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Professor Rebecca Grainger

Professor Rebecca GraingerMBChB (Dstn), BMedSc (Dstn), MInstD, FACHI, FRACP, PhD

Rebecca is an academic rheumatologist who is passionate about patient-focused care and medical education at all levels; undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development. She has active research interests in rheumatology (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 (student engagement, technology in education and health system improvement and curriculum development).

A University of Otago medical graduate, Rebecca undertook postgraduate training in rheumatology in Melbourne. Her PhD at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and University of Otago 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.

Positions

  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Associate Dean Medical Education
  • Rheumatologist, Hutt Valley DHB
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics
  • Member of International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Social media and Participatory health working group

Contact

Tel +64 4 806 1031
Email rebecca.grainger@otago.ac.nz

Research interests

  • Development and assessment of mobile health tools for clinical care for clinicians and self-care for people with chronic conditions.
  • 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 interested in supervising postgraduate students in any of the research areas listed above. Please contact her directly.

Publications

Izadi, Z., Gianfrancesco, M. A., Schmajuk, G., Jacobsohn, L., Katz, P., Rush, S., … Grainger, R., … on behalf of the COVI-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry. (2022). Environmental and societal factors associated with COVID-19-related death in people with rheumatic disease: An observational study. Lancet Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/S2665-9913(22)00192-8

Izadi, Z., Gianfrancesco, M. A., Aguirre, A., Strangfeld, A., Mateus, E. F., Hyrich, K. L., … Grainger, R., … on behalf of the Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry. (2022). Development of a prediction model for COVID-19 acute respiratory distress syndrome in patients with rheumatic diseases: Results from the Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry. ACR Open Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/acr2.11481

McCullough, O., Gladman, T., Li, H., & Grainger, R. (2022). Musculoskeletal examination skills mobile apps: What is available and user-informed design improvements. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Festival. 112. [Abstract]

Li, H., Gladman, T., McCullough, O., & Grainger, R. (2022). The development of a musculoskeletal (MSK) OSCE app. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Festival. 116. [Abstract]

Gladman, T., Liu, Q., Kenwright, D., & Grainger, R. (2022). The influence of students' perceived learning autonomy support on approaches to learning. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Festival. 110. [Abstract]