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Dr Noreen Orr

Dr Noreen Orr

Research Fellow

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 01392 724829

 South Cloisters 3.09

 

South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Dr Noreen Orr is a Research Fellow in the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team.  She has a specific interest in using qualitative research methods and has experience in undertaking in-depth interviews, life story interviews, focus groups, and in using visual methods in primary research projects.  More recently, she has undertaken evidence synthesis research: she has led on the qualitative evidence synthesis strand of a mixed methods review on a NIHR: RfPB funded project on older people and physical activity; and on a systematic review of the qualitative evidence on older people's sensory experiences of the natural environment.

 

 

 

Qualifications

2009 PhD (Brighton)

1991 MSc (Ulster)

1989 BA (Hons) (QUB)

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Research

Research interests

·         Qualitative research methods

·         Qualitative evidence syntheses

·         Ageing and wellbeing 

·         Linking social science research to practice

Research projects

  • What are the effects of human-animal interaction on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A synthesis of qualitative and quantitative evidence. (https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42017058201)

  • What are the factors that influence older adults’ engagement in exercise and physical activity? An evidence synthesis of qualitative research and mapping of quantitative reviews. (2015-2016) NIHR RfPB (https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42015023796)

  •  When using natural settings, how do older people describe their sensory engagement with the outside world? A systematic review of the qualitative evidence. (2013-2014) European Centre for Environment & Human Health In-Residence Scheme (https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42015020736)

  • Moving Stories: Understanding the role of physical activity in shaping perceptions and experiences of (self-)ageing. (2011-2013) ESRC    

Research grants

  • 2017 ESRC Impact Acceleration Award
    'Supporting Healthcare Professionals Improve Older People’s Sensory Experiences of the Natural World’ to design and pilot training materials for people working in care homes. (PI) Co-designed with V Hutchinson at the Sensory Trust.
  • 2016 ESRC Impact Acceleration Award
    'Embedding sensory experiences of the outdoors into the daily lives of older people' to organise a workshop with the Sensory Trust and their partners. (PI) Co-designed with V Hutchinson at the Sensory Trust
  • 2014 ESRC Seminar Series
    “More of the Same is Not Enough”: New Directions in Ageing and Physical Activity (ES/M001709/1) (Co-applicant).
  • 2014 University of Exeter Catalyst Funding
    Moving Stories – Moving On. (Co-applicant)

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Orr N, Yeo NL, Dean SG, White MP, Garside R (2021). "It Makes you Feel That you Are There": Exploring the Acceptability of Virtual Reality Nature Environments for People with Memory Loss. Geriatrics (Basel), 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Abbott R, Bethel A, Rogers M, Whear R, Orr N, Shaw L, Stein K, Thompson Coon J (2021). Characteristics, quality and volume of the first 5 months of the COVID-19 evidence synthesis infodemic: a meta-research study. BMJ Evid Based Med Abstract.  Author URL.
Abbott R, Orr N, McGill P, Whear R, Bethel A, Garside R, Stein K, Thompson-Coon J (2019). How do "robopets" impact the health and well-being of residents in care homes? a systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence. Int J Older People Nurs, 14(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Kinsey D, Lang I, Orr N, Anderson R, Parker D (2019). The impact of including carers in museum programmes for people with dementia: a realist review. Arts & Health, 13(1), 1-19.
Phoenix C, Orr N (2017). Analysing exceptions within qualitative data: promoting analytical diversity to advance knowledge of ageing and physical activity. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 9(3), 271-284. Abstract.
Goodwin V, Orr N, Sharpe R, Smith J, Phoenix C, Lang I, Garside R (2017). Physical activity: how well does systematic review evidence on physical activity interventions reflect the expressed views of older people?. Physiotherapy, 103, e22-e23.
Orr N, Wagstaffe A, Briscoe S, Garside R (2016). How do older people describe their sensory experiences of the natural world? a systematic review of the qualitative evidence. BMC Geriatr, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.
Orr N, Phoenix C (2014). Photographing physical activity: Using visual methods to 'grasp at' the sensual experiences of the ageing body. Qualitative Research Abstract.
Phoenix C, Orr N (2014). Pleasure: a forgotten dimension of ageing and physical activity. Social Science and Medicine, 115, 94-102. Abstract.
Orr N (2006). Museum Volunteering: Heritage as ‘Serious Leisure’. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 12(2), 194-210.

Chapters

Phoenix C, Orr N, Griffin M (2017). Bringing socio-narratology and visual methods to focus group research. In  (Ed) A New Era in Focus Group Research: Challenges, Innovation and Practice, 325-342.
Phoenix C, Orr N (2017). Engaging Crystallization to Understand Life and Narrative. In  (Ed) Life and Narrative, 235-250.
Phoenix C, Orr N (2015). The Multidimensionality of Pleasure in Later Life Physical Activity. In  (Ed) Physical Activity and Sport in Later Life, 101-112.

Conferences

Coon JT, Abbott R, Bethel A, Rogers M, Whear R, Shaw L, Orr N, Stein K (2021). OP31 a snapshot of the characteristics, quality and volume of the COVID-19 evidence synthesis infodemic: systematic review. SSM Annual Scientific Meeting.
Coon JT, Orr N, Shaw E, Nunns M, Whear R (2020). BURSTING OUT OF OUR BUBBLE: USING CREATIVE TECHNIQUES TO COMMUNICATE RESEARCH FINDINGS.  Author URL.
Thompson-Coon J, Abbott R, Orr N, McGill P, Whear R, Bethel A, Garside R, Stein K (2019). HOW DO 'ROBOPETS' IMPACT THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF RESIDENTS IN CARE HOMES? a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE EVIDENCE.  Author URL.
Lourida I, Abbott RA, Orr N, Rogers M, Thompson‐Coon J, Lang IA (2017). [P1–546]: STRATEGIES, FACILITATORS AND BARRIERS TO CHANGE: a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH WITHIN DEMENTIA CARE.
Sharpe R, Smith JR, Orr N, Phoenix C, Bethel A, Goodwin V, Lang I, Garside R (2016). PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTERVENTIONS IN OLDER ADULTS: a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF REVIEWS.  Author URL.
Sharpe. R, Orr N, Smith J, Phoenix C, Bethel A, Goodwin VA, Lang I, Carside R (2016). The Effectiveness of Physical Activity Interventions in older adults.

Publications by year


2021

Orr N, Yeo NL, Dean SG, White MP, Garside R (2021). "It Makes you Feel That you Are There": Exploring the Acceptability of Virtual Reality Nature Environments for People with Memory Loss. Geriatrics (Basel), 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Abbott R, Bethel A, Rogers M, Whear R, Orr N, Shaw L, Stein K, Thompson Coon J (2021). Characteristics, quality and volume of the first 5 months of the COVID-19 evidence synthesis infodemic: a meta-research study. BMJ Evid Based Med Abstract.  Author URL.
Coon JT, Abbott R, Bethel A, Rogers M, Whear R, Shaw L, Orr N, Stein K (2021). OP31 a snapshot of the characteristics, quality and volume of the COVID-19 evidence synthesis infodemic: systematic review. SSM Annual Scientific Meeting.

2020

Coon JT, Orr N, Shaw E, Nunns M, Whear R (2020). BURSTING OUT OF OUR BUBBLE: USING CREATIVE TECHNIQUES TO COMMUNICATE RESEARCH FINDINGS.  Author URL.

2019

Thompson-Coon J, Abbott R, Orr N, McGill P, Whear R, Bethel A, Garside R, Stein K (2019). HOW DO 'ROBOPETS' IMPACT THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF RESIDENTS IN CARE HOMES? a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE EVIDENCE.  Author URL.
Abbott R, Orr N, McGill P, Whear R, Bethel A, Garside R, Stein K, Thompson-Coon J (2019). How do "robopets" impact the health and well-being of residents in care homes? a systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence. Int J Older People Nurs, 14(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Kinsey D, Lang I, Orr N, Anderson R, Parker D (2019). The impact of including carers in museum programmes for people with dementia: a realist review. Arts & Health, 13(1), 1-19.

2017

Phoenix C, Orr N (2017). Analysing exceptions within qualitative data: promoting analytical diversity to advance knowledge of ageing and physical activity. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 9(3), 271-284. Abstract.
Phoenix C, Orr N, Griffin M (2017). Bringing socio-narratology and visual methods to focus group research. In  (Ed) A New Era in Focus Group Research: Challenges, Innovation and Practice, 325-342.
Phoenix C, Orr N (2017). Engaging Crystallization to Understand Life and Narrative. In  (Ed) Life and Narrative, 235-250.
Goodwin V, Orr N, Sharpe R, Smith J, Phoenix C, Lang I, Garside R (2017). Physical activity: how well does systematic review evidence on physical activity interventions reflect the expressed views of older people?. Physiotherapy, 103, e22-e23.
Lourida I, Abbott RA, Orr N, Rogers M, Thompson‐Coon J, Lang IA (2017). [P1–546]: STRATEGIES, FACILITATORS AND BARRIERS TO CHANGE: a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH WITHIN DEMENTIA CARE.

2016

Orr N, Wagstaffe A, Briscoe S, Garside R (2016). How do older people describe their sensory experiences of the natural world? a systematic review of the qualitative evidence. BMC Geriatr, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.
Sharpe R, Smith JR, Orr N, Phoenix C, Bethel A, Goodwin V, Lang I, Garside R (2016). PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTERVENTIONS IN OLDER ADULTS: a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF REVIEWS.  Author URL.
Sharpe. R, Orr N, Smith J, Phoenix C, Bethel A, Goodwin VA, Lang I, Carside R (2016). The Effectiveness of Physical Activity Interventions in older adults.

2015

Phoenix C, Orr N (2015). The Multidimensionality of Pleasure in Later Life Physical Activity. In  (Ed) Physical Activity and Sport in Later Life, 101-112.

2014

Orr N, Phoenix C (2014). Photographing physical activity: Using visual methods to 'grasp at' the sensual experiences of the ageing body. Qualitative Research Abstract.
Phoenix C, Orr N (2014). Pleasure: a forgotten dimension of ageing and physical activity. Social Science and Medicine, 115, 94-102. Abstract.

2006

Orr N (2006). Museum Volunteering: Heritage as ‘Serious Leisure’. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 12(2), 194-210.

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Teaching

Noreen delivers guest lectures on Qualitative Research Methods and Ageing Well on the MSc in Environment and Human Health.

Supervision / Group

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