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Dr Tara Clinton-Mcharg

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (Behavioural Science), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
23/03/2015 - 23/03/2016Postdoctoral ResearcherUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
25/03/2013 - 7/06/2013Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
12/11/2012 - 28/03/2013Post-Doctoral Research FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
15/06/2009 - 29/06/2009Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/10/2010 - 1/03/2013FellowUniversity of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Yoong SL, Wolfenden L, Clinton-McHarg T, Waters E, Pettman TL, Steele E, Wiggers J, 'Exploring the pragmatic and explanatory study design on outcomes of systematic reviews of public health interventions: a case study on obesity prevention trials', Journal of public health (Oxford, England), 36 170-176 (2014)
DOI10.1093/pubmed/fdu006
Co-authorsTara Clinton-Mcharg, John Wiggers, Luke Wolfenden
2014Yoong SL, Wolfenden L, Clinton-McHarg T, Waters E, Pettman TL, Steele E, Wiggers J, 'Exploring the pragmatic and explanatory study design on outcomes of systematic reviews of public health interventions: a case study on obesity prevention trials', Journal of public health (Oxford, England), 36 170-176 (2014) [C3]
DOI10.1093/pubmed/fdu006
Co-authorsJohn Wiggers, Luke Wolfenden, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2014Clinton-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 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.

DOI10.1016/j.jad.2014.04.072
Co-authorsMariko Carey, Flora Tzelepis, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2014Clinton-McHarg T, Paul C, Boyes A, Rose S, Vallentine P, O'Brien L, 'Do cancer helplines deliver benefits to people affected by cancer? A systematic review', Patient Education and Counseling, 97 302-309 (2014) [C1]

Objectives: To determine the: (1) proportion of studies that describe characteristics of helpline service delivery, compared to the proportion that report trials testing efficacy or effectiveness of helplines in changing user outcomes; (2) proportion of efficacy or effectiveness studies that meet EPOC criteria for methodological rigor; and (3) potential benefits of cancer helplines for people affected by cancer based on findings from rigorous efficacy or effectiveness trials. Methods: Electronic databases (Medline, PsycINFO, EMBASE and CINAHL) were searched to identify English-language studies describing original research published from 1991 to 2011. Results: Twenty-eight publications met the review inclusion criteria. From these studies, data on: the characteristics of cancer helpline users; call content; and user satisfaction, were extracted. The potential for helplines to improve the psychosocial outcomes of callers was examined for the three intervention trials. Conclusion: There is a lack of robust evidence regarding the level and types of benefits that cancer helplines may deliver to callers affected by cancer. Given increased emphasis on delivering best-practise supportive care, building the evidence base in this field may assist cancer helplines to increase their service uptake, reach, and benefit to callers. Practise implications: There is a need for more rigorous intervention-focussed studies in this field across a broader range of cancer populations. Future studies should focus on relevant patient-centred outcomes, such as improved knowledge and greater involvement in decision-making, while incorporating process measures to account for intervention fidelity and clinical performance.

DOI10.1016/j.pec.2014.09.004
Co-authorsTara Clinton-Mcharg, Allison Boyes, Chris Paul
2013Paul CL, Hall AE, Carey ML, Cameron EC, Clinton-McHarg T, 'Access to Care and Impacts of Cancer on Daily Life: Do They Differ for Metropolitan Versus Regional Hematological Cancer Survivors?', Journal of Rural Health, 29 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1111/jrh.12020Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsChris Paul, Mariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2012Carey 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]
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Mariko Carey
2012Carey 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]
CitationsScopus - 17Web of Science - 14
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2012Paul 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]
Co-authorsFlora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, Marita Lynagh, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2012Paul 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]
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsAmy Anderson, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2012Clinton-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 1-11 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Catherine Deste
2011Clinton-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]
DOI10.1186/1471-2288-11-5
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsMariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2011Paul 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2354.2010.01188.x
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2011Carey 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]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2354.2010.01211.x
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsMariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2010Clinton-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]
DOI10.1186/1477-7525-8-25
CitationsScopus - 20Web of Science - 18
Co-authorsTara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Mariko Carey
2010Clinton-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]
DOI10.1016/j.ejca.2010.06.013
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Chris Paul, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Catherine Deste
2009Paul 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]
DOI10.1016/j.ejca.2009.08.013
CitationsScopus - 28Web of Science - 23
Co-authorsChris Paul, Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Rob Sanson-Fisher
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Turon 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]
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Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Amy Waller, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
2014Tzelepis 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 (2014) [E3]
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Co-authorsTara Clinton-Mcharg, Mariko Carey, Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, Rob Sanson-Fisher
2013Tzelepis 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]
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Co-authorsRob Sanson-Fisher, Flora Tzelepis, Chris Paul, Mariko Carey, Tara Clinton-Mcharg
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$946,427

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20132 grants / $504,660

A randomised controlled trial of online versus telephone-based information and support: Can electronic platforms deliver effective care for lung cancer patients?$329,660

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

Funding bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamAssociate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Allison Boyes, Ms Paula Vallentine, Professor Amanda Baker, Associate Professor Frans Henskens, Dr Ian Roos, Doctor Patrick McElduff, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg
SchemePartnership Projects
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1200758
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

A randomised controlled trial of online versus telephone-based information and support: Can electronic platforms deliver effective care for lung cancer patients?$175,000

Funding body: Cancer Council NSW

Funding bodyCancer Council NSW
Project TeamAssociate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Allison Boyes, Ms Paula Vallentine, Professor Amanda Baker, Associate Professor Frans Henskens, Dr Ian Roos, Doctor Patrick McElduff, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg
SchemeNHMRC Partnership Projects Partner Funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1200784
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

20123 grants / $269,889

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 bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project TeamLaureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Doctor Conor Gilligan, Doctor Heidi Turon, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Doctor Flora Tzelepis
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100421
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Evaluating the acceptability of a web-based approach to improve knowledge transfer to general practice regarding care for sleep disorders $18,000

Funding body: Sleep Health Foundation

Funding bodySleep Health Foundation
Project TeamAssociate Professor Christine Paul, Emeritus Professor Michael Hensley, Doctor Jeffrey Pretto, Doctor Mariko Carey, Associate Professor Frans Henskens, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100881
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Improving cancer care for lymphoma: patients' perceptions of optimal care$14,207

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding bodyHunter Medical Research Institute
Project TeamDoctor Flora Tzelepis, Doctor Mariko Carey, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Doctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Ms Alison Zucca
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200212
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20101 grants / $171,878

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

Funding body: Leukaemia Foundation

Funding bodyLeukaemia Foundation
Project TeamDoctor Tara Clinton-Mcharg, Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher
SchemeNational Research Program (Postdoctoral Fellowship)
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG0190539
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category1NS
UONY
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Dr Tara Clinton-Mcharg

Positions

Postdoctoral Researcher
HNEPH
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Postdoctoral Researcher
HNEPH
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Emailtara.clinton-mcharg@newcastle.edu.au
Phone02 4924 6064
Faxn/a

Office

Room0059
BuildingBooth Building
LocationWallsend Campus

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