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 Rebecca Whear

Rebecca Whear

Research Fellow Evidence Synthesis Health Services Research

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South Cloisters 3.09

Rebecca Whear joined PenCLAHRC in August 2009. She is part of a team that helps to manage the PenCLAHRC question prioritisation process and conducts systematic reviews for relevant questions identified from this process.

After graduating from the University of Plymouth (BSc Psychology with Human Biology) she pursued her interest in human health by completing a masters at the University of Bristol (MSc Exercise, Health and Nutrition). She now has many years of experience in social and health related research. Latterly, she has mainly focused on systematic reviews but in the past has been involved with small pieces of quantitative and qualitative primary research.

Her main areas of interest include improving healthcare for patients and the NHS, the mental health and behaviour of young people, and dementia and dementia care.

Broad research specialisms

Her main skills are focused on the conduct of systematic reviews in health services research. However, she has also been involved with setting research agendas. Through her current role she has been involved in a number of systematic reviews related to the improvement of health services. The projects have ranged from looking at classroom management interventions to improve children’s outcomes to interventions to improve secondary care pathways for people with chronic and recurrent conditions. The reviews aim to work with clinicians and service users to answer the questions most relevant to them and their practices. This is in order to ensure the results of the research are taken forward appropriately to bridge the gap between research and practice. The reviews she has been involved often require complex synthesis of results including narrative synthesis, qualitative synthesis and less often, meta-analysis.

I have also trained as a mentor through the UEMS Mentoring Scheme, supported by the UEMS Equality & Diversity Group, and would be available to provide peer and other mentoring opportunities. Please feel free to contact me, in confidence, so we can discuss this further.

Qualifications

  • 2004 MSc (University of Bristol)
  • 2003 BSc (University of Plymouth)

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Research

Research interests

As well as a more broad interest in health services research she is specifically interested in mental health and behaviour in young people and dementia. She has been involved in research studying children's needs and services as well as a randomized controlled trial investigating the influence of micro-nutrients on the mental and behavioural well-being of young men in a young offenders institute. More recently, she has been involved in several reviews related to young people and their mental health including classroom management interventions to improve children's emotional and behavioural outcomes, investigating the association between the mental health of children at school and their being excluded from school and looking at school-based, non-pharmacological interventions to help children with ADHD.

Research projects

  • Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on behaviour symptoms of people with dementia living in care homes: A systematic review
  • Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on nutritional outcomes for the elderly living in residential care: A systematic review and meta-analysis
  • What is the impact of using outdoor spaces such as gardens on the physical and mental well-being of those with dementia? A systematic review

Grants/Funding

  • Co-applicant - Are interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on human health and crop productivity in developing countries effective £37,236 AusAID 2011.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Whear R, Abbott R, Thompson-Coon J, Bethel A, Rogers M, Hemsley A, Stahl-Timmins W, Stein K (2014). Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on behavior symptoms of people with dementia living in care homes: a systematic review. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 15(3), 185-193. Abstract.  Author URL.
Abbott RA, Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Ukoumunne OC, Rogers M, Bethel A, Hemsley A, Stein K (2013). Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on nutritional outcomes for the elderly living in residential care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ageing Research Reviews, 12(4), 967-981. Abstract.
Whear R, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Perry MG, Stein K (2013). Patient initiated clinics for patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care: a systematic review of patient reported outcomes and patient and clinician satisfaction. BMC Health Serv Res, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Whear R, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Boddy K, Thompson-Coon J, Perry M, Stein K (2013). The clinical effectiveness of patient initiated clinics for patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care: a systematic review. PLoS One, 8(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Dickens CM, abbott R, Whear R, Nikolaou V, Bethel A, Thomson Coon J, Stein K (In Press). Tumour necrosis factor α inhibitor therapy in chronic physical illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect on depression and anxiety. Journal of Psychosomatic Research Full text.
Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Papworth H, Frier J, Stein K (2015). Establishing local priorities for a health research agenda. Health Expect, 18(1), 8-21. Abstract.  Author URL.
Richardson M, Moore D, Gwernan-Jones R, Thompson-Coon J, Ukoumunne O, Rogers M, Whear R, Newlove-Delgado T, Logan S, Morris C, et al (2015). Non pharmacological interventions for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings: Systematic reviews of quantitative and qualitative research. Health Technology Assessment, 19(45) Full text.
Parker C, Whear R, Ukoumunne OC, Bethel A, Thompson-Coon J, Stein K, Ford T (2015). School exclusion in children with psychiatric disorder or impairing psychopathology: a systematic review. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 20(3), 229-251.
Abbott R, Whear R, Nikolaou V, Bethel A, Coon JT, Stein K, Dickens C (2015). Tumour necrosis factor-α inhibitor therapy in chronic physical illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect on depression and anxiety. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(3), 175-184. Full text.
Whear R, Abbott R, Thompson-Coon J, Bethel A, Rogers M, Hemsley A, Stahl-Timmins W, Stein K (2014). Effectiveness of Mealtime Interventions on Behavior Symptoms of People with Dementia Living in Care Homes: a Systematic Review. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 15(3), 185-193. Abstract.
Whear R, Abbott R, Thompson-Coon J, Bethel A, Rogers M, Hemsley A, Stahl-Timmins W, Stein K (2014). Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on behavior symptoms of people with dementia living in care homes: a systematic review. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 15(3), 185-193. Abstract.  Author URL.
Abbott RA, Whear R, Rodgers LR, Bethel A, Thompson Coon J, Kuyken W, Stein K, Dickens C (2014). Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 76(5), 341-351. Abstract.
Thompson Coon J, Abbott R, Rogers M, Whear R, Pearson S, Lang I, Cartmell N, Stein K (2014). Interventions to Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing of Antipsychotic Medications in People with Dementia Resident in Care Homes: a Systematic Review. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 15(10), 706-718.
Thompson Coon J, Abbott R, Rogers M, Whear R, Pearson S, Lang I, Cartmell N, Stein K (2014). Interventions to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medications in people with dementia resident in care homes: a systematic review. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 15(10), 706-718. Abstract.  Author URL.
Goodwin VA, Abbott RA, Whear R, Bethel A, Ukoumunne OC, Thompson-Coon J, Stein K (2014). Multiple component interventions for preventing falls and fall-related injuries among older people: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Geriatr, 14 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Whear R, Marlow R, Boddy K, Ukoumunne OC, Parker C, Ford T, Thompson-Coon J, Stein K (2014). Psychiatric disorder or impairing psychology in children who have been excluded from school: a systematic review. SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 35(5), 530-543. Author URL.
Parker C, Whear R, Ukoumunne OC, Bethel A, Thompson-Coon J, Stein K, Ford T (2014). School exclusion in children with psychiatric disorder or impairing psychopathology: a systematic review. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Abstract.  Full text.
Whear R, Coon JT, Bethel A, Abbott R, Stein K, Garside R (2014). What is the Impact of Using Outdoor Spaces Such as Gardens on the Physical and Mental Well-Being of Those with Dementia? a Systematic Review of Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 15(10), 697-705.
Whear R, Coon JT, Bethel A, Abbott R, Stein K, Garside R (2014). What is the impact of using outdoor spaces such as gardens on the physical and mental well-being of those with dementia? a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 15(10), 697-705. Abstract.  Author URL.
Abbott RA, Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Ukoumunne OC, Rogers M, Bethel A, Hemsley A, Stein K (2013). Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on nutritional outcomes for the elderly living in residential care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ageing Research Reviews, 12(4), 967-981. Abstract.
Abbott RA, Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Ukoumunne OC, Rogers M, Bethel A, Hemsley A, Stein K (2013). Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on nutritional outcomes for the elderly living in residential care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ageing Res Rev, 12(4), 967-981. Abstract.  Author URL.
Whear R, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Perry MG, Stein K (2013). Patient initiated clinics for patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care: a systematic review of patient reported outcomes and patient and clinician satisfaction. BMC Health Serv Res, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Thompson-Coon J, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Whear R, Bethel A, Vaidya B, Gericke CA, Stein K (2013). Telephone consultations in place of face to face out-patient consultations for patients discharged from hospital following surgery: a systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Whear R, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Boddy K, Thompson-Coon J, Perry M, Stein K (2013). The clinical effectiveness of patient initiated clinics for patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care: a systematic review. PLoS One, 8(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Papworth H, Frier J, Stein K (2012). Establishing local priorities for a health research agenda. Health Expectations
Thompson-Coon J, Martin A, Abdul-Rahman A, Boddy K, Whear R, Collinson A, Stein K, Logan S (2012). Interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions: a systematic review. Arch Dis Child Author URL.
Coon JT, Martin A, Abdul-Rahman AK, Boddy K, Whear R, Collinson A, Stein K, Logan S (2012). Interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions: a systematic review. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 97(4), 304-311. Abstract.
Coon JT, Martin A, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Boddy K, Whear R, Collinson A, Stein K, Logan S (2012). Interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions: a systematic review. Arch Dis Child, 97(4), 304-311. Abstract.  Author URL.
Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Ford T, Racey D, Stein K (2012). The effect of teacher-led interventions on social and emotional behaviour in primary school children: a systematic review. British Educational Research Journal Author URL.
Coon JT, Boddy K, Stein K, Whear R, Barton J, Depledge M (2011). DOES PARTICIPATING IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN OUTDOOR NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS HAVE a GREATER EFFECT ON PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING THAN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INDOORS? a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, 65, A38-A38. Author URL.
Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Stein K, Whear R, Barton J, Depledge M (2011). Does Participating in Physical Activity in Outdoor Natural Environments Have a Greater Effect on Physical and Mental Wellbeing than Physical Activity Indoors? a Systematic Review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
Thompson Coon J, Boddy K, Stein K, Whear R, Barton J, Depledge MH (2011). Does participating in physical activity in outdoor natural environments have a greater effect on physical and mental wellbeing than physical activity indoors? a systematic review. Environ Sci Technol, 45(5), 1761-1772. Abstract.  Author URL.
Whear R, Axford N (2009). “Finish What's on Your Plate!”: the Relationships between Parenting, Children's Nutrition and Outcomes. Child Care in Practice Author URL.
Axford N, Whear R (2008). Measuring and Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in the Community: Survey of Parents on a Housing Estate in Dublin, Ireland. Child Care in Practice Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Dickens CM, abbott R, Whear R, Nikolaou V, Bethel A, Thomson Coon J, Stein K (In Press). Tumour necrosis factor α inhibitor therapy in chronic physical illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect on depression and anxiety. Journal of Psychosomatic Research Full text.

2015

Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Papworth H, Frier J, Stein K (2015). Establishing local priorities for a health research agenda. Health Expect, 18(1), 8-21. Abstract.  Author URL.
Richardson M, Moore D, Gwernan-Jones R, Thompson-Coon J, Ukoumunne O, Rogers M, Whear R, Newlove-Delgado T, Logan S, Morris C, et al (2015). Non pharmacological interventions for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings: Systematic reviews of quantitative and qualitative research. Health Technology Assessment, 19(45) Full text.
Parker C, Whear R, Ukoumunne OC, Bethel A, Thompson-Coon J, Stein K, Ford T (2015). School exclusion in children with psychiatric disorder or impairing psychopathology: a systematic review. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 20(3), 229-251.
Abbott R, Whear R, Nikolaou V, Bethel A, Coon JT, Stein K, Dickens C (2015). Tumour necrosis factor-α inhibitor therapy in chronic physical illness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect on depression and anxiety. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(3), 175-184. Full text.

2014

Whear R, Abbott R, Thompson-Coon J, Bethel A, Rogers M, Hemsley A, Stahl-Timmins W, Stein K (2014). Effectiveness of Mealtime Interventions on Behavior Symptoms of People with Dementia Living in Care Homes: a Systematic Review. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 15(3), 185-193. Abstract.
Whear R, Abbott R, Thompson-Coon J, Bethel A, Rogers M, Hemsley A, Stahl-Timmins W, Stein K (2014). Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on behavior symptoms of people with dementia living in care homes: a systematic review. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 15(3), 185-193. Abstract.  Author URL.
Abbott RA, Whear R, Rodgers LR, Bethel A, Thompson Coon J, Kuyken W, Stein K, Dickens C (2014). Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 76(5), 341-351. Abstract.
Thompson Coon J, Abbott R, Rogers M, Whear R, Pearson S, Lang I, Cartmell N, Stein K (2014). Interventions to Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing of Antipsychotic Medications in People with Dementia Resident in Care Homes: a Systematic Review. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 15(10), 706-718.
Thompson Coon J, Abbott R, Rogers M, Whear R, Pearson S, Lang I, Cartmell N, Stein K (2014). Interventions to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medications in people with dementia resident in care homes: a systematic review. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 15(10), 706-718. Abstract.  Author URL.
Goodwin VA, Abbott RA, Whear R, Bethel A, Ukoumunne OC, Thompson-Coon J, Stein K (2014). Multiple component interventions for preventing falls and fall-related injuries among older people: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Geriatr, 14 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Whear R, Marlow R, Boddy K, Ukoumunne OC, Parker C, Ford T, Thompson-Coon J, Stein K (2014). Psychiatric disorder or impairing psychology in children who have been excluded from school: a systematic review. SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 35(5), 530-543. Author URL.
Parker C, Whear R, Ukoumunne OC, Bethel A, Thompson-Coon J, Stein K, Ford T (2014). School exclusion in children with psychiatric disorder or impairing psychopathology: a systematic review. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Abstract.  Full text.
Whear R, Coon JT, Bethel A, Abbott R, Stein K, Garside R (2014). What is the Impact of Using Outdoor Spaces Such as Gardens on the Physical and Mental Well-Being of Those with Dementia? a Systematic Review of Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 15(10), 697-705.
Whear R, Coon JT, Bethel A, Abbott R, Stein K, Garside R (2014). What is the impact of using outdoor spaces such as gardens on the physical and mental well-being of those with dementia? a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 15(10), 697-705. Abstract.  Author URL.

2013

Abbott RA, Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Ukoumunne OC, Rogers M, Bethel A, Hemsley A, Stein K (2013). Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on nutritional outcomes for the elderly living in residential care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ageing Research Reviews, 12(4), 967-981. Abstract.
Abbott RA, Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Ukoumunne OC, Rogers M, Bethel A, Hemsley A, Stein K (2013). Effectiveness of mealtime interventions on nutritional outcomes for the elderly living in residential care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ageing Res Rev, 12(4), 967-981. Abstract.  Author URL.
Whear R, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Perry MG, Stein K (2013). Patient initiated clinics for patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care: a systematic review of patient reported outcomes and patient and clinician satisfaction. BMC Health Serv Res, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Thompson-Coon J, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Whear R, Bethel A, Vaidya B, Gericke CA, Stein K (2013). Telephone consultations in place of face to face out-patient consultations for patients discharged from hospital following surgery: a systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Whear R, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Boddy K, Thompson-Coon J, Perry M, Stein K (2013). The clinical effectiveness of patient initiated clinics for patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care: a systematic review. PLoS One, 8(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2012

Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Papworth H, Frier J, Stein K (2012). Establishing local priorities for a health research agenda. Health Expectations
Thompson-Coon J, Martin A, Abdul-Rahman A, Boddy K, Whear R, Collinson A, Stein K, Logan S (2012). Interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions: a systematic review. Arch Dis Child Author URL.
Coon JT, Martin A, Abdul-Rahman AK, Boddy K, Whear R, Collinson A, Stein K, Logan S (2012). Interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions: a systematic review. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 97(4), 304-311. Abstract.
Coon JT, Martin A, Abdul-Rahman A-K, Boddy K, Whear R, Collinson A, Stein K, Logan S (2012). Interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions: a systematic review. Arch Dis Child, 97(4), 304-311. Abstract.  Author URL.
Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Ford T, Racey D, Stein K (2012). The effect of teacher-led interventions on social and emotional behaviour in primary school children: a systematic review. British Educational Research Journal Author URL.

2011

Coon JT, Boddy K, Stein K, Whear R, Barton J, Depledge M (2011). DOES PARTICIPATING IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN OUTDOOR NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS HAVE a GREATER EFFECT ON PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING THAN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INDOORS? a SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH, 65, A38-A38. Author URL.
Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Stein K, Whear R, Barton J, Depledge M (2011). Does Participating in Physical Activity in Outdoor Natural Environments Have a Greater Effect on Physical and Mental Wellbeing than Physical Activity Indoors? a Systematic Review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
Thompson Coon J, Boddy K, Stein K, Whear R, Barton J, Depledge MH (2011). Does participating in physical activity in outdoor natural environments have a greater effect on physical and mental wellbeing than physical activity indoors? a systematic review. Environ Sci Technol, 45(5), 1761-1772. Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Whear R, Axford N (2009). “Finish What's on Your Plate!”: the Relationships between Parenting, Children's Nutrition and Outcomes. Child Care in Practice Author URL.

2008

Axford N, Whear R (2008). Measuring and Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in the Community: Survey of Parents on a Housing Estate in Dublin, Ireland. Child Care in Practice Author URL.

Systematic review clinics

MSc Applied Health Services Research 

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