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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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

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