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Health Sciences profile

Dr Jason Gurney

PositionSenior Research Fellow and Director of Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (Wellington)
QualificationsBSc Hons PhD
Research summaryCancer control

Research

Jason is a Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions research group, and a HRC Eru Pomare Postoctoral Fellow. He currently divides his time between cancer and rheumatic fever research.

Jason's Eru Pomare Fellowship will be spent focusing on testicular cancer – a disease which remains poorly understood in terms of development. Previous work by the Cancer Control and Screening Research Group discovered that Māori men suffer the highest rates of testicular cancer in New Zealand – a finding completely at-odds with the rest of the world, where it is the White population who suffer by far the highest rates of this disease. Jason’s Fellowship aims to understand the key drivers of this ethnic disparity, which will also lead to a greater understanding of the key exposures in the development of testicular cancer.

Publications

Gurney, J., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Sarfati, D., Campbell, D., Davies, C., Dennett, E., … Ongley, D., Robson, B., Rumball-Smith, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Thomas, C., & Koea, J. (2021). Disparities in post-operative mortality between Māori and non-indigenous ethnic groups in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1542), 15-28. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Adler, J., McLeod, H., Atkinson, J., & Sarfati, D. (2021). National study of pain medicine access among Māori and non-Māori patients with lung cancer in New Zealand. JCO Global Oncology, 7, 1276-1285. doi: 10.1200/go.21.00141

Gurney, J. K. (2021). The surveillance of systemic cancer therapy access amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: The power of good data. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 14, 100235. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100235

Davies, A., Gurney, J., Garvey, G., Diaz, A., & Segelov, E. (2021). Cancer care disparities among Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand indigenous peoples. Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/spc.0000000000000558

Millar, E., Gurney, J., Beuker, S., Goza, M., Hamilton, M.-A., Hardie, C., Jackson, C. G. C. A., … Sarfati, D. (2021). Maintaining cancer services during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Aotearoa New Zealand experience. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 11, 100172. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100172

Sarfati, D., & Gurney, J. (2016). What is comorbidity? In B. Koczwara (Ed.), Cancer and chronic conditions: Addressing the problem of multimorbidity in cancer patients and survivors. (pp. 1-33). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-1844-2

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Gurney, J. K., Millar, E., Dunn, A., Pirie, R., Mako, M., Manderson, J., … Jackson, C. G. C. A., … Sarfati, D. (2021). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer diagnosis and service access in New Zealand: A country pursuing COVID-19 elimination. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 10, 100127. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100127

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Adler, J., McLeod, H., Atkinson, J., & Sarfati, D. (2021). National study of pain medicine access among Māori and non-Māori patients with lung cancer in New Zealand. JCO Global Oncology, 7, 1276-1285. doi: 10.1200/go.21.00141

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Gurney, J., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Sarfati, D., Campbell, D., Davies, C., Dennett, E., … Ongley, D., Robson, B., Rumball-Smith, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Thomas, C., & Koea, J. (2021). Disparities in post-operative mortality between Māori and non-indigenous ethnic groups in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1542), 15-28. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Lorenz, N., Ho, T. K. C., McGregor, R., Davies, M. R., Williamson, D. A., Gurney, J. K., … Baker, M. G., & Moreland, N. J. (2021). Serological profiling of group A streptococcus infections in acute rheumatic fever. Clinical Infectious Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab180

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Millar, E., Gurney, J., Beuker, S., Goza, M., Hamilton, M.-A., Hardie, C., Jackson, C. G. C. A., … Sarfati, D. (2021). Maintaining cancer services during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Aotearoa New Zealand experience. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 11, 100172. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100172

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Chung, A. W., Ho, T. K. C., Hanson-Manful, P., Tritscheller, S., Raynes, J. M., Whitcombe, A. L., … Oliver, J. R., Gurney, J. K., … Baker, M. G., & Moreland, N. J. (2020). Systems immunology reveals a linked IgG3-C4 response in patients with acute rheumatic fever. Immunology & Cell Biology, 98, 12-21. doi: 10.1111/imcb.12298

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Gurney, J. K., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Campbell, D., Boyle, L., Dennett, E., … Sarfati, D. (2020). Postoperative mortality in New Zealand following general anaesthetic: Demographic patterns and temporal trends. BMJ Open, 10(9), e036451. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036451

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Gurney, J., Stanley, J., & Sarfati, D. (2020). The inequity of morbidity: Disparities in the prevalence of morbidity between ethnic groups in New Zealand. Journal of Comorbidity, 10, 1-11. doi: 10.1177/2235042x20971168

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Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Jackson, C., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Stage at diagnosis for Māori cancer patients: Disparities, similarities and data limitations. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1508), 43-64. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gurney, J., Stanley, J., McLeod, M., Koea, J., Jackson, C., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Disparities in cancer-specific survival between Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders, 2007-2016. JCO Global Oncology, 6, 766-774. doi: 10.1200/go.20.00028

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Sam, F. A.-L., Akinremi, A., Mery, L., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., & Gurney, J. (2020). Cancer Incidence in Samoa: A 10-Year Retrospective Survey (2007-2016). Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1010539520975261

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Znaor, A., Skakkebaek, N. E., Rajpert-De Meyts, E., Laversanne, M., Kuliš, T., Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., … Bray, F. (2020). Testicular cancer incidence predictions in Europe 2010-2035: A rising burden despite population ageing. International Journal of Cancer, 147, 820-828. doi: 10.1002/ijc.32810

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Gurney, J. K., Florio, A. A., Znaor, A., Ferlay, J., Laversanne, M., Sarfati, D., … McGlynn, K. A. (2019). International trends in the incidence of testicular cancer: Lessons from 35 years and 41 countries. European Urology, 76, 615-623. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2019.07.002

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Regional variation in the risk of lower-limb amputation among patients with diabetes in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 89, 868-873. doi: 10.1111/ans.15079

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Millar, E., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., … Sarfati, D. (2019). Pill for this and a pill for that: A cross-sectional survey of use and understanding of medication among adults with multimorbidity. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 36(2), 91-97. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12606

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., & Sarfati, D. (2018). The M3 multimorbidity index outperformed both Charlson and Elixhauser indices when predicting adverse outcomes in people with diabetes. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 99, 144-152. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2018.04.002

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., Rosenbaum, D., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Risk of lower limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetologia, 61(3), 626-635. doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4488-8

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Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Rumball-Smith, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Postoperative death after lower-limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care, 41(6), 1204-1211. doi: 10.2337/dc17-2557

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Huang, S., Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., & Gurney, J. (2018). Physical activity and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. BMC Cancer, 18, 189. doi: 10.1186/s12885-018-4093-3

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Millar, E., Stanley, J., Gurney, J., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., … Sarfati, D. (2018). Effect of multimorbidity on health service utilisation and health care experiences. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(1), 44-53. doi: 10.1071/HC17074

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Stairmand, J., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Millar, E., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., Mangin, D., Lawrenson, R., & Sarfati, D. (2018). The impact of multimorbidity on people's lives: A cross-sectional survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1477), 78-90. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., Rosenbaum, D., Dissanayake, A., York, S., Grech, R., … Sarfati, D. (2017). Pedobarography as a clinical tool in the management of diabetic feet in New Zealand: A feasibility study. Journal of Foot & Ankle Research, 10, 24. doi: 10.1186/s13047-017-0205-6

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Gurney, J., Richiardi, L., McGlynn, K. A., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2017). Analgesia use during pregnancy and risk of cryptorchidism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction, 32(5), 1118-1129. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dex047

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Baker, M. G., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2016). Estimating the risk of acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand by age, ethnicity and deprivation. Epidemiology & Infection, 144(14), 3058-3067. doi: 10.1017/s0950268816001291

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Shaw, C., & Sarfati, D. (2016). Ethnic patterns of hypospadias in New Zealand do not resemble those observed for cryptorchidism and testicular cancer: Evidence of differential aetiology? Andrology, 4(1), 82-86. doi: 10.1111/andr.12121

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Gurney, J., Chong, A., Culliford-Semmens, N., Tilton, E., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2016). The benefits and harms of rheumatic heart disease screening from the perspective of the screened population. International Journal of Cardiology, 221, 734-740. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.07.025

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Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Lim, B. T., Bagheri, N., Simpson, A., Koea, J., & Dennett, E. (2016). Identifying important comorbidity among cancer populations using administrative data: Prevalence and impact on survival. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 12(1), e47-e56. doi: 10.1111/ajco.12130

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Wernham, E., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Ellison-Loschmann, L., & Sarfati, D. (2016). A comparison of midwife-led and medical-led models of care and their relationship to adverse fetal and neonatal outcomes: A retrospective cohort study in New Zealand. PLoS Medicine, 13(9), e1002134. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002134

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Gurney, J. K., Sarfati, D., & Stanley, J. (2015). Obscure etiology, unusual disparity: The epidemiology of testicular cancer in New Zealand. Cancer Causes & Control, 26(4), 561-569. doi: 10.1007/s10552-015-0533-4

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Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., & Stanley, J. (2015). The impact of patient comorbidity on cancer stage at diagnosis. British Journal of Cancer, 113, 1375-1380. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2015.355

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Gurney, J., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2015). Cannabis exposure and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cancer, 15, 897. doi: 10.1186/s12885-015-1905-6

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Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Gurney, J., Koea, J., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2015). Indigenous inequities in the presentation and management of stomach cancer in New Zealand: A country with universal health care coverage. Gastric Cancer, 18(3), 571-579. doi: 10.1007/s10120-014-0410-y

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Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., & Koea, J. (2014). A retrospective cohort study of patients with stomach and liver cancers: The impact of comorbidity and ethnicity on cancer care and outcomes. BMC Cancer, 14, 821. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-821

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Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Lim, B. T., & McSherry, C. (2014). Development of a pharmacy-based comorbidity index for patients with cancer. Medical Care, 52(7), 586-593. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0000000000000149

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Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Salmond, C., Crampton, P., Dennett, E., … Pearce, N. (2014). Cancer-specific administrative data—based comorbidity indices provided valid alternative to Charlson and National Cancer Institute Indices. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 67(5), 586-595. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.11.012

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Chamberlain, J., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Koea, J., Gurney, J., & Blakely, T. (2013). Incidence and management of hepatocellular carcinoma among Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(6), 520-526. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12108

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Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., & Studd, R. (2013). Do ethnic patterns in cryptorchidism reflect those found in testicular cancer? Journal of Urology, 190(5), 1852-1857. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2013.05.002

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Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Dennett, E., Johnson, C., Koea, J., Simpson, A., & Studd, R. (2013). Unstaged cancer in a population-based registry: Prevalence, predictors and patient prognosis. Cancer Epidemiology, 37(4), 498-504. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2013.03.005

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Swart, E. M., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Dennett, E., Signal, V., Gurney, J., & Stanley, J. (2013). Ethnicity and rectal cancer management in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1384). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gurney, J. K., Kuch, C., Rosenbaum, D., & Kersting, U. G. (2012). The Māori foot exhibits differences in plantar loading and midfoot morphology to the Caucasian foot. Gait & Posture, 36(1), 157-159. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.01.013

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Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., & Rosenbaum, D. (2009). Dynamic foot function and morphology in elite rugby league athletes of different ethnicity. Applied Ergonomics, 40(3), 554-559. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2008.11.001

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Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., & Rosenbaum, D. (2008). Between-day reliability of repeated plantar pressure distribution measurements in a normal population. Gait & Posture, 27(4), 706-709. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2007.07.002

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Davies, A., Gurney, J., Garvey, G., Diaz, A., & Segelov, E. (2021). Cancer care disparities among Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand indigenous peoples. Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/spc.0000000000000558

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Gurney, J. K. (2021). The surveillance of systemic cancer therapy access amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: The power of good data. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 14, 100235. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100235

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Gurney, J., Fraser, L., Ikihele, A., Manderson, J., Scott, N., & Robson, B. (2021). Telehealth as a tool for equity: Pros, cons and recommendations. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1530), 111-115. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Pilleron, S., Gower, H., Janssen-Heijnen, M., Signal, V. C., Gurney, J. K., Morris, E. J. A., Cunningham, R., & Sarfati, D. (2021). Patterns of age disparities in colon and lung cancer survival: A systematic narrative literature review. BMJ Open, 11, e044239. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044239

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Gurney, J. K., Campbell, S., Turner, S., & Scott, N. (2020). Addressing cancer inequities for indigenous populations: The New Zealand story. Journal of Cancer Policy, 23, 100209. doi: 10.1016/j.jcpo.2019.100209

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Gurney, J. K., Robson, B., Koea, J., Scott, N., Stanley, J., & Sarfati, D. (2020). The most commonly diagnosed and most common causes of cancer death for Māori New Zealanders. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1521), 77-96. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gurney, J. K., Sarfati, D., Lawrence, B., Jackson, C., Findlay, M., & McPherson, K. (2020). Cancer research in the New Zealand context: Challenges and advantages. Journal of Cancer Policy, 23, 100204. doi: 10.1016/j.jcpo.2019.100204

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McLeod, M., Gurney, J., Harris, R., Cormack, D., & King, P. (2020). COVID-19: We must not forget about Indigenous health and equity. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 44(4), 253-256. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13015

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McLeod, M., Signal, V., Gurney, J., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Postoperative mortality of indigenous populations compared with nonindigenous populations: A systematic review. JAMA Surgery, 155(7), 636-656. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0316

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Signal, V., Gurney, J., Inns, S., McLeod, M., Sika-Paotonu, D., Sowerbutts, S., Teng, A., & Sarfati, D. (2020). Helicobacter pylori, stomach cancer and its prevention in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 50(3), 397-417. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2019.1650081

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Baker, M. G., Gurney, J., Oliver, J., Moreland, N. J., Williamson, D. A., Pierse, N., … Merriman, T. R., … Murray, C., … Edwards, R., Foster Page, L., … Lennon, D. (2019). Risk factors for acute rheumatic fever: Literature review and protocol for a case-control study in New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 16(22), 4515. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16224515

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Gurney, J. K. (2019). The puzzling incidence of testicular cancer in New Zealand: What can we learn? Andrology, 7, 394-401. doi: 10.1111/andr.12584

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Gurney, J., Campbell, S., Jackson, C., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Equity by 2030: Achieving equity in survival for Māori cancer patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1506), 66-76. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Sarfati, D., Jackson, C. G. C. A., Macfarlane, S., Bissett, I., Robson, B., Gurney, J., Kemp, R., … McMenamin, J. (2019). Cancer Care at a Crossroads: Time to make a choice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1493), 6-11. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Srinivasa, S., Gurney, J., & Koea, J. (2019). Potential consequences of patient complications for surgeon well-being: A systematic review. JAMA Surgery, 154(5), 451-457. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2018.5640

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., Richiardi, L., Shaw, C., Edwards, R., Merriman, T. R., Robson, B., … McLeod, M., Kennedy, M. A., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Testicular Cancer in New Zealand (TCNZ) study: Protocol for a national case-control study. BMJ Open, 8, e025212. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025212

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Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Lower-limb amputation in New Zealand: Temporal changes and the role of diabetes mellitus. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1484), 71-73. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Hei Āhuru Mōwai – National Māori Cancer Leadership Group, including Gurney, J. K. (2018). New Zealand’s revised ethnicity data protocols must not become a shelved document: A challenge from Hei Āhuru Mōwai. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1470), 104-106. [Letter].

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Signal, V., Huang, S., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K. A., & Gurney, J. K. (2018). Dairy consumption and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. Nutrition & Cancer, 70(5), 710-736. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2018.1470655

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Gurney, J. K., Chong, A., Culliford-Semmens, N., Tilton, E., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2017). High levels of rheumatic fever and sore throat awareness among a high-risk population screened for rheumatic heart disease. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1450), 107-110. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gurney, J. K., McGlynn, K. A., Stanley, J., Merriman, T., Signal, V., Shaw, C., Edwards, R., … Sarfati, D. (2017). Risk factors for cryptorchidism. Nature Reviews Urology, 14, 534-548. doi: 10.1038/nrurol.2017.90

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Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Wilson, N., & Webb, R. (2015). The incidence of acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand, 2010-2013. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1417). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gurney, J. K., Marshall, P. W. M., Rosenbaum, D., & Kersting, U. G. (2013). Test-retest reliability of dynamic plantar loading and foot geometry measures in diabetics with peripheral neuropathy [Short communication]. Gait & Posture, 37(1), 135-137. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.06.007

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Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Dennett, E., & Koea, J. (2013). The completeness of cancer treatment data on the national health collections. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1381). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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