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Health Sciences profile

Mrs Shirley Harris

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentCentre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies (Christchurch)
QualificationsMHealSc (Distn) (Otago), BN (CPIT)
Research summaryRespiratory health


Shirley works part time as a Senior Lecturer for the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies. She has a clinical role within primary practice at Allenton Medical Centre in Ashburton and as a casual nurse at Ashburton Hospital. Shirley also volunteers as a Paramedic with St John Ambulance Services.

Shirley has a broad clinical background including emergency, surgical, acute medical, primary health and palliative care.Shirley's interests are in primary health and advanced nursing practice. Her research interests include Long-Term Oxygen Therapy in COPD and she commenced a PhD in 2014. Her research interests are related to her clinical practice and focus on slef-management with long-term conditions. In particular her interest is on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and how people manage thier oxygen therapy. Her master's research examined how patients adhered to long-term oxygen therapy. Shirley has been involved in developing the pilot study for the RCT 'Life balance: A feasibility study' and developed the symptom management component of this project. Shirely is interested in exploring innovative interventions to improve symptom management in COPD


Rees, S. N., Crowe, M., & Harris, S. (2020). The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities' mental health care needs and experiences of mental health services: An integrative review of qualitative studies. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12720

Burrell, B., Jordan, J., Crowe, M., Wilkinson, A., Jones, V., Harris, S., & Gillon, D. (2019). Using intervention mapping to design a self-management programme for older people with chronic conditions. Nursing Inquiry, 26, e12265. doi: 10.1111/nin.12265

Burrell, B., Jordan, J., Crowe, M., Wilkinson, A., Williman, J., Jones, V., Harris, S., & Gillon, D. (2016). Life-balance self-management programme for community-based older adults living with chronic disease: A feasibility study. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 4(3), 459-466. doi: 10.5750/ejpch.v4i3.1128

Crowe, M., Jordan, J., Burrell, B., Jones, V., Gillon, D., Harris, S., & Wilkinson, A. (2016). Clinical effectiveness of transdiagnostic health management interventions for older people with multimorbidity: A quantitative systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(10), 2315-2329. doi: 10.1111/jan.13011

Crowe, M., Jordan, J., Burrell, B., Jones, V., Gillon, D., & Harris, S. (2016). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for long-term physical conditions: A systematic review. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(1), 21-32. doi: 10.1177/0004867415607984