Faline S. Howes

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BACKGROUND There is now compelling scientific evidence that increased levels of physical activity can bring wide-ranging health benefits. These benefits can extend beyond physical health and include other positive impacts relating to mental health and personal development. The sport and recreation sector is viewed as a priority area for increasing rates of(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated blood pressure (BP) is a major modifiable risk factor. However hypertension still remains underdiagnosed, untreated or suboptimally treated. This study aimed to identify and explore barriers to initiating medication and treating elevated BP to target levels in the general practice setting. METHODS Six focus groups involving 30(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to identify strategies to improve the management of hypertension in general practice. METHODS Four focus groups (25 general practitioners and general practice registrars) were conducted, recorded and transcribed. Common emerging themes were analysed by an iterative thematic process. RESULTS Four main themes were identified:(More)
BACKGROUND Home blood pressure (BP) monitoring is the self-measurement of BP in the home environment. It is complementary to 24-hour ambulatory BP, for better diagnosis and management of patients with high BP. Home BP monitoring is in widespread use, but variation in monitoring protocols could lead to inaccurate assessment of BP. OBJECTIVE The aim of this(More)
The purpose of this study was to test and evaluate the feasibility and clinical acceptability of the use of an infant feeding data collection tool during the scheduled childhood immunisation consultation, and to explore the appropriateness of this consultation as a site for a future intervention aiming to increase exclusive breastfeeding through the(More)
The incidence of intrinsic disorders of the shoulder presenting in general practice has been estimated to be 14.7/1000 per year with adhesive capsulitis (also termed frozen shoulder, stiff painful shoulder or periarthritis) accounting for around 20% of cases (incidence 2.4/1000 per year), but occurring more frequently in the middle aged and those with(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the level of agreement between a 'conventional' Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) measurement (using Doppler and mercury sphygmomanometer taken by a research nurse) and a 'pragmatic' ABI measure (using an oscillometric device taken by a practice nurse) in primary care. To ascertain the utility of a pragmatic ABI measure for the diagnosis of(More)
Measurement of blood pressure (BP) by a doctor in the clinic has limitations that may result in an unrepresentative measure of underlying BP which can impact on the appropriate assessment and management of high BP. Home BP monitoring is the self-measurement of BP in the home setting (usually in the morning and evening) over a defined period (e.g. 7 days)(More)
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