-tests among patients of general practitioners', Medical Journal of Australia, 148 128-131 (1988)

Eight hundred and thirty-eight women who attended 36 general practitioners were asked when they had last undergone a cervical smear-test. Only 6% of women who were between 25 and ... [more]

Eight hundred and thirty-eight women who attended 36 general practitioners were asked when they had last undergone a cervical smear-test. Only 6% of women who were between 25 and 54 years of age had never undergone a smear-test, but in women who were younger and older than this age range the proportion was one-third. We estimated from this pattern of use of cervical smear-tests that only 60% of invasive cervical cancer is being prevented, and the major contribution to the remaining risk factors comes from women of over 55 years of age who either have not undergone a smear-test or had undergone one a long time previously. This information suggests that general practitioneres and the public-health system should be more active in ensuring that all at-risk women undergo cervical smear-tests.

Citations Scopus - 27
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 Cockburn J, Campbell E, Gordon JJ, Sanson-F1sher RW, 'Response bias in a study of general practice', Family Practice, 5 18-23 (1988)

Cockburn J, Campbell E, Gordon J J and Sanson-Fisher R W. Response bias in a study of general practice. Family Practice 1988, 5: 18-23 Response bias in quality of care research is... [more]

Cockburn J, Campbell E, Gordon J J and Sanson-Fisher R W. Response bias in a study of general practice. Family Practice 1988, 5: 18-23 Response bias in quality of care research is an important, but largely neglected concern. Differences between health care professionals who consent to participate in research and those who do not may distort the conclusions and prevent the results being generalizable. This is particularly likely when response rates are low, as they often are in studies evaluating primary health care. The present study outlines a method for examining this important area. Fifty-six general practitioners who consented to participate in an observational study of general practice were compared with 52 doctors who declined to participate in the research. Comparisons were made of general characteristics including age, sex, practice size and postgraduate qualifications, as well as attitudes toward their role. This last analysis was deemed particularly important, as the attitudes expressed may have affected the behaviour of the doctor in the consultation, and therefore outcomes such as accurate diagnosis, compliance and satisfaction. Such outcomes are often the object of study in quality of care research. The only significant difference to emerge in the present study, was that non-consenters were more strongly in favour of a medical system based on free enterprise and fee for service (f83=2.3P<0.05). No systematic differences were found on other general characteristics or attitudes relating to patient care. Response bias using the stated variables was therefore considered to be minimal. The results are discussed in terms of strategies aimed at increasing response rates in quality of care research. © 1988, Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1093/fampra/5.1.18
Citations Scopus - 35
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 Gordon J, Sanson-Fisher R, Saunders NA, 'Identification of stmulated patients by interns in a casualty setting', Medical Education, 22 533-538 (1988)

Fifty-four interns agreed to a study in which their clinical performance in an outpatient unit with standardized patients was recorded on videotape. In order to examine whether th... [more]

Fifty-four interns agreed to a study in which their clinical performance in an outpatient unit with standardized patients was recorded on videotape. In order to examine whether they could distinguish standardized from real patients, the interns were asked to note any patients who they thought might be simulating their complaints and report these to the researchers at the end of each 2-day period of study. Thirty-two of the interns were assessed again at the end of their internship, using the same clinical problems presented by different simulators. The consultations took place in the casualty department of a large urban hospital. At the beginning of the year there were 152 consultations with standardized patients and 328 consultations with appropriate genuine patients. Standardized patients were identified definitely as 'not genuine' in only 12 of the 152 consultations (sensitivity 7.8%) whereas 320 of the 328 genuine consultations were accepted by the interns as genuine (specificity 97.8%). When the level of confidence required to distinguish the two groups was reduced from 'definite' to 'probable', the number of correctly identified simulator consultations increased to 36/152 (27%) but the rate of misclassification of genuine patients also increased from 8 to 37 out of 328 consultations (11%). At the end of the year there were 81 consultations with standardized patients and 149 consultations with genuine patients. Identification rates were only slightly changed. We conclude that simulator identification is not a problem in applying standardized patients to evaluate the quality of care provided in a hospital casualty.

Citations Scopus - 26
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER R, COCKBURN J, 'REHABILITATION PROGRAMS FOR DRINK DRIVERS - A CRITICAL-APPRAISAL', COMMUNITY HEALTH STUDIES, 12 418-427 (1988) [C1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 MITCHELL AS, HENRY DA, SANSONFISHER R, OCONNELL DL, 'PATIENTS AS A DIRECT SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON ADVERSE DRUG-REACTIONS', BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 297 891-893 (1988)
Citations Scopus - 48Web of Science - 42
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 Rydon P, Redman S, Sanson Fisher RW, 'The Assessment of Alcohol-Related Problems: a Need for a New Perspective', Australian Drug and Alcohol Review, 7 127-130 (1988)

Abstract: While general practice represents an appropriate point for detecting and intervening with those with alcohol-related problems, existing data suggest that family physici... [more]

Abstract: While general practice represents an appropriate point for detecting and intervening with those with alcohol-related problems, existing data suggest that family physicians are currently unable to identify correctly those with such problems. Among the reasons which may explain these low detection rates is the absence of a suitable screening instrument for use in this setting. A set of criteria against which any instrument should be tested before being employed in the general practice setting is outlined. These criteria state that the scale should have three major characteristics. Firstly, it should be acceptable to patient and general practitioner. Secondly, the scale must have a conceptual frame which acknowledges the multidimensionality of problems; allows measurement of direct and indirect problems; is capable of detecting changes over time; focuses on non-dependent rather than dependent problems; and which is based on experts' and consumers' agreement as to what constitutes a problem. Finally the scale should have demonstrated adequate reliability and validity within general practice. Existing scales fail to meet the majority of these criteria. As a consequence, the Primary Care Group at Newcastle is attempting to develop a scale which meets the specified criteria. Preliminary results indicate that the constructed scale does have some promise. 1988 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

DOI 10.1080/09595238880000281
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1988 Hall JP, Heller RF, Dobson AJ, Lloyd DM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Leeder SR, 'A cost-effectiveness analysis of alternative strategies for the prevention of heart disease', Medical Journal of Australia, 148 273-277 (1988)

The identification of risk factors, such as a raised cholesterol level, hypertension, cigarette smoking, and obesity, permits the prediction of the possible development of ischaem... [more]

The identification of risk factors, such as a raised cholesterol level, hypertension, cigarette smoking, and obesity, permits the prediction of the possible development of ischaemic heart disease and has led to attempts at its prevention through modification of these factors. A high risk of developing ischaemic heart disease is also associated with age, specific socioeconomic groups, a family history of ischaemic heart disease, and preexisting evidence of the disease. Preventive strategies have either sought to reduce the average levels of risk in the general population or to identify by population screening individuals or groups who are at particular risk and to reduce their level of risk. Differing methods of risk-factor identification and modification are appropriate for each of the high-risk groups. For a number of strategies that are directed at either the whole population or high-risk groups we have estimated the costs of identification and risk-factor modification and the probable benefits of undertaking such a strategy. A strategy which educates the whole population by way of the media costs considerably less than does any strategy that involves the identification of individuals at high risk. At a medium cost estimate, with a reduction in risk of only 1%, such an approach costs approximately $8,000 per case that is prevented; when risk reductin approaches 3% it actually results in a saving of health-care expenditure within five years. The costs of the other strategies vary between $12,000 and $26,000 per case that is prevented in a five-year period.

Citations Scopus - 34
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1987 COCKBURN J, REID AL, BOWMAN JA, SANSONFISHER RW, 'EFFECTS OF INTERVENTION ON ANTIBIOTIC COMPLIANCE IN PATIENTS IN GENERAL-PRACTICE', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 147 324-& (1987)
Citations Scopus - 55Web of Science - 56
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1987 Cockburn J, Reid AL, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The process and content of general-practice consultations that involve prescription of antibiotic agents', Medical Journal of Australia, 147 321-324 (1987)

We devised a reliable coding system in order to analyse interactional events between general practitioners and patients that were observed on the videotapes of 201 consultations i... [more]

We devised a reliable coding system in order to analyse interactional events between general practitioners and patients that were observed on the videotapes of 201 consultations in which an antibiotic agent was prescribed. Of total consultation events, doctors contributed 14% on the collection of information about the presenting condition for which antibiotic agents were prescribed; 22% on the giving of such information; 17% on social exchanges; and 21% of events were devoted to other problems that emerged during the consultation. Patient questions made up 2% of events and were encouraged specifically by 1% of events. Whereas 75% of patients were told the dose and length of the course, only 46% of patients were told the name of the antibiotic agent, only 10% of patients were told of side-effects, and no patient was told what to do if he or she forgot a dose. Not surprisingly, with the exception of the justification of the treatment that was chosen, practitioners seldom used techniques which have been shown to be effective in the improvement of patient compliance or recall of information. Given that antibiotic agents are prescribed commonly, and compliance is frequently poor, our findings have implications for undergraduate, vocational and continuing education.

Citations Scopus - 37
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1987 BOWMAN JA, SANSONFISHER RW, WEBB GR, 'INTERVENTIONS IN PRESCHOOLS TO INCREASE THE USE OF SAFETY RESTRAINTS BY PRESCHOOL-CHILDREN', PEDIATRICS, 79 103-109 (1987)
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Jenny Bowman, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1987 REDMAN S, SANSONFISHER RW, WILKINSON C, FAHEY PP, GIBBERD RW, 'AGREEMENT BETWEEN 2 MEASURES OF ALCOHOL-CONSUMPTION', JOURNAL OF STUDIES ON ALCOHOL, 48 104-108 (1987)
Citations Scopus - 73Web of Science - 86
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Robert Gibberd
1987 Sanson-Fisher RW, Cockburn J, Fahey P, 'Construction and validation of a questionnaire to measure the health beliefs of general practice patients', Family Practice, 4 108-116 (1987)

The health belief model has been widely used as a conceptual framework for understanding and explaining compliance behaviour. A weakness characterizing work in the area has been l... [more]

The health belief model has been widely used as a conceptual framework for understanding and explaining compliance behaviour. A weakness characterizing work in the area has been lack of standardization of measurement of the components of the health belief model. This paper describes the development and validation of a questionnaire to measure these components. The questionnaire was designed for use with general practice patients who have a wide range of different illnesses, therefore the nature of the patients' illness is not mentioned in the content of the items. Principal components analysis was used to determine the dimensions underlying patients' beliefs. Principal components analysis and application of Croribach's alpha statistic identified four reliable sub-scales of the questionnaire. The sub-scales measured patient's beliefs about: the threat caused by illness, the efficacy of traditional medical care, the way illness is dealt with and the barriers to taking medications. © 1987, Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1093/fampra/4.2.108
Citations Scopus - 22
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1987 Sanson-Fisher RW, Cockburn J, Campbell E, Killer D, 'Measuring General Practitioners' Attitudes Towards Medical Care', Family Practice, 4 192-199 (1987)

The construction and development of a questionnaire which measures the attitudes of general practitioners towards their role in the medical care system is described. Factor analyt... [more]

The construction and development of a questionnaire which measures the attitudes of general practitioners towards their role in the medical care system is described. Factor analytic procedures identified seven reliable factor-based subscales. The subscales measured attitudes towards: a psychological orientation to patient care, government involvement in the health care system, preventive medicine, patient participation in the consultation, communication with patients, responsibibity for decision making and the appropriateness of consultations. The responses of 387 randomly selected Australian general practitioners to this measure are described. Overall, there was strong support for the importance of fostering patient participation, facilitating open communication and understanding, having a psychological orientation, and implementing preventive activities in general practice. However, the sample was strongly opposed to a government regulated health care system. Age and sex of the general practitioner were shown to influence orientations on some dimensions. © 1987, Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1093/fampra/4.3.192
Citations Scopus - 45
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1987 COCKBURN J, GIBBERD RW, REID AL, SANSONFISHER RW, 'DETERMINANTS OF NONCOMPLIANCE WITH SHORT-TERM ANTIBIOTIC REGIMENS', BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 295 814-818 (1987)
Citations Scopus - 144Web of Science - 154
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Robert Gibberd
1987 Redman S, Cockburn J, Reid ALA, Sanson Fisher RW, 'Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol-Related Problems: Prevalence amongst a General Practice Population', Australian Drug and Alcohol Review, 6 245-252 (1987)

Abstract: The prevalence of ¿at risk¿ levels of alcohol consumption and of alcohol-related problems in a sample of general practice patients was examined. Consumption was measu... [more]

Abstract: The prevalence of ¿at risk¿ levels of alcohol consumption and of alcohol-related problems in a sample of general practice patients was examined. Consumption was measured using both Quantity Frequency (N = 2066) and retrospective diary (N = 808) measures. The two measures yielded similar results. The proportion of females drinking ¿at risk¿ levels (40 gms a day) ranged from 0.6% to 1.2% and between 4.1% and 5.8% of males were classified ¿at risk¿ (60gms/day). Using the SMAST to measure alcohol-related problems, 8.6% of females and 12.1% of males were classified as ¿probable alcoholic¿, while ¿possible alcoholism¿ was present in a further 15.1% of females and 20.1% of males. Only a weak relationship was found between being at physical risk on the basis of excessive consumption and being identified as having alcohol-related problems by the SMAST. Logistic regression was used in an attempt to delineate predictors of alcohol-related problems. Smoking status, alcohol consumption, age and report of skin problems entered the final model, but the prediction from this model was poor (X2 = 322.67, df = 204, p = 0.122). The results are discussed in terms of strategies for general practitioner detection and intervention with patients with alcohol-related problems. 1987 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

DOI 10.1080/09595238780000671
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1987 Gutmann M, Sanson-Fisher R, Christiansen B, Blackwell B, 'Behavioral medicine programs in teaching hospitals', Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 48 116-122 (1987)
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1986 Feletti G, Firman D, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Patient satisfaction with primary-care consultations', Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 9 389-399 (1986)

This study examines patients' perceptions of their latest consultation with a primary-care physician. A new questionnaire measured patients' views on their "ideal" physician prior... [more]

This study examines patients' perceptions of their latest consultation with a primary-care physician. A new questionnaire measured patients' views on their "ideal" physician prior to the visit and their satisfaction on similar dimensions immediately afterward. Ratings by the 503 eligible patients (87% response rate) showed that all 43 items were relevant and that a shortened version could also be used successfully. Patients held high expectations for, but were also quite satisfied with, their physicians' actual behavior during the consultation. Factor analysis of perceptions supported other research findings and raised some anomalies in relation to overordering of investigations and waiting time. Other analyses showed which characteristics of physicians and patients were most influential on satisfaction and which dimensions of care were common or distinct to the 22 physicians involved in this study. © 1986 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

DOI 10.1007/BF00845122
Citations Scopus - 45
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1986 Reid ALA, Webb GR, Hennrikus D, Fahey PP, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Detection of patients with high alcohol intake by general practitioners', British Medical Journal (Clinical research ed.), 293 735 (1986)
DOI 10.1136/bmj.293.6549.735
Citations Scopus - 95
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1986 Sanson Fisher R, 'The Measurement of Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol-Related Problems', Australian Drug and Alcohol Review, 5 309-310 (1986)
DOI 10.1080/09595238680000661
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1986 Hopkins Rintala D, Hanover D, Alexander JL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Willems EP, Halstead LS, 'Team care: An analysis of verbal behavior during patient rounds in a rehabilitation hospital', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 67 118-122 (1986)

Patient rounds are an important aspect of multidisciplinary team care. Team perceptions of ideally functioning rounds were compared with the actual communication patterns in round... [more]

Patient rounds are an important aspect of multidisciplinary team care. Team perceptions of ideally functioning rounds were compared with the actual communication patterns in rounds in a physical rehabilitation hospital. Perceptions of the patients' needs in the content areas of physical, psychosocial, and support systems were also compared with the actual distribution of content in rounds. Physicians spoke more (41%) and made more authoritative statements (62%) than did staff from any other discipline. The physicians participated far more than was perceived as ideal in all areas but the physical. Patients contributed only 9% of the discussion and less than 1% of authoritative statements. The physical content area was overemphasized (65%) and the psychosocial area was underemphasized (14%) when compared with the perceived needs of the patients. Interpretations of these findings and implications for investigation of the impact of team care are discussed. © 1986.

DOI 10.1016/0003-9993(86)90120-6
Citations Scopus - 13
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1985 CARNEY SL, MITCHELL KR, BRINSMEAD MW, SANSONFISHER RW, FLOATE DA, 'THE WAY WE TEACH MEDICAL-STUDENTS PROFESSIONAL SKILLS', MEDICAL TEACHER, 7 37-44 (1985)
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1985 FELETTI GI, SANSON FISHER RW, VIDLER M, 'Evaluating a new approach to selecting medical students', Medical Education, 19 276-284 (1985)

Summary. Dissatisfaction with the traditional methods of selecting Australian medical students, which use only secondary school achievement, led to an innovative alternative meth... [more]

Summary. Dissatisfaction with the traditional methods of selecting Australian medical students, which use only secondary school achievement, led to an innovative alternative method at the Newcastle Medical School. This multistage approach uses tests of problem-solving ability, empathy, creativity and moral dilemmas to screen applicants otherwise suitable on academic achievement. In the 5-year trial since its inception, this process appears reasonably reliable and valid. There is some merit in using a composite score for ranking applicants, based on weighted contributions from the psychological tests used in its multifactorial battery. However, the ultimate effectiveness of individual tests of a composite score will depend on their predictive validity, which is yet unmeasured. 1985 Blackwell Publishing

DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1985.tb01321.x
Citations Scopus - 14
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1985 Sanson Fisher R, 'COMMENTARY: BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE AND ITS RELATION TO MEDICINE ¿ A NEED FOR POSITIVE ACTION', Community Health Studies, 9 275-283 (1985) [C1]

In a recent paper, Kamien highlighted the need for a behavioural science perspective in undergraduate medical education and medical practice. The current article attempts to exten... [more]

In a recent paper, Kamien highlighted the need for a behavioural science perspective in undergraduate medical education and medical practice. The current article attempts to extend this argument by delineating some of the variables which sustain the current lack of a viable and effective behavioural perspective in medical practice. Suggestions for remedying this deficit are provided. 1985 Public Health Association of Australia

DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.1985.tb00496.x
Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1985 Boisaubin EV, Henrikus DJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Merrill JM, 'Behavioral mapping to plan a new emergency center', Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 8 36-43 (1985)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1984 Fairbairn S, Maguire GP, Sanson Fisher R, 'The teaching of interviewing skills', Medical Education, 18 309-310 (1984)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1984.tb01030.x
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1983 Feletti GI, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Measuring tutor ratings in relation to curriculum implementation', Higher Education, 12 145-154 (1983)

Greater dependence on students' ratings of their teachers for academic purposes requires a better understanding of the curricular factors likely to influence these ratings. This s... [more]

Greater dependence on students' ratings of their teachers for academic purposes requires a better understanding of the curricular factors likely to influence these ratings. This study examined first-year medical students' evaluation of their tutors in a faculty which has a clearly-defined educational philosophy and learning method but different approaches to the implementation of its curricular strands. Students' ratings were higher for tutors who were required to follow specific procedures and tasks in tutorial sessions, and more variable for tutors in strands which required no set routines. Caring for students and facilitating their learning were the most important qualities expected of all tutors. It is still not clear which of these qualities are trainable skills. However, their accurate assessment may require regular, intermittent criterion-based observations rather than a single end-of-term rating of perception. © 1983 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V.

DOI 10.1007/BF00136633
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1983 Feletti GI, Sanson-Fisher R, Vidler M, 'Preliminary evaluation of an experimental approach to selecting medical students with care.', Proceedings of the . Annual Conference on Research in Medical Education. Conference on Research in Medical Education, 22 212-217 (1983)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1982 FELETTI GI, DOYLE E, PETROVIC A, SANSON FISHER R, 'Medical students¿ evaluation of tutors in a group-learning curriculum', Medical Education, 16 319-325 (1982)

This study focused on students¿ evaluation of tutors¿ effectiveness during an academic term, using a nineteen-item questionnaire. The study took place within an integrated probl... [more]

This study focused on students¿ evaluation of tutors¿ effectiveness during an academic term, using a nineteen-item questionnaire. The study took place within an integrated problem-solving medical course. Four major factors in the tutor's behaviour were identified as having importance in the rating process: the ability to care for students, a knowledge of course structure and teaching staff philosophy, the ability to encourage independent thinking in students and a knowledge of the specific medical problems being studied. Further analysis suggested that students distinguish between good and bad tutors, those in different medical strands and with differing status. In general, the findings complement those dealing with student evaluation of lectures and to some extent, patient satisfaction with doctors. 1982 Blackwell Publishing

DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1982.tb00944.x
Citations Scopus - 18
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1982 Poole AD, Sanson-Fisher RW, Lowe I, 'An Electronic System for Recording Ongoing Behavior in Real Time', Behavioural Psychotherapy, 10 40-47 (1982)

A number of problems associated with the use of the commonly employed interval and event recording procedures are discussed and it is suggested that these problems may be overcome... [more]

A number of problems associated with the use of the commonly employed interval and event recording procedures are discussed and it is suggested that these problems may be overcome by the use of real time recording techniques. An electronic system for recording ongoing behavior is described. The Data Acquisition in Real Time II (DART II) system consists of an open-format, microprocessor-controlled coding unit which permits the recording of the onset and offset of discrete behaviors as they occur in real time. It is completely portable, totally silent in operation, allows up to 60 discrete behavioral categories to be coded, provides comprehensive feedback to the user, and can store data almost indefinitely in a form which allows for direct transfer to computer for analysis. While the DART II system may be employed for interval or event recording, its use in a two-channel configuration to record the interactions between a target subject and several input persons is described. Advantages of the system are discussed. © 1982, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1017/S0141347300006303
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1982 Poole AD, Dunn J, Sanson-Fisher RW, German GA, 'The rapid-smoking technique: Subject characteristics and treatment outcome', Behaviour Research and Therapy, 20 1-7 (1982)

There is a lack of consistency in findings regarding subject (S) characteristics and the effects of smoking-control programmes. Research workers appear to assume that abstinence a... [more]

There is a lack of consistency in findings regarding subject (S) characteristics and the effects of smoking-control programmes. Research workers appear to assume that abstinence and reduction in smoking rate are merely different points in the same continuum, and therefore seek to correlate S variables with percentage reductions in smoking rate. It is argued that abstinence and reduced smoking are more appropriately viewed as potentially discrete outcomes. Conceptualizing outcome in this manner, a discriminant function analysis was employed to determine whether it is possible to differentiate between Ss who do, or do not, abstain following participation in a treatment programme involving rapid-smoking. It was found that it is possible to discriminate between the two groups of Ss. Advantages deriving from this approach to the investigation of S characteristics and treatment outcome are discussed. © 1982.

DOI 10.1016/0005-7967(82)90002-X
Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1981 Sanson-Fisher RW, Martin CJ, 'Standardized interviews in psychiatry: Issues of reliability', British Journal of Psychiatry, 138-143 ) (1981)

A review of studies which used standardized interviews as a means of data collection indicated that the issue of reliability was frequently neglected in the psychiatric literature... [more]

A review of studies which used standardized interviews as a means of data collection indicated that the issue of reliability was frequently neglected in the psychiatric literature. It is suggested that this may be due to a misinterpreteation of the concept of reliability which is apparently perceived as a permanent feature of an interview instrument. The importance of reliability is discussed, and recommendations are made as to how a methodologically adequate assessment of reliability might be undertaken.

Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1981 Poole AD, Sanson-Fisher RW, Thompson V, 'Observations on the behaviour of patients in a state mental hospital and a general hospital psychiatric unit: A comparative study', Behaviour Research and Therapy, 19 125-134 (1981)

The study sought to compare the naturally occurring behaviour of psychiatric patients within a traditional mental hospital ward and a general hospital psychiatric unit. Direct beh... [more]

The study sought to compare the naturally occurring behaviour of psychiatric patients within a traditional mental hospital ward and a general hospital psychiatric unit. Direct behavioural observations were undertaken to determine the pattern of behaviour exhibited by patients, the amount of time spent in interaction, with whom interaction took place and the content of that interaction. Data were reliably collected by trained observers, using a 10 category behaviour scale. Within each setting 10 psychotic patients, matched for age, sex and diagnosis, were the subjects and 30 min of behaviour was recorded for each subject. Observations revealed that patients in the mental hospital exhibited more disturbed behaviour, and spent less time in interaction, than did those in the general hospital unit. However, the amount of time patients spent interacting with staff was comparable in the two settings, despite marked differences in staffing levels. Analysis of the content of interaction that did occur indicated that the manner in which staff responded to patients' behaviour was not consistent with the application of a behavioural engineering approach to the modification of abnormal behaviour. While staff in both settings were indiscriminate in the way in which they responded to appropriate and inappropriate patient behaviour, a rather more punitive style of interaction was observed in the mental hospital environment. It is concluded that, from a behavioural perspective, neither setting achieved an optimum therapeutic environment. © 1981.

DOI 10.1016/0005-7967(81)90036-X
Citations Scopus - 16
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1981 Poole AD, Sanson-Fisher RW, German GA, 'The rapid-smoking technique: Therapeutic effectiveness', Behaviour Research and Therapy, 19 389-397 (1981)

The study examined the effectiveness of the rapid-smoking technique in terms of two measures of outcome-post-treatment abstinence rate and reduction in smoking achieved by non-abs... [more]

The study examined the effectiveness of the rapid-smoking technique in terms of two measures of outcome-post-treatment abstinence rate and reduction in smoking achieved by non-abstinent subjects. A total of 75 volunteers (40 men and 35 women) participated in treatment and were randomly allocated to one of four conditions-rapid-smoking alone; rapid-smoking and relaxation training; rapid-smoking, relaxation and contingency contracting; or contingent rapid-smoking. No significant differences between treatment conditions were obtained. For the total sample, abstinence was achieved by 64% of the subjects immediately post-treatment but the probability of remaining abstinent 12 months later was only 0.33. Immediately post-treatment the non-abstinent subjects reduced their rate of cigarette consumption to 34.2% (SD = 29.3) of baseline smoking but by 12 months average consumption had increased to 82.4% (SD = 28.3) of baseline. It is concluded that rapid-smoking gives rise to substantial short-term changes in smoking behaviour but these effects are not sustained. © 1981.

DOI 10.1016/0005-7967(81)90127-3
Citations Scopus - 8
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1981 Sanson-Fisher RW, Martin CJ, 'Standardized interviews in psychiatry: issues of reliability.', British Journal of Psychiatry, 139 138-143 (1981)

A review of studies which used standardized interviews as a means of data collection indicated that the issue of reliability was frequently neglected in the psychiatric literature... [more]

A review of studies which used standardized interviews as a means of data collection indicated that the issue of reliability was frequently neglected in the psychiatric literature. It is suggested that this may be due to a misinterpretation of the concept of reliability which is apparently perceived as a permanent feature of an interview instrument. The importance of reliability is discussed, and recommendations are made as to how a methodologically adequate assessment of reliability might be undertaken.

Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1981 SANSON FISHER R, FAIRBAIRN S, MAGUIRE P, 'Teaching skills in communication to medical students¿ a critical review of the methodology', Medical Education, 15 33-37 (1981)

Over the past decade, there has been a substantial increase in papers concerned with training medical students in communication skills. In this paper, we consider what constitutes... [more]

Over the past decade, there has been a substantial increase in papers concerned with training medical students in communication skills. In this paper, we consider what constitutes an adequate methodology for such research and whether recent papers meet this standard. 1981 Blackwell Publishing

DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1981.tb02312.x
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1980 Poole AD, Sanson-Fisher RW, German GA, Harker J, 'The rapid-smoking technique: Some physiological effects', Behaviour Research and Therapy, 18 581-586 (1980)

The effects of rapid smoking on the blood pressure, pulse rate and cardiac functioning of 58 smokers (30 women and 28 men) are reported. All subjects were healthy volunteers, 45 w... [more]

The effects of rapid smoking on the blood pressure, pulse rate and cardiac functioning of 58 smokers (30 women and 28 men) are reported. All subjects were healthy volunteers, 45 were under 40 yr of age, the remaining 13 between 40 and 50 yr. They received between 6 and 12 rapid smoking sessions. It was found that, in both the under and over 40 age groups, blood pressure levels and pulse rates increased significantly following rapid smoking sessions. There were, however, significant decreases between sessions and no evidence of a cumulative effect of successive rapid smoking sessions. Some qualitative changes in cardiac functioning were observed, namely the appearance of T wave flattening and S-T depression. None of the changes were considered to be of sufficient magnitude to necessitate exclusion from the programme, but confirm the need to monitor closely the physiological functioning of persons undergoing rapid smoking. © 1980.

DOI 10.1016/0005-7967(80)90051-0
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1980 Sanson Fisher RW, Poole AD, Dunn J, 'AN EMPIRICAL METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN APPROPRIATE INTERVAL LENGTH FOR RECORDING BEHAVIOR', Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 13 493-500 (1980)

The study sought to examine the effects of varying interval length on the representation of data obtained using modified frequency time sampling. A 7-category scale was used to ob... [more]

The study sought to examine the effects of varying interval length on the representation of data obtained using modified frequency time sampling. A 7-category scale was used to observe reliably the behavior of eight psychiatric inpatients. Using electronic real time recording equipment, it was possible to computer analyze the obtained data at varying interval lengths, the shortest interval being 1.0 seconds. It was found that increasing the interval length had little effect on the percentage of total duration recorded within each behavioral category, suggesting that this is a relatively stable measure of behavior. Percentage total events for each category was less stable with increasing interval lengths. The number of recorded events within each category tended to decrease, while their average durations tended to increase, as a function of increasing the interval length. The data suggest that the current practice of determining interval length in an arbitrary fashion, or on the basis of convention, should be abandoned. Rather, such a decision should be empirically determined for each particular observation scale and subject group. One method by which this might be achieved is presented. 1980 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

DOI 10.1901/jaba.1980.13-493
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1980 Sanson-Fisher R, Maguire P, 'Should skills in communicating with patients be taught in medical schools?', Lancet, 2 523-526 (1980)

Doctors' skills in communication affect the adequacy of their clinical interviews, their patients' satisfaction, recall of offered advice, compliance, and the impact of potentiall... [more]

Doctors' skills in communication affect the adequacy of their clinical interviews, their patients' satisfaction, recall of offered advice, compliance, and the impact of potentially distressing medical and surgical procedures. Yet traditional clinical courses do not include formal teaching in these skills and several reasons probably account for this. Recent research has demonstrated that training in communication skills is both feasible and effective. It should become an integral part of medical education.

Citations Scopus - 74
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1980 Sanson-Fisher RW, Desmond Poole A, 'The content of interactions: Naturally occurring contingencies within a short-stay psychiatric unit', Advances in Behaviour Research and Therapy, 2 145-157 (1980)

The rate and content of naturally occurring interaction patterns between twenty target psychiatric patients, their peers and staff, were observed within a short-stay psychiatric u... [more]

The rate and content of naturally occurring interaction patterns between twenty target psychiatric patients, their peers and staff, were observed within a short-stay psychiatric unit. A seven category behaviour scale, shown to have both content and concurrent validity, was used to rate subjects' behaviour. Responses to the target patients' behaviour were coded as positive attention, negative attention or ignore. It was found that more than half the time (56.7%) that the subjects were observed, they were engaged in solitary activities. Staff interacted with them for 15.9% of the total observation periods and responded with positive attention, to both inappropriate and appropriate subject behaviour during 98.1% of that time. Patients were also found to be indiscriminate in the manner in which they responded to their peers. They interacted with the target subjects 15.4% of the time and applied positive attention for 98.4% of that interaction period. A comparison of the rate and style of both staff and peer interaction with patients diagnosed as neurotic or psychotic revealed no significant differences. However, the amount of inappropriate behaviour exhibited by subjects was positively correlated with the amount of time they were observed in solitary activities. A social learning framework suggests that, given the low rate of interaction, potential therapeutic opportunities are being missed and that the style of those interactions which do occur may be anti-therapeutic. © 1980.

DOI 10.1016/0146-6402(80)90002-8
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Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1980 Poole AD, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Long-term effects of empathy training on the interview skills of medical students', Patient Counselling and Health Education, 2 125-127 (1980)

A study examining the effects of empathy training, three years after completion of the program, is reported. The results indicate that, while the students' ability to empathize de... [more]

A study examining the effects of empathy training, three years after completion of the program, is reported. The results indicate that, while the students' ability to empathize declines significantly with time, their level of skill is still higher than that of students who receive no training and are at a comparable stage in their medical education. The findings provide further support for requiring a continuing emphasis on training undergraduates in communication skills throughout their medical curriculum.

Citations Scopus - 34
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1980 SANSON FISHER RW, POOLE AD, 'Simulated patients and the assessment of medical students' interpersonal skills', Medical Education, 14 249-253 (1980)

While the use of simulated patients for the assessment of medical students' skills is increasing there is little data on whether students perform differently vs real patients. The... [more]

While the use of simulated patients for the assessment of medical students' skills is increasing there is little data on whether students perform differently vs real patients. The present study examined this issue using second-year medical students' ability to empathize with simulated and genuine patients. Forty second-year students each conducted two interviews which were audio-recorded and later rated by raters who had achieved a high degree of reliability using the 9-point accurate empathy scale (). Ten students saw a genuine patient for each interview while ten students saw simulators on both occasions. Of the remaining twenty students, ten saw genuine patients at the first interview and simulated patients at the second session. This order was reversed for the remaining ten students. No significant differences were found in the levels of empathy between students' interaction with genuine or simulated patients. As the students were also unable to discriminate between the two groups of patients it was concluded that simulators represent a viable procedure given the skill to be assessed in the present research and the experience of the students. 1980 Blackwell Publishing

DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1980.tb02269.x
Citations Scopus - 75
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1980 Sanson-Fisher R, Mills N, Jodrell R, Mulligan B, Woolacott H, Stotter K, 'Survival Orientated SkillsThe Disadvantaged Delinquent', Australian Social Work, 33 9-16 (1980)
DOI 10.1080/03124078008549593
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1979 Sanson-Fisher RW, Poole AD, Small GA, Fleming IR, 'Data acquisition in real time-An improved system for naturalistic observations', Behavior Therapy, 10 543-554 (1979)
DOI 10.1016/S0005-7894(79)80055-6
Citations Scopus - 12
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1979 Sanson-Fisher RW, Poole AD, Harker J, 'Behavioural analysis of ward rounds within a general hospital psychiatric unit', Behaviour Research and Therapy, 17 333-348 (1979)

A naturalistic observational procedure was used to examine the content of staff verbal interaction during the ward rounds of two inpatient teams in a general hospital psychiatric ... [more]

A naturalistic observational procedure was used to examine the content of staff verbal interaction during the ward rounds of two inpatient teams in a general hospital psychiatric unit. Observers reliably rated staff discussion of 10 neurotic and 10 psychotic inpatients, using a nine category behavioural scale. The major focus of this scale was the extent to which three broad orientations, viz the medical, psychotherapeutic and sociotherapeutic models, were utilized by the staff. It was found that an eclectic approach was used by staff in their discussion of patients' aetiology, treatment and prognosis. However, the medical model was primarily utilized to formulate patient care, with the sociotherapeutic approach being employed for approximately one-third of the time. The psychotherapeutic orientation was only used 2.9% of the total time that patients were discussed. This pattern of use of the three orientations was consistent across the psychotic and neurotic patient groups. The behavioural data were found to be at variance with the degree to which staff believed the models should be applied. Analysis of the amount of time during which each professional group spoke in the ward rounds, and the rate at which they were found to make denned 'authority statements', indicated that a hierarchical model of management operated in the unit. These findings are related to the concept of shared power and responsibility within the therapeutic team. © 1979.

DOI 10.1016/0005-7967(79)90005-6
Citations Scopus - 11
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1979 Sanson-Fisher RW, Poole AD, Thompson V, 'Behaviour patterns within a general hospital psychiatric unit: An observational study', Behaviour Research and Therapy, 17 317-332 (1979)

Employing a reliable and objective 'behavioural mapping' procedure, information was obtained by three independent observers, on what, where and when staff and patients engaged in ... [more]

Employing a reliable and objective 'behavioural mapping' procedure, information was obtained by three independent observers, on what, where and when staff and patients engaged in various categories of behaviour, within a general hospital psychiatric unit. Observations were undertaken during two separate 6-day periods, using a seven category behaviour rating scale. Staff and patient behaviour profiles were found to be stable across the two rating periods, despite an almost complete change in the patient population from the first to the second set of observations. Results also indicated that staff spend a majority of their time engaged in interaction with their peers, or engaged in solitary task activity, with little of their time being spent in interaction with patients. Patients spent approximately half of their time in solitary behaviour, and when they were observed to be interacting it was found to be primarily with their peers. A significant negative correlation was obtained between those areas of the unit most frequently occupied by staff and patients, suggesting a territorial separation of the two groups. Analysis, of interaction rates by time, further indicated that the vast majority of interaction was observed to occur during the period 9.00a.m. to 5.00p.m. Monday to Friday. Some implications of the observed findings are discussed and it is concluded that the data suggest that the therapeutic potential of the observed unit is under-utilized. © 1979.

DOI 10.1016/0005-7967(79)90004-4
Citations Scopus - 27
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1979 Desmond Poole A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Understanding the patient: A neglected aspect of medical education', Social Science and Medicine. Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, 13 37-43 (1979)

It is widely accepted that ability to understand the patient is an essential feature in the establishment of good rapport and effective doctor/patient communication. A review of t... [more]

It is widely accepted that ability to understand the patient is an essential feature in the establishment of good rapport and effective doctor/patient communication. A review of the literature is presented which suggests that many patients are dissatisfied with their doctor's ability to communicate effectively with them, and it is therefore necessary to train medical students in interpersonal communication skills. Data are presented which indicate that the ability of medical students to respond with accurate empathy in the interview situation is at a minimum level, and that levels of performance do not improve as they progress through the undergraduate course. A training programme, designed to teach the skills of empathy, is described and results indicating its effectiveness are presented. It is concluded that such communication skills training should be incorporated into the undergraduate medical curriculum. © 1979.

Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1979 Poole AD, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Understanding the patient: A neglected aspect of medical education', Social Science and Medicine. Part A Medical Psychology and Medical, 13 37-43 (1979)

It is widely accepted that ability to understand the patient is an essential feature in the establishment of good rapport and effective doctor/patient communication. A review of t... [more]

It is widely accepted that ability to understand the patient is an essential feature in the establishment of good rapport and effective doctor/patient communication. A review of the literature is presented which suggests that many patients are dissatisfied with their doctor's ability to communicate effectively with them, and it is therefore necessary to train medical students in interpersonal communication skills. Data are presented which indicate that the ability of medical students to respond with accurate empathy in the interview situation is at a minimum level, and that levels of performance do not improve as they progress through the undergraduate course. A training programme, designed to teach the skills of empathy, is described and results indicating its effectiveness are presented. It is concluded that such communication skills training should be incorporated into the undergraduate medical curriculum. © 1979.

DOI 10.1016/0271-7123(79)90006-3
Citations Scopus - 33
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1978 Poole AD, Sanson-Fisher RW, Young P, 'A behavioural programme for the management of anorexia nervosa', Australasian Psychiatry, 12 49-53 (1978)

A treatment programme, based on the use of behavioural principles, is described. Important components of the programme include the active participation of the patient in all phase... [more]

A treatment programme, based on the use of behavioural principles, is described. Important components of the programme include the active participation of the patient in all phases of treatment planning, the use of contingent reinforcement for weight gain rather than eating behaviour, the provision of frequent feedback regarding progress and the lowering of the 'response cost' for eating. In addition contracting, and the use of random scheduling of follow-up contacts, along with family therapy, are employed to maintain weight gain following discharge. The results achieved with an initial group of 5 female patients are briefly discussed. © 1978 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

DOI 10.3109/00048677809159589
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1977 Sanson-Fisher R, Stotter K, 'Essential steps in designing a successful contract.', Child welfare, 56 239-248 (1977)
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1977 Sanson-Fisher RW, Mulligan B, 'The validity of a behavioral rating scale: Application of a psychophysical technique', Multivariate Behavioral Research, 12 357-372 (1977)

A multidimensional scaling technique (MDS) was used to assess the content and construct validity of a behavioral, rating scale constructed to measure appropriate and inappropriate... [more]

A multidimensional scaling technique (MDS) was used to assess the content and construct validity of a behavioral, rating scale constructed to measure appropriate and inappropriate classroom behavior. A group of teachers was asked to rate a number of videotaped samples of these two behavior categories. The MDS technique was used to construct the psychological maps or structures that the teachers used when making judgments about the behaviors. The structures are represented spatially and show the distance of each behavior from every other behavior and the fundamental properties of each group of behaviors. The results showed that the classroom behavior rating scale was generally a valid measure of students' classroom behavior on both content and construct validation measures. The majority of behaviors specified by the scale as inappropriate were judged by the teachers to be inappropriate, while ail of the appropriate behaviors on the scale were considered valid by the teachers. Similarly the construct validity of the scale was confirmed by the teachers. They judged most of the scale-specified components of the construct labels ¿inappropriate¿ and ¿appropriate¿ as relevant and valid. The results suggest that MDS techniques represent a useful means of resolving complex problems of validity inherent in current methods of behavior analysis. © 1977, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

DOI 10.1207/s15327906mbr1203_7
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1976 Sanson-Fisher RW, Seymour FW, Baer DM, 'Training institutional staff to alter delinquents' conversation', Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 7 243-247 (1976)

The staff of an institution for delinquent girls were trained to use prompts and certain social contingencies to alter girls' conversation about prosocial and antisocial behavior.... [more]

The staff of an institution for delinquent girls were trained to use prompts and certain social contingencies to alter girls' conversation about prosocial and antisocial behavior. The major findings were: (a) staff training led to an increase in the rate of girls' prosocial comments when staff were present, and some decrease in the rate of antisocial comments; (b) changes in staff behavior led to unpredictable changes in girls' responses to peers' prosocial and antisocial comments; (c) changes in prosocial comments were not maintained during a post-training condition, and did not generalize to periods when staff were usually absent. This pattern of outcome suggests that other intervention procedures should be used to alter such behaviors. © 1976.

DOI 10.1016/0005-7916(76)90007-0
Citations Scopus - 7
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1976 Jodrell RD, Sanson Fisher R, 'BASIC CONCEPTS OF BEHAVIOUR THERAPY: AN EXPERIMENT INVOLVING DISTURBED ADOLESCENT GIRLS', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 23 101-108 (1976)

This paper attempts to summarize some of the basic principles and approaches of behaviour therapy that occupational therapists may find useful for application in many areas of pra... [more]

This paper attempts to summarize some of the basic principles and approaches of behaviour therapy that occupational therapists may find useful for application in many areas of practice. It attempts to do this by describing an experimental application of the behavioural modification approach within a treatment unit for disturbed adolescent girls. Two social skills, compliance and social greeting, are dealt with in this article. These skills are two of the many behaviours labeled ¿performance survival skills¿ shown in recent studies to be necessary for successful community adjustment. 1976 Occupational Therapy Australia Limited

DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.1976.tb01056.x
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1975 Jodrell RD, Sanson Fisher R, 'An experiment involving disturbed adolescent girls', American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 29 620-624 (1975)

This paper attempts to summarize some of the basic principles and approaches of behavior therapy that occupational therapists may find useful for application in many areas of prac... [more]

This paper attempts to summarize some of the basic principles and approaches of behavior therapy that occupational therapists may find useful for application in many areas of practice. It attempts to do this by describing an experimental application of the behavioral modification approach within a treatment unit for disturbed adolescent girls. Two social skills, compliance and social greeting, are dealth with in this article. These skills are two of the many behaviors labeled 'performance survival skills' shown in recent studies to be necessary for successful community adjustment.

Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
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2016 Smits R, Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Turon H, Herrmann A, Richards L, 'DO HEMATOLOGICAL CANCER PATIENTS GET THE INFORMATION THEY NEED ABOUT THEIR CANCER AND ITS TREATMENT?', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Herrmann A, Mansfield E, Hall A, Sanson-Fisher R, Zdenkowski N, 'EXAMINING WHERE RESEARCH EFFORTS ON CANCER-RELATED DECISION AIDS HAVE BEEN MADE', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall, Elise Mansfield
2016 Paul CL, Ryan A, Attia JR, D'Este CA, Kerr E, Jayakody A, et al., 'THROMBOLYSIS IMPLEMENTATION IN STROKE (TIPS): VARIATION IN 'READINESS TO CHANGE' AND ENGAGEMENT WITH TRANSLATION STRATEGIES', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2016)
Co-authors John Attia, Christopher Levi, Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Frans Henskens, Chris Paul
2016 Bovill M, Gruppetta M, Clarke M, Bonevski B, Gould G, ''Wula': Voice of Aboriginal women on barriers to seeking and accepting smoking cessation support during pregnancy; findings from a qualitative study in Hunter New England district, New South Wales.', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Maree Gruppetta, Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Michelle Bovill, Allison Boyes, Gillian Gould
2016 Boyes A, Turon H, Hall A, Sanson-Fisher R, 'WHAT MODELS OF PEER SUPPORT ARE MOST APPEALING TO CANCER PATIENTS? A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Allison Boyes, Alix Hall
2016 Shepherd J, Waller A, Sanson-Fisher R, Clark K, 'BARRIERS TO THE PROVISION OF OPTIMAL CARE TO PATIENTS DYING IN HOSPITALS: PERCEPTIONS OF NURSES', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Amy Waller, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Waller A, Proietto A, Ackland S, Clark K, Sanson-Fisher R, Mackenzie L, 'HOW CAN WE ENHANCE PATIENT-CENTERED COMMUNICATION AT THE END OF LIFE? PROOF-OF-CONCEPT RCT', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2016)
Co-authors Amy Waller, Stephen Ackland, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Paul CL, Levi C, Ryan A, Kerr E, Henskens F, Attia J, et al., 'Variation in site 'readiness' and engagement in an implementation trial', 4th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation jointly with CIPHER (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Frans Henskens, Christopher Levi, Catherine Deste, Chris Paul, John Attia, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2015 Kielly-Carroll C, Shaw T, Haines M, Dadich A, Sanson-Fisher R, Girgis A, et al., 'BUILDING THE BRIDGE FROM DISCOVERY-TO-DELIVERY: A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE IN CANCER IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Henskens FA, Paul DJ, Wallis M, Bryant J, Carey M, Fradgley E, et al., 'Web-based support for population-based medical research: Presenting the QuON survey system', HEALTHINF 2014 - 7th International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings; Part of 7th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2014 (2014) [E1]

This paper discusses the needs of medical researchers working in the area of patient-centred medicine, in particular their use of survey data in measuring patient opinions, needs,... [more]

This paper discusses the needs of medical researchers working in the area of patient-centred medicine, in particular their use of survey data in measuring patient opinions, needs, perceived quality of care received, and priorities of health service interventions. Until quite recently, collection of survey data has been either paper-based, or achieved using computer software that largely duplicated paper-based processes with limited additional functionality. The authors investigate the use of web-based technology to support collection of such data from patients, including experiences and observations on enhanced/additional functionality made possible by its adoption. A novel software design termed QuON is presented, together with examples of its capabilities and uses in current research projects. Copyright © 2014 SCITEPRESS - Science and Technology Publications. All rights reserved.

Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Elizabeth Fradgley, Mark Wallis, Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Alison Zucca, Frans Henskens, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Mackenzie LJ, Suzuki E, Ogura M, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Asada H, et al., 'JAPANESE CANCER PATIENTS' PREFERENCES FOR DISCUSSING LIFE EXPECTANCY WITH THEIR RADIATION ONCOLOGIST', ANNALS OF ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
DOI 10.1093/annonc/mdu435.35
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Lisa Mackenzie
2014 Henskens FA, Paul DJ, Wallis M, Bryant J, Carey M, Fradgley E, et al., 'How Do Health Researchers Benefit From Web-Based Survey Systems?', Proceedings of e-Health 2014 (2014) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Mark Wallis, Elizabeth Fradgley, Alison Zucca, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Frans Henskens
2014 Paul DJ, Henskens FA, Bryant J, Smits R, Sanson-Fisher R, Stevenson W, 'The Haematology Treatment Aid - Providing Personalized Information to Patients and Carers', Proceedings of e-Health (2014) [E1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Frans Henskens
2014 Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Fradgley L, Regan T, Hobden B, Ackland S, Turon H, 'ONCOLOGY PATIENTS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT TISSUE BANKING', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Stephen Ackland, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Elizabeth Fradgley, Timothy Regan
2014 Hall A, Nguyen S, Tran H, Sanson-Fisher R, Carey M, 'PATIENTS PERCEPTIONS OF WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED THEIR CANCER: A CROSS-SECTIONAL INVESTIGATION OF VIETNAMESE RADIOTHERAPY CANCER PATIENTS', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Alix Hall, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Mackenzie LJ, Sanson-Fisher R, Carey M, D'Este C, 'CANCER PATIENTS' PREFERENCES FOR INVOLVEMENT IN RESEARCH AND CONSUMER ACTIVITIES: A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Lisa Mackenzie, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Mackenzie L, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, Yoong SL, 'RADIATION ONCOLOGY OUTPATIENTS' CONCERN ABOUT, PREFERENCES FOR, AND PERCEIVED BARRIERS TO DISCUSSING ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Serene Yoong, Lisa Mackenzie, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2014 Zucca A, Sanson-Fisher R, Waller A, Carey M, 'LIFE EXPECTANCY DISCUSSIONS IN A MULTI-SITE SAMPLE OF AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ONCOLOGY OUTPATIENTS', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Alison Zucca, Mariko Carey, Amy Waller, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Turon H, Waller A, Mansfield E, Sanson-Fisher R, 'HOW GOOD IS THE QUALITY OF EVIDENCE FOR GRIEF COUNSELLING? A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Elise Mansfield, Amy Waller
2014 Hall A, Tzelepis F, Lynagh M, Sanson-Fisher R, D'Este C, 'PREVALENCE AND ASSOCIATES OF THE TOP HIGH/VERY HIGH UNMET NEEDS OF AUSTRALIAN HAEMATOLOGICAL CANCER SURVIVORS', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Catherine Deste, Marita Lynagh, Flora Tzelepis, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall
2014 Turon H, Waller A, Clinton-McHarg T, Fleming J, Marlton P, Sanson-Fisher R, 'HAEMATOLOGICAL CANCER PATIENTS' VIEWS ON TISSUE BANKING', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Amy Waller, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Bryant J, Yoong SL, Sanson-Fisher R, Mazza D, Carey M, Walsh J, Bisquera A, 'IS IDENTIFICATION OF SMOKING, RISKY ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY BY GENERAL PRACTITIONERS IMPROVING? A COMPARISON OF DETECTION RATES IN AUSTRALIA BETWEEN 1982 AND 2011', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Serene Yoong, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Carey M, Bryant J, Mansfield E, Bisquera A, Sanson-Fisher R, Mazza D, 'CORRELATES OF THE DETECTION OF CANCER RISK FACTORS BY GENERAL PRACTITIONERS', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Elise Mansfield, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2014 Kerr E, Sanson-Fisher RW, Paul CL, DEste C, Parsons M, Bladin C, et al., 'Thrombolysis ImPlementation in Stroke (TIPS): Evaluating the effectiveness of a strategy to increase the adoption of best evidence practice: An overview of data collected during the baseline period', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Mark Parsons, Frans Henskens, Christopher Levi, Catherine Deste, Chris Paul, John Attia, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Noble N, Paul C, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Blunden S, Stewart J, Conigrave K, 'ASSESSING THE ACCEPTABILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF SELF-REPORT ELECTRONIC DATA COLLECTION ABOUT HEALTH RISKS FROM PATIENTS ATTENDING AN ABORIGINAL MEDICAL SERVICE', ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2013)
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Noble N, Paul C, Carey M, Sanson-Fisher R, Blunden S, Stewart J, Conigrave K, 'PREVALENCE OF MULTIPLE HEALTH RISK FACTORS AMONG PATIENTS ATTENDING AN ABORIGINAL MEDICAL SERVICE', ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2013)
Co-authors Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2013 Tzelepis F, Sanson-Fisher R, Hall A, Carey M, Paul C, Clinton-McHarg T, 'Development and Psychometric Evaluation of a Quality of Patient-Centred Cancer Care Measure', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Chris Paul, Flora Tzelepis, Mariko Carey
2013 Hall A, Lynagh M, Sanson-Fisher R, Tzelepis F, D'Este C, 'Unmet Needs: What do Hematological Cancer Survivors Want Help With?', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Alix Hall, Catherine Deste, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh, Flora Tzelepis
2013 Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Stevenson W, Henskens F, Smits R, 'Build it, but will They Come? Development and patient use of an Online Information Tool Designed to Reduce Psychosocial Distress', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Frans Henskens
2013 Hall A, D'Este C, Tzelepis F, Lynagh M, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS) for Hematological Cancer Survivors: A Psychometric Assessment', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Alix Hall, Flora Tzelepis, Catherine Deste
2013 Bryant J, Sanson-Fisher R, Boyes A, Jones K, Carey M, 'The Evidence-Practice Gap in Oncology: Are We Contributing to Implementation Science?', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Allison Boyes, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013 Tzelepis F, Rose S, Sanson-Fisher R, Clinton-McHarg T, Carey M, Paul C, 'A Systematic Review of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Assessing Quality of Patient-Centred Cancer Care', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2013 Lynagh MC, Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher R, Symonds I, Scott A, Hall A, Oldmeadow C, 'Should we pay pregnant smokers to quit? Preliminary findings of a feasibility trial.', Journal of Smoking Cessation (2013) [E3]
DOI 10.1017/jsc.2013.26
Co-authors Marita Lynagh, Christopher Oldmeadow, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Ian Symonds, Alix Hall, Billie Bonevski
2012 Schofield P, Lotfi-Jam K, Gough K, Dudgeon P, Bergin R, Crellin W, et al., 'A nurse-led group consultation intervention to reduce psychological morbidity and unmet needs in men with prostate cancer during radiotherapy: A randomised controlled trial', Supportive Care in Cancer: Abstracts of the 2012 International MASCC/ISOO Symposium (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Yoong SL, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Paul CL, Inder KJ, et al., 'A cross-sectional study of the prevalence of multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in overweight or obese general practice patients', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: Abstracts from the ICBM 2012 Meeting (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Serene Yoong, Chris Paul, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey, Kerry Inder
2012 Mackenzie LJ, Suzuki E, Ogura M, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Asada H, et al., 'Agreement between cancer patients and their radiation oncologist regarding diagnosis and prognosis disclosure experiences in Japan', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Suzuki E, Mackenzie LJ, Ogura M, Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey ML, Asada H, et al., 'Acceptability of touch screen computer psychosocial survey to Japanese radiation therapy patients', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Lisa Mackenzie, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey
2012 Mackenzie LJ, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Paul CL, D'Este CA, 'Anxiety and depression during radiotherapy treatment: a comparison of touchscreen computer administration of the hospital anxiety and depression scale and single-item self-report measures', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Chris Paul, Catherine Deste, Lisa Mackenzie, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Mackenzie LJ, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, 'Perceptions of patient-centred cancer care during radiotherapy treatment: A cross sectional survey', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Lisa Mackenzie, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Mackenzie LJ, Suzuki E, Ogura M, Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey ML, Asada H, et al., 'Perceptions of psychological distress in Japanese cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Catherine Deste, Lisa Mackenzie
2012 Mackenzie LJ, Suzuki E, Ogura M, Carey ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Asada H, et al., 'Japanese cancer patients' preferences for life expectancy discussions', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Lisa Mackenzie, Catherine Deste, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2012 Sanson-Fisher RW, 'The system's contribution to psycosocial problems in cancer patient: A neglected area', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology: Special Issue: Abstracts of the Joint Meeting of the COSA 39th Annual Scientific Meeting and IPOS 14th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Courtney RJ, Paul CL, Sanson-Fisher RW, Macrae FA, Carey ML, Attia JR, McEvoy MA, 'Colorectal cancer screening in Australia: A community-level perspective', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology: COSA 38th Annual Scientific Meeting Poster Abstracts (2011) [E3]
DOI 10.5694/mja11.10661
Co-authors Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, John Attia, Mark Mcevoy, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Gale J, Passey M, Stirling J, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Tobacco, cannabis and alcohol use: Changes among pregnant Aboriginal women in NSW', Proceedings of the 3rd Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health (CRIAH) Aboriginal Health Research Conference (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Stewart JM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Eades S, 'Rates of agreement between general practitioners and patients of an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation on risk status for chronic disease', Proceedings of the 3rd Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health (CRIAH) Aboriginal Health Research Conference (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011 Breen C, Shakeshaft A, Mattick R, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, 'Identifying community factors associated with risky alcohol consumption and alcohol-related crime in regional NSW', Drug and Alcohol Review (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2011 Mackenzie LJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey ML, Hall AE, 'Who should make disclosure decisions? Cancer patients' preferences for life expectancy disclosure', Psycho-Oncology (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Lisa Mackenzie, Alix Hall, Mariko Carey
2010 Paul CL, Bonevski B, Bryant JL, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Approaches to tobacco control and population effects: how good is the evidence that standard approaches are equitable', 12th Annual Meeting of the SRNT Europe Programme (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Chris Paul, Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Schofield P, Gough K, Carey ML, Ugalde A, Aranda S, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Cancer treatment survey (CaTS): A new instrument to assess the adequacy of communication to prepare patients for chemotherapy and radiotherapy', International Conference on Communication in Healthcare 2010 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2010 Sanson-Fisher RW, 'If you thought that was hard, try changing health care providers clinical behaviour!', Abstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010 Lynagh M, Symonds I, Sanson-Fisher R, Bonevski B, 'THE ACCEPTABILITY OF PERSONAL FINANCIAL INCENTIVES(PFI) FOR REDUCING ANTENATAL SMOKING', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Ian Symonds, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Marita Lynagh, Billie Bonevski
2009 Passey M, Gale J, Holt B, Leatherday C, Martin R, Sanson-Fisher RW, et al., 'Providing smoking cessation care for pregnant Aboriginal women - Service provider views', 3rd Rural Health Research Colloquium: Building a Healthier Future Through Research: Program and Abstract Book (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2009 Breen C, Shakeshaft A, Mattick R, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, 'Alcohol use in NSW country towns: Exploring the individual and community factors associated with harmful consumption', Drug and Alcohol Review (2009) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00123.x
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2008 Taylor-Brown J, Campbell S, Turner D, Sanson-Fisher RW, Hayward L, 'Prevalence of unmet needs of cancer survivors and their primary support person', Psycho-Oncology (2008) [E3]
DOI 10.1002/pon.1389
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2008 Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Accelerating the development of evidence for drug and alcohol practice and policy', The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs (APSAD) Conference: Abstracts (2008) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Sanson-Fisher RW, White VM, Macvean M, Grogan S, Akkerman D, 'Testing an intervention to reduce unmet needs and distress among cancer patients: Preliminary findings from the Pathfinder Program', Psycho-Oncology (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Campbell HS, Sanson-Fisher RW, Corbin SJ, Joza J, 'Measuring the unmet needs of cancer survivors and their significant others', Psycho-Oncology (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Clinton-Mcharg T, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Shakeshaft A, Girgis A, 'The unmet needs of parents and carers of adolescent cancer survivors', Psycho-Oncology (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste
2007 Clinton-Mcharg T, Sanson-Fisher RW, D'Este CA, Shakeshaft A, Girgis A, 'The prevalence of unmet needs of adolescent survivors of cancer', Psycho-Oncology (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Catherine Deste, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2007 Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Translating guidelines into practice: Does it work?', 3rd Biennial General Practice Conference: Pushing the Boundaries: Conference Program (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Schofield P, Sanson-Fisher RW, Bailey LJ, Aranda SK, 'Quality of life research: How should we be targeting our efforts?', Psycho-Oncology (Volume 16, Issue 9) (2007) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2006 Hawkins NG, Shakeshaft A, Sanson-Fisher RW, 'A community-based attempt to reduce alcohol-related harms in rural New South Wales', ALCOHOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH (2006)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2004 Sanson-Fisher RW, 'Diffusion of innovation theory for clinical change', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA (2004)
Citations Web of Science - 41
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2003 Rivett DA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Chiarelli PE, Murphy BM, 'Musculoskeletal Skills Required by New Physiotherapy Graduates: Pruning the Dead Wood in Undergraduate Curricula', New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (2003) [E3]
Co-authors Pauline Chiarelli, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Darren Rivett
2003 Rivett DA, Sanson-Fisher RW, Chiarelli PE, Murphy BM, 'Distinguishing Essential and Non-Essential Generic Skills in Clinical Practice: Perceptions Of Recent Physiotherapy Graduates', ANZAME Inaugural NSW State Conference (2003) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Pauline Chiarelli, Darren Rivett
2002 Baratiny GY, Campbell ML, Sanson-Fisher RW, Graham J, Cockburn JD, 'Optimising disease prevention in hospital settings: use of an interactive health risk assessment computer programme', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2002) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2002 Kable SA, Henry RL, Ireland M, Sanson-Fisher RW, Cockburn JD, 'Using interactive software to promote best practice in the management of childhood asthma in general practice', International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2002) [E3]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2000 Boyes AW, Newell SA, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher RW, Meiners CF, Stewart J, 'Improving psychosocial outcomes of cancer patients: Trial of a feedback strategy', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2000)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Allison Boyes
1997 Roche AM, Sanson-Fisher RW, Cockburn J, 'Training experiences immediately after medical school', Medical Education (1997)

Trainees in all teaching hospitals in New South Wales were surveyed using a self-completion, postal questionnaire to assess perceptions of the quality and extent of training recei... [more]

Trainees in all teaching hospitals in New South Wales were surveyed using a self-completion, postal questionnaire to assess perceptions of the quality and extent of training received for interactional and technical skills. The response rate was 67.1%. Mean age was 25.4 years and 38.8% were female. Overall, training was found to be generally poor in terms of time and educational strategies used. Interactional skills were found to receive lower levels of training than technical skills both prior to and during the intern year with significantly fewer (P < 0.000) educational strategies reported for training received in interactional skills than for technical skills. Trainees' perceptions of the adequacy of training was significantly more negative for interactional than technical skills (P < 0.001). Assessment of competence was also significantly lower for interactional than technical skills (P < 0001). On average, fewer than one in three trainees considered themselves to be competent in interactional skills compared to two-thirds who reported themselves as competent for technical skills. The findings of this study highlight the need for improved efforts with regard to both the quality and quantity of training provided during the intern year. Considerable scope exists for improved educational experiences for both interactional and technical skill areas, but particularly for interactional skills. Overall, greater use of a range of basic educational strategies such as the provision of 'observation' and 'critical feedback' is indicated. Efforts also need to be directed toward the training of clinical educators to optimize the potential of the preregistration period.

Citations Scopus - 25
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Foot G, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Measuring the unmet needs of people living with cancer', Cancer Forum (1995)

Needs assessment is a measurement technique that provides a direct index of patients' perceptions of issues with which they require help. A new instrument, the Cancer Patient Need... [more]

Needs assessment is a measurement technique that provides a direct index of patients' perceptions of issues with which they require help. A new instrument, the Cancer Patient Needs Questionnaire (CPNQ), was developed to assess the unmet global needs of people living with cancer. A study involving an Australian sample revealed substantial prevalence of unmet needs across a broad spectrum of life domains, including health information, psychological issues, patient care and support, physical and daily living issues, and interpersonal communications issues. The highest levels of unmet needs for help were reported in relation to health information and psychological issues. The findings revealed the broad spectrum of life issues and adjustment tasks facing people with cancer. The results also provided preliminary evidence for the efficacy of the Cancer Patient Needs Questionnaire as an instrument for the generic assessment of patient needs, and highlighted the relevance of needs assessment research to the achievement of quality care outcomes in clinical oncology practice.

Citations Scopus - 114
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Paul C, Sanson-fisher R, Carey ML, 'Randomized Controlled Trials', Oxford Bibliographies (2015)
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul

Report (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Bonevski B, Bryant J, Carey M, Considine R, D'Este C, Doran C, et al., 'Chronic care service enhancements program evaluation. Final report.', NSW Ministry of Health (2016)
Co-authors Mariko Carey, Billie Bonevski, Amy Waller, Liz Holliday, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2016 Bonevski B, Bryant J, Carey M, Considine R, D'Este C, Doran C, et al., 'Chronic care service enhancements program evaluation. Summary report.', NSW Ministry of Health (2016)
Co-authors Liz Holliday, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Amy Waller, Billie Bonevski, Mariko Carey
2008 Sanson-Fisher RW, Paul CL, Stewart J, Courtney R, 'Strategies for Improving the Health of Aboriginal Populations: A Critical Review', NSW Department of Health, 47 (2008) [R1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Sanson-Fisher RW, Brand M, Mackenzie L, 'Rapid Reviews of the Effectiveness of Interventions for Autism', Department of Ageing, Disability and Health Care, 51 (2007) [R1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
2007 Sanson-Fisher RW, Carey M, Jack G, Tavener M, 'Review of Cervical Cancer Screening in New South Wales', NSW Cancer Institute, 93 (2007) [R1]
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher
1998 Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher R, 'The Supportive Care Review. Final Report: All treatment centres', Supportive Care Working Group, NSW Cancer Council (1998)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Billie Bonevski
1997 Doran C, Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher R, Bonevski B, 'A cost analysis of mobile mammography screening units in specific rural/remote towns in New South Wales', NSW Cancer Council (1997)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Billie Bonevski
1996 Bonevski B, Perkins J, Sanson-Fisher R, Lightfoot J, 'The Effectiveness of Recruitment Strategies to Mammographic Screening. A Review of the Literature (1989-1996)', BreastScreen NSW (1996)
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1996 Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher R, 'Supportive Care Review. Interim Report', NSW Cancer Council (1996)
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Girgis A, Sanson-Fisher R, Perkins J, Bonevski B, 'Women's Access to Pap Test Services and Providers: A Comparison of Urban, Rural and Remote Areas of NSW', NSW Cancer Council (1995)
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1995 Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher R, Girgis A, Perkins J, 'Having a Colposcopy: A Survey of Satisfaction, Needs and Consequences', NSW Cancer Council (1995)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Billie Bonevski
1995 Perkins J, Sanson-Fisher R, Girgis A, Bonevski B, 'Womens¿ Satisfaction with Having a Pap Smear', BreastScreen NSW (1995)
Co-authors Billie Bonevski, Rob Sanson-Fisher
1994 Bonevski B, Sanson-Fisher R, Considine R, 'The Effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Prevention for Those Most At Risk: A Critical Review of Behavioural Programs', Hunter Centre for Health Advancement (1994)
Co-authors Rob Sanson-Fisher, Billie Bonevski
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 114
Total funding $38,554,972

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20172 grants / $853,553

Improving outcomes for people with depression in community settings: A cluster RCT$803,553

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Nicholas Zwar, Associate Professor Danielle Mazza, Professor Graham Meadows, Doctor Amy Waller, Professor Leon Piterman, Professor Brian Kelly, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1600063
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

The pathway to diagnosis: Experiences of caregivers of people with dementia$50,000

Funding body: Alzheimers Australia Dementia Research Foundation Limited

Funding body Alzheimers Australia Dementia Research Foundation Limited
Project Team Ms Sophie Dilworth, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Kichu Nair, Ms Elaine Todd
Scheme Dementia Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1600739
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20165 grants / $2,726,045

Improving and maintaining holistic cancer survivor outcomes. A system-based program.$2,234,525

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Phyllis Butow, Professor M Tattersall, Professor Catherine D'Este, Professor Chris Doran, Dr Jarad Martin
Scheme Program Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G1500705
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

A randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of ‘Enable Me’: an e-health innovation for stroke survivors and support persons.$245,109

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Amy Waller, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Associate Professor Michael Pollack, Professor Chris Doran, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens
Scheme Partnership Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1500867
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

The susceptibility, prevalence, type and burden of adolescent gambling: an opportunity for an ongoing monitoring tool$174,967

Funding body: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Funding body Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor David Hill, Dr Vicki White, Doctor Megan Freund, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow
Scheme Tender
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1601000
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Supporting family carers of people living with dementia: an RCT of a new mobile application$42,000

Funding body: Dementia Collaborative Research Centres

Funding body Dementia Collaborative Research Centres
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Sally Chan, Ms Viki Brummell, Doctor Amanda Wilson, Doctor Sharyn Hunter, Doctor Sarah Jeong, Professor Kichu Nair, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600156
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

A randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of ‘Enable Me’: an e-health innovation for stroke survivors and support persons.$29,444

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding body National Stroke Foundation
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Amy Waller, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Dr Michael Pollack, Professor Chris Doran, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens
Scheme Partnership Projects Partner Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1501095
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20159 grants / $4,352,916

An Australian Community Of practice in Research in Dementia (ACcORD) to improve health outcomes for people with dementia and their carers$3,534,527

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Kichu Nair, Ms Susan Koch, Associate Professor Danielle Mazza, Professor Julie Byles, Professor Chris Doran, Professor Catherine D'Este, Assoicate Professor Craig Whitehead, Professor Sandra Eades, Emeritus Professor Neil Rees
Scheme Dementia Research Team Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G1401207
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Evaluating the Quit for New Life $270,908

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Doctor Lisa Mackenzie, Mr Justin Walsh, Doctor Josephine Gwynn, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Professor Peter Radoll, Professor Ian Symonds, Professor Sandra Eades
Scheme Evaluation of Quit for New Life
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1401375
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

The Partnership Centre on Systems Perspectives on Preventing Lifestyle-Related Chronic Health Problems, also known as The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre or (TAPPC)$150,000

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Partnership Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1301257
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

The Partnership Centre on Systems Perspectives on Preventing Lifestyle-Related Chronic Health Problems, also known as The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre or (TAPPC)$150,000

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Partnership Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1301257
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Implementing a telehealth support model for rural women before and after breast cancer resection$101,517

Funding body: Cancer Institute NSW

Funding body Cancer Institute NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Evidence to Practice Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500509
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Consultancy Tender: To assess needs and outcomes in relation to cancer control for people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and have experienced cancer.$84,870

Funding body: Cancer Institute NSW

Funding body Cancer Institute NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Associate Professor Anthony Proietto, Dr Jarad Martin, Dr James Lynam
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401189
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Health Exchange: acceptability of an electronic tailored chronic disease needs assessment tool$27,094

Funding body: NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

Funding body NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Mrs Amanda Jayakody, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Ms Eunice Simons
Scheme Research Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1401380
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Improving uptake of colorectal screening among primary care attendees.$17,000

Funding body: Australian Rotary Health

Funding body Australian Rotary Health
Project Team Ms Natalie Dodd, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow
Scheme PhD Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1400854
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Delivery of care, are we doing enough? An investigation in to the treatment provided for depression in Australian alcohol treatment centers. $17,000

Funding body: Australian Rotary Health

Funding body Australian Rotary Health
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Ms Breanne Hobden
Scheme Ian Scott Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401254
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

201412 grants / $7,601,325

Improving alcohol treatment outcomes$1,517,758

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, Professor Michael Farrell, Professor Richard Mattick, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Professor Paul Haber
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1300166
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Reducing unnecessary ordering of pathology tests in hospitalised patients$372,927

Funding body: HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation

Funding body HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation
Project Team Professor John Attia, Conjoint Professor Christopher Doran, Caprf ANDREW Searles, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Anne Duggan, Conjoint Associate Professor Huy Tran, Mr Nigel Lyons, Ms Tracy McCosker, Doctor Alexis Hure
Scheme Health Services Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1301000
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Reducing unnecessary ordering of pathology tests in hospitalised patients$372,927

Funding body: HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation

Funding body HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation
Project Team Professor John Attia, Conjoint Professor Christopher Doran, Caprf ANDREW Searles, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Anne Duggan, Conjoint Associate Professor Huy Tran, Mr Nigel Lyons, Ms Tracy McCosker, Doctor Alexis Hure
Scheme Health Services Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1301000
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Who decides and at what cost? Comparing patient, surrogate and oncologist perspectives on end of life care$260,564

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Emeritus Professor Neil Rees, Ms Gill Batt, Doctor Charles Douglas, Professor Ian Olver, Doctor Nick Zdenkowski, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens
Scheme Partnership Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1300011
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Who decides and at what cost? Comparing patient, surrogate and oncologist perspectives on end of life care$130,303

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Emeritus Professor Neil Rees, Ms Gill Batt, Doctor Charles Douglas, Professor Ian Olver, Doctor Nick Zdenkowski, Doctor Scott Twaddell, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens
Scheme Partnership Projects Partner Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1300851
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Improving uptake of colorectal cancer screening among primary care attendees$37,500

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Ms Natalie Dodd, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Doctor Elise Mansfield, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow
Scheme Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1401420
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

End-of-life care: An investigation of advance care planning amongst haematological cancer patients$30,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Lisa Mackenzie, Doctor Amy Waller, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301373
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Interrogating and using the Cancer Registry$24,000

Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding body Hunter New England Local Health District
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400802
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Quality of cancer care from the patient perspective: An international comparison study$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Dr Megumi Uchida, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Ms Alison Zucca, Miss Alix Hall, Miss Lisa Mackenzie
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400058
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Develop and evaluate a three-year strategic plan addressing sun exposure, skin cancer prevention and vitamin D$20,000

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Doctor Luke Wolfenden, Doctor Amy Waller, Mrs ELIZABETH Tracey, Miss Alix Hall
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1400744
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

A regional primary care based intervention to encourage colorectal cancer screening in those not responding to current national screening initiatives. $10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens, Associate Professor Marita Lynagh
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301403
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20135 grants / $2,138,185

HMRI MRSP Infrastructure (12-16) - HEALTH BEHAVIOUR$1,900,590

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme NSW MRSP Infrastructure Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1300785
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Proof of Concept Study Examining the Impact of Introducing the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards from the Perspective of Patients and Healthcare Consumers$108,357

Funding body: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Funding body Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Mrs Robyn Considine, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Doctor Amy Waller
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301048
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Developing a Priority Setting Framework for Reducing Evidence-Practice Gaps in Cancer Control$60,582

Funding body: Cancer Institute NSW

Funding body Cancer Institute NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Community of Practice Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300890
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Providing tailored web-based information to support colorectal cancer patients in their preparation for and recovery from surgery: A feasibility study$48,656

Funding body: Cancer Institute NSW

Funding body Cancer Institute NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Steve Smith, Doctor Sancha Robinson, Ms Gill Batt, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens, Conjoint Associate Professor Ross Kerridge, Doctor Christopher Oldmeadow, Doctor Peter Pockney, Doctor Christopher Hayes
Scheme Evidence to Practice Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300868
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Reducing psychosocial burden among women diagnosed with breast cancer and their support persons: A randomised controlled trial of a web-based intervention.$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Charles Douglas, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens
Scheme Near Miss
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300705
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20125 grants / $748,420

Improving cancer treatment systems: An RCT of a consumer action model for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy$318,274

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Ms A Tang, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Ms Kathryn Chapman, Ms Paula Vallentine, Conjoint Professor Christopher Doran, Doctor Patrick McElduff
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1100618
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Increasing rates of organ donor registration: An RCT to determine the differential effectiveness of electronic and interpersonal information interventions.$237,682

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Conor Gilligan, Doctor Heidi Turon, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Doctor Flora Tzelepis
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1100421
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Improving cancer treatment systems: evaluation of a consumer action model for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy$133,140

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Ms A Tang, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Ms Kathryn Chapman, Ms Paula Vallentine, Conjoint Professor Christopher Doran, Doctor Patrick McElduff
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1100721
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Multiple substance use, mental health and other health risk behaviours among patients of Aboriginal Medical Services: Patient priorities for change and preferences for models of support$39,324

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team Associate Professor Christine Paul, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Mr Steve Blunden, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Doctor Jamie Bryant, Associate Professor Kate Conigrave, Ms Natasha Noble
Scheme Drug and Alcohol Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200697
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Make A Difference Award Nomination$20,000

Funding body: Cancer Institute NSW

Funding body Cancer Institute NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Make a Difference Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200806
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

201113 grants / $6,247,476

Behavioural Science Strategic Research Partnership (STREP)$2,000,000

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1100848
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Hunter Translational Cancer Research Unit$1,693,333

Funding body: Cancer Institute NSW

Funding body Cancer Institute NSW
Project Team Conjoint Professor Stephen Ackland, Emeritus Professor Leonie Ashman, Professor John Forbes, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Associate Professor Anthony Proietto, Laureate Professor Rodney Scott
Scheme Translational Cancer Research Unit
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1100545
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Improving psychosocial outcomes for haematological cancer patients: An RCT$583,475

Funding body: Cancer Institute NSW

Funding body Cancer Institute NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Dr William Stevenson
Scheme Translational Health Service Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1000797
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

The role of individual patient, social support and treatment centre variables in the psychosocial outcomes of cancer patients$494,604

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Professor Ian Olver, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1000303
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

A cluster randomised trial to test a systems based collaborative for type 2 diabetes among Indigenous Australians$493,131

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Sandra Eades, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Professor Paul Zimmet, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Dr Mark Wenitong
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1100186
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

HMRI MRSP Infrastructure (11-12) Health Behaviour $314,961

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme NSW MRSP Infrastructure Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1101166
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Quality of care in blood cancer: Patients perceptions$198,836

Funding body: Leukaemia Foundation

Funding body Leukaemia Foundation
Project Team Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme National Research Program (Postdoctoral Fellowship)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1100276
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Randomised controlled trial of a personal financial incentive (PFI) intervention to reduce antenatal smoking in women receiving public antenatal care$129,000

Funding body: National Heart Foundation of Australia

Funding body National Heart Foundation of Australia
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Marita Lynagh, Professor Billie Bonevski, Professor Ian Symonds, Professor Robert Carter, Professor Anthony Scott
Scheme Grant-In-Aid
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1000355
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Centre for informing policy in health with evidence from research (CIPHER)$105,313

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Sally Redman, Professor Louisa Jorm, Professor Sally Green, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Ms Deborah Frew, Conjoint Associate Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Huw Davies, Professor Jordan Louviere
Scheme Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) - Centres of Health Services Research Excellence
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1100197
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Quality of care in blood cancer: Patients' perception about the quality of care they receive$85,333

Funding body: Cure Cancer Australia Foundation

Funding body Cure Cancer Australia Foundation
Project Team Doctor Flora Tzelepis, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1000760
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Cancer Survival Study$70,000

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100853
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Type 2 Diabetes among Indigenous Australians Project$45,000

Funding body: Baker IDI

Funding body Baker IDI
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Sandra Eades, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Dr Mark Wenitong
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1001070
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

Acceptability and feasibility of providing feedback to ACCHO patients and their GPs about patients' risky alcohol, tobacco and drug use.$34,490

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Associate Professor Kate Conigrave, Ms Jessica Stewart, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Mr Steve Blunden, Associate Professor Christine Paul
Scheme Drug and Alcohol Council Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100306
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20106 grants / $1,303,614

Evaluating the effectiveness of a strategy to increase the adoption of best evidence practice. A cluster randomised controlled trial in acute stroke care$800,532

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Professor Mark Parsons, Professor Christopher Bladin, Professor Richard Lindley, Professor John Attia
Scheme Partnership Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G0189781
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

HMRI MRSP Infrastructure Grant (2010-11) Health Behaviour$252,219

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Aprof JOHN Hall
Scheme NSW MRSP Infrastructure Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1100409
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Psychosocial outcomes in blood cancer: role of treatment centre structures/processes$171,878

Funding body: Leukaemia Foundation

Funding body Leukaemia Foundation
Project Team Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme National Research Program (Postdoctoral Fellowship)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G0190539
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

Evaluating the effectiveness of a strategy to increase the adoption of best evidence practice. A cluster randomised controlled trial in acute stroke care $50,000

Funding body: Victorian Department of Health

Funding body Victorian Department of Health
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Professor Mark Parsons, Professor Christopher Bladin, Professor Richard Lindley, Professor John Attia
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1100824
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Delay in seeking treatment for symptoms of bowel cancer: a community survey of self-reported delay timeframes and triggers for seeking treatment among those aged 55+$21,485

Funding body: Hunter Children`s Research Foundation

Funding body Hunter Children`s Research Foundation
Project Team Associate Professor Christine Paul, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Mr Ryan Courtney, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Associate Professor Mark McEvoy
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0900147
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Providing accessible support for the support persons of people with haematological cancers$7,500

Funding body: Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group

Funding body Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group
Project Team Associate Professor Christine Paul, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Mariko Carey, Dr Anna Williamson
Scheme Pilot Study Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0190650
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20094 grants / $1,025,591

Blood cancer survivors and support persons: A national survey of rural/urban unmet needs and psychological disturbance$518,838

Funding body: Cancer Australia

Funding body Cancer Australia
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Professor Kenneth Bradstock, Dr Anna Williamson, Associate Professor Mariko Carey
Scheme Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G0188899
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

The acceptability and effectiveness of a system based approach to reducing CV risk, including depression and lifestyle risk factors in rural and remote general practices. A RCT.$189,422

Funding body: National Heart Foundation of Australia

Funding body National Heart Foundation of Australia
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Leon Piterman, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Kerry Inder
Scheme Cardiovascular Disease and Depression Strategic Research Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0189464
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Testing the acceptability of a system-oriented intervention, involving touch screen computers, for reducing cancer risk status among general practice patients$49,970

Funding body: Cancer Institute NSW

Funding body Cancer Institute NSW
Project Team Associate Professor Christine Paul, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Professor Nicholas Zwar
Scheme Research Innovation Grants
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189635
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20085 grants / $1,710,889

Increasing appropriate screening for colorectal cancer patients and first degree relatives. A RCT.$1,303,750

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Finlay Macrae, Professor David Hill, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Associate Professor Christopher Doran, Professor Robert Thomas
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G0187633
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Yr 4 & 5 of a randomised controlled trial of an intensive intervention to reduce smoking among pregnant indigenous women$314,875

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Sandra Eades, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Dr K Panaretto, Dr Mark Wenitong, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0187650
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Assessing the value and usefulness of a cancer-registry based systematic approach to advising first degree relatives of colorectal cancer patients about their risks and need for screening$64,000

Funding body: Australian Rotary Health

Funding body Australian Rotary Health
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Professor Finlay Macrae, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este
Scheme Bowel Cancer Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G0189045
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Case studies and policy analysis for the primary prevention of chronic disease among Indigenous Australians$18,264

Funding body: The Sax Institute

Funding body The Sax Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189870
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Development and psychometric evaluation of two measures of perceived needs: one for adolescents with cancer; one for their parents and carers. $10,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Post Graduate Support Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188481
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20074 grants / $794,404

HMRI - Health Behaviour Research Program$493,278

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor John Wiggers
Scheme NSW MRSP Infrastructure Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0187933
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Influencing CT ordering for acute low back pain.$267,244

Funding body: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

Funding body Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Quality Use of Diagnostic Imaging Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0187365
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Liquor industry sponsorship at Australian Universities$18,882

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Kypros Kypri, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187245
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Special Research Grant$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187377
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20062 grants / $48,630

Case studies and policy analysis for the primary prevention of chronic disease among Indigenous Australians$28,630

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Training Scholarship for Indigenous Australian Health Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0185713
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

A randomised controlled trial of consumer-driven multi-disciplinary care to manage the needs of men with prostrate cancer$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Dr Penelope Schofield, Professor Sanchia Aranda
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186058
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $685,500

A randomised controlled trial of a high intensity intervention to reduce smoking among pregnant Indigenous women$685,500

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Sandra Eades, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Dr K Panaretto, Dr Mark Wenitong
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0185346
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20045 grants / $3,596,929

Reducing alcohol related harm in rural communities: A randomised controlled trial$2,443,962

Funding body: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Funding body Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Associate Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, Professor Richard Mattick, Professor Ann Roche
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0183142
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y

The effectiveness of a responsible hospitality audit and feedback intervention to reduce alcohol related harm$463,126

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor John Wiggers, Professor Ann Roche, Doctor Libby Campbell, Professor Jennifer Bowman, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0182937
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Reducing cancer patients psychosocial needs: A Randomised Controlled Trial$440,088

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Dr Vicki White, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este, Ms Suzi Grogan, Associate Professor Christopher Doran
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0182926
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Development and psychometric evaluation of 2 measures of perceived needs: 1 for young persons with cancer; 1 for parents$249,750

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0182929
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Independent review of draft National Health & Medical Research Council/Health Advisory Committee documents$3

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Jill Cockburn, Dr Raoul Walsh, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Allison Boyes
Scheme Consultancy/Tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0183848
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20031 grants / $252,000

Reducing alcohol-related harm in rural communities$252,000

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Richard Mattick, Conjoint Associate Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, Professor John Wiggers, Associate Professor Christopher Doran, Conjoint Professor Cate d'Este
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0181806
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19991 grants / $10,000

Award of Research Excellence.$10,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0179120
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

19982 grants / $424,578

Community based Aboriginal health intervention$363,952

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Dr Janice Perkins, Mr Steve Blunden
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0177188
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

A randomised controlled trial of a skin cancer prevention education program for general practitioners$60,626

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Billie Bonevski
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0178393
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19962 grants / $178,964

Randomised control trial of a paediatric asthma care disemination program for general practitioners.$168,964

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Richard Henry, Doctor Malcolm Ireland, Professor Billie Bonevski, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0175565
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Optical mark reader scanner and software$10,000

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Jennifer Bowman, Dr Margot Schofield, Doctor Libby Campbell
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0175474
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19956 grants / $446,739

95APP. Evaluation of the health promoting schools program in NSW high schools.$179,448

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Dr Margot Schofield, Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme PHRDC Project Grant (Defunct)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0174588
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

95APP. A randomised trial of a hospital smoking and alcohol program.$130,250

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Libby Campbell, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme PHRDC Project Grant (Defunct)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1997
GNo G0174589
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

95 GRANT - The development of a perceived needs questionnaire for palliative care patients$47,785

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Dr Janice Perkins
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0174725
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

Behavioural Science in Relation to Medicine$40,000

Funding body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Funding body Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175582
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

Family Practitioner Screening for Melanoma$28,640

Funding body: Lions International - Lions Melanoma Committee

Funding body Lions International - Lions Melanoma Committee
Project Team Professor Robert Burton, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Accuracy of Screening for Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175206
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

95APP. Preventive medicine: a survey of postgraduate medical groups.$20,616

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme PHRDC Project Grant (Defunct)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0174546
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19944 grants / $410,593

94 GRANT. Trial of dissemination strategies for antenatal smoking cessation programs.$177,742

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Dr Raoul Walsh, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme PHRDC Project Grant (Defunct)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0173357
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

94 GRANT. Alcohol intervention by community counsellors: A randomised clinical trial.$146,277

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Professor Jennifer Bowman, Dr Raoul Walsh, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme PHRDC Project Grant (Defunct)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0174457
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

94 NH&MRC Working Party on Preventive Activities$66,580

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research & Development Grant (RADGAC)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174451
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

94GRANT. The reliability and validity of the SF-36 health survey questionnaire.$19,994

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Libby Campbell
Scheme PHRDC Small Grant (Defunct)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1994
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0173416
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19936 grants / $344,421

NSW Cancer Council/NHMRC - CART Joint Project.$150,000

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Dr Margot Schofield
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0174282
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

93,94 GRANT. Evaluation Of Alcohol Early Intervention Training Programs For Medical Students: A Randomised Controlled Trial$68,823

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Coordination of Alcohol & Drug Education in Med Schools (CADEMS)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0173424
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

94GRANT.GP Feedback study into blood pressure and cholesterol screening.$62,000

Funding body: Merck Sharp & Dohme Aust Pty Ltd

Funding body Merck Sharp & Dohme Aust Pty Ltd
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Libby Campbell
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174452
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

National Task Force on Cannabis. 'Public perceptions of cannabis legislation in Australia'$47,128

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research & Development Grant (RADGAC)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0174398
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Development & Evaluation of Instructional Brief Intervention Videotapes for Medical Students in the Areas of Cigarette Smoking & Inappropriate Benzodiazepine Us$14,300

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project Team Dr Raoul Walsh, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Coordination of Alcohol & Drug Education in Med Schools (CADEMS)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0173423
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

'WHO Working Group: National Control Programs and 1993 Couchiching Conf on Preventive Oncology', Banff and Toronto, Canada, 20 Sept - 10 Oct 1993$2,170

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0174415
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19927 grants / $1,435,864

Randomised Trial Of Community Action In Preventing Cancer In Rural Communities.$1,156,497

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Sally Redman, Professor Robert Burton
Scheme PHRDC Project Grant (Defunct)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0174273
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Evaluation Of Health Record Booklets In Changing Preventive Behaviours$172,958

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Conjoint Professor Sally Redman, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Emeritus Professor Alexander Reid
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0174268
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Me No Fry - Evaluation Of Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign$50,000

Funding body: NSW Ministry of Health

Funding body NSW Ministry of Health
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research & Evaluation Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0173778
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Evaluation Of The Effectiveness Of Second Round Reminder Letters To Promote Screening For Cancer Of The Uterine Cervix.$34,154

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0173656
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

The NSW Cancer Councils Patient Needs Assessment Study$14,255

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0173657
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

Adolescent Solar Protection Survey$6,000

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0173658
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

Prevalence And Detection Of Domestic Violence In Accident And Emergency Departments In Hospitals$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0174215
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19916 grants / $597,236

Patient Participation In Treatment Decisions For Menstrual Symptoms$149,067

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Sally Redman, Emeritus Professor William Walters, Dr Margot Schofield, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1991
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0174255
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Evaluation Of General Practitioners Use Of Preventive Strategies$135,107

Funding body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

Funding body Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme General Practice Evaluation Program (GPEP) (Defunct)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1991
Funding Finish 1994
GNo G0173900
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Disease Prevention/health Promotion Grant$127,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1991
Funding Finish 1992
GNo G0174084
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Development And Evaluation Of A Women's Health Programme$125,687

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1991
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0173957
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Periodial Health Checks and Child Health Screening$35,000

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Conjoint Professor Graham Vimpani, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Special Investigator Award (Defunct)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1991
Funding Finish 1991
GNo G0174587
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Prevalence And Detection Of Aids Risk Behaviours In General Practice$25,375

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
Scheme Commonwealth AIDS Research Grants (CARG) (Defunct)
Role Lead
Funding Start 1991
Funding Finish 1991
GNo G0173814
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

19891 grants / $621,100

CERP - Cancer Education Research Project.$621,100

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding body Cancer Council NSW
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Conjoint Professor Afaf Girgis, Dr Margot Schofield, Associate Professor Christine Paul
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1989
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0174281
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed13
Current13

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD4.25

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD "Increasing Choice in Home Care" Aged Care Policy Reform: Perceptions of Aged Care Service Providers and Consumers in the Hunter Region. PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Improving Dementia Care in Primary Practice: Giving People With Dementia a Voice PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Building Capacity for Health-Legal Collaboration to Improve Knowledge and Uptake of Advance Personal Planning PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD The Pathway to Diagnosis: Experiences of Caregivers of People With Dementia PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD The provision of end of life care in hospitals: nurses' perceptions. PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Assessing the utility of eHealth to address patient information needs prior to potentially threatening medical procedures PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Co-Occuring Depression and Alcohol Misuse: A practice-based investigation PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Working towards patient-centred decision making in cancer care PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Patient Adherence to Physiotherapist-Prescribed Self-Management Strategies PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Assessing Longitudinal Recovery of Stroke Patients & their Support Persons PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Reducing High Rates of Unplanned Hospital Readmissions Among Aboriginal People with Chronic Disease PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Patient Perceptions of Potentially Threatening Interventions PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Patient-Centred Care in Cancer Treatment Centres PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD The Provision of Best-Practice Care: Examining Modifiable Barriers Along the Care Pathway for Stroke PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: Identifying Opportunities for Health Gain Through Primary Health Care and Targeted Research PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Unmet Needs of Survivors of a Haematological Malignancy: Prevalence, Predictors, and Psychometrics PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Patient-Centred Cancer Care: A Road Less Travelled. An Investigation in Australian Radiotherapy Settings PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Understanding Smoking by Pregnant Aboriginal Women PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Management of Excess Weight in Australian General Practice Patients: Informing Practice PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Cancer Survivors' Psychosocial Outcomes: A Population-Based Investigation of Anxiety, Depression and Unmet Needs at Six to Twelve Months Post-diagnosis PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD Colorectal Cancer Screening Participation and Medical Advice Seeking for Symptoms in Australia PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Development and Psychometric Evaluation of a Measure of Perceived Need for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2008 PhD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women: An Examination of Smoking During Pregnancy PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2005 PhD Accidents in Older People - A Cross-Sectional Study PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 PhD The Perceived Health Needs and Housing Status of Community-Dwelling Older Australians PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 PhD An evidence-based approach to an evaluation of a health promoting schools intervention PhD (Behavioural Science), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 482
United Kingdom 47
Canada 18
United States 14
Japan 12
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News

Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher new AAHMS fellow

October 10, 2016

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) has announced the induction of 50 new Fellows from Australian health and medical sciences.

$4.4 million in funding to improve cancer care and prevention

November 30, 2015

Two Hunter-based research teams from the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health have scored $4.4 million in Cancer Council NSW funding to improve cancer service and prevention delivery.

$3.3m grant to improve dementia care and quality of life

August 13, 2015

A multi-institute research team led by Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher from the University of Newcastle has been awarded $3.38 million in federal funding to improve dementia care and outcomes.

Eureka awards finalist

2015 Eureka Awards FInalist

July 24, 2015

Laureate Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher has been named a finalist in the Eureka awards as an Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

L/Prof Sanson-Fisher

Health behaviour researcher honoured

November 6, 2014

Internationally-renowned cancer care and health behaviour researcher, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher AO, has won the inaugural Research Australia NSW Government Health Services Research Award.

UON researcher takes out Research Australia Award

November 6, 2014

Internationally renowned cancer control and health behaviour researcher, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher AO, has taken out the inaugural Research Australia NSW Government Health Services Research Award.

Obesity

Weighty Problem

November 1, 2013

In a region where 70 per cent of adults are overweight or obese, a new study conducted by University of Newcastle and HMRI researchers has found that doctors are falling short in detecting weight conditions, which may lead to inadequate assistance with managing weight.

John Forbes

International spotlight on cancer research

October 23, 2013

Four of North America's leading cancer researchers will give keynote presentations at the international Translational Cancer Research Conference in Newcastle from tomorrow until Friday.

Robert Sanson-Fisher

End-of-life care research grant

August 26, 2013

Researchers aiming to improve quality of end-of-life care

Indigenous Health research

Evidence: A way forward for Indigenous health research

August 21, 2013

Opinion on the state of Indigenous health research by Ms Amanda A. Jayakody, Laureate Professor Robert W. Sanson-Fisher and Dr Jamie Bryant from the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle.

Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher

Position

Laureate Professor
Health Behaviour Research Group
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Public Health

Contact Details

Email rob.sanson-fisher@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40420713
Fax (02) 40420040

Office

Room West Wing
Building HMRI Building
Location Other

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