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DSM staff profile

Dr Helen Harcombe

PositionLecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM)
QualificationsBPhty MPH PhD
Research summaryMusculoskeletal disorders; occupational epidemiology; mixed methods research; injury prevention
ClinicalMusculoskeletal physiotherapy

Research

Helen combines a research background in public health with a clinical background in physiotherapy.

She is currently the co-Principal Investigator (with Associate Professor Sarah Derrett – Principal Investigator) of the Subsequent Injury Study (SInS), which is funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (2015–2017).

Her research to date has been in the areas of:

  1. musculoskeletal disorders among workers
  2. injury – specifically physical activity and functional trajectories following injury, and
  3. access to healthcare services

Her PhD thesis A mixed methods study of musculoskeletal disorders in New Zealand nurses, postal workers and office workers involved the New Zealand arm of the 18-country international CUPID (Cultural and Psychosocial Influences on Disability) study led by Professor David Coggon, UK.

Helen has previously held a STAR (Strategy to Advance Research) PhD scholarship and a Health Research Council of New Zealand Occupational Health Research Career Development Award.

Publications

Harcombe, H., Davie, G., Wyeth, E., Samaranayaka, A., & Derrett, S. (2017). Injury upon injury: A prospective cohort study examining subsequent injury claims in the 24 months following a substantial injury. Injury Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042467

Coggon, D., Ntani, G., Walker-Bone, K., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., Harari, R., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., Gray, A., & Salazar Vega, E. J. (2017). Epidemiological differences between localized and non-localized low back pain. Spine, 42(10), 740-747. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001956

Sarquis, L. M. M., Coggon, D., Ntani, G., Walker-Bone, K., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., Gray, A., & Salazar Vega, E. J. (2016). Classification of neck/shoulder pain in epidemiological research: A comparison of personal and occupational characteristics, disability and prognosis among 12,195 workers from 18 countries. Pain, 157(5), 1028-1036. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000477

Harcombe, H., Samaranayaka, A., & Derrett, S. (2016). Predictors of reduced frequency of physical activity 3 months after injury: Findings from the prospective outcomes of injury study. Physical Therapy, 96(12), 1885-1895. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20160038

Vargas-Prada, S., Coggon, D., Ntani, G., Walker-Bone, K., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., Gray, A., & Salazar Vega, E. J. (2016). Descriptive epidemiology of somatising tendency: Findings from the CUPID Study. PLoS ONE, 11(4), e0153748. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153748

Chapter in Book - Research

McBride, D., & Harcombe, H. (2012). Work related musculoskeletal pain and its management. In S. Ghosh (Ed.), Pain in perspective. (pp. 63-92). New York: Intech. doi: 10.5772/51706

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Journal - Research Article

Harcombe, H., Davie, G., Wyeth, E., Samaranayaka, A., & Derrett, S. (2017). Injury upon injury: A prospective cohort study examining subsequent injury claims in the 24 months following a substantial injury. Injury Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042467

Coggon, D., Ntani, G., Walker-Bone, K., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., Harari, R., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., Gray, A., & Salazar Vega, E. J. (2017). Epidemiological differences between localized and non-localized low back pain. Spine, 42(10), 740-747. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001956

Sarquis, L. M. M., Coggon, D., Ntani, G., Walker-Bone, K., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., Gray, A., & Salazar Vega, E. J. (2016). Classification of neck/shoulder pain in epidemiological research: A comparison of personal and occupational characteristics, disability and prognosis among 12,195 workers from 18 countries. Pain, 157(5), 1028-1036. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000477

Vargas-Prada, S., Coggon, D., Ntani, G., Walker-Bone, K., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., Gray, A., & Salazar Vega, E. J. (2016). Descriptive epidemiology of somatising tendency: Findings from the CUPID Study. PLoS ONE, 11(4), e0153748. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153748

Harcombe, H., Samaranayaka, A., & Derrett, S. (2016). Predictors of reduced frequency of physical activity 3 months after injury: Findings from the prospective outcomes of injury study. Physical Therapy, 96(12), 1885-1895. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20160038

Harcombe, H., Davie, G., Derrett, S., Abbott, H., & Gwynne-Jones, D. (2016). Equity of publicly-funded hip and knee joint replacement surgery in New Zealand: Results from a national observational study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1442), 8-18. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Harcombe, H., Langley, J., Davie, G., & Derrett, S. (2015). Functional status following injury: What recovery pathways do people follow? Injury, 46(7), 1275-1280. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2015.04.004

Abbott, J. H., Chapple, C. M., Fitzgerald, G. K., Fritz, J. M., Childs, J. D., Harcombe, H., & Stout, K. (2015). The incremental effects of manual therapy or booster sessions in addition to exercise therapy for knee osteoarthritis: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2015.6015

Harcombe, H., Derrett, S., Samaranayaka, A., Davie, G., Wyeth, E., & Wilson, S. (2014). Factors predictive of subsequent injury in a longitudinal cohort study. Injury Prevention, 20(6), 393-400. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2014-041183

Harcombe, H., Herbison, G. P., McBride, D., & Derrett, S. (2014). Musculoskeletal disorders among nurses compared with two other occupational groups. Occupational Medicine, 64(8), 601-607. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqu117

Coggon, D., Ntani, G., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., Harari, R., Barrero, L. H., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., & Gray, A. (2013). Patterns of multi-site pain and associations with risk factors. Pain, 154(9), 1769-1777. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2013.05.039

Coggan, D., Ntani, G., Vargas-Prada, S., Martinez, J. M., Serra, C., Benavides, F. G., … and other members of the Cupid Collaboration, including Harcombe, H., Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., & Gray, A. (2013). International variation in absence from work attributed to musculoskeletal illness: Findings from the CUPID study. Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 70, 575-584. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2012-101316

Coggan, D., Ntani, G., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., Harari, R., Barrero, L. H., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., Herbison, P., & Gray, A. (2013). Disabling musculoskeletal pain in working populations: Is it the job, the person, or the culture? Pain, 154(6), 856-863. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2013.02.008

Coggon, D., Ntani, G., Palmer, K. T., Felli, V. E., Harari, R., Barrero, L. H., … Harcombe, H., … Derrett, S., McBride, D., & Gray, A. (2012). The CUPID (Cultural and Psychosocial Influences on Disability) study: Methods of data collection and characteristics of study sample. PLoS ONE, 7(7), e39820. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039820

Harcombe, H., Derrett, S., Herbison, P., & McBride, D. (2011). 'Do I really want to do this?' Longitudinal cohort study participants' perspectives on postal survey design: A qualitative study. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 11, 8. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-11-8

Harcombe, H., McBride, D., Derrett, S., & Gray, A. (2010). Physical and psychosocial risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders in New Zealand nurses, postal workers and office workers. Injury Prevention, 16(2), 96-100. doi: 10.1136/ip.2009.021766

Harcombe, H., McBride, D., Derrett, S., & Gray, A. (2009). Prevalence and impact of musculoskeletal disorders in New Zealand nurses, postal workers and office workers. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33(5), 437-441. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00425.x

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Journal - Research Other

Derrett, S., Harcombe, H., Wyeth, E., Davie, G., Samaranayaka, A., Hansen, P., … Sullivan, T., Wilson, S., & Barson, D. (2016). Subsequent Injury Study (SInS): Improving outcomes for injured New Zealanders. Injury Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042193

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