The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research aims to identify critical gaps within community and healthcare services, with an explicit goal to improve health outcomes (and a focus on vulnerable groups) via innovative individual, community and health service-focused programs.

The Nursing Research Institute undertakes multidisciplinary clinical and health services research that is focused on improving patient outcomes and health systems with a particular emphasis on implementation science research, that is the study of how to implement evidence based care. This research spans systematic reviews, trials, surveys, mixed-methods and qualitative research which a focus on:

  • Acute & Chronic Care
  • Stroke Care
  • Pressure Injury Prevention
  • Models of care

The Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA) is a multidisciplinary, Melbourne-based research institute focussing on both the positive and problematic aspects of ageing.

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Submissions from 2011

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A systematic review of consumer-providers' effects on client outcomes in statutory mental health services: The evidence and the path beyond, Jason Pitt, Anna Timperio, David Crawford, David Dunstan, and Jo Salmon

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Mapping vocational rehabilitation services for people with long term neurological conditions: Summary report, E Playford, K Radford, C Burton, A Gibson, J Sweetland, and Caroline Watkins

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Significant differences in gene expression of GABA receptors in peripheral blood leukocytes of migraineurs, Prue N. Plummer, Natalie J. Colson, Joanne M. Lewohl, Rachel K. MacKay, Francesca Fernandez, Larisa M. Haupt, and Lyn R. Griffiths

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Short-term memory in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Marie Poirier, Jonathan Martin, Sebastian Gaigg, and Dermot Bowler

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Objectively measured physical activity and the subsequent risk of incident dysglycemia : The Australian diabetes, obesity and lifestyle Study (AusDiab), Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Cong Sun, Obioha Ukoumunne, Angela Pezic, Alison Venn, Jonathan Shaw, David Dunstan, Elizabeth Barr, Steven Blair, Jenny Cochrane, Paul Zimmet, and Terence Dwyer

Women with physical disability and the mammogram :An observational study to identify barriers and facilitators, Ann Poulos, Susan Balandin, Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Louella McCarthy, and Leigha Dark

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Type 2 diabetes, Stephan F. E. Praet, Robert Rozenberg, and Luc J. C. Van Loon

Implementing and maintaining nurse-led healthy living programs in forensic inpatient settings :An illustrative case study, Kate Prebble, Jacquie Dianne Kidd, Anthony O'Brien, Dave Carlyle, Brian McKenna, Marie Crowe, Daryle Deering, and Claire Gooder

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A systematic review of event rates in clinical trials in diabetes mellitus: The importance of quantifying baseline cardiovascular disease history and proteinuria and implications for clinical trial design, David Preiss, Naveed Sattar, and John J. McMurray

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Classic stroop negative priming effects for children and adults diverge with less-conflicting and nonconflicting conditions, Verena Erica Pritchard and Ewald Neumann

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Preschool executive control on the Shape School Task: Measurement considerations and utility, Verena Erica Pritchard and Lianne J. Woodward

Associations of knee extensor strength and standing balance with physical function in knee osteoarthritis, Y Pua, Z Liang, Peck Hoon Ong, Adam Bryant, Ngai-Ngung Lo, and Ross Clark

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Urinary iodine deficiency in Gippsland pregnant women :The failure of bread fortification?, Ashequr Rahman, Gayle Savige, Nicholas Deacon, J Chesters, and Barbara Panther

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A systematic review of epidemiological studies on the association between smokeless tobacco use and coronary heart disease, Muhammad Aziz Rahman, Mohammad Afzal Mahmood, Nicola Spurrier, Mahmudur Rahman, and Stephen Leeder

Web-based interventions for the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes mellitus :A systematic review of recent evidence, Amutha Ramadas, Kia Quek, Carina Chan, and Brian Oldenburg

Randomised-controlled trial of a web-based dietary intervention for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: study protocol of myDIDeA, Amutha Ramadas, Kia Quek, Carina Chan, Brian Oldenburg, and Zanariah Hussain

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Adolescent screen time and rules to limit screen time in the home, Ernesto R. Ramirez, Gregory J. Norman, Dori E. Rosenberg, Jacqueline Kerr, Brian E. Saelens, Nefertiti Durant, and James F. Sallis

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Life and treatment goals of individuals hospitalized for first-episode nonaffective psychosis, Claire E. Ramsay, Beth Broussard, Sandra M. Goulding, Sarah Cristofaro, Dustin Hall, Nadine J. Kaslow, Eoin Killackey, David Lewis Penn, and Michael T. Compton

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Development of the Contextual Assessment of Social Skills (CASS): A Role Play Measure of Social Skill for Individuals with High-Functioning Autism, Allison B. Ratto, Lauren Turner-Brown, Betty M. Rupp, Gary B. Mesibov, and David L. Penn

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Foetal monitoring: A woman-centred decision-making pathway, Janene Rattray, Karen Flowers, Sandra Miles, and Jillian Clarke

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Double sampling to assess the accuracy of ground-based surveys of tree hollows in eucalypt woodlands, Laura Rayner, Murray Ellis, and Jennifer Elizabeth Taylor

Achieving coordinated secondary prevention of coronary heart disease for all in need (SPAN), Julie Redfern, A Maiorana, L Neubeck, Alexander Clark, and Thomas Briffa

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Prospective memory, emotional valence and ageing, Peter Rendell, L. Phillips, J. Henry, Tristan Brumby-Rendell, Xochitl de la Piedad Garcia, M. Altgassen, and M. Kliegel

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Parenting, role reversals and the preservation of cultural values among Arabic speaking migrant families in Melbourne, Australia, Andre Renzaho, Marita Patricia McCabe, and W J. Sainsbury

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Keeping families and children in mind': An evaluation of a web-based workforce resource, Andrea Reupert, Kim Narelle Foster, Darryl Maybery, Kylie Eddy, and Elizabeth Fudge

Do positive children become positive adults? :Evidence from a longitudinal birth cohort study, M Richards and Felicia Huppert

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Cerebellar dysfunction, cognitive flexibility and autistic traits in a non-clinical sample, Nicole Ridley, Judi Homewood, and Jenny Walters

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Who listens to our advice? A secondary analysis of data from a clinical trial testing an intervention designed to decrease delay in seeking treatment for acute coronary syndrome, Barbara Riegel, Angelo Elmi, Debra K. Moser, Sharon McKinley, Hendrika Meischke, Lynn V. Doering, Patricia Davidson, Michele M. Pelter, Heather Baker, and Kathleen Dracup

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The lesser of two evils, Barbara Jean Riegel, Amy M. Sawyer, and Joseph Libonati

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Self care in patients with chronic heart failure, Barbara Riegel, Christopher S. Lee, and Victoria Vaughan Dickson

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Excessive daytime sleepiness is associated with poor medication adherence in adults with heart failure, Barbara Riegel, Stephen T. Moelter, Sarah J. Ratcliffe, Susan J. Pressler, Sabina De Geest, Sheryl Potashnik, Desiree Fleck, Daohang Sha, Steven L. Sayers, William S. Weintraub, Terri E. Weaver, and Lee R. Goldberg

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From novice to expert: Confidence and activity status determine heart failure self-care performance, B. Riegel, C. S. Lee, N. Albert, T. Lennie, M. Chung, E. Song, B. Bentley, S. Heo, Linda Worrall-Carter, and D K. Moser

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Glued to games : how video games draw us in and hold us spellbound, C. Rigby and Richard Ryan

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The effects of enhanced plantar sensory feedback and foot orthoses on midfoot kinematics and lower leg neuromuscular activation, Callan Ritchie, Kade L. Paterson, Adam L. Bryant, Simon Bartold, and Ross Allan Clark

Low intrinsic running capacity is associated with reduced skeletal muscle substrate oxidation and lower mitochondrial content in white skeletal muscle, D Rivas, S Lessard, M Saito, A Friedhuber, L Koch, S Britton, B Yaspelkis III, and John Hawley

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Subtrochanteric fractures after long-term treatment with bisphosphonates: A European Society on Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis, and International Osteoporosis Foundation Working Group Report, R Rizzoli, K. Åkesson, M. L. Bouxsein, John A. Kanis, N. Napoli, S. Papapoulos, Jean Yves Reginster, and Cyrus Cooper

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Adverse reactions and drug-drug interactions in the management of women with postmenopausal osteoporosis, Rene Rizzoli, Jean-Yves Reginster, Steven Boonen, Gérard Bréart, Adolfo Diez-Perez, Dieter Felsenberg, Jean-Marc Kaufman, John A. Kanis, and Cyrus Cooper

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Concreteness effects in short-term memory: A test of the item-order hypothesis, Jaclynn L. Roche, G. Anne Tolan, and G. Tehan

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Factors in the practice environment of nurses working in inpatient mental health: A partial least squares path modeling approach, Michael Anthony Roche, Christine Duffield, and Edward White

Outcomes in pediatric neurology :a review of conceptual issues and recommendations The 2010 Ronnie Mac Keith Lecture, Gabriel Ronen, Nora Fayed, and Peter Rosenbaum

Family and quality of life :key elements in interventon in children with cerebral palsy, Peter Rosenbaum

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The 'F-words' in childhood disability :I swear this is how we should think!, Peter Rosenbaum and J Gorter

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Historical perspective on spiritual education in Australian schools. Part one: The contribution of religious education, Graham Rossiter

Novel precooling strategy enhances time trial cycling in the heat, M Ross, L Garvican, N Jeacocke, P Laursen, Chris Abbiss, D Martin, and Louise Burke

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South African Mixed-race Children's and Mothers' Judgments and Reasoning about Children's Nurturance and Self-determination Rights, Martin Ruck, Harriet Tenenbaum, and Ingrid Willenberg

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A comparison of verbal communication and psychiatric medication use by Greek and Italian residents with dementia in Australian ethno-specific and mainstream aged care facilities, Susannah J. Runci, Barbara J. Eppingstall, and Daniel William O'Connor

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Frontal and parietal contributions to probabilistic association learning, Jacqueline Rushby, Ans Vercammen, Colleen Loo, Brooke Short, Cynthia Weickert, and Thomas Weickert

Psychosocial predictors of eating disorder risk in overweight and obese treatment seeking adolescents, Jade Russo, Leah Brennan, Jeff Walkley, Steve Fraser, and Kate Greenway

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Executive functions in recently postmenopausal women: Absence of strong association with serum gonadal steroids, Joanne L. Ryan, Frank Z. Stanczyk, Lorraine Dennerstein, Wendy J. Mack, Margaret S. Clark, Cassandra Szoeke, and Victor W. Henderson

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Notification and support for people exposed to the risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) (or other prion diseases) through medical treatment (iatrogenically), Rebecca Ryan, Sophie Hill, Dianne Lowe, Kelly Allen, Michael Taylor, and Cathy Mead

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A Self-Determination Theory Perspective on Social, Institutional, Cultural, and Economic Supports for Autonomy and their Importance for Well-Being, Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci

Motivation and autonomy in counseling, psychotherapy, and behavior change :A look at theory and practice, Richard Ryan, M Vansteenkiste, and Martin Lynch

Enhanced response inhibition during intensive meditation training predicts improvements in self-reported adaptive socioemotional functioning, Baljinder Sahdra, Katherine MacLean, Emilio Ferrer, Phillip Shaver, Erika Rosenberg, Tonya Jacobs, Anthony Zanesco, Brandon King, Stephen Aichele, and David Bridwell

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Income disparities in perceived neighborhood built and social environment attributes, James F. Sallis, Donald J. Slymen, Terry L. Conway, Lawrence D. Frank, Brian E. Saelens, Kelli L. Cain, and James E. Chapman

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A cluster-randomized controlled trial to reduce sedentary behavior and promote physical activity and health of 8-9 year olds: The Transform-Us! Study, Jo Salmon, Lauren Arundell, Clare Hume, Helen Brown, Kylie Hesketh, David Dunstan, Robin Daly, Natalie Pearson, Ester Cerin, Marj Moodie, Lauren Sheppard, Kylie Ball, Sarah Bagley, Mai Chin Paw, and David Crawford

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Annual high-dose vitamin D3 and mental well-being: Randomised controlled trial, Kerrie Sanders, Amanda Stuart, Elizabeth Williamson, Felice Jacka, Seetal Dodd, Geoff Nicholson, and Michael Berk

Self-Monitoring in the Treatment of Overweight Adolescents, Mary Sandilands, Leah Brennan, Jeff Walkley, Steve Fraser, and Kate Greenway

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The Process Writing Approach :a meta-analysis, Karin Sandmel and Steve Graham

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Incidence and mortality of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage in two Norwegian cohorts, 1984-2007, M. S. Sandvei, E. B. Mathiesen, L. J. Vatten, T. B. Müller, H. Lindekleiv, T. Ingebrigtsen, I. Njølstad, Tom Wilsgaard, Maja-Lisa Løchen, A. Vik, and P. R. Romundstad

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Traditional birth attendant training and local birthing practices in India, Sheela Saravanan, Gavin Turrell, Helen Johnson, Jenny Fraser, and Carla Patterson

Location, location, location :Beneficial effects of autologous fat transplantation, Sarang Satoor, Amrutesh Puranik, Sandeep Kumar, Michael Williams, Mallikarjun Ghale, Anand Rahalkar, Mahesh Karandikar, Yogesh Shouche, Milind Patole, Ramesh Bhonde, Chittaranjan Yajnik, and Anandwardhan Hardikar

A meta-review of evidence on heart failure disease management programs :The challenges of describing and synthesizing evidence on complex interventions, L Savard, David Thompson, and Alexander Clark

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Die Vorhersage postoperativer Schmerzen - ein Nutzen für das perioperative Schmerzmanagement?, Verena Schadewaldt and G. H. Nielsen

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Nurse-led clinics as an effective service for cardiac patients: Results from a systematic review, Verena Schadewaldt and T. Schultz

Reduced intubation rates for infants after introduction of high-flow nasal prong oxygen delivery, Andreas Schibler, Trang Pham, Kimble Dunster, Kim Foster, A Barlow, Kristen Gibbons, and Judith Hough

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Age-related deficits in low-level inhibitory motor control, Friederike Schlaghecken, Kulbir Birak, and Elizabeth Maylor

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Multiple systems for cognitive control :Evidence from a hybrid prime-Simon task, Friederike Schlaghecken, Malik Refaat, and Elizabeth Maylor

Feedback interventions for impaired self-awareness following brain injury :a systematic review, Julia Schmidt, Natasha Lannin, Jennifer Fleming, and Tamara Ownsworth

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Metacognition in prospective memory :Are performance predictions accurate?, Katharina Schnitzspahn, M Zeintl, T Jager, and Matthias Kliegel

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The age-prospective memory-paradox: An exploration of possible mechanisms, K. M. Schnitzspahn, A. Ihle, J. Henry, Peter G. Rendell, and M. Kliegel

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Chronic pain in later life: A review of current issues and challenges, Pat Schofield, Amanda Clarke, Derek Jones, Denis Martin, Paul McNamee, and Blair Smith

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Oxytocin increases recognition of masked emotional faces, Lars Schulze, Alexander Lischke, Jonas Greif, Sabine C. Herpertz, Markus Heinrichs, and Gregor Domes

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Medication beliefs predict medication adherence in older adults with multiple illnesses, B Schuz, C Marx, S Wurm, J Ziegelmann, Ralf Schwarzer, and C Tesch-Romer

Changes in Functional Health, Changes in Medication Beliefs, and Medication Adherence, B Schuz, S Wurm, J Ziegelmann, C Tesch-Romer, and Lisa Warner

Mechanisms of Health Behavior Change in Persons With Chronic illness or Disability :The Health Action Process Approach (HAPA), Ralf Schwarzer, S Lippke, and A Luszczynska

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Forshung zur Selbstwirksamkeit bei Lehrerinnen und Lehrern, Ralf Schwarzer and Lisa Warner

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Narrative therapy for adults with major depressive disorder :Improved symptom and interpersonal outcomes, Robert Schweitzer and Lynette Patricia Vromans

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Factors influencing young women's sexual and reproductive health, Carmel Seibold

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Diabetes mellitus, fasting glucose, and risk of cause-specific death: The Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration, Sreenivasa Rao Kondapally Seshasai, Stephen Kaptoge, Alexander Thompson, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Pei Gao, Nadeem Sarwar, Peter H. Whincup, Kenneth J. Mukamal, Richard F. Gillum, Ingar Holme, Inger Njølstad, Astrid Fletcher, Peter Nilsson, Sarah Lewington, Rory Collins, Vilmundur Gudnason, Simon G. Thompson, Naveed Sattar, Elizabeth Selvin, Frank B. Hu, and John Danesh

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Cardiac structure and function, remodeling, and clinical outcomes among patients with diabetes after myocardial infarction complicated by left ventricular systolic dysfunction, heart failure, or both, Amil M. Shah, Chung-Lieh Hung, Sung Hee Shin, Hicham Skali, Anil Verma, Jalal K. Ghali, Lars Kober, Eric J. Velazquez, Jean L. Rouleau, John J.V. McMurray, Marc A. Pfeffer, and Scott D. Solomon

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Positive Psychology and Self-Determination Theory : A Natural Interface, Kennon M. Sheldon and Richard M. Ryan

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Developing skills in everyday activities and self-determination in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Loretta Sheppard and Carolyn Unsworth

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Leg Clubs - Beyond the ulcers :Case studies based on participatory action research, Patricia Shuter, Kathleen Finlayson, Helen Edwards, Mary Denise Courtney, C Herbert, and Ellie Lindsay

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Effect of aliskiren in patients with heart failure according to background dose of ACE inhibitor: A retrospective analysis of the Aliskiren Observation of Heart Failure Treatment (ALOFT) trial, Novalia P. Sidik, Scott D. Solomon, Roberto Latini, Aldo P. Maggioni, Melanie Wright, Claudio R. Gimpelewicz, Bertram Pitt, and John J.V. McMurray

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The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity (Die Toronto-Charta fur Bewegung), Katja Siefken, Sonja Kahlmeier, Sylvia Titze, and Klaus Gebel

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Trial of an allied health workload allocation model, Nadine Simmons and Suzanne Kuys

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Trial of an allied health workload allocation model, Nadine Simmons and Suzanne Shanelle Kuys

Health professionals' and consumers' opinion :What is considered important when rating burn scars from photographs?, Megan Simons and Zephanie Tyack

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The relationship between impulsivity and vocational outcome in outpatient youth with borderline personality features, I. T. Sio, A. Chanen, E. Killackey, and John Gleeson

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Testing multiple coordination constraints with a novel bimanual visuomotor task, Helene M. Sisti, Monique Geurts, Rene´ Clerckx, Jolien Gooijers, James P. Coxon, Marcus H. Heitger, Karen Caeyenberghs, Iseult A. Beets, Leen Serbruyns, and Stephen P. Swinnen

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Effects of anticholinergic drugs on cognitive function in older Australians: Results from the AIBL study, Gobhathai Sittironnarit, David Ames, Ashley I. Bush, Noel G. Faux, Leon Flicker, Jonathan Foster, Sarah Hilmer, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, Paul Thomas Maruff, Colin L. Masters, Ralph N. Martins, Christopher C. Rowe, Cassandra Szoeke, and Kathryn A. Ellis

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Perceived weight status may contribute to education inequalities in five-year weight change among mid-aged women, Jessica Siu, Katrina Giskes, Jonathan Shaw, and Gavin Turrell

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Stroke in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, and anemia treated with darbepoetin alfa: The trial to reduce cardiovascular events with aranesp therapy (TREAT) experience, Hicham Skali, Hans Henrik Parving, Patrick Parfrey, Emmanuel A. Burdmann, E. F. Lewis, Peter Ivanovich, Sai Ram Keithi-Reddy, Janet B. McGill, John McMurray, Ajay K. Singh, Scott Solomon, Hajime Uno, and Marc A. Pfeffer

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Beyond the blues : the need for integrated care pathways, Chantal Ski and David Thompson

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The effect of physical training on systemic proinflammatory cytokine expression in heart failure patients: A systematic review, Neil A. Smart and Michael Craig Steele

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Exercise training in haemodialysis patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Neil Smart and Michael Craig Steele

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Continuous endurance-type exercise training does not modulate satellite cell content in obese type 2 diabetes patients, Tim Snijders, Lex B. Verdijk, Dominique Hansen, Paul Dendale, and Luc J. C. van Loon

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Evidence-based interventions for reading and language difficulties :Creating a virtuous circle, Margaret Snowling and Charles Hulme

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Effect of the direct renin inhibitor aliskiren on left ventricular remodelling following myocardial infarction with systolic dysfunction, Scott D. Solomon, Sung Hee Shin, Amil Shah, Hicham Skali, Akshay S. Desai, Lars Kober, Aldo Pietro Maggioni, Jean L. Rouleau, Roxzana Y. Kelly, Allen Hester, John J. V. McMurray, and Marc A. Pfeffer

Verbal learning and memory in adolescent cannabis users, alcohol users and non-users, Nadia Solowij, Katy Jones, Megan Rozman, Sasha Davis, Joseph Ciarrochi, Patrick Charles Lionel Heaven, Dan Lubman, and Murat Yucel