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Abdominal cancer symptoms: evaluation of the impact of a regional public awareness campaign. [Dataset] (2021)
Dataset
TORRANCE, N., BRIGHT, C.J., HILL, H.L., FERGUSSON, J., KENNEDY, C., MAK, V., GILDEA, C., NORDIN, A. and ELLISS-BROOKES, L. 2021. Abdominal cancer symptoms: evaluation of the impact of a regional public awareness campaign. [Dataset]. European journal of cancer care [online], Early View. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13500

Objective: A regional ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ (BCoC) campaign developed by Public Health England aimed to promote public awareness of key abdominal cancer symptoms in people aged 50 years and over. Methods: Data were analysed for metrics at different st... Read More about Abdominal cancer symptoms: evaluation of the impact of a regional public awareness campaign. [Dataset].

Abdominal cancer symptoms: evaluation of the impact of a regional public awareness campaign. (2021)
Journal Article
TORRANCE, N., BRIGHT, C.J., HILL, H.L., FERGUSSON, J., KENNEDY, C., MAK, V., GILDEA, C., NORDIN, A. and ELLISS-BROOKES, L. 2021. Abdominal cancer symptoms: evaluation of the impact of a regional public awareness campaign. European journal of cancer care [online], Early View. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13500

Objective: A regional ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ (BCoC) campaign developed by Public Health England aimed to promote public awareness of key abdominal cancer symptoms in people aged 50 years and over. Methods: Data were analysed for metrics at different st... Read More about Abdominal cancer symptoms: evaluation of the impact of a regional public awareness campaign..

Developing a socioecological framework of understanding to deconstruct the complex personal growth narratives of health and social care students, entering healthcare practice early during the Covid-19 pandemic. (2021)
Presentation / Conference
ADAMS, N.N., BUTLER-WARKE, A., TORRANCE, N., GRANT, A., KENNEDY, C., KYDD, A., CUNNINGHAM, S. and DOUGLAS, F. 2021. Developing a socioecological framework of understanding to deconstruct the complex personal growth narratives of health and social care students, entering healthcare practice early during the Covid-19 pandemic. Presented at 2021 British Sociological Association (BSA) annual conference: remaking the future, 13 April 2021, [virtual conference].

During the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown, UK health and social care students were offered the opportunity to become ‘early entrants’: nursing and midwifery students were asked to enter extended paid placements, while some student pharmacis... Read More about Developing a socioecological framework of understanding to deconstruct the complex personal growth narratives of health and social care students, entering healthcare practice early during the Covid-19 pandemic..

Trends in gabapentinoid prescribing, co-prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines, and associated deaths in Scotland. (2020)
Journal Article
TORRANCE, N., VELUCHAMY, A., ZHOU, Y., FLETCHER, E., MOIR, E., HEBERT, H., DONNAN, P., WATSON, J., COLVIN, L. and SMITH, B. 2020. Trends in gabapentinoid prescribing, co-prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines, and associated deaths in Scotland. British journal of anaesthesia [online], 125(2), pages 159-167. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bja.2020.05.017

Background: Gabapentinoid drugs (gabapentin and pregabalin) are effective in neuropathic pain, which has a prevalence of ~7%. Concerns about increased prescribing have implications for patient safety, misuse, and diversion. Drug-related deaths (DRDs)... Read More about Trends in gabapentinoid prescribing, co-prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines, and associated deaths in Scotland..

Association of opioid prescribing practices with chronic pain and benzodiazepine co-prescription: a primary care data linkage study. (2018)
Journal Article
TORRANCE, N., MANSOOR, R., WANG, H., GILBERT, S., MACFARLANE, G.J., SERPELL, M., BALDACCHINO, A., HALES, T.G., DONNAN, P., WYPER, G., SMITH, B.H. and COLVIN, L. 2018. Association of opioid prescribing practices with chronic pain and benzodiazepine co-prescription: a primary care data linkage study. British journal of anaesthesia [online], 120(6), pages 1345-1355. Available from : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bja.2018.02.022

Background: Opioid prescribing is increasing worldwide with associated increases in misuse and other harms. We studied variations in national opioid prescription rates, indicators of prescribing quality, co-prescribing of benzodiazepines and relation... Read More about Association of opioid prescribing practices with chronic pain and benzodiazepine co-prescription: a primary care data linkage study..

Chronic pain, depression and cardiovascular disease linked through a shared genetic predisposition: analysis of a family-based cohort and twin study. (2017)
Journal Article
VAN HECKE, O., HOCKING, L.J., TORRANCE, N., CAMPBELL, A., PADMANABHAN, S., PORTEOUS, D.J., MCINTOSH, A.M., BURRI, A.V., TANAKA, H., WILLIAMS, F.M.K. and SMITH, B.H. 2017. Chronic pain, depression and cardiovascular disease linked through a shared genetic predisposition: analysis of a family-based cohort and twin study. PLoS ONE [online], 12(2), article ID e0170653. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0170653

Depression and chronic pain are the two most important causes of disability. They occur together more frequently than expected and both conditions have been shown to be co-morbid with cardiovascular disease. Although shared socio-demographic risk fac... Read More about Chronic pain, depression and cardiovascular disease linked through a shared genetic predisposition: analysis of a family-based cohort and twin study..

Risk factors for neuropathic pain in diabetes mellitus. (2016)
Journal Article
H√ČBERT, H.L., VELUCHAMY, A., TORRANCE, N. and SMITH, B.L. 2017. Risk factors for neuropathic pain in diabetes mellitus. Pain [online], 158(4), pages 560-568. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000785

According to the International Diabetes Federation, diabetes mellitus (DM) is estimated to affect around 415 million adults worldwide, roughly 8.8% of the adult population, with the figure projected to rise to over 600 million by 2040. Regional preva... Read More about Risk factors for neuropathic pain in diabetes mellitus..

Identification and management of chronic pain in primary care: a review. (2016)
Journal Article
MILLS, S., TORRANCE, N. and SMITH, B.H. 2016. Identification and management of chronic pain in primary care: a review. Current psychiatry reports [online], 18(2), article ID 22. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-015-0659-9

Chronic pain is a common, complex, and challenging condition, where understanding the biological, social, physical and psychological contexts is vital to successful outcomes in primary care. In managing chronic pain the focus is often on promoting re... Read More about Identification and management of chronic pain in primary care: a review..

An epidemiological study of neuropathic pain symptoms in Canadian adults. (2015)
Journal Article
VANDENKERKHOF, E.G., MANN, E.G., TORRANCE, N., SMITH, B.H., JOHNSON, A. and GILRON, I. 2016. An epidemiological study of neuropathic pain symptoms in Canadian adults. Pain research and management [online], 2016, article ID 9815750. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/9815750

The reported prevalence of neuropathic pain ranges from 6.9% to 10%; however the only Canadian study reported 17.9%. The objective of this study was to describe the epidemiology of neuropathic pain in Canada. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in... Read More about An epidemiological study of neuropathic pain symptoms in Canadian adults..

A genome-wide association study provides evidence of sex-specific involvement of Chr1p35.1 (ZSCAN20-TLR12P) and Chr8p23.1 (HMGB1P46) with diabetic neuropathic pain. (2015)
Journal Article
MENG, W., DESHMUKH, H.A., DONNELLY, L.A., WELLCOME TRUST CASE CONTROL CONSORTIUM 2 (WTCCC2), SURROGATE MARKERS FOR MICRO- AND MACRO-VASCULAR HARD ENDPOINTS FOR INNOVATIVE DIABETES TOOLS (SUMMIT) STUDY GROUP, TORRANCE, N., COLHOUN, H.M., PALMER, C.N.A. and SMITH, B.H. 2015. A genome-wide association study provides evidence of sex-specific involvement of Chr1p35.1 (ZSCAN20-TLR12P) and Chr8p23.1 (HMGB1P46) with diabetic neuropathic pain. EBioMedicine [online], 2(10), pages 1386-1393. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ebiom.2015.08.001

Neuropathic pain is defined as pain arising as a direct consequence of a lesion or a disease affecting the somatosensory system and it affects around 1 in 4 diabetic patients in the UK. The purpose of this genome-wide association study (GWAS) was to... Read More about A genome-wide association study provides evidence of sex-specific involvement of Chr1p35.1 (ZSCAN20-TLR12P) and Chr8p23.1 (HMGB1P46) with diabetic neuropathic pain..

Estimating the burden of disease in chronic pain with and without neuropathic characteristics: does the choice between the EQ-5D and SF-6D matter? (2014)
Journal Article
TORRANCE, N., LAWSON, K.D., AFOLABI, E., BENNETT, M.I., SERPELL, M.G., DUNN, K.M. and SMITH, B.H. 2014. Estimating the burden of disease in chronic pain with and without neuropathic characteristics: does the choice between the EQ-5D and SF-6D matter? Pain [online], 155(10), pages 1996-2004. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2014.07.001

Chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics is associated with significantly lower EQ-5D and Short Form 6D health utilities scores, with 17% reporting health states 'worse than death'. The EQ-5D and Short Form (SF)12 are widely used generic health-... Read More about Estimating the burden of disease in chronic pain with and without neuropathic characteristics: does the choice between the EQ-5D and SF-6D matter?.

Corrigendum to 'Neuropathic pain in the general population: a systematic review of epidemiological studies' (2014)
Journal Article
VAN HECKE, O., AUSTIN, S.K., KHAN, R.A., SMITH, B.H. and TORRANCE, N. 2014. Corrigendum to 'Neuropathic pain in the general population: a systematic review of epidemiological studies'. Pain [online], 155(9), page 1907. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2014.06.006

In the original article the data in Table 2 was unclear. This corrigendum is a revised version of this data.

Does a history of depression actually mediate smoking-related pain? Findings from a cross-sectional general population-based study. (2014)
Journal Article
VAN HECKE, O., TORRANCE, N., COCHRANE, L., CAVANAGH, J., DONNAN, P.T., PADMANABHAN, S., PORTEOUS, D.J., HOCKING, L. and SMITH, B.H. 2014. Does a history of depression actually mediate smoking-related pain? Findings from a cross-sectional general population-based study. European journal of pain [online], 18(9), pages 1223-1230. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/j.1532-2149.2014.00470.x

Background: Smokers report more pain and worse functioning. The evidence from pain clinics suggests that depression affects this relationship: The association between smoking and chronic pain is weakened when controlling for depression. This study ex... Read More about Does a history of depression actually mediate smoking-related pain? Findings from a cross-sectional general population-based study..

What do we mean by 'older adults' persistent pain self-management'? A concept analysis. (2014)
Journal Article
STEWART, C., SCHOFIELD, P., ELLIOTT, A.M., TORRANCE, N. and LEVEILLE, S. 2014. What do we mean by 'older adults' persistent pain self-management'? A concept analysis. Pain medicine [online], 15(2), pages 214-224. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/pme.12251

Background: No standard definition exists for the concept “persistent pain self-management” or how it should be defined in relation to older adults. Poorly defined concepts can result in misunderstandings in the clinical setting and can hinder resear... Read More about What do we mean by 'older adults' persistent pain self-management'? A concept analysis..

Neuropathic pain in the general population: a systematic review of epidemiological studies. (2013)
Journal Article
VAN HECKE, O., AUSTIN, S.K., KHAN, R.A., SMITH, B.H. and TORRANCE, N. 2014. Neuropathic pain in the general population: a systematic review of epidemiological studies. Pain [online], 155(4), pages 654-662. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pain.2013.11.013

Most patients with neuropathic pain symptoms present and are managed in primary care, with only a minority being referred for specialist clinical assessment and diagnoses. Previous reviews have focused mainly on specific neuropathic pain conditions b... Read More about Neuropathic pain in the general population: a systematic review of epidemiological studies..

Clinical governance and research ethics as barriers to UK low-risk population-based health research? (2008)
Journal Article
VAN TEIJLINGEN, E.R., DOUGLAS, F. and TORRANCE, N. 2008. Clinical governance and research ethics as barriers to UK low-risk population-based health research? BMC public health [online], 8, article 396. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-8-396

Background: Since the Helsinki Declaration was introduced in 1964 as a code of practice for clinical research, it has generally been agreed that research governance is also needed in the field of public health and health promotion research. Recently,... Read More about Clinical governance and research ethics as barriers to UK low-risk population-based health research?.

Primary care staff's views and experiences related to routinely advising patients about physical activity: a questionnaire survey (2006)
Journal Article
DOUGLAS, F., TORRANCE, N., VAN TEIJLINGEN, E., MELONI, S. and KERR, A. 2006. Primary care staff's views and experiences related to routinely advising patients about physical activity: a questionnaire survey. BMC public health [online], 6, article 138. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-6-138

Background: United Kingdom public health policy has recently re-emphasised the role of primary health care professionals in tackling increasing levels of physical inactivity within the general population. However, little is known about the impact tha... Read More about Primary care staff's views and experiences related to routinely advising patients about physical activity: a questionnaire survey.