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Dr Andrew McCombie

Andrew McCombiePostdoctoral Fellow

BSc BA(Hons)(Cant)PhD(Otago)

Email andrew.mccombie@otago.ac.nz

Dr Andrew McCombie works in the Department of Surgery on various projects in inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer.

Andrew has recently completed a long term follow up of ileal pouch surgeries performed in Canterbury in the past two decades from which two papers were published.

He and Associate Professor Tim Eglinton are presently translating the information from this study into a patient information brochure for ulcerative colitis patients considering ileal pouch surgery; this is expected to be available for public consumption by the end of 2016.

Andrew is also presently working on studies about quality of life (10Ten Study) and mindfulness (CALM Study) in the domain of bowel cancer.

Outside the Department of Surgery, Andrew is also involved in other projects including in questionnaire validation, patient education resources, and smartphone app development.

In 2014 Andrew completed his PhD in the psychological aspects of inflammatory bowel disease.

Research Interests

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Bowel cancer
  • Psychology
  • Quality of Life
  • Psychological distress, depression, and anxiety
  • Smartphone apps (IBDsmart and IBDoc)
  • Patient education and translation of technical medical information
  • Computerised psychological interventions
  • Questionnaire writing and validation
  • Online questionnaire building
  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Systematic reviews (smartphone apps for IBD; computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for physical illnesses; coping strategies of IBD patients; psychotherapy for IBD)

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Publications

Asl Baakhtari, S., McCombie, A., Ten Bokkel Huinink, S., Irving, P., Siegel, C. A., Mulder, R., … Gearry, R. (2017). Observational study of perspectives of inflammatory bowel disease patients concerning the use of corticosteroids. Digestive Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1159/000478772

McCombie, A., Gearry, R. B., Lopez, R. N., Lönnfors, S., & Day, A. S. (2017). Enhancements in confidence, acceptance, and friendship at a summer camp for children with inflammatory bowel disease [Short communication]. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, 65(3), 311-313. doi: 10.1097/mpg.0000000000001526

Frizelle, F., McCombie, A., & Frampton, C. (2017). A randomized controlled trial assessing quality of life following laparoscopic-assisted versus open colectomy for colon cancer. Proceedings of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Scientific & Tripartite Meeting. (pp. 386-387). Retrieved from http://fascrs.org

Lee, Y., McCombie, A., Gearry, R., Frizelle, F. A., Vanamala, R., Leong, R. W., & Eglinton, T. (2016). Disability in restorative proctocolectomy recipients measured using the inflammatory bowel disease disability index. Journal of Crohn's & Colitis, 10(12), 1378-1384. doi: 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjw114

McCombie, A., Gearry, R., Andrews, J., Mulder, R., & Mikocka-Walus, A. (2016). Does computerized cognitive behavioral therapy help people with inflammatory bowel disease? A randomized controlled trial. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 22(1), 171-181. doi: 10.1097/mib.0000000000000567

Journal - Research Article

Asl Baakhtari, S., McCombie, A., Ten Bokkel Huinink, S., Irving, P., Siegel, C. A., Mulder, R., … Gearry, R. (2017). Observational study of perspectives of inflammatory bowel disease patients concerning the use of corticosteroids. Digestive Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1159/000478772

Lee, Y., McCombie, A., Gearry, R., Frizelle, F. A., Vanamala, R., Leong, R. W., & Eglinton, T. (2016). Disability in restorative proctocolectomy recipients measured using the inflammatory bowel disease disability index. Journal of Crohn's & Colitis, 10(12), 1378-1384. doi: 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjw114

McCombie, A., Gearry, R., Andrews, J., Mulder, R., & Mikocka-Walus, A. (2016). Does computerized cognitive behavioral therapy help people with inflammatory bowel disease? A randomized controlled trial. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 22(1), 171-181. doi: 10.1097/mib.0000000000000567

McCombie, A., Langlotz, T., Barclay, M., Walmsley, R., Regenbrecht, H., & Schultz, M. (2016). Systematic review of IBD smartphone apps for symptom monitoring and communication with healthcare professionals. Journal of mHealth, 3(3), 36-41. Retrieved from http://www.thejournalofmhealth.com/

McCombie, A., Swaminathan, A., Mulder, R., Frampton, C., Kortlever, T., & Gearry, R. (2016). The IBD-Cope: A new instrument for measuring coping in inflammatory bowel disease patients. Journal of Crohn's & Colitis, 10(6), 678-686. doi: 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjw028

McCombie, A., Lee, Y., Vanamala, R., Gearry, R., Frizelle, F., Mckay, E., Williman, J., & Eglinton, T. (2016). Early postoperative complications have long-term impact on quality of life after restorative proctocolectomy. Medicine, 95(27), e3966. doi: 10.1097/md.0000000000003966

McCombie, A. M., Mulder, R. T., & Gearry, R. B. (2015). Coping strategies and psychological outcomes of patients with inflammatory bowel disease in the first 6 months after diagnosis. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 21, 2272-2280. doi: 10.1097/mib.0000000000000476

McCombie, A., Gearry, R., Andrews, J., Mikocka-Walus, A., & Mulder, R. (2015). Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for psychological distress in patients with physical illnesses: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 22(1), 20-44. doi: 10.1007/s10880-015-9420-0

McCombie, A., Gearry, R., & Mulder, R. (2014). Preferences of inflammatory bowel disease patients for computerised versus face-to-face psychological interventions. Journal of Crohn's & Colitis, 8(6), 536-542. doi: 10.1016/j.crohns.2013.11.011

McCombie, A. M., Mulder, R. T., & Gearry, R. B. (2013). Psychotherapy for inflammatory bowel disease: A review and update. Journal of Crohn's & Colitis, 7(12), 935-949. doi: 10.1016/j.crohns.2013.02.004

McCombie, A. M., Mulder, R. T., & Gearry, R. B. (2013). How IBD patients cope with IBD: A systematic review. Journal of Crohn's & Colitis, 7(2), 89-106. doi: 10.1016/j.crohns.2012.05.021

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Journal - Research Other

McCombie, A., Gearry, R. B., Lopez, R. N., Lönnfors, S., & Day, A. S. (2017). Enhancements in confidence, acceptance, and friendship at a summer camp for children with inflammatory bowel disease [Short communication]. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, 65(3), 311-313. doi: 10.1097/mpg.0000000000001526

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Frizelle, F., McCombie, A., & Frampton, C. (2017). A randomized controlled trial assessing quality of life following laparoscopic-assisted versus open colectomy for colon cancer. Proceedings of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Scientific & Tripartite Meeting. (pp. 386-387). Retrieved from http://fascrs.org

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

McCombie, A., Langlotz, T., Barclay, M., Walmsley, R., Regenbrecht, H., & Schultz, M. (2016, November). Systematic review of IBD smartphone apps for symptom monitoring and communication with healthcare professionals. Poster session presented at the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology & New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Gastroenterology Nurses Section Annual Scientific Meeting, Hamilton, New Zealand.

McCombie, A., Swaminathan, A., Mulder, R., & Gearry, R. (2014, November). The IBD-Cope: A new instrument for measuring coping in inflammatory bowel disease patients. Poster session presented at the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology & New Zealand Nurses Organisation Gastroenterology Section Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand.

Asl Baakhtari, S., McCombie, A., Mulder, R., Falvey, J., Siegel, C. A., Irving, P. M., … Gearry, R. B. (2014, November). Efficacy, toxicity and positive psychological effects drive IBD patient preferences on steroid use. Poster session presented at the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology & New Zealand Nurses Organisation Gastroenterology Section Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand.

McCombie, A., Gearry, R., & Mulder, R. (2013, September). Quality of life in IBD patients improves in the first six months post diagnosis. Poster session presented at the Division of Health Sciences Research Forum: Foundations for Health: Otago Health Research, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

McCombie, A., Gearry, R., & Eglinton, T. (2016, November). Helping ulcerative colitis patients to make important decisions about surgery. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology & New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Gastroenterology Nurses Section Annual Scientific Meeting, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Lee, Y., McCombie, A., Gearry, R., Frizelle, F., Williman, J., Leong, R. W., & Eglinton, T. (2015, November). The inflammatory bowel disease disability index applied to ileal pouch anal anastomoses in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology & NZNO Gastroenterology Section Annual Scientific Meeting, Rotorua, New Zealand.

McCombie, A. M., Mulder, R. T., & Gearry, R. B. (2014, November). Does computerised cognitive behavioural therapy help people with inflammatory bowel disease? A randomized controlled trial. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology & New Zealand Nurses Organisation Gastroenterology Section Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand.

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