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+64 4 806 1031
Department of Medicine (Wellington)
MB ChB (Dstn) BNedSci (Dstn) MisntD CHIA FRACP FACHI PhD
Research summary
Rheumatology and gout


Rebecca is an academic rheumatologist who is passionate about patient-focused care and engaging with colleagues in primary and secondary care to provide the highest quality collaborative care for people with arthritis.

A University of Otago medical graduate, she undertook rheumatology training in Melbourne and her PhD examined inflammatory mechanisms in gout.

Rebecca’s clinical work focuses on assessment and management of inflammatory arthritis and her particular clinical interests include inflammatory arthritis, gout and scleroderma. Rebecca’s academic interests include outcome measures, non-pharmacological management of musculoskeletal disease, use of information technology solutions to optimise care for people with chronic rheumatic diseases and medical education.

Research and Interests:

  • Development and assessment of mobile health tools for clinical care and self-care for clinicians and health care users.
  • Social media for participatory health and medical education
  • Enhancing engagement and active learning in medical education
  • Outcome measures in musculoskeletal and rheumatic disease
  • Gout including inflammatory mechanisms, pharmacological treatment and clinical assessment
  • Rebecca is also interested in supervising postgraduate students in any of the research areas listed above. Please contact me directly.


    Townsley, H., Sumner, B., O'Neill, A., Kenwright, D., Wilkinson, T., & Grainger, R. (2024). Student perspectives on health informatics in a medical curriculum: A case study. Focus on Health Professional Education, 25(1), 17-36. doi: 10.11157/fohpe.v25i1.764 Journal - Research Other

    Venuturupalli, S., Peck, A., Jinka, Y., Fortune, N., Davuluri, N., Nowell, W. B., … Grainger, R., & Curtis, J. R. (2024). Home-based telemedicine in rheumatology: A scoping review. ACR Open Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/acr2.11660 Journal - Research Other

    Jefferies, R., Wilcox, P., Paringatai, K., Stubbe, M., Grainger, R., Dowell, A., & Filoche, S. K. (2024). 'I think we just do it once and leave it ...': The collection and utility of family health history in general practice in Aotearoa New Zealand: A qualitative study. Journal of Primary Health Care, 16(1), 33-40. doi: 10.1071/HC23055 Journal - Research Article

    Lopez-Alcalde, J., Wieland, L. S., Barth, J., Grainger, R., Baxter, N., Heron, N., … Witt, C. M. (2024). Methodological challenges in systematic reviews of mHealth interventions: Survey and consensus-based recommendations. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 184, 105345. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2024.105345 Journal - Research Article

    Yazdany, J., Ware, A., Wallace, Z. S., Bhana, S., Grainger, R., Hachulla, E., … Machado, P. M. (2024). Impact of risk factors on COVID-19 outcomes in unvaccinated people with rheumatic diseases: A comparative analysis of pandemic epochs using the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry. Arthritis Care & Research, 76(2), 274-287. doi: 10.1002/acr.25220 Journal - Research Article

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