Tina Cartwright

Tina Cartwright
University of Westminster · Psychology School of Social Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
My research focuses on understanding patient experience and improving the management of long-term physical and mental health conditions. With a long-standing interest in complementary therapies, my current work explores the impact of yoga and mind-body practices on health and wellbeing in educational, health and community settings. I use qualitative and mixed methods approaches in my research. Current projects include designing and evaluating yoga interventions for use in schools and the NHS.

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Publications (49)
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Background In recent years there has been an increased emphasis on patient experience as a dimension of quality in healthcare, and subsequently a drive to understand care from the patient’s perspective. Patient shadowing is an approach which has been used in service improvement projects, but its potential as a Quality Improvement (QI) method has no...
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Background Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular holistic approach in the West to manage long-term health conditions. This study presents the evaluation of a pilot yoga intervention, Yoga4Health, that was developed for the NHS to be socially prescribed to patients at risk of developing specific health conditions (risk factors for cardiovascular...
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The Yoga4Schools introductory curriculum was developed collaboratively by the University of Westminster and the Teen Yoga Foundation for use in secondary schools with adolescents aged 11-16 years who are new to yoga. This curriculum has been shown to be acceptable and useful in schools with the target population. We are providing this research fre...
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Objective: Menopause can negatively impact women's quality of life, with many women reporting inadequate information and support. Podcasts have grown in popularity in recent years and have been found to be accessible methods for increasing knowledge and challenging perceptions of stigmatized topics. The current research aimed to understand the imp...
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Introduction:Research is increasingly demonstrating a range of benefits of practicing yoga, such as improved physical and mental health, social connectedness, and self-care. Mechanisms of action are less well understood, but may include both psychological and physiological changes. The aim of this study was to understand more about benefits and mec...
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The use of virtual learning environments (VLE) has grown exponentially in the past years. Research indicates that students’ online learning behavior predicts their academic performance and that students’ academic emotions can play a key role in this process. However, few studies have attempted to investigate the effectiveness of VLE activities in l...
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Background: The outbreak of COVID-19 and its associated measures has resulted in a sizeable working population transitioning to working from home (WFH), bringing additional challenges, and increasing work-related stress. Research has indicated that yoga has promising potential in reducing stress in the workplace. However, there are very few studie...
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Background: Journalists covering traumatic news events can develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, they may also experience perceived post-traumatic growth (PTG). The outcome may be affected by whether work-related traumatic stress has a degree of personal risk. Objective: To investigate the relationship between PTSD sym...
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An overview of the qualitative findings of the perceptions, experiences, and perceived benefits of 45 adolescents who participate in school-based yoga and mindfulness interventions for ten-weeks. Recipient of the 2020 Swami Kuvalyananda Research Abstract Award.
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Background: Patient shadowing is an experiential technique intended to enable those who shadow to understand care experience from the patient's point of view. It is used in quality improvement to bring about change that focuses on what is important for patients. Aim: To explore the acceptability of patient shadowing for health-care staff, the impac...
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Growing work pressures in the NHS are negatively affecting GPs’ wellbeing. Research has found half of GPs are experiencing burnout - a state of exhaustion caused by excessive and continuous stress. In this study we aimed to understand what it is like to experience burnout as a GP. We conducted interviews with six GPs who had experienced burnout. T...
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Objectives: to explore patients’ experiences of an individualised yoga therapy intervention for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), specifically in terms of its acceptability and impact on patient-reported outcomes. Design: Ten patients took part in a 16 week yoga therapy intervention in a hospital setting, consisting of 10 one-to-one consultations with a y...
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Objectives Despite the popularity of yoga and evidence of its positive effects on physical and mental health, little is known about yoga practice in the UK. This study investigated the characteristics of people who practise yoga, reasons for initiating and maintaining practice, and perceived impact of yoga on health and well-being. Design, setting...
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Objectives: Evidence suggests that immersive learning increases empathy and understanding of the patient experience of illness. This study evaluated a digital training intervention ‘In Their Shoes’ which immerses participants in the experience of living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), highlighting the biopsychosocial impact. The simulation p...
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Background Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is associated with mood disorders and poor quality of life (QOL) Chorus et al., 2003 Yoga therapy (Y-T) has been used in several Long Term Conditions. Khalsa et al, 2016. Objectives This study investigated: a) impact of a 16 week Y-T intervention on functional outcomes and QOL in 10 adult-onset RA patients, b)...
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Background: Existing research emphasizes that offenders serving community based sentences are at an increased risk of suicide compared with the general population, however, there is little understanding about the causes of this risk. The aim of the current research was to understand how to support probation clients and prevent suicide, by explorin...
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Connell’s (1995) concept of hegemonic masculinity is often reduced to a singular construct, consisting of ‘toxic’ traits viewed as detrimental to wellbeing. However, the concept allows for variation in hegemony, including the possibility of forms more conducive to wellbeing. Through in-depth interviews with 30 male meditators in the UK, we explore...
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Poor childhood diet is a major risk factor for disease and obesity, and parents of pre-school children are in a powerful position to influence diet for life. The technique of thematic synthesis (Thomas & Harden, 2008) was used to synthesise recent qualitative research on parental feeding of pre-school age children (18 months - 6 years). The aim was...
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Although empirical interest in meditation has flourished in recent years, few studies have addressed possible downsides of meditation practice, particularly in community populations. In-depth interviews were conducted with 30 male meditators in London, UK, recruited using principles of maximum variation sampling, and analysed using a modified const...
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Mindfulness meditation is thought to help practitioners become more tolerant of dysphoric emotions by enabling them to cultivate decentring skills. Such skills may be especially useful for male meditators, as men are thought to have particular difficulties regulating their emotions, partly due to masculinity norms related to emotional toughness. Ho...
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The current study sought to explore the impact of suicidal behaviours on probation staff, in relation to their experiences of working with probation service users who have carried out suicide, attempted suicide or self-harm. Thirteen in-depth interviews were carried out with probation staff who had direct contact with probation service users in one...
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Objective: This study explores men with advanced prostate cancers' own practices for promoting and maintaining emotional well-being using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Design: Five men with advanced prostate cancer participated in face-to-face, semi-structured, in-depth interviews. Results: Within rich narratives of lost and regain...
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Background Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is one of the most common diseases of childhood causing pain, swelling of joints and reduced mobility. Previous research has focused on the challenges and psychosocial impact of JIA, but there has been limited attention given to how young people adjust and adapt to living with a long-term condition suc...
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In this study, we explored the lived experiences of children with beta-thalassemia major (β-TM). We considered children as experts on their experiences in contrast to the prevalent approach of asking parents or other adults about children's perspectives. The sample consisted of 12 children aged 8 to12 years. There were two stages to data collection...
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Against a backdrop of increasing secularization, the number of Buddhists in Britain continues to rise (Office for National Statistics, 2012). However, few studies have explored the reasons people are drawn toward Buddhism, with none focusing on men specifically. Uniquely, we conducted in-depth narrative interviews with 30 male meditators in London,...
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Objective: Studying personal narratives can generate understanding of how people experience physical and mental illness. However, few studies have explored narratives of engagement in health positive behaviours, with none focusing on men specifically. Thus, we sought to examine men's experiences of their efforts to engage in and maintain healthy be...
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Traditional masculine norms around emotions (e.g., inexpressiveness) can mean men have difficulties managing their emotions, contributing to potential mental health problems. However, it is recognized that men and masculinities are diverse, and that some men can positively self-manage their mental health, although this has received little attention...
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Traditional masculinities can mean men are unable or unwilling to deal constructively with distress. However, researchers increasingly acknowledge that men and masculinities (including hegemonic styles) are diverse. Moreover, men can positively manage their well-being, although little research explores how they do so. Uniquely, our study sought to...
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Objectives The effectiveness of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) diminishes over time. Little is known about the role of patients′ beliefs and experiences of PR in the maintenance of outcomes. The aim of this study was to explore COPD patients′ experiences of PR in completers and non-completers. Methods Purposive sampling was employed to recruit COPD...
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Alopecia can have substantial psychological consequences, but there has been no research looking at patients' beliefs about their condition nor how they relate to quality of life (QoL). To investigate the relationships between illness perceptions, coping and QoL in patients with alopecia. The study employed a cross-sectional design. In total, 214 i...
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Surprisingly few studies have explored the use of complementary medicine amongst older persons and existent research is typically restricted to those who can afford private treatment. The aim of the current qualitative study is to explore the experiences of older people using subsidised complementary health care. Semi-structured interviews were con...
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Teachers of statistics are often faced with the task of teaching their subject to heterogeneous groups of students. At the University of Westminster we are faced with groups of students who are all studying psychology but have very different academic and social backgrounds. To teach statistics and research methods successfully to such heterogeneous...
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The present study investigated the experiences of users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) using a qualitative approach. In-depth interviews were conducted with 11 frequent users and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Results indicated that the patient-practitioner relationship and explanatory frameworks pro...

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To evaluate the outcomes from the Practitioner Health Service between May 2019 and May 2020. Within this we will explore the change in scores on validated questionnaires assessing wellbeing from baseline (entry to the service) to accessing the service for six months. Changes in scores will also be explored from baseline to practitioner-patients being discharged from the service. Furthermore, this study aims to explore the variation in outcome scores at 6 months through the contribution of co-variates (such as type of problem on entry to the service, treatment provided, gender and work position).