Gillian Yeowell

Gillian Yeowell
Manchester Metropolitan University | MMU · Department of Health Professions

PhD

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Introduction
Dr Gillian Yeowell is a Reader in MSK Health and Wellbeing at Manchester Met University, UK. She is a physiotherapist by background. She has expertise in qualitative research and mixed methodologies with associated expertise in minority groups. Her research interests concern: back pain, osteoarthritis, and physical activity and the impact this has on quality of life. She has received research funding from NIHR, the CSP, Manchester City Council, Nuffield Health, Age UK, HEE and Industry.
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September 1999 - February 2021
Manchester Metropolitan University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • My Research expertise is: Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Health & wellbeing in the older person. Culture, including: professional culture and cultural competence. Practice-based research Qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies.

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Publications (86)
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Objective The aim was to investigate the extent of cauda equina syndrome (CES) litigation and explore the process of medico-legal litigation in relation to physiotherapy in the UK. Design A multimethods inquiry that followed on from a previously conducted scoping literature review was undertaken to address the aim. This included freedom of informa...
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BACKGROUND Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain is one of the most important clinical manifestations of postpartum back pain. Those affected often complain of discomfort during daily activities. It is hypothesized that altered motor control is associated with perceived pain. Pelvic support can regulate possible underlying altered motor control mech...
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Background: Pregnancy-related posterior pelvic girdle pain (PPGP) is one of the most important clinical manifestations of postpartum back pain. Those affected often complain of discomfort during daily activities. It is hypothesized that altered motor control is associated with perceived pain. Pelvic support can regulate possible underlying altered...
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Background: The assessment of the emotional consequences of having a spinal deformity and orthotic management in people with idiopathic scoliosis is essential. This study was aimed to translate and culturally adapt the Bad Sobernheim Stress questionnaire (BSSQ-Brace) for Iranian adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis using thoracolumbar orthoses....
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Background: Nigeria has the highest rates of physical inactivity in Africa. As physical inactivity is a leading global risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCD), physical activity promotion is a strategy for their mitigation. Physiotherapists are already ideally situated to undertake this role and can assist in the reversal of NCD. Gaining in...
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Objective To describe and synthesise the content of public-facing websites regarding the use of diagnostic imaging for adults with lower back pain, knee, and shoulder pain. Methods Scoping review conducted in accordance with PRISMA guidance. A Google search was performed to identify public-facing websites that were either United Kingdom-based, or...
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Background Textured insoles have been suggested to enhance foot sensation, which contributes to controlling upright balance. However, the interaction between plantar callosity and the textured surface has not been studied. Research question Firstly, to compare the efficacy of textured insoles on balance performance and foot position sense between...
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Background Recovery following an upper arm break can be prolonged and cause loss of independence. Appropriate information provision to empower and enable active participation in rehabilitation is vital to achieve the best clinical outcomes. Objectives To identify and analyse, through the lens of health literacy, publicly available information leaf...
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Background Urea cycle disorders (UCD) are inborn errors of metabolism, typically presenting neonatally. Excess ammonia builds rapidly within the body risking hyperammonemic episodes and potentially death. Long-term management of the condition includes restrictive protein consumption, pharmacological interventions and, in extreme cases, liver transp...
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Background Several clinical tests used to identify patients with lumbar instability have reported diagnostic accuracy in separate studies with conflicting results. To augment the diagnostic process, tests that are better able to identify lumbar instability suitable for use in the clinical setting are required. The aim of this study was to identify...
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Objectives: The assessment of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is becoming increasingly important in companion animals. This study describes a systematic review and development of a proposed conceptual framework to assess HRQoL in cats with osteoarthritis (OA). Methods: The conceptual framework was developed according to published guidelines....
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Purpose Osteoarthritis is the single most common cause of pain and disability in older adults. This review addresses the question of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions following total knee replacement (TKR). Methods A systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for System...
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Introduction: Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a condition where early identification and treatment is crucial to avoid potentially life changing devastating effects. This paper reviews the extent and process of CES litigation amongst UK physiotherapists. Methods: A well-established framework by Arksey and O'Malley was followed when completing the...
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Background Orthotic immobilization is an early treatment for osteoporotic vertebral fracture at the hyperkyphotic thoracic spine. Objective This exploratory study compared the immediate impact of three types of trunk orthoses on the balance parameters of older people with osteoporosis hyperkyphosis. Methods Twenty older people (aged 60-65 years)...
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Background: Tendon-related pain is a common and debilitating condition that affects a wide range of people. To inform future research, it is important to understand healthcare professional's current practice. Objectives: To describe the practice of First Contact Practitioners (FCPs) and Other Clinicians (OCs) for recent onset tendon pain in a pr...
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Introduction Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a condition where early identification and treatment is crucial to avoid potentially devastating effects. There is a high number of litigation cases linked with CES given it is a relatively rare condition. This scoping review protocol proposes to explore the extent and process of CES litigation in UK heal...
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Background Urea cycle disorders (UCD) are a group of conditions of inborn errors of metabolism, typically presenting neonatally. Excess ammonia builds rapidly within the body, risking hyperammonemic episodes and potentially death. Long-term management of the condition includes restrictive protein consumption, pharmacological interventions and, in e...
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Objective The purpose of the study was to examine the effectiveness of a novel supported dynamic lumbar extension with the abdominal drawing-in maneuver (ADIM) technique on stature change, deep abdominal muscle activity, trunk muscle fatigue, and pain intensity during prolonged sitting in chronic low back pain (CLBP) participants. Background Prolo...
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Purpose First Contact Practitioner (FCP) roles have been developed for health professionals with advanced practice skills to take on many of the musculoskeletal responsibilities currently carried out by general practitioners. FCP roles are new and still developing. Currently there is little research that has investigated the experiences of FCPs. Th...
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To examine the reported clinical and cost-effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions following total hip replacement (THR). A systematic review was completed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA). MEDLINE, CINAHL, AMED, Scopus, DARE, HTA, and NHS EED databases were searched for studies on cli...
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Introduction: An increasing number of patients are attending the Emergency Department (ED) with back pain with or without sciatica. There is evidence to suggest that medical management is varied and inconsistent. Objective: The purpose of this study was to review the literature to determine the evidence base for the therapeutic management of adu...
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Background: Musculoskeletal conditions are the second greatest contributor to disability worldwide and have significant individual, societal, and economic implications. Due to the growing burden of musculoskeletal disability, an integrated and strategic response is urgently required. Digital health interventions provide high-reach, low-cost, readi...
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Objectives Osteoarthritis (OA) of the ankle joint is associated with life-long joint pain and disability if not appropriately managed. There is a dearth of research concerning ankle OA and the impact on those living with the condition. Aim To explore the experiences of people living with painful OA ankle and their views about the non-surgical mana...
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Objective To investigate the influence of trunk and lower limb motion on electromyography (EMG) muscle activity and recruitment patterns around the shoulder. Design Systematic review. Data sources MEDLINE, CINAHL, PEDro, AMED, PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic reviews, SportsDiscuss and PROSPE...
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Background Pelvic belt is being used to alleviate the symptoms of lumbopelvic pain. Objective To investigate the immediate effects of a pelvic belt with a textured sacral pad in pregnant women with lumbopelvic pain. Methods Twenty-eight pregnant women participated in a randomized crossover study. Hip joint position sense, maximum hip flexion forc...
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Background Greater Trochanteric Pain syndrome (GTPS) is a condition causing lateral hip pain, which can be both persistent and debilitating. Data suggests that NHS patients with GTPS often have complex presentations with greater risk of developing persistent pain. No research to date has looked to understand the lived experience of patients with GT...
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Background Hip fracture is one of the most common injuries in adults and can be a life changing experience for most. Many patients are ill-prepared for the changes in their normal daily activity that often occur in the following months after surgery. Community rehabilitation services vary, as management often focuses on acute over community service...
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Purpose Interventions that promote both mental and physical wellbeing have been advocated for people with mental health difficulties, as they have been found to engage less in healthy behaviours and have lower levels of physical fitness. However, no optimal approach to facilitate this undertaking has been identified. The purpose of this paper is to...
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BACKGROUND Musculoskeletal conditions are the second greatest contributor to disability worldwide and have significant individual, societal, and economic implications. Due to the growing burden of musculoskeletal disability, an integrated and strategic response is urgently required. Digital health interventions provide high-reach, low-cost, readily...
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Background: Sensitivity-related trait characteristics involving physical and emotional sensitivities and high trait anxiety personality types have been observed in individuals with non-specific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP). High trait sensitivity to sensory stimulation combined with interpretation biases based on personality type may contribute...
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Background: Individuals with nonspecific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) and central sensitization (CS) exhibit sensory hypersensitivity that may be related to pre-existing trait characteristics. Sensory profiles and trait anxiety-related characteristics have sensory sensitivity in common with CS. Objectives: The objectives of this study were 1)...
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Objectives This study examined patient adherence and persistence to oral bisphosphonates for the treatment of osteoporosis in real-world settings. Methods A systematic review was completed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online (MEDLINE), Cumulati...
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Background: Central sensitisation pain is a predominant mechanism in a proportion of individuals with non-specific chronic low back pain and is associated with poor outcomes. It is proposed that the pre-morbid experiences and contexts may be related to the development of central sensitisation. Objectives: The objective of this study was to explo...
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Purpose To evaluate persistence and adherence of oral pharmacotherapy used in the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) in a real-world setting. Materials and methods Systematic literature searches of six electronic publication databases were performed to identify observational studies of patients with OAB treated with antimuscarinics and/or mirab...
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Men in Sheds is a global community-based approach to supporting older men to age well and reduce the impact of social isolation in their lives. The Sheds vary according to their location, the organisations that fund and / or run them, and the activities that are on offer for the men. There is limited academic attention on the experiences of older m...
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Objective: Managing chronic wounds is associated with a burden to patients, caregivers, health services and society and there is a lack of clarity regarding the role of dressings in improving outcomes. This study aimed to provide understanding on a range of topics, including: the definition of chronicity in wounds, the burden of illness, clinical...
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OBJECTIVE: Managing chronic wounds is associated with a burden to patients, caregivers, health services and society and there is a lack of clarity regarding the role of dressings in improving outcomes. This study aimed to provide understanding on a range of topics, including: the definition of chronicity in wounds, the burden of illness, clinical...
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Study objective There is no consensus on the management of low back pain in the ED and evidence suggests that these patients are likely to receive unwarranted imaging and inappropriate opioid prescription. The purpose of this study is to review the available literature pertaining to the clinical management of acute low back pain in the ED. Methods...
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Introduction People with non-specific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) and central sensitisation (CS) exhibit sensory processing alterations, somatosensory hypersensitivity and differences in the brain's emotional networks. The concept that CS relates to pre-morbid trait sensory processing and anxiety characteristics is unknown. The aims of this pilo...
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Objectives To explore the disclosure decisions made in the workplace by physiotherapy staff with a specific learning difficulty (SpLD). Design & Setting An exploratory qualitative design was used, which was informed by the social model of disability. The research was undertaken in North West England. It is presented according to the Consolidated C...
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Background: Altered central pain modulation is the predominant pain mechanism in a proportion of chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders and is associated with poor outcomes. Although existing studies predict poor outcomes such as persistent pain and disability, to date there is little consensus on what factors specifically predict altered central...
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Aim: To evaluate the clinical-effectiveness and resource use associated with Case Management Services in a UK private sector DESIGN: An observational cohort study based on prospective data collection of patient reported outcome measures and data collection from an existing administrative health database. Setting: A United Kingdom (UK) private he...
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Aims: To investigate the experiences of international students studying on a Physiotherapy Masters programme. Methods: A short electronic survey with closed and open ended question was sent out to fifteen international alumni who attended the programmed between 2010 & 2013. Thirteen of them completed the survey. Quantitative findings: 77% of the re...
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Background Back pain and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are common in adults with cystic fibrosis (CF). This study aimed to establish whether there is an association between back pain, lung function and stress urinary incontinence and its relative risk. Method This was a cross-sectional, retrospective analysis of the Manchester Musculoskeletal...
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Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of pre-operative exercise physiotherapy rehabilitation on the outcomes of treatment following anterior cruciate ligament injury. Methods: The following databases were searched: PubMed, Ovid, The Cochrane Library and Web of Science. Studies published between the inception of the databases and December 2015...
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To disclose or not to disclose? Benchmarking disclosure of a specific learning difficulty in physiotherapy education and the NHS workplace
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Relevance: Theme - Responding to changing population needs Caregivers are central to achieving successful; outcomes of rehabilitation for children with CP. Understanding how rehabilitation impact on caregivers may help to put in place strategies to will enable them to continue their caregiving role. Purpose: The prevalence of cerbral palsy (CP) has...
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Purpose Approximately 15% of the UK population have a specific learning difficulty (SpLD), with dyslexia being the most common. Scrutiny of NHS Individual Trust Annual Equality and Diversity Reports suggests that 3% of its workforce have disclosed a disability. It is unclear why the number of staff who disclose a disability in the NHS workplace is...
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Relevance This evaluation of an innovative approach to the management of back pain offers opportunities for advancing physiotherapy and should promote physiotherapy to influence policy. Purpose Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal condition affecting 30% of the adult population in the United Kingdom (UK). It is associated with functional li...
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Aim: The Back Rehabilitation Programme (BRP) is a group exercise programme for patients with non-specific low back pain (NSLBP) that combines cognitive behavioural therapy principles and therapeutic exercise to empower patients to self-manage their condition. Poor attendance and high attrition rates resulted in changes to the format of the program...
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Ex-user narratives often “end” at the point where treatment ends, leaving much to discover regarding what happens next. Within this post-treatment experience, ex-users making the transition to work in the drugs field must decide whether or not to disclose their past substance use and, if they do disclose, further personal decision-making relates to...
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Alshewaier S., Yeowell G., Fatoye F. (2015) Pre-operative Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Programmes Improve the Outcomes of Treatment Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Systematic Review. WCPT. Singapore.