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

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

Depression scores predict adherence in a dietary weight loss intervention trial, Shawn Somerset, Laura Graham, and Katherine Markwell

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Listening comprehension across the adult lifespan, Mitchell Sommers, Sandra Hale, Joel Myerson, Nathan Rose, Nancy Tye-Murray, and Brent Spehar

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Identifying depression and anxiety disorders in people presenting for substance use treatment, Petra K. Staiger, Anna C. Thomas, Lina A. Ricciardelli, and Marita P. McCabe

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Improving services for individuals with a dual diagnosis: A qualitative study reporting on the views of service users, Petra K. Staiger, Anna C. Thomas, Lina A. Ricciardelli, Marita Patricia McCabe, Wendy Cross, and Greg Young

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Screen-based entertainment time, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular events : Population-based study with ongoing mortality and hospital events follow-up, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Mark Hamer, and David Dunstan

Nutrition for power sports :Middle-distance running, track cycling, rowing, canoeing/kayaking, and swimming, T Stellingwerff, R Maughan, and Louise Burke

Social Participation of Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy :Trade-offs and Choices, Debra Stewart, John Lawless, Lorie Shimmell, Robert Palisano, Matthew Freeman, Peter Rosenbaum, and Dianne Russell

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The WHiCH? Trial: Rationale and design of a pragmatic randomized, multicentre comparison of home- vs. clinic-based management of chronic heart failure patients, Simon Stewart, Melinda J. Carrington, Thomas Marwick, Patricia M. Davidson, Peter Macdonald, John Horowitz, Henry Krum, Phillip J. Newton, Christopher Reid, and Paul A. Scuffham

Standing at the crossroads between new and historically prevalent heart disease :Effects of migration and socio-economic factors in the Heart of Soweto cohort study, Simon Stewart, Melinda Carrington, Sandra Pretorius, Puthuma Methusi, and Karen Sliwa

Optimising management of hypertension in primary care :The Valsartan intensified Primary Care Reduction of Blood Pressure (Viper-Bp) Study, Simon Stewart, Melinda Carrington, Carla Swemmer, Nicol Kurstjens, and Garry Jennings

The clinical consequences and challenges of hypertension in urban-dwelling black Africans :insights from the Heart of Soweto Study, Simon Stewart, Elena Libhaber, Melinda Carrington, Albertino Damasceno, Haroon Abbasi, Craig Hansen, David Wilkinson, and Karen Sliwa

A not-so-rare form of heart failure in urban black Africans :Pathways to right heart failure in the Heart of Soweto Study cohort, Simon Stewart, Ana Mocumbi, Melinda Carrington, Sandra Pretorius, Rosie Burton, and Karen Sliwa

Improving general intelligence with a nutrient-based pharmacological intervention, Con Stough, David Camfield, Christina Kure, Joanne Tarasuik, Luke Downey, Jenny Lloyd, Andrea Zangara, Andrew Scholey, and Josh Reynolds

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News and social media :Windows into community perspectives on disinvestment, J. Street, S. E. Hennessy, A M. Watt, Janet E. Hiller, and A. Elshaug

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Osteoporosis: Burden, health care provision and opportunities in the EU, O. Ström, F. Borgström, John A. Kanis, Juliet E. Compston, Cyrus Cooper, Eugene V. McCloskey, and B. Jönsson

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A systematic meta-analytic review of evidence for the effectiveness of the 'Fast ForWord language intervention program, Gemma Strong, Carole Torgerson, David Torgerson, and Charles Hulme

Does mother's smoking influence girls' smoking more than boys' smoking? :A 20-year review of the literature using a sex- and gender-based analysis, Karen Sullivan, Joan Bottorff, and Christopher Reid

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The importance of Wrist Flexion and X-Factor in the Golf Swing :A Forward Kinematic Approach, Matthew Sweeney, Peter Mills, Jacqueline Alderson, and Bruce Elliott

The immediate effect of unilateral lumbar Z-joint mobilisation on posterior chain neurodynamics :A randomised controlled study, Adam Szlezak, Peter Georgilopoulos, Joanne Bullock-Saxton, and Michael Steele

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Patients Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) in two Australian studies : Structure and utility, Jane Taggart, Bibiana Chan, Upali Jayasinghe, Bettina Christl, Judy Proudfoot, Patrick Crookes, Justin Beilby, Deborah Black, and Mark Harris

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Persistent nigrostriatal dopaminergic abnormalities in ex-users of MDMA (ecstasy): An 18 F-dopa PET Study, Yen F. Tai, Rosa Hoshi, Catherine M. Brignell, Lisa Cohen, David J. Brooks, H. Valerie Curran, and Paola Piccini

The brain basis of the phonological deficit in dyslexia is independent of IQ, Hiroko Tanaka, Jessica Black, Charles Hulme, Leanne Stanley, Shelli Kesler, Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Allan Reiss, John Gabrieli, and Fumiko Hoeft

The psychology of respite care for people with dementia in Australia, Judy Tang, Bridget Ryburn, Colleen Doyle, and Yvonne Wells

The family meeting addressing spiritual and psychosocial needs in a palliative care setting :usefulness and challenges to implementation, Heather Margaret Tan, Anne Wilson, Ian Olver, and Christopher Barton

Spirituality and Quality of life of older people with chronic illness in Thailand, Heather Margaret Tan, Chaweewan Wutthilert, and Margaret O'Connor

The experience of palliative patients and their families of a family meeting utilised as an instrument for spiritual and psychosocial care: A qualitative study, Heather M. Tan, Anne Wilson, Ian Olver, and Christopher Barton

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Post-fire seed predation: Does distance to unburnt vegetation matter?, Jennifer Elizabeth Taylor, E. M. Tasker, A. J. Denham, and T. C. Strevens

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Kinematic and Coordination Variability of the Throwing Arm During the Water Polo Shot, Paul Taylor, Raul Landeo, and Jennifer Coogan

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Evaluation of the Victorian Government heatwave framework, Penny Taylor, Gwen Cruise, Colleen Doyle, Marcia Fearn, Access Economics Pty Ldt, and National Ageing Research Institute

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ESC Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral artery diseases, Michal Tendera, Victor Aboyans, Marie-Louise Bartelink, Iris Baumgartner, Denis Clement, Jean-Philippe Collet, Alberto Cremonesi, Marco De Carlo, Raimund Erbel, F. Gerry R. Fowkes, Magda Heras, Serge Kownator, Erich Minar, Jan Ostergren, Don Poldermans, Vincent Riambau, Marco Roffi, Joachim Rother, Horst Sievert, Marc van Sambeek, Thomas Zeller, Jeroen J. Bax, Angelo Auricchio, Helmut Baumgartner, Claudio Ceconi, Veronica Dean, Christi Deaton, Robert Fagard, Christian Funck-Brentano, David Hasdai, Arno W. Hoes, Juhani Knuuti, Theresa McDonagh, Cyril Moulin, Bogdan A. Popescu, Zeljko Reiner, Udo Sechtem, Per Anton Sirnes, Alec Vahanian, Stephan Windecker, Philippe Kolh, Adam Torbicki, Stefan Agewall, Ales Blinc, Miroslav Bulvas, Francesco Cosentino, Tine De Backer, Anders Gottsater, Dietrich Gulba, Tomasz J. Guzik, Bjorn Jonsson, Gabor Kesmarky, Anastasia Kitsiou, Waclaw Kuczmik, Mogens Lytken Larsen, Juraj Madaric, Jean-Louis Mas, John J. V. McMurray, Antonio Micari, Moris Mosseri, Christian Muller, Ross Naylor, Bo Norrving, Oztekin Oto, Tomasz Pasierski, Pierre-Francois Plouin, Flavio Ribichini, Jean-Baptiste Ricco, Luis Ruilope, Jean-Paul Schmid, Udo Schwehr, Berna G. M. Sol, Muriel Sprynger, Christiane Tiefenbacher, Costas Tsioufis, and Hendrik Van Damme

Spatial dependency of action simulation, Arjan ter Horst, Rob Van Lier, and Bert Steenbergen

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Women with heart failure are at high psychosocial risk: A systematic review of how sex and gender influence heart failure self-care, Jody R. Thomas and Alexander M. Clark

Giant swings with turns completed to handstand on uneven bars, Kylie Thomas and Elizabeth Bradshaw

Study protocol :iCONS: identifying continence options after stroke: A randomised trial, Louise Thomas, Caroline Watkins, B French, C Sutton, D Forshaw, F Cheater, B Roe, M Leathley, C Burton, E McColl, and J Booth

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Suicide online :portrayal of website-related suicide by the New Zealand media, Katey Thom, Gareth Edwards, Ivana Nakarada-Kordic, Brian McKenna, Anthony O'Brien, and Raymond Nairn

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Insanity, methamphetamine and psychiatric expertise in New Zealand courtrooms, Katey Thom, Mary Finlayson, and Brian Mckenna

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A naturalistic study of prospective memory function in MCI and dementia, C. Thompson, J. Henry, A. Withall, Peter G. Rendell, and H. Brodaty

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Motivational interviewing: a useful approach to improving cardiovascular health?, David Thompson, S. Chair, S. Chan, F. Astin, P. Davidson, and Chantal F. Ski

Mokken scaling of the Myocardial Infarction Dimensional Assessment Scale (MIDAS), David Thompson and Roger Watson

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An account of significant events influencing Australian breastfeeding practice over the last 40 years, Robyn Thompson, Sue Kildea, L. Barclay, and S. Kruske

Sensitivity and test-retest reliability of the international shopping list test in assessing verbal learning and memory in mild alzheimer's disease, Taisia Thompson, Peter Wilson, Peter Snyder, Robert Pietrzak, David Darby, Paul Thomas Maruff, and Herman Buschke

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Clinically assessed mediolateral knee motion: Impact on gait, J. B. Thorlund, Mark William Creaby, M. Simic, M. A. Hunt, K. L. Bennell, and E. Ageberg

Randomized trial of group cognitive behavioral therapy compared with a pain education control for low-literacy rural chronic pain population, Beverly Thorn, Melissa Day, John Burns, Melissa Kuhajda, Susan Gaskins, Kelly Sweeney, Regina McConley, L Charles Ward, and Chalanda Cabbil

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Sedentary behaviors and subsequent health outcomes in adults : A systematic review of longitudinal studies, 1996-2011, Alicia Thorp, Neville Owen, Maike Neuhaus, and David Dunstan

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Predictors and prognostic impact of recurrent myocardial infarction in patients with left ventricular dysfunction, heart failure, or both following a first myocardial infarction, Jens Jakob Thune, James E. Signorovitch, Lars Kober, John J. V. McMurray, Karl Swedberg, Jean L. Rouleau, Aldo Pietro Maggioni, Eric J. Velazquez, Robert M. Califf, Marc A. Pfeffer, and Scott D. Solomon

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An introduction, Bernadette Tobin

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Self-regulation of practice behaviour among elite youth soccer players :An exploratory study, Tynke Toering, Marije T. Elferink-Gemser, Geir Jordet, Gert-Jan Pepping, Casper Jorna, and Chris Visscher

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A self-paced intermittent protocol on a non-motorised treadmill: A reliable alternative to assessing team-sport running performance, Sarah Tofari, Reinie Cordier, Anita Bundy, Kimberley Docking, and Natalie Munro

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Relationships in pain: The experience of relationships to people living with chronic pain in rural areas, Joanne Tollefson, Kim Usher, and Kim Narelle Foster

A randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery care: M@NGO (Midwives @ New Group practice Options), S. Tracy, D. Hartz, B. Hall, Jyai D. Allen, A. Forti, A. Lainchbury, J. White, A. Walsh, M. Tracy, and Sue Kildea

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Literature review : Understanding nursing competence in dementia care, Victoria Traynor, Kumiyo Inoue, and Patrick Crookes

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Impact of resistance exercise training on interleukin-6 and JAK/STAT in young men, Marissa K. Trenerry, Paul A. Della Gatta, Amy E. Larsen, Andrew P. Garnham, and David Cameron-Smith

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Impact of resistance exercise training on interleukin-6 and JAK/STAT in young men, Melissa K. Trenerry, Paul A. Della Gatta, Amy E. Larson, and Andrew P. Garnham

Safety and outcomes of intravenous thrombolysis in stroke mimics :A 6-year, single-care center study and a pooled analysis of reported series, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Andrei Alexandrov, Jason Chang, Vijay Sharma, Steven Hoover, Annabelle Lao, Wei Liu, Elefterios Stamboulis, Anne Alexandrov, Marc Malkoff, James Frey, and James Frey

Safety and tolerability of early noninvasive ventilatory correction using bilevel positive airway pressure in acute ischemic stroke, Georgios Tsivgoulis, Yi Zhang, Anne Alexandrov, Mark Harrigan, April Sisson, Limin Zhao, Mary Brethour, Luis Cava, Clotilde Balucani, Kristian Barlinn, Damon Patterson, Sotirios Giannopoulos, Jennifer DeWolfe, and Andrei Alexandrov

A randomized controlled trial of whole body vibration exposure on markers of bone turnover in postmenopausal women, Sarah Turner, Margaret Ellen Torode, Michael Climstein, Geraldine Naughton, David Greene, Michael Baker, and Maria Fiatarone Singh

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Test-retest reliability of perceptions of the neighborhood environment for physical activity by socioeconomic status, Gavin Turrell, Michele A. Haynes, Martin O'Flaherty, Nicola W. Burton, Katrina Giskes, Billie Giles-Corti, and Lee-Ann Wilson

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Reliability and validity of the Prospective and Retrospective Memory Questionnaire (PRMQ) in young and old people :A Japanese study, Daisuke Ueno, Yoshiko IshiokaIkuyo Kurokawa, Peter Rendell, Yasuyuki Gondo, and Nozomi Renge

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Human pilot studies reveal the potential of a vitronectin: Growth factor complex as a treatment for chronic wounds, Zee Upton, Hilary J. Wallace, Gary K. Shooter, Derek R. van Lonkhuyzen, Sim Yeoh-Ellerton, Erin A. Rayment, Jacqui M. Fleming, Daniel Broszczak, Douglas Queen, R. Gary Sibbald, David I. Leavesley, and Michael C. Stacey

it starts with access! A grounded theory of family members working to get through critical illness, V Vandall-Walker and Alexander Clark

Risk factors for patellar tendinopathy :A rsystematic review of the literature, Henk Van der Worp, Mathijs van Ark, Saskia Roerink, Gert-Jan Pepping, Inge van den Akker-Scheek, and Johannes Zwerver

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Postprandial hyperglycemia is highly prevalent throughout the day in type 2 diabetes patients, Jan-Willem van Dijk, Ralph J. F. Manders, Fred Hartgens, Coen D. A. Stehouwer, Stephan F. E. Praet, and Luc J. C. van Loon

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Environmental and psychosocial correlates of accelerometer-assessed and self-reported physical activity in Belgian adults, Delfien Van Dyck, Greet Cardon, Benedicte Deforche, Billie Giles-Corti, James F. Sallis, Neville Owen, and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij

Manipulating hemispheric attentional mechanisms to modulate word retrieval in aphasia, Sophia van Hees, Erin Smith, and David Copland

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Leucine as a pharmaconutrient in health and disease, Luc J. C. van Loon

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Dietary protein to support muscle hypertrophy, Luc J. C. van Loon and Martin J. Gibala

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International osteoporosis foundation and international federation of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine position on bone marker standards in osteoporosis, Samuel Vasikaran, Cyrus Cooper, Richard Eastell, Andrea Griesmacher, Howard A. Morris, Tommaso Trenti, and John A. Kanis

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Markers of bone turnover for the prediction of fracture risk and monitoring of osteoporosis treatment: A need for international reference standards, Samuel Vasikaran, Richard Eastell, O. Bruyere, A. J. Foldes, P. Garnero, Andrea Griesmacher, Michael R. McClung, Howard A. Morris, S. Silverman, Tommaso Trenti, D. A. Wahl, Cyrus Cooper, and John A. Kanis

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Emotion and automaticity :Impact of positive and negative emotions on novice and experienced performance of a sensorimotor skill, Robyn Vast, Robyn Young, and Patrick R Thomas

Importance, pressure, and success :dimensions of values and their links to personality, Stephanie Veage, Joseph Ciarrochi, and Patrick Charles Lionel Heaven

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Subjective loudness and reality of auditory verbal hallucinations and activation of the inner speech processing network, Ans Vercammen, Henderikus Knegtering, Richard Bruggeman, and Andre Aleman

Transcranial direct current stimulation influences probabilistic association learning in schizophrenia, Ans Vercammen, Jacqueline Rushby, Colleen Loo, Brooke Short, Cynthia Weickert, and Thomas Weickert

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Incremental value of echocardiographic assessment beyond clinical evaluation for prediction of death and development of heart failure after high-risk myocardial infarction, Anil Verma, Marc A. Pfeffer, Hicham Skali, Jean Rouleau, Aldo Maggioni, John J.V McMurray, Robert M. Califf, Eric J. Velazquez, and Scott D. Solomon

Identification of a core set of exercise tests for children and adolescents with celebral palsy :a Delphi survey of researchers and clinicians, Olaf Verschuren, Marjolijn Ketelaar, Daniel Keefer, Virginia Wright, Jane Margaret Butler, Louise Ada, Carol Maher, Siobhan Reid, Marilyn Wright, Blythe Dalziel, Lesley Wiart, Eileen Fowler, Viswanath Unnithan, Desiree Maltais, Rita Van Den Berg-Emons, and Tim Takken

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Beta-Adrenergic receptors desensitization is not involved in exercise-induced cardiac fatigue: NADPH oxidase-induced oxidative stress as a new trigger, Damien Vitiello, Julien Boissiere, Gregory Doucende, Sandrine Gayrard, Anne Polge, Patrice Faure, Aurelie Goux, Stephane Tanguy, Phillippe Obert, Cyril Reboul, and Stephane Nottin

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Time-based prospective memory in schoolchildren :The role of self-initiation and strategic time monitoring, Babett Voigt, I Aberle, J Schonfeld, and Matthias Kliegel

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The Trier Social Stress Test for Groups (TSST-G): A new research tool for controlled simultaneous social stress exposure in a group format, Bernadette von Dawans, Clemens Kirschbaum, and Markus Heinrichs

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Partial volume effect as a hidden covariate in DTI analyses, Sjoerd B. Vos, Derek Kenton Jones, Max A. Viergever, and Alexander Leemans

Child and adolescent conduct disorder substantially shares genetic influences with three socioemotional dispositions, I Waldman, J Tackett, C Van Hulle, B Applegate, D Pardini, Paul Frick, and B Lahey

The journal 'chiropractic & osteopathy' changes its title to 'chiropractic & manual therapies'. a new name, a new era, Bruce F. Walker, Simon D. French, Melainie Cameron, Stephen M. Perle, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yede, and Sidney M. Rubenstein

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Perioperative nursing shines! Magnet designation reflected in staff engagement, empowerment and excellence, Kim Walker, Jed S. Duff, R. di Staso, K. Cobbe, K. Bailey, P. Pager, and S. Leathwick

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Modified constraint-induced therapy for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: A randomized trial, Margaret Wallen, Jenny Ziviani, Olivia Naylor, Ruth Evans, Iona Novak, and Robert D. Herbert

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Interaction between primary health care professionals and people who are overweight or obese: A critical review, Matthew A. F. Walsh and Kathleen M. Fahy

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Prospective Memory Across Adolescence :The Effects of Age and Cue Focality, L Wang, Mareike Altgassen, Wei Liu, W Xiong, C Akgun, and Matthias Kliegel

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The cost-effectiveness of HIV voluntary counseling and testing in China, S. Wang, J. Moss, and Janet E. Hiller

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Nursing home placement of older parents :An exploration of adult children's role and responsibilities, Szu-Yao Wang

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A psychometric evaluation of the Chinese version of the short-form Cardiac Depression Scale, W. Wang, Chantal Ski, David R. Thompson, and D. Hare

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Reference ranges for assessment of unilateral lymphedema in legs by bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy, L. Ward, E. Dylke, M. Phty, S. Czerniec, E. Isenring, and S. Kilbreath

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Confirmation of the reference impedance ratios used for assessment of breast cancer-related lymphedema by bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy, Leigh Ward, Elizabeth Dylke, Sharon Anne Czerniec, Elisabeth Isenring, and Sharon Kilbreath

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Reference ranges for assessment of unilateral lymphedema in legs by bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy, Leigh Ward, Elizabeth Dylke, Sharon Anne Czerniec, Elisabeth Isenring, and Sharon Kilbreath

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Confirmation of the reference impedance ratios used for assessment of breast cancer-related lymphedema by bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy, Leigh Ward, Elizabeth Dylke, Sharon Czerniec, Elisabeth Isenring, and Sharon Kilbreath

Assessment of bilateral limb lymphedema by bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy, Leigh Ward, Ann Winall, Elisabeth Isenring, Andrew Hills, Sharon Anne Czerniec, Elizabeth Dylke, and Sharon Kilbreath

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The UK forum for stroke training and the stroke-specific education framework, Caroline Watkins, Tracey Barron, David Davis, Steve Hatton, D Jenkinson, Stephanie Jones, Chris Price, Adrian South, T Quinn, and M Leathley

The 12-month effects of early motivational interviewing after acute stroke :A randomized controlled trial, Caroline Watkins, J Wathan, M Leathley, M Auton, Carol Deans, H Dickinson, Cathy Jack, C Sutton, M Van Den Broek, and C Lightbody

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Doctorates and nurses, R. Watson, David R. Thompson, and E. Amella

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Assisted reproductive technologies :a systematic review of safety and effectiveness to inform disinvestment policy, A. M. Watt, A. Elshaug, C. D. Willis, and Janet E. Hiller

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The rotator cuff muscles have a direction specific recruitment pattern during shoulder flexion and extension exercises, Duangjai Wattanaprakornkul, Ian Cathers, Mark Halaki, and Karen Ginn

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A comprehensive analysis of muscle recruitment patterns during shoulder flexion: An electromyographic study, Duangjai Wattanaprakornkul, Mark Halaki, Craig Boettcher, Ian Cathers, and Karen A. Ginn

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Direction-specific recruitment of rotator cuff muscles during bench press and row, Duangjai Wattanaprakornkul, Mark Halaki, Ian Cathers, and Karen Ginn