Dr Ratika Kumar

Research Associate

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Ratika Kumar is an Early Career, Postdoctoral Researcher. She has a Ph.D. in Public health from the University of Queensland, Australia, Master’s in Dental Public health and a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry from India. She commenced her PhD (Public health) in 2015, before which she worked as a Lecturer in Public health Dentistry in India. Her PhD research focused on health communication about tobacco cessation and harm reduction advice for smokers with mental illness. Her research expertise lie in conducting quantitative and qualitative research in tobacco control, mental health and dentistry. 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University
  • Master of Dental Surgery, KLE University, India

Keywords

  • Dental Public Health
  • Health promotion
  • Tobacco Harm reduction
  • Tobacco cessation

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Hindi (Mother)

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia
Research Associate University 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Denham AMJ, Baker AL, Spratt NJ, Wynne O, Hunt SA, Bonevski B, Kumar R, 'YouTube as a resource for evaluating the unmet needs of caregivers of stroke survivors', Health Informatics Journal, 26 1599-1616 (2020) [C1]

Content produced by caregivers of stroke survivors on the online video-sharing platform YouTube may be a good source of knowledge regarding caregivers¿ unmet needs. We aimed to ex... [more]

Content produced by caregivers of stroke survivors on the online video-sharing platform YouTube may be a good source of knowledge regarding caregivers¿ unmet needs. We aimed to examine the content, quantity and quality of YouTube videos that target and discuss the needs and concerns of caregivers of stroke survivors. YouTube was systematically searched using six search strings, and the first 20 videos retrieved from each search were screened against the inclusion criteria. A pre-determined coding schedule was used to report the rate of unmet needs in each video. Twenty-six videos were included in the analysis. In total, 291 unmet needs were reported by caregivers of stroke survivors, an average of 11.2 unmet needs per video. The most common unmet needs domain was ¿Impact of Caregiving on Daily Activities¿ (44%). Most videos were developed in the United States (61.5%) and featured spouses of stroke survivors (65.47%). Content produced by caregivers of stroke survivors on YouTube may be used as a tool for caregivers to provide and receive support through online communication. YouTube videos offer insight into the unmet needs of caregivers of stroke survivors and may be used as an additional resource for stroke services to support caregivers.

DOI 10.1177/1460458219873538
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Sally Hunt, Alexandra Denham, Olivia Wynne, Neil Spratt, Amanda Baker, Billie Bonevski
2020 Friend N, Hughes J, Kisely S, Kumar R, Siskind D, 'Appraisal of physical health guidelines for severe mental illness.', Aust Health Rev, 44 904-915 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/AH20080
2020 Mehta A, Ahmed S, Verma A, Kumar R, 'Evaluation of cessation services provided at a tobacco cessation clinic in a teaching dental hospital', Indian Journal of Dental Research, 31 852-856 (2020)

Background: Tobacco cessation interventions provided in a dental office or hospital settings are beneficial in helping patients to quit tobacco. Regular monitoring of these interv... [more]

Background: Tobacco cessation interventions provided in a dental office or hospital settings are beneficial in helping patients to quit tobacco. Regular monitoring of these interventions is required to assess their success rate and factors hindering its improvement. This study evaluated cessation services provided through a Tobacco Cessation Clinic (TCC) established in a government teaching dental hospital in Delhi, India. Materials and Methods: Patients visiting the TCC from April 2016 to March 2018 were contacted to participate in this study. All the willing participants were administered a structured questionnaire telephonically or in person. The questionnaire focused on gathering information on patients' current tobacco use status, feedback on intervention provided at TCC and reasons for missing TCC appointments. Bivariate and multivariate analysis was performed to assess the effect of socio-demographic factors, nicotine dependence and interventions at TCC on current tobacco use status of participants. Results: Of the 309 participants, 60 (19.4%) reported complete tobacco abstinence and 78 (22.3%) reduced consumption by more than half from their first visit to TCC. Most of the participants (81.5%) were satisfied with the tobacco cessation interventions provided at the TCC. Multivariate analysis shows that odds of quitting were higher in participants with low tobacco dependence (OR 3.03, CI 0.98,9.35) and those who were satisfied with counselling method at TCC (OR 8.8, CI 2.05, 38.35). Conclusion: Interventions provided at our TCC were found beneficial by the study participants to reduce tobacco consumption or achieve total tobacco abstinence. A timely reminder can be provided to increase patients' compliance.

DOI 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_541_19
2020 Gould GS, Havard A, Li Lim L, Kumar R, 'Exposure to tobacco, environmental tobacco smoke and nicotine in pregnancy: A pragmatic overview of reviews of maternal and child outcomes, effectiveness of interventions and barriers and facilitators to quitting', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17062034
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Gillian Gould
2019 Gujjar KR, Van Wijk A, Kumar R, De Jongh A, 'ARE TECHNOLOGY-BASED INTERVENTIONS EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING DENTAL ANXIETY IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS? A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW', JOURNAL OF EVIDENCE-BASED DENTAL PRACTICE, 19 140-155 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.jebdp.2019.01.009
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6
2019 Gujjar KR, van Wijk A, Kumar R, de Jongh A, 'Efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy for the treatment of dental phobia in adults: A randomized controlled trial', JOURNAL OF ANXIETY DISORDERS, 62 100-108 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.janxdis.2018.12.001
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15
2019 Kumar R, Gould GS, 'Tobacco Harm Reduction forWomen Who Cannot Stop Smoking During Pregnancy-A Viable Option?', JAMA PEDIATRICS, 173 615-616 (2019)
DOI 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0902
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Gillian Gould
2018 Sharma R, Meurk C, Bell S, Ford P, Gartner C, 'Australian mental health care practitioners' practices and attitudes for encouraging smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction in smokers with severe mental illness', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 27 247-257 (2018)
DOI 10.1111/inm.12314
Citations Web of Science - 13
2018 Sharma-Kumar R, Meurk C, Ford P, Beere D, Gartner C, 'Are Australian smokers with mental illness receiving adequate smoking cessation and harm reduction information?', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 27 1673-1688 (2018)
DOI 10.1111/inm.12465
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2017 Sharma R, Gartner CE, Castle DJ, Mendelsohn CP, 'Should we encourage smokers with severe mental illness to switch to electronic cigarettes?', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, 51 663-664 (2017)
DOI 10.1177/0004867417697823
Citations Web of Science - 5
2017 Sharma R, Wigginton B, Meurk C, Ford P, Gartner CE, 'Motivations and Limitations Associated with Vaping among People with Mental Illness: A Qualitative Analysis of Reddit Discussions', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 14 (2017)
DOI 10.3390/ijerph14010007
Citations Web of Science - 20
2016 Meurk C, Ford P, Sharma R, Fitzgerald L, Gartner C, 'Views and Preferences for Nicotine Products as an Alternative to Smoking: A Focus Group Study of People Living with Mental Disorders (2016)
DOI 10.20944/preprints201610.0065.v1
2016 Sharma R, Lucas M, Ford P, Meurk C, Gartner CE, 'YouTube as a source of quit smoking information for people living with mental illness', TOBACCO CONTROL, 25 634-637 (2016)
DOI 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052713
Citations Web of Science - 4
2016 Meurk C, Ford P, Sharma R, Fitzgerald L, Gartner C, 'Views and Preferences for Nicotine Products as an Alternative to Smoking: A Focus Group Study of People Living with Mental Disorders', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 13 (2016)
DOI 10.3390/ijerph13111166
Citations Web of Science - 10
2016 Sharma R, Gartner CE, Hall WD, 'The challenge of reducing smoking in people with serious mental illness', LANCET RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, 4 835-844 (2016)
DOI 10.1016/S2213-2600(16)30228-4
Citations Web of Science - 23
2015 Gujjar KR, Sharma R, Amith HV, Smitha D, Indushekar KR, 'Apical plug technique in a calcified immature tooth: a case report.', Gen Dent, 63 e12-e15 (2015)
2014 Sharma R, Hebbal M, Ankola A, Murugaboopathy V, Shetty S, 'Effect of two herbal mouthwashes on gingival health of school children', Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, 4 272-278 (2014)

This study aimed at determining the effect of indigenously prepared neem and mango chewing stick mouthwashes on plaque and gingival indices. A sample of 105 children aged 12-15 ye... [more]

This study aimed at determining the effect of indigenously prepared neem and mango chewing stick mouthwashes on plaque and gingival indices. A sample of 105 children aged 12-15 years was randomized into three groups, namely neem, mango, and chlorhexidine mouthwash groups. All the children were examined at baseline and gingival and plaque indices were recorded. Baseline scores for plaque and gingivitis were fair and moderate, respectively, in all the three groups and there existed no statistically significant difference among them. Ten millilitres each of herbal and chlorhexidine mouthwashes (0.2%) were administered according to the group allocation twice daily for 21 days. Indices were reassessed at 21 days (immediately after intervention) and at 1 month, 2 months, and 3 months after discontinuing the mouthwashes. Statistically significant reduction (P < 0.001) in plaque index was found in all the three mouthwash groups at 21 days and at 1 month from discontinuing the mouthwash. Chlorhexidine additionally showed statistically significant reduction in plaque index at 2 months from discontinuing the mouthwash. Statistically significant reduction (P < 0.001) in gingival index was found in all the three mouthwash groups at 21 days (immediately after discontinuing the mouthwash) and at 1 and 2 months from discontinuing the mouthwash. To conclude, all the three mouthwashes were effective antiplaque and antigingivitis agents. Chlorhexidine and neem possess equivalent efficacy in reducing plaque, while chlorhexidine has superior antigingivitis properties.

DOI 10.4103/2225-4110.131373
Citations Scopus - 15
2013 Murugaboopathy V, Ankola AV, Hebbal M, Sharma R, 'Indian Dental Students' Attitudes and Practices Regarding Tobacco Cessation Counseling', JOURNAL OF DENTAL EDUCATION, 77 510-517 (2013)
Citations Web of Science - 3
2013 Ankola AV, Hebbal M, Sharma R, Nayak SS, 'Traumatic dental injuries in primary school children of South India a report from district-wide oral health survey', DENTAL TRAUMATOLOGY, 29 134-138 (2013)
DOI 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2012.01139.x
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14
2012 Hebbal M, Ankola AV, Sharma R, Johri S, 'Effectiveness of Herbal and Fluoridated Toothpaste on Plaque and Gingival Scores Among Residents of a Working Women's Hostel - A Randomised Controlled Trial', ORAL HEALTH & PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY, 10 389-395 (2012)
Citations Web of Science - 3
2012 Sharma R, 'Cardamom comfort.', Dental research journal, 9 237 (2012)
DOI 10.4103/1735-3327.95243
2011 Sharma R, Hebbal M, VAnkola A, Murugabupathy V, 'Mobile-phone text messaging (SMS) for providing oral health education to mothers of preschool children in Belgaum City', JOURNAL OF TELEMEDICINE AND TELECARE, 17 432-436 (2011)
DOI 10.1258/jtt.2011.110416
Citations Scopus - 36Web of Science - 33
Denham AMJ, Baker AL, Spratt NJ, Wynne O, Hunt S, Sharma-Kumar R, Bonevski B, 'The unmet needs of caregivers of stroke survivors: A review of the content of YouTube videos (Preprint)', JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies,
DOI 10.2196/11052
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Sally Hunt, Alexandra Denham, Billie Bonevski, Olivia Wynne, Neil Spratt
Denham AMJ, Baker AL, Spratt NJ, Wynne O, Hunt S, Sharma-Kumar R, Bonevski B, 'The unmet needs of caregivers of stroke survivors: A review of the content of YouTube videos (Preprint)
DOI 10.2196/preprints.11052
Co-authors Amanda Baker, Neil Spratt, Sally Hunt, Olivia Wynne, Alexandra Denham, Billie Bonevski
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Taggart J, Bovill M, Kumar R, Ryan NM, Gould GS, 'Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women to Enhance Social and Emotional Well-being: Preparing to Pre-Test the MAMA-EMPOWER Mobile Phone App', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (2019)
Co-authors Gillian Gould

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
Ratika R, Evaluation and development of smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction information sources for people with mental illness: A multiple methods approach,
DOI 10.14264/uql.2018.822
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $50,000

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20201 grants / $50,000

Like talking to my sister or aunty” – MAMA-EMPOWER App for a healthy Indigenous pregnancy$50,000

Funding body: NSW Department of Communities and Justice

Funding body NSW Department of Communities and Justice
Project Team Ms Jordan Amos, Associate Professor Gillian Gould, Doctor Nicole Ryan, Doctor Ratika Kumar, Doctor Michelle Bovill, Ms Rachel Hatfield, Mrs Jessica Bennett
Scheme Investing in Women Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G2000757
Type Of Funding C2210 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Own Purpose
Category 2210
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Dr Ratika Kumar

Position

Research Associate
School of Medicine and Public Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email ratika.kumar@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 0917
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