Loading content

Dr Leon Poltawski

Research Fellow

5406

Smeall building JS08

I originally trained as a physiotherapist, and am now engaged full-time in health care research. My initial research interest was in the use of electrotherapy for promoting tissue healing, and thus was the subject of my doctoral thesis. After that, I moved into health services research, and worked on a study of the effectiveness of inter-professional working in primary health care. More recently, I have assisted with the development and evaluation of a physical training intervention for long term stroke-survivors.

My current area of work is in the development and testing of an intervention to support long term weight loss maintenance among clinically overweight people who are at risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Through my work I have developed an interest in health behaviour change, and in research methodologies for complex interventions. In particular, I am interested in the use of multiple forms of evidence to inform the systematic development of behaviour change interventions; and in methods of process evaluation that can be used to assess how and in what circumstances interventions may be effective.

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Hertfordshire)
  • BSc - Physiotherapy (University of Hertfordshire)
  • BA - Social Sciences (Open University)
  • BSc - Physics & Astrophysics (London University)

Research

Research interests

  • Health behaviour change
  • Methods for developing complex interventions
  • Methods for evaluating the processes and mechanisms of complex interventions

 

Research projects

Recent

  • Pilot work investigating a technique for stroke survivors to get up from the floor independently,
  • Pilot work of a functional exercise-based programme for long-term stroke survivors
  • Synthesis of evidence-based guidelines for exercise after stroke,
  • Synthesis of qualitative studies on the impact of upper limb impairment following stroke
  • Creating an intervention content analysis tool for fidelity assessment

 

Grants/Funding:

  • 2012 Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
    £10,000 for safety study in floor-to-stand technique
  • 2011 Stroke Research Network
    £2,600 to support stroke research proposal development
  • 2005 Parkinson’s Disease Society
    £5,500 to support pilot trial of therapeutic ultrasound for apomorphine nodules
  • 2005 Brittania Pharmaceuticals
    £2,000 to support pilot trial of therapeutic ultrasound for apomorphine nodules

Current

  • developing an intervention to support weiht loss maintenance
  • synthesis of evidence regarding weight loss maintenance for those at risk of cardiovascular disease
  • developing a protocol for the evaluation of a weight loss maintenance programme

 

Research grants

  • 2014 The Stroke Association
    Fund pilot RCT of ReTrain exercise-based intervention for Long Term Stroke Survivors
  • 2011 Stroke Research Network
    Stroke research proposal development
  • 2011 Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation Trust
    Support pilot study of method to teach stroke survivors to stand from floor independently
  • 2005 Parkinsons Disease Society
    Support of pilot trial of therapeutic ultrasound for Apomorphine nodules
  • 2005 Britannia Pharmaceuticals
    Support of pilot trial of therapeutic ultrasound for Apomorphine nodules

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Poltawski L, Allison R, Briscoe S, Freeman J, Kilbride C, Neal D, Turton A, Dean S (In Press). Assessing the impact of upper limb disability following stroke:. a qualitative enquiry using internet-based personal accounts of stroke survivors. Disability and Rehabilitation Abstract.  Full text.
Dean S, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor R, Spencer A, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Shepherd A, et al (In Press). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: protocol of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain). BMJ Open Full text.
Greaves C, Poltawski L, Garside R, Briscoe S (2017). Understanding the challenge of weight loss maintenance: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research on weight loss maintenance. Health Psychol Rev, 11(2), 145-163. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Poltawski L, Boddy K, Forster A, Goodwin VA, Pavey AC, Dean S (2015). Motivators for uptake and maintenance of exercise: perceptions of long-term stroke survivors and implications for design of exercise programmes. Disabil Rehabil, 37(9), 795-801. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Poltawski L, Norris M, Dean S (2014). Intervention fidelity: developing an experience-based model for rehabilitation research. J Rehabil Med, 46(7), 609-615. Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Briggs J, Forster A, Goodwin VA, James M, Taylor RS, Dean S (2013). Informing the design of a randomised controlled trial of an exercise-based programme for long term stroke survivors: lessons from a before-and-after case series study. BMC Res Notes, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Abraham C, Forster A, Goodwin VA, Kilbride C, Taylor RS, Dean S (2013). Synthesising practice guidelines for the development of community-based exercise programmes after stroke. Implement Sci, 8 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Abraham C, Britten N, Dean S, Greaves C, Lloyd J, Poltawski L, Wyatt KM (2012). Creating Change that Counts: Evidence-led Co-creation as a Pathway to Impact. European Health Psychologist, 14(3), 64-69.
Goodwin V, Poltawski L, Kilbride C, Abraham C, Taylor RS, Forster A, Dean SG (2012). Exercise for Stroke survivors: a synthesis of evidence-based guidelines. JOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 20, S245-S245. Author URL.
Poltawski L, Johnson M, Watson T (2012). Microcurrent Therapy in the Management of Chronic Tennis Elbow: Pilot Studies to Optimize Parameters. Physiotherapy Research International, 17(3), 157-166. Abstract.
Poltawski L, Ali S, Jayaram V, Watson T (2012). Reliability of sonographic assessment of tendinopathy in tennis elbow. Skeletal Radiol, 41(1), 83-89. Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Goodman C, Iliffe S, Manthorpe J, Gage H, Shah D, Drennan V (2011). Frailty scales--their potential in interprofessional working with older people: a discussion paper. J Interprof Care, 25(4), 280-286. Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Watson T (2011). Measuring clinically important change with the Patient-rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation. Hand Therapy, 16(3), 52-57. Abstract.
Poltawski L, Jayaram V, Watson T (2010). Measurement issues in the sonographic assessment of tennis elbow. J Clin Ultrasound, 38(4), 196-204. Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Watson T (2009). Bioelectricity and microcurrent therapy for tissue healing: a narrative review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 14(2), 104-114.
Poltawski L, Edwards H, Todd A, Watson T, Lees A, James CA (2009). Ultrasound treatment of cutaneous side-effects of infused apomorphine: a randomized controlled pilot study. Mov Disord, 24(1), 115-118. Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Watson T, Byrne G (2008). Physiotherapists' Perceptions of Problematic Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue Disorders. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 437-444(10). Abstract.
Poltawski L, Watson T, Byrne G (2008). Physiotherapists’ perceptions of problematic musculoskeletal soft tissue disorders. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 15(10), 437-443. Abstract.
Edwards H, Poltawski L, Todd A (2008). Sonographic characterisation of tissue changes associated with infused apomorphine hydrochloride: a case series. Ultrasound, 16(3), 155-159. Abstract.
Poltawski L, Watson T (2007). Relative transmissivity of ultrasound coupling agents commonly used by therapists in the UK. Ultrasound Med Biol, 33(1), 120-128. Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Watson T (2007). Transmission of therapeutic ultrasound by wound dressings. Wounds, 19(1), 1-12. Abstract.
Poltawski L, Watson T (2007). Transmission of therapeutic ultrasound by wound dressings (vol 19, pg 1, 2007). WOUNDS-A COMPENDIUM OF CLINICAL RESEARCH AND PRACTICE, 19(2), A8-A8. Author URL.
Poltawski L, Brayton J, Cole M (2002). Accreditation of prior learning (Multiple letters). Physiotherapy, 88(7).
POLTAWSKI L (1985). SCHOOL PHYSICS - ITS TIME FOR REVISION. NEW SCIENTIST, 107(1464), 63-64. Author URL.

Conferences

Dean S, Goodwin VA, Poltawski L, Stiles VH, Taylor R (2013). The IGO study: a 'before and after' case series to assess the safety and teaching of a technique designed for people with stroke to Independently Get up Off the floor.  Author URL.

Reports

Goodman C, Drennan V, Manthorpe J, Gage H, Trivedi D, Shah D, Schiebl F, Poltawski L, Handley M, Nash A, et al (2012). A study of the effectiveness of inter professional working for community dwelling older people: Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme,  Southampton, NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme.

Publications by year


In Press

Poltawski L, Allison R, Briscoe S, Freeman J, Kilbride C, Neal D, Turton A, Dean S (In Press). Assessing the impact of upper limb disability following stroke:. a qualitative enquiry using internet-based personal accounts of stroke survivors. Disability and Rehabilitation Abstract.  Full text.
Dean S, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor R, Spencer A, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Shepherd A, et al (In Press). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: protocol of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain). BMJ Open Full text.

2017

Greaves C, Poltawski L, Garside R, Briscoe S (2017). Understanding the challenge of weight loss maintenance: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research on weight loss maintenance. Health Psychol Rev, 11(2), 145-163. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Poltawski L, Boddy K, Forster A, Goodwin VA, Pavey AC, Dean S (2015). Motivators for uptake and maintenance of exercise: perceptions of long-term stroke survivors and implications for design of exercise programmes. Disabil Rehabil, 37(9), 795-801. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2014

Poltawski L, Norris M, Dean S (2014). Intervention fidelity: developing an experience-based model for rehabilitation research. J Rehabil Med, 46(7), 609-615. Abstract.  Author URL.

2013

Poltawski L, Briggs J, Forster A, Goodwin VA, James M, Taylor RS, Dean S (2013). Informing the design of a randomised controlled trial of an exercise-based programme for long term stroke survivors: lessons from a before-and-after case series study. BMC Res Notes, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Abraham C, Forster A, Goodwin VA, Kilbride C, Taylor RS, Dean S (2013). Synthesising practice guidelines for the development of community-based exercise programmes after stroke. Implement Sci, 8 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Dean S, Goodwin VA, Poltawski L, Stiles VH, Taylor R (2013). The IGO study: a 'before and after' case series to assess the safety and teaching of a technique designed for people with stroke to Independently Get up Off the floor.  Author URL.

2012

Goodman C, Drennan V, Manthorpe J, Gage H, Trivedi D, Shah D, Schiebl F, Poltawski L, Handley M, Nash A, et al (2012). A study of the effectiveness of inter professional working for community dwelling older people: Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme,  Southampton, NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme.
Abraham C, Britten N, Dean S, Greaves C, Lloyd J, Poltawski L, Wyatt KM (2012). Creating Change that Counts: Evidence-led Co-creation as a Pathway to Impact. European Health Psychologist, 14(3), 64-69.
Goodwin V, Poltawski L, Kilbride C, Abraham C, Taylor RS, Forster A, Dean SG (2012). Exercise for Stroke survivors: a synthesis of evidence-based guidelines. JOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 20, S245-S245. Author URL.
Poltawski L, Johnson M, Watson T (2012). Microcurrent Therapy in the Management of Chronic Tennis Elbow: Pilot Studies to Optimize Parameters. Physiotherapy Research International, 17(3), 157-166. Abstract.
Poltawski L, Ali S, Jayaram V, Watson T (2012). Reliability of sonographic assessment of tendinopathy in tennis elbow. Skeletal Radiol, 41(1), 83-89. Abstract.  Author URL.

2011

Poltawski L, Goodman C, Iliffe S, Manthorpe J, Gage H, Shah D, Drennan V (2011). Frailty scales--their potential in interprofessional working with older people: a discussion paper. J Interprof Care, 25(4), 280-286. Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Watson T (2011). Measuring clinically important change with the Patient-rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation. Hand Therapy, 16(3), 52-57. Abstract.

2010

Poltawski L, Jayaram V, Watson T (2010). Measurement issues in the sonographic assessment of tennis elbow. J Clin Ultrasound, 38(4), 196-204. Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Poltawski L, Watson T (2009). Bioelectricity and microcurrent therapy for tissue healing: a narrative review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 14(2), 104-114.
Poltawski L, Edwards H, Todd A, Watson T, Lees A, James CA (2009). Ultrasound treatment of cutaneous side-effects of infused apomorphine: a randomized controlled pilot study. Mov Disord, 24(1), 115-118. Abstract.  Author URL.

2008

Poltawski L, Watson T, Byrne G (2008). Physiotherapists' Perceptions of Problematic Musculoskeletal Soft Tissue Disorders. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 437-444(10). Abstract.
Poltawski L, Watson T, Byrne G (2008). Physiotherapists’ perceptions of problematic musculoskeletal soft tissue disorders. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 15(10), 437-443. Abstract.
Edwards H, Poltawski L, Todd A (2008). Sonographic characterisation of tissue changes associated with infused apomorphine hydrochloride: a case series. Ultrasound, 16(3), 155-159. Abstract.

2007

Poltawski L, Watson T (2007). Relative transmissivity of ultrasound coupling agents commonly used by therapists in the UK. Ultrasound Med Biol, 33(1), 120-128. Abstract.  Author URL.
Poltawski L, Watson T (2007). Transmission of therapeutic ultrasound by wound dressings. Wounds, 19(1), 1-12. Abstract.
Poltawski L, Watson T (2007). Transmission of therapeutic ultrasound by wound dressings (vol 19, pg 1, 2007). WOUNDS-A COMPENDIUM OF CLINICAL RESEARCH AND PRACTICE, 19(2), A8-A8. Author URL.

2002

Poltawski L, Brayton J, Cole M (2002). Accreditation of prior learning (Multiple letters). Physiotherapy, 88(7).

1985

POLTAWSKI L (1985). SCHOOL PHYSICS - ITS TIME FOR REVISION. NEW SCIENTIST, 107(1464), 63-64. Author URL.

Back | Edit Profile