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Chris Higgs

PositionClinical Education Programme Lead
QualificationsBSc (Phty) MPhty PGCertHealSc PGCertTertT (clinical)
Research summaryLong-term condition rehabilitation research
Teaching

Chris is the Clinical Education Manager for the School of Physiotherapy. He is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate Motivational Interviewing (MI) training with health professional students.

Memberships
  • Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
  • Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • Member of School of Physiotherapy Executive Committee Division of Health Sciences – Pacific Student Support Group
Clinical

Chris is a physiotherapist. His clinical work primarily focuses on community group exercise and education interventions for people with diabetes and associated multimorbidity.

Research

My research focuses on Long-Term Condition (LTC) rehabilitation through self-management support using exercise, education, and motivational interviewing within community settings.

Projects:

Publications

Wilkinson, A., Higgs, C., Stokes, T., Dummer, J., & Hale, L. (2022). How to best develop and deliver generic long-term condition rehabilitation programmes in rural settings: An integrative review. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 3, 904007. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2022.904007

Hale, L., Higgs, C., Keen, D., & Smith, C. (2022). It is "all about relationships" in lifestyle programmes for adults living with type two diabetes underpinned by a person/whānau-centred care approach. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 3, 829542. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2022.829542

Stokes, T., Wilkinson, A., Jayakaran, P., Higgs, C., Keen, D., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Gray, A. R., Doolan-Noble, F., Mann, J., & Hale, L. (2022). Implementation of the Diabetes Community Exercise and Education Programme (DCEP) for the management of type 2 diabetes: Qualitative process evaluation. BMJ Open, 12(5), e059853. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059853

Enoka, P., Hale, L., & Higgs, C. (2022). Facilitators and barriers to physical activity for people of Pacific heritage. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 50(1), 33-41. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/50.1.04

Hale, L., Higgs, C., Gray, A. R., Mann, J., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Terry, J., Keen, D., & Stokes, T. (2022). The diabetes community exercise programme plus usual care versus usual care in patients with type 2 diabetes: A randomised, two-arm, parallel open-label trial. eClinicalMedicine, 46, 101361. doi: 10.1016/j. eclinm.2022.101361

Enoka, P., Hale, L., & Higgs, C. (2022). Facilitators and barriers to physical activity for people of Pacific heritage. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 50(1), 33-41. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/50.1.04

Journal - Research Article

Hale, L., Higgs, C., Gray, A. R., Mann, J., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Terry, J., Keen, D., & Stokes, T. (2022). The diabetes community exercise programme plus usual care versus usual care in patients with type 2 diabetes: A randomised, two-arm, parallel open-label trial. eClinicalMedicine, 46, 101361. doi: 10.1016/j. eclinm.2022.101361

Journal - Research Article

Hale, L., Higgs, C., Keen, D., & Smith, C. (2022). It is "all about relationships" in lifestyle programmes for adults living with type two diabetes underpinned by a person/whānau-centred care approach. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 3, 829542. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2022.829542

Journal - Research Article

Stokes, T., Wilkinson, A., Jayakaran, P., Higgs, C., Keen, D., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Gray, A. R., Doolan-Noble, F., Mann, J., & Hale, L. (2022). Implementation of the Diabetes Community Exercise and Education Programme (DCEP) for the management of type 2 diabetes: Qualitative process evaluation. BMJ Open, 12(5), e059853. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-059853

Journal - Research Article

Wilkinson, A., Higgs, C., Stokes, T., Dummer, J., & Hale, L. (2022). How to best develop and deliver generic long-term condition rehabilitation programmes in rural settings: An integrative review. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 3, 904007. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2022.904007

Journal - Research Article

Hale, L., Higgs, C., Keen, D., & Smith, C. (2021). Long term exercise engagement of adults living with type two diabetes is enhanced by a person-centred care approach delivered by knowledgeable, well trained health care professionals. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 2, 692311. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2021.692311

Journal - Research Article

Abbott, J. H., Wilson, R., Pinto, D., Chapple, C. M., Wright, A. A., for the MOA Trial Team, including Robertson, M. C., Baxter, G. D., Theis, J.-C., Hansen, P., McKenzie, J. E., McNamara, D., Kidd, M., & Higgs, C. (2019). Incremental clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of providing supervised physiotherapy in addition to usual medical care in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: 2-year results of the MOA randomised controlled trial. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 27, 424-434. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2018.12.004

Journal - Research Article

Higgs, C., Skinner, M., & Hale, L. (2016). Outcomes of a community-based lifestyle programme for adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(2), 130-139. doi: 10.1071/HC15038

Journal - Research Article

Mansi, S., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., Hendrick, P., Higgs, C., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Investigating the effect of a 3-month workplace-based pedometer-driven walking programme on health-related quality of life in meat processing workers: A feasibility study within a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 15, 410. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1736-z

Journal - Research Article

van Bysterveldt, E., Davey, S., Douglas, N., Liu, R., Robertson, L., Conroy, J., Higgs, C., & Hale, L. (2014). A group exercise programme for people at risk from type II diabetes run as a physiotherapy student clinical placement is beneficial: A qualitative study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 42(2), 81-88.

Journal - Research Article

Ahmed, O. H., Claydon, L. S., Ribeiro, D. C., Arumugam, A., Higgs, C., & Baxter, G. D. (2013). Social media for physiotherapy clinics: Considerations in creating a Facebook page. Physical Therapy Reviews, 18(1), 43-48. doi: 10.1179/1743288X12Y.0000000039

Journal - Research Article

Sole, G., Wright, L., Wassinger, C., Higgs, C., Hansson, M., Johansson, S., & Todd, N. (2010). Reliability of hand-held dynamometric strength testing in people with diabetes/chronic conditions. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 38(2), 52-55.

Journal - Research Article

Hale, L., Stokes, T., Scarth, B., Mani, R., Sullivan, T., Doolan-Noble, F., Jayakaran, P., Gray, A. R., Mann, J., & Higgs, C. (2019). Protocol for a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the diabetes community exercise and education programme (DCEP) for long-term management of diabetes. BMJ Open, 9(2), e025578. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025578

Journal - Research Other

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