Fact-Sheets and Summaries

Recent Publications

Professor Patricia Kearney  

  • Hansen CR, Byrne S, O'Mahony D, Kearney PM, Sahm LJ. Qualitative analysis of community pharmacists' opinions on their involvement in reducing potentially inappropriate prescribing. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2019 Feb;75(2):265-274. doi: 10.1007/s00228-018-2578-2. Epub 2018 Oct 20. PubMed PMID: 30343483. 
  • Maher GM, McCarthy FP, McCarthy CM, Kenny LC, Kearney PM, Khashan AS, O'Keeffe GW. A perspective on pre-eclampsia and neurodevelopmental outcomes in the offspring: Does maternal inflammation play a role? Int J Dev Neurosci. 2019 Oct;77:69-76. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2018.10.004. Epub 2018 Nov 2. Review. PubMed PMID: 30391740.
  • Riordan DO, Hurley E, Sinnott C, Galvin R, Dalton K, Kearney PMHalpin JD, Byrne S. Pharmacist-led academic detailing intervention in primary care: a mixed methods feasibility study. Int J Clin Pharm. 2019 Apr;41(2):574-582. doi: 10.1007/s11096-019-00787-6. Epub 2019 Jan 22. PubMed PMID: 30666611. 
  • Tully L, Allen-Walker V, Spyreli E, McHugh S, Woodside JV, Kearney PM, McKinley MC, Dean M, Kelly C. Solid advice: Complementary feeding experiences among disadvantaged parents in two countries. Matern Child Nutr. 2019 Jul;15(3):e12801. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12801. Epub 2019 Apr 11. PubMed PMID: 30806025. 
  • Maher GM, O'Keeffe GW, Dalman C, Kearney PM, McCarthy FP, Kenny LC, Khashan AS. Association between preeclampsia and autism spectrum disorder: a population-based study. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2019 Sep 17. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13127. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31531876 
  • Powell C, Browne LD, Carson BP, Dowd KP, Perry IJ, Kearney PM, Harrington JM, Donnelly AE. Use of Compositional Data Analysis to Show Estimated Changes in Cardiometabolic Health by Reallocating Time to Light-Intensity Physical Activity in Older Adults. Sports Med. 2019 Jul 26. doi: 10.1007/s40279-019-01153-2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31350674. 
  • Walsh EK, Hansen CR, Sahm LJ, Kearney PM, Doherty E, Bradley CP. Economic impact of medication error: a systematic review. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2017 May;26(5):481-497. doi: 10.1002/pds.4188. Epub 2017 Mar 13. Review. 
  • Curran EA, Kenny LC, Dalman C, Kearney PM, Cryan JF, Dinan TG, Khashan AS. Birth by caesarean section and school performance in Swedish adolescents- a population-based study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Apr 17;17(1):121. doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1304-x. 
  • Crangle CE, Bradley C, Carlin PF, Esterhay RJ, Harper R, Kearney PM, Lorig K, McCarthy VJ, McTear MF, Tuttle MS, Wallace JG, Savage E. Soliciting and Responding to Patients' Questions about Diabetes Through Online Sources. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2017 Mar;19(3):194-199. doi: 10.1089/dia.2016.0291. Epub 2017 Feb 16 
  • O'Neill SM, Agerbo E, Khashan AS, Kearney PMHenriksen TB, Greene RA, Kenny LC. Trial of labour after caesarean section and the risk of neonatal and infant death: a nationwide cohort study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Feb 27;17(1):74. doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1255-2. 
  • O'Neill SM, Kenny LC, Khashan AS, West HM, Smyth RM, Kearney PM. Different insulin types and regimens for pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Feb 3;2:CD011880. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011880.pub2. Review. 
  • Stott DJ, Gussekloo J, Kearney PM, Rodondi N, Westendorp RG, Mooijaart S, Kean S, Quinn TJ, Sattar N, Hendry K, Du Puy R, Den Elzen WP, Poortvliet RK, Smit JW, Jukema JW, Dekkers OM, Blum M, Collet TH, McCarthy V, Hurley C, Byrne S, Browne J, Watt T, Bauer D, Ford I. Study protocol; Thyroid hormone Replacement for Untreated older adults with Subclinical hypothyroidism - a randomised placebo controlled Trial (TRUST). BMC Endocr Disord. 2017 Feb 3;17(1):6. doi: 10.1186/s12902-017-0156-8.  
  • Gonzalez Rodriguez E, Stuber M, Del Giovane C, Feller M, Collet TH, Löwe AL, Blum MR, van Vliet NA, van Heemst D, Kearney PM, Gussekloo J, Mooijaart S, Westendorp RGJ, Stott DJ, Aeberli D, Bauer DC, Hans D, Rodondi N. Skeletal Effects of Levothyroxine for Subclinical Hypothyroidism in Older Adults: A TRUST Randomized Trial Nested Study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Nov 8. pii: dgz058. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgz058. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31702015. 
  • Mooijaart SP, Du Puy RS, Stott DJ, Kearney PMRodondi N, Westendorp RGJ, den Elzen WPJ, Postmus I, Poortvliet RKE, van Heemst D, van Munster BC, Peeters RP, Ford I, Kean S, Messow CM, Blum MR, Collet TH, Watt T, Dekkers OM, Jukema JW, Smit JWA, Langhorne P, Gussekloo J. Association Between Levothyroxine Treatment and Thyroid-Related Symptoms Among Adults Aged 80 Years and Older With Subclinical Hypothyroidism. JAMA. 2019 Oct 30:1-11. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.17274. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31664429. 
  • Madden JM, Li X, Kearney PM, Tilling K, Fitzgerald AP. Exploring diurnal variation using piecewise linear splines: an example using blood pressure. Emerg Themes Epidemiol. 2017 Feb 2;14:1doi: 10.1186/s12982-017-0055-5. eCollection 2017 
  • O'Flynn AM, Ho E, Dolan E, Curtin RJ, Kearney PM. The association of night-time systolic blood pressure with ultrasound markers of subclinical cardiac and vascular disease. Blood Press Monit. 2017 Feb;22(1):18-26. doi: 10.1097/MBP.0000000000000223. 
  • Keane E, Li X, Harrington JM, Fitzgerald AP, Perry IJ, Kearney PM. Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and the Risk of Overweight and Obesity in School-Aged Children. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2017 Aug;29(3):408-418. doi: 10.1123/pes.2016-0234. Epub 2017 Apr 7. PubMed PMID: 28388271.  


Dr Maura Smiddy  

  • Agreli H, Murphy M, Creedon S, Ni Bhuachalla C, O’Brien D, Gould D, Savage E, Barry F, Drennan J, Smiddy MP, Condell S, Horgan S, Murphy S, Wills T, Burton A, Hegarty J. Patient involvement in the implementation of infection prevention and control guidelines and associated interventions: a scoping review. 2019;9(3):e025824. 
  • Smiddy MP, Murphy OM, Savage E, Browne JP. The influence of observational hand hygiene auditing on consultant doctors’ hand hygiene behaviors: A qualitative study. American Journal of Infection Control. 2019;47(7):798-803.e1. 
  • Smiddy MP, Murphy OM, Savage E, Fitzgerald AP, O’ Sullivan B, Murphy C, Bernard M, Browne J. Efficacy of observational hand hygiene audit with targeted feedback on doctors’ hand hygiene compliance: A retrospective time series analysis. Journal of Infection Prevention. 2019;20(4):164-70. 
  • Hegarty J, Murphy S, Creedon S, Wills T, Savage E, Barry F, Smiddy M, Coffet A, Burton A, O’ Brien D, Horgan S, Ni Bhuachalla C, Brennan C, Alegri H, Drennan J. Leadership perspective on the implementation of guidelines on healthcare-associated infections. 2019;3(2):43-51. 
  • Agreli H, Barry F, Burton A, Creedon S, Drennan J, Gould D, May CR, Smiddy MP, Murphy M, Murphy S, Savage E, Wills T, Hegarty J. Ethnographic study using Normalization Process Theory to understand the implementation process of infection prevention and control guidelines in Ireland.  BMJ Open 2019;9:e029514.  


Dr Karen Matvienko-Skiar  

  • Manzari N, Matvienko-Sikar KBaldoni F, O'Keeffe GW, Khashan AS. Prenatal maternal stress and risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in the offspring: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2019 Nov;54(11):1299-1309. doi: 10.1007/s00127-019-01745-3. Epub 2019 Jul 20. Review. PubMed PMID: 31324962. 
  • Matvienko-Sikar K, Toomey E, Delaney L, Flannery C, McHugh S, McSharry J, Byrne M, Queally M, Heary C, Kearney PM. Behaviour change techniques and theory use in healthcare professional-delivered infant feeding interventions to prevent childhood obesity: a systematic review. Health Psychol Rev. 2019 Sep;13(3):277-294. doi: 10.1080/17437199.2019.1605838. Epub 2019 Apr 29. PubMed PMID: 30991891. 
  • Spillane A, Matvienko-Sikar K, Larkin C, Corcoran P, Arensman E. How suicide-bereaved family members experience the inquest process: a qualitative study using thematic analysis. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2019 Dec;14(1):1563430. doi: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1563430. PubMed PMID: 30693845; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6352946. 
  • Matvienko-Sikar K, Griffin C, McGrath N, Toomey E, Byrne M, Kelly C, Heary C, Devane D, Kearney PM. Developing a core outcome set for childhood obesity prevention: A systematic review. Matern Child Nutr. 2019 Jan;15(1):e12680. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12680. Epub 2018 Oct 1. Review. PubMed PMID: 30136417. 
  • Toomey E, Matvienko-Sikar K, Heary C, Delaney L, Queally M, Hayes CB, Kearney PM, Byrne M; Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) study team. Intervention Fidelity Within Trials of Infant Feeding Behavioral Interventions to Prevent Childhood Obesity: A Systematic Review. Ann Behav Med. 2019 Jan 1;53(1):75-97. doi: 10.1093/abm/kay021. PubMed PMID: 29796664. 
  • Matvienko-Sikar K, Toomey E, Queally M, Flannery C, Neill KO, Dinan TG, et al. Choosing Healthy Eating for Infant Health (CHErIsH) study: protocol for a feasibility study. BMJ open. 2019;9(8):e029607. 
  • Calnan S, Toomey E, Matvienko-Sikar K, Hayes C, McHugh S, Flannery C, O’Neill K, Doherty E, Hennessy M, Kelly C, Heary C, Queally M, Byrne M, Kearney PM, Role of integrated knowledge translation in developing and implementing a multi-component infant feeding intervention: Insights from the CHErIsH study Vol 21 No 1 (2019): Health psychology and Public Health in the EHPS context 
  • Spillane A, Matvienko-Sikar K, Larkin C, Arensman E. How do people experience a family member's high-risk self-harm? An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research. 2019:1-23. 


Dr Caragh Flannery  

  • Flannery C, Fredrix M, Olander EK, McAuliffe FM, Byrne M, Kearney PM. Effectiveness of physical activity interventions for overweight and obesity during pregnancy: a systematic review of the content of behaviour change interventions. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2019 Nov 1;16(1):97. doi: 10.1186/s12966-019-0859-5. Review. PubMed PMID: 31675954; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6825353. 
  • Flannery C, Dahly D, Byrne M, Khashan A, McHugh S, Kenny LC, McAuliffe F, Kearney PM. Social, biological, behavioural and psychological factors related to physical activity during early pregnancy in the Screening for Pregnancy Endpoints (Cork, Ireland) cohort study. BMJ Open. 2019 Jun 20;9(6):e025003. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025003. PubMed PMID: 31227527; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6596951. 
  • Flannery C, McHugh S, Kenny LC, O'Riordan MN, McAuliffe FM, Bradley C, Kearney PM, Byrne M. Exploring obstetricians', midwives' and general practitioners' approach to weight management in pregnant women with a BMI ≥25 kg/m(2): a qualitative study. BMJ Open. 2019 Jan 28;9(1):e024808. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024808. PubMed PMID: 30696684; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6352774. 
  • Flannery, C., McHugh, S., Anaba, A.E. et al. Enablers and barriers to physical activity in overweight and obese pregnant women: an analysis informed by the theoretical domains framework and COM-B model. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth18, 178 (2018) doi:10.1186/s12884-018-1816-z 


Dr Fiona Riordan  

  • Riordan F, McGrath N, Dinneen SF, Kearney PM, McHugh SM. 'Sink or Swim': A Qualitative Study to Understand How and Why Nurses Adapt to Support the Implementation of Integrated Diabetes Care. Int J Integr Care. 2019 Apr 3;19(2):2. doi: 10.5334/ijic.4215. PubMed PMID: 30971868; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6450245. 


Dr Kate O’Neill 

  • O’Neill KN, Finucane FM, le Roux CW, Fitzgerald AP, Kearney PM. Unmet need for bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2016. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2016.12.015. 
  • O'Neill KN, McHugh SM and Kearney PM. Cycle of Care for people with diabetes: an equitable initiative? [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. HRB Open Res 2019, 2:3 (https://doi.org/10.12688/hrbopenres.12890.1) 


Dr Sheena McHugh  

  • Hurley E, McHugh S, Browne J, Vaughan L, Normand C. A multistage mixed methods study protocol to evaluate the implementation and impact of a reconfiguration of acute medicine in Ireland's hospitals. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Oct 29;19(1):766. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4629-5. PubMed PMID: 31665004; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6819558. 
  • McHugh S, Droog E, Foley C, Boyce M, Healy O, Browne JP. Understanding the impetus for major systems change: A multiple case study of decisions and non-decisions to reconfigure emergency and urgent care services. Health Policy. 2019 Aug;123(8):728-736. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.05.018. Epub 2019 Jun 1. Review. PubMed PMID: 31208824. 
  • Kelleher E, McHugh SM, Harrington JM, Perry IJ, Shiely F. Understanding engagement in a family-focused, multicomponent, childhood weight management programme delivered in the community setting. Public Health Nutr. 2019 Jun;22(8):1471-1482. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018003828. Epub 2019 Feb 6. PubMed PMID: 30724148. 
  • Powell BJ, Fernandez ME, Williams NJ, Aarons GA, Beidas RS, Lewis CC, McHugh SM, Weiner BJ. Enhancing the Impact of Implementation Strategies in Healthcare: A Research Agenda. Front Public Health. 2019 Jan 22;7:3doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00003. eCollection 2019. PubMed PMID: 30723713; PubMed Central  PMCID: PMC6350272. 


Dr Linda O’Keeffe  


Niamh McGrath  

  • McGrath N, McHugh S, Kearney PM and Toomey E. Barriers and enablers to screening and diagnosing depression and diabetes distress in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus; protocol of a qualitative evidence synthesis [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. HRB Open Res 2019, 2:26 (https://doi.org/10.12688/hrbopenres.12947.1) 

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