Emma L. Healey

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between smoking and disease activity, pain, function, and quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS Patients with AS (n = 612) from areas across the United Kingdom took part in a cross-sectional postal survey. Patient-reported outcome measures including the Bath AS Disease Activity(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the impact of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) on patients across the UK and to identify factors associated with unemployment, absenteeism, and presenteeism. METHODS One thousand patients with AS from 10 specialist rheumatology centres across the UK were invited to participate in a study evaluating a new outcome measure. Patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether stature recovery and paraspinal muscle activity can be altered in individuals with and without chronic low-back pain by assuming different unloading positions. DESIGN A case-control study considering the effects of unloading position on stature recovery in individuals with and without chronic low-back pain. BACKGROUND(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the impact of AS on the sexual relationships of a large cohort of patients, across the UK. METHODS A total of 1000 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of AS under the clinical care of 10 specialist rheumatology centres across the UK were invited to participate in a study evaluating a new quality of life measure. Patients completed a(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine which characteristics of older patients who use a hospital ED are associated with repeat visits during the 90 days following the index visit. METHODS The study was conducted in the ED of a 400-bed university-affiliated acute care community hospital in Montreal. Patients aged > or = 75 years who visited the ED between 08:00 and and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the responsiveness and minimal important change (MIC) of Evaluation of Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (EASi-QoL), a reliable and valid patient-reported measure of AS-specific quality of life with four domains: physical function (PF), disease activity (DA), emotional well-being (EWB) and social participation (SP). METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND First-line chemotherapeutic treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC) typically comprises oral (capecitabine) or intravenous 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) plus leucovorin (LV), in combination with oxaliplatin (XELOX or FOLFOX, respectively), although debate exists regarding the best course of treatment by modality in clinical practice. Evidence from practice(More)
Measurements of reduction in stature have been used to compare spinal loading in chronic low-back pain (CLBP) and asymptomatic populations. Whether there are any differences in the repeatability of stature measurements, between those with and without CLBP, is not known. This investigation aimed to determine the repeatability of stature measurements in those(More)
BACKGROUND Stature reductions in asymptomatic individuals, caused by a set load, are lower later in the day when stature is in the trough of diurnal variation; hence most stature reduction investigations are conducted in the morning. Recent evidence suggests that it is not the reductions in stature, but the recovery of stature, that is of greatest(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether there is sufficient evidence to conclude that exercise interventions are more effective than no exercise control and to compare the effectiveness of different exercise interventions in relieving pain and improving function in patients with lower limb osteoarthritis. DATA SOURCES Nine electronic databases searched from(More)