Miss Erin Forbes

Miss Erin Forbes

Project Officer

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Ms Forbes (BPsych (Hons I)) is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Newcastle, Faculty of Health and Medicine. Her research focuses on innovative interventions to reduce procedural anxiety in patients with cancer undergoing radiotherapy.


Keywords

  • Mental Health
  • Oncology
  • Psychooncology
  • Radiotherapy
  • cancer

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
321110 Radiation therapy 50
320221 Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy) 50

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/2/2013 -  Research Officer School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Forbes E, Baker AL, Britton B, Clover K, Skelton E, Oultram S, et al., 'Non-pharmacological approaches to procedural anxiety reduction for patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer: systematic review protocol', BMJ OPEN, 10 (2020)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035155
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Christopher Oldmeadow, Eliza Skelton, Kristen Mccarter, Benjamin Britton
2019 Beck AK, Forbes E, Baker AL, Britton B, Oldmeadow C, Carter G, 'Adapted motivational interviewing for brief healthcare consultations: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of treatment fidelity in real-world evaluations of behaviour change counselling', BMJ OPEN, 9 (2019)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028417
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Alison Beck, Gregory Carter, Benjamin Britton, Amanda Baker, Christopher Oldmeadow
2018 McCarter KL, Baker A, Britton B, Halpin S, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'Head and neck cancer patient experience of a new dietitian-delivered health behaviour intervention: "You know you have to eat to survive ', SUPPORTIVE CARE IN CANCER, 26 2167-2175 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00520-017-4029-5
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Kristen Mccarter, Sean Halpin, Benjamin Britton, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter
2018 McCarter K, Britton B, Baker AL, Halpin SA, Beck AK, Carter G, et al., 'Interventions to improve screening and appropriate referral of patients with cancer for psychosocial distress: Systematic review', BMJ Open, 8 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017959
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Sean Halpin, Benjamin Britton, Alison Beck, Kristen Mccarter, Gregory Carter, Luke Wolfenden
2017 Thornton L, Quinn C, Birrell L, Guillaumier A, Shaw B, Forbes E, et al., 'Free smoking cessation mobile apps available in Australia: a quality review and content analysis', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41 625-630 (2017) [C1]

Objectives: This review aimed to identify free, high-quality, smoking cessation mobile applications (apps) that adhere to Australian smoking cessation treatment guidelines. Method... [more]

Objectives: This review aimed to identify free, high-quality, smoking cessation mobile applications (apps) that adhere to Australian smoking cessation treatment guidelines. Methods: A systematic search of smoking cessation apps was conducted using Google. The technical quality of relevant apps was rated using the Mobile Application Rating Scale. The content of apps identified as high quality was assessed for adherence to smoking cessation treatment guidelines. Results: 112 relevant apps were identified. The majority were of poor technical quality and only six ¿high-quality¿ apps were identified. These apps adhered to Australian treatment guidelines in part. The efficacy of two apps had been previously evaluated. Conclusions: In lieu of more substantial research in this area, it is suggested that the high-quality apps identified in this review may be more likely than other available apps to encourage smoking cessation. Implications for public health: Smoking cessation apps have the potential to address many barriers that prevent smoking cessation support being provided; however few high-quality smoking cessation apps are currently available in Australia, very few have been evaluated and the app market is extremely volatile. More research to evaluate smoking cessation apps, and sustained funding for evidence-based apps, is needed.

DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12688
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 31
Co-authors Frances Kaylambkin, Ashleigh Guillaumier
2017 Beck AK, Forbes E, Baker AL, Kelly PJ, Deane FP, Shakeshaft A, et al., 'Systematic review of SMART Recovery: Outcomes, process variables, and implications for research.</', Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31 1-20 (2017) [C1]

Clinical guidelines recommend Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) and 12-step models of mutual aid as important sources of long-term support for addiction recov... [more]

Clinical guidelines recommend Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery) and 12-step models of mutual aid as important sources of long-term support for addiction recovery. Methodologically rigorous reviews of the efficacy and potential mechanisms of change are available for the predominant 12-step approach. A similarly rigorous exploration of SMART Recovery has yet to be undertaken. We aim to address this gap by providing a systematic overview of the evidence for SMART Recovery in adults with problematic alcohol, substance, and/or behavioral addiction, including (i) a commentary on outcomes assessed, process variables, feasibility, current understanding of mental health outcomes, and (ii) a critical evaluation of the methodology. We searched six electronic peer-reviewed and four gray literature databases for English-language SMART Recovery literature. Articles were classified, assessed against standardized criteria, and checked by an independent assessor. Twelve studies (including three evaluations of effectiveness) were identified. Alcohol-related outcomes were the primary focus. Standardized assessment of nonalcohol substance use was infrequent. Information about behavioral addiction was restricted to limited prevalence data. Functional outcomes were rarely reported. Feasibility was largely indexed by attendance. Economic analysis has not been undertaken. Little is known about the variables that may influence treatment outcome, but attendance represents a potential candidate. Assessment and reporting of mental health status was poor. Although positive effects were found, the modest sample and diversity of methods prevent us from making conclusive remarks about efficacy. Further research is needed to understand the clinical and public health utility of SMART as a viable recovery support option.

DOI 10.1037/adb0000237
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 13
Co-authors Alison Beck, Amanda Baker
2016 Beck AK, Baker A, Kelly PJ, Deane FP, Shakeshaft A, Hunt D, et al., 'Protocol for a systematic review of evaluation research for adults who have participated in the "SMART recovery' mutual support programme', BMJ OPEN, 6 (2016)
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009934
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Alison Beck, Amanda Baker
2015 McCarter KL, Britton B, Baker A, Halpin S, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'Interventions to improve screening and appropriate referral of patients with cancer for distress: Systematic review protocol', BMJ Open, 5 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008277
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Kristen Mccarter, Alison Beck, Luke Wolfenden, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Benjamin Britton, Sean Halpin
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Forbes E, Clover K, Carter G, Wratten C, Britton B, Minh TT, et al., 'Rates of Procedural Anxiety during Radiotherapy Using a Mask In Patients with Head and Neck Cancer', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2019)
Co-authors Benjamin Britton, Gregory Carter, Kristen Mccarter, Amanda Baker
2018 Clover K, Forbes E, Carter G, Wratten C, Britton B, Tieu M, et al., 'Procedural anxiety during radiotherapy using a mask in patients with head and neck cancer: Interim data', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2018)
Co-authors Kristen Mccarter, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Benjamin Britton
2018 Forbes E, Clover K, Carter G, Wratten C, Britton B, Tieu M, et al., 'Rates of Procedural Anxiety During Radiotherapy Using A Mask in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: Interim Data', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY (2018)
Co-authors Kristen Mccarter, Amanda Baker, Gregory Carter, Benjamin Britton
2014 McCarter K, Forbes E, Baker A, Britton B, Beck A, Carter G, et al., 'PREVALENCE OF TOBACCO SMOKING IN A SAMPLE OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS ABOUT TO UNDERGO RADIOTHERAPY', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Gregory Carter, Amanda Baker, Patrick Mcelduff, Sean Halpin, Luke Wolfenden, Kristen Mccarter, Alison Beck, Billie Bonevski, Benjamin Britton
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $30,704

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20181 grants / $5,000

HCRA Radiation Oncology and Cancer Imaging Technology (ROCIT) Flagship Research Higher Degree (HDR) Student Top-Up Award$5,000

Funding body: Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)

Funding body Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)
Project Team

Erin Forbes, Amanda Baker, Ben Britton, Kristen McCarter, Kerrie Clover

Scheme HCRA Radiation Oncology and Cancer Imaging Technology (ROCIT) Flagship Research Higher Degree (HDR) Student Top-Up Award
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20174 grants / $8,200

Two year survival of participants of the Eating As Treatment trial.$3,000

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Britton, B., Baker, A., McCarter, K.,Wolfenden, L., Bauer, J., Wratten, C., Beck, A., Forbes, E., Oldmeadow, C., Carter, G.

Scheme Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Healthy living after treatment for Head and Neck Cancer$2,500

Funding body: The University of Newcastle | Australia

Funding body The University of Newcastle | Australia
Project Team

Baker, A., McCarter, K., Britton, B., Carter, G., Wolfenden, L., Wratten, C., Bauer, J., Beck, A., Halpin, S., Forbes, E.

Scheme Faculty of Health and Medicine Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Mediation analysis of an effective health behaviour change intervention for head and neck cancer patients: the importance of best practice guidelines$2,200

Funding body: Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Project Team

McCarter, K., Britton, B., Baker, A., Wolfenden, L., Carter, G., Bauer, J., Wratten, C., Beck, A., Forbes, E., Oldmeadow, C., Lee, H.

Scheme Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour Funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

HCRA travel grant$500

Funding body: Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)

Funding body Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)
Project Team

Erin Forbes

Scheme Conference Travel Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20162 grants / $17,504

Interventions to improve screening and appropriate referral of patients with cancer for distress: systematic review$9,911

Funding body: Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)

Funding body Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA)
Project Team

McCarter, K., Wolfenden, L., Britton, B., Baker, A., Halpin, S., Beck, A., Carter, G., Wratten. C., Bauer, J., Twyman, L., Forbes, E.

Scheme HCRA Implementation Flagship program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

Head and neck cancer patient experience of EAT: A new dietitian-delivered health behaviour intervention.$7,593

Funding body: Calvary Mater Newcastle

Funding body Calvary Mater Newcastle
Project Team

McCarter, K., Baker, A., Halpin, S., Britton, B., Beck, A., Carter, G., Wratten, C., Bauer, J., Forbes, E., Wolfenden, L.

Scheme James Lawrie Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N
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Miss Erin Forbes

Position

Project Officer
School of Medicine and Public Health
School of Medicine and Public Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email erin.forbes@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40353233

Office

Room 5016
Building McAuley Building
Location Calvary Mater

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