Elaine McColl's research while affiliated with Newcastle University and other places

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Aim The aim of this study was to complete a descriptive qualitative investigation of parents’ perceptions of the barriers and facilitators to flu vaccination for pre-school children. Subject and method Participants were recruited through various communication channels to maximize sample variation. Invitations to participate in the study were sent...
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Primary care providers (PCPs) have an important role in prevention of excess weight gain in pre-school children. Guidelines exist to support PCPs' practices. This systematic review of PCPs' practice behaviors and their perceptions of barriers to and facilitators of implementation of guidelines was the first step toward the development of an interve...
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Background: The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAIs), particularly Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal-Assisted Activity (AAA), in improving mental health outcomes for students in higher education. The number of students in higher education reporting mental health problems and...
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Context: Pre-appointment written materials, including letters and leaflets, are commonly used by healthcare organisations to deliver professional-patient interactions. The written materials potentially change patients' knowledge and behaviour as part of a healthcare intervention but have received little investigation. Objective: To describe the...
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Objective To assess family satisfaction with intensive care units (ICUs) in the UK using the Family Satisfaction in the Intensive Care Unit 24-item (FS-ICU-24) questionnaire, and to investigate how characteristics of patients and their family members impact on family satisfaction. Design Prospective cohort study nested within a national clinical a...
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Introduction: The antiplatelet therapy in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (APPLE COPD-ICON2) trial is a prospective 2×2 factorial, double-blinded proof-of-concept randomised controlled trial targeting patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at high risk of c...
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We read with interest the pilot study by Javed et al (1) comparing periodontal parameters in cigarette smokers, electronic cigarette (e‐cigarette) users and never‐smokers. The role of novel nicotine devices (such as e‐cigarettes) in smoking cessation and any potential oral health effects are very important topics that require further research. Howe...
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Background: Rising obesity levels remain a major public health concern due to the clear link with several comorbidities such as diabetes. Diabetes now affects 6% of the UK population. Modest weight loss of 5% to 10% has been shown to be associated with significant reductions in blood sugar, lipid, and blood pressure levels. Men have been shown to...
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Purpose: To establish the psychometric properties of the Family Satisfaction in the Intensive Care Unit 24-item (FS-ICU-24) questionnaire in the United Kingdom. Materials and methods: The Family-Reported Experiences Evaluation study recruited family members of patients staying at least 24 hours in 20 participating intensive care units. Questionn...
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Background: Whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) and dexamethasone are widely used to treat brain metastases from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), although there have been no randomised clinical trials showing that WBRT improves either quality of life or overall survival. Even after treatment with WBRT, the prognosis of this patient group is poor. W...
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To improve care it is necessary to feed back experiences of those receiving care. Of patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs), approximately one-quarter die, and few survivors recollect their experiences, so family members have a vital role. The most widely validated tool to seek their views is the Family Satisfaction in the Intensive Care...

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... We conducted a mixed-methods systematic review (SR), the methods and the findings of which have been published elsewhere [48]. The review synthesised the evidence on gaps in implementation of guideline recommended practices for prevention of excess weight in children aged 0-5 years; and barriers to and facilitators of implementation, as perceived by PCPs. ...
... In the third-phase QUARTZ trial [17], the role of whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) was assessed in patients with non-small cell lung carcinoma with inoperable CNS metastases. The patients were randomized into two groups. ...
... In this study, a 'family member' was defined as any person with a close familial, social, or emotional relationship to the patient, not necessarily related to the patient by blood. 42 Eligible family members were older than 18 years and able to have a conversation in English. Family members of patients who were dying were not approached. ...
... Internet and mobile interventions aimed at healthy lifestyles have been given much attention due to their potential for privacy, user control, interactive advice, opportunities for real-time modifications, scalability, accessibility, and low cost [8,9]. Metanalyses and systematic reviews show that electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) solutions are effective at supporting healthier diets and weight loss, and increasing levels of physical activity [8,[10][11][12]. ...
... 2,5 This resulted in a UK adaptation (UK FS-ICU-24) as psychometric assessment indicated three distinct domains (rather than two)satisfaction with care, satisfaction with information and satisfaction with decision making. 6 While aimed at family members, many of the questions elicit information about the care of the patient. Improvements in family satisfaction are, therefore, likely to reflect in improvements in quality of care and, thus, family satisfaction could be an important outcome for evaluating quality improvement strategies in the ICU. ...
... The QUARTZ trial was a non-inferiority trial comparing outcomes in NSCLC patients with BMs unsuitable for surgical resection or SRT, many of whom had poor performance status, who received either optimal supportive care (OSC) plus WBRT or OSC alone [7]. In this trial, patient-reported quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) (a measure of disease burden accounting for quality and quantity of life lived) was designated as the primary outcome, given the poor prognosis for their patient population. ...
... The primary outcome is the quality of family care in the ICU, operationalized as family satisfaction with ICU care, which is an established core indicator of the quality of family care [63][64][65]. It will be assessed at discharge from ICU by the Family Satisfaction in ICU Questionnaire (FS-ICU-24R) [66,67]. ...