Josie Messina

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BACKGROUND There is a rising prevalence of excessive weight gain in pregnancy and an increasing number of pregnant women who are overweight or obese at the start of the pregnancy. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is associated with adverse maternal and neonatal consequences and increases the risk of long-term obesity. Pregnancy therefore may be a key(More)
BACKGROUND increasing overweight and obesity rates in pregnant women present health risks to mother and unborn infant. OBJECTIVES to identify barriers and facilitators to implementing and carrying out maternal weight management interventions. SEARCH STRATEGY searches were carried out in medical, midwifery and nursing databases, augmented by hand(More)
This study formed part of an evaluation of a brief educational intervention for patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). The sessions provide information, seizure control techniques and management planning. The qualitative component of the research reported here aimed to provide insight into the participants' perceptions following the(More)
INTRODUCTION The review had the aim of investigating factors enabling or discouraging the uptake of smoking cessation services by pregnant women smokers. METHODS The literature was searched for papers relating to the delivery of services to pregnant or recently pregnant women who smoke. No restrictions were placed on study design. A qualitative synthesis(More)
This review considers the effectiveness of interventions to encourage the establishment of smoke-free homes during pregnancy and the neonatal period. A comprehensive search of the literature was undertaken to find relevant studies via electronic databases, citations and reference lists of included studies. The searches identified 17 papers that met the(More)
INTRODUCTION Certain types of smokeless tobacco (ST) are popular among some people of South Asian origin in England; however, little is known about the contextual factors surrounding use in this population. This systematic review explores the factors associated with ST use among people of South Asian origin in England. METHODS An iterative search strategy(More)
BACKGROUND Patient and public participation in health technology assessment (HTA) of medicines has been cited as an important component of the decision-making structure; however, how to actually achieve meaningful involvement is less understood. OBJECTIVES Our objectives were to conduct a pilot study to form the basis of future research and to gain(More)
BACKGROUND Type 2 diabetes is impacting millions of people globally; however, many future cases can be prevented through lifestyle changes and interventions. Primary care is an important setting for diabetes prevention, for at-risk populations, because it is a patient's primary point of contact with the health care system and professionals can provide(More)
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