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Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger

Rebecca_Grainger_profile MBChB (Dstn), BMedSci (Dstn) MIsntD, CHIA, FRACP, FACHI, PhD

Positions:
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Rheumatologist, Hutt Valley DHB
Member of International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Social media and Participatory health working group

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

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

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in any of the research areas listed above. Please contact me directly.

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Publications

Grainger, R., Townsley, H., White, B., Langlotz, T., & Taylor, W. J. (2017). Apps for people with rheumatoid arthritis to monitor their disease activity: A review of apps for best practice and quality. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 5(2), e7. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.6956

Boyle, L., Grainger, R., Hall, R. M., & Krebs, J. D. (2017). Use of and beliefs about mobile phone apps for diabetes self-management: Surveys of people in a hospital diabetes clinic and diabetes health professionals in New Zealand. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 5(6), e85. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.7263

Kenwright, D., Dai, W., White, B., Smith, J., Collings, S., & Grainger, R. (2017). Co-creation improves pre-exam motivation and self-efficacy for medical students. Medical Science Educator, 27(4), 651-656. doi: 10.1007/s40670-017-0450-0

GEO-RA Group, including Harrison, A. A., & Grainger, R. (2017). Latitude gradient influences the age of onset of rheumatoid arthritis: A worldwide survey. Clinical Rheumatology, 36(3), 485-497. doi: 10.1007/s10067-016-3481-9

Martin, W. J., Grainger, R., Harrison, A., & Harper, J. L. (2010). Differences in MSU-induced superoxide responses by neutrophils from gout subjects compared to healthy controls and a role for environmental inflammatory cytokines and hyperuricemia in neutrophil function and survival. Journal of Rheumatology, 37(6), 1228-1235. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.091080

Journal - Research Article

Boyle, L., Grainger, R., Hall, R. M., & Krebs, J. D. (2017). Use of and beliefs about mobile phone apps for diabetes self-management: Surveys of people in a hospital diabetes clinic and diabetes health professionals in New Zealand. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 5(6), e85. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.7263

GEO-RA Group, including Harrison, A. A., & Grainger, R. (2017). Latitude gradient influences the age of onset of rheumatoid arthritis: A worldwide survey. Clinical Rheumatology, 36(3), 485-497. doi: 10.1007/s10067-016-3481-9

Denison, H. J., Bromhead, C., Grainger, R., Dennison, E. M., & Jutel, A. (2017). Barriers to sexually transmitted infection testing in New Zealand: A qualitative study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(4), 432-437. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12680

Grainger, R., Townsley, H., White, B., Langlotz, T., & Taylor, W. J. (2017). Apps for people with rheumatoid arthritis to monitor their disease activity: A review of apps for best practice and quality. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 5(2), e7. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.6956

Kenwright, D., Dai, W., White, B., Smith, J., Collings, S., & Grainger, R. (2017). Co-creation improves pre-exam motivation and self-efficacy for medical students. Medical Science Educator, 27(4), 651-656. doi: 10.1007/s40670-017-0450-0

Durcan, L., Grainger, R., Keen, H. I., Taylor, W. J., & Dalbeth, N. (2016). Imaging as a potential outcome measure in gout studies: A systematic literature review. Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism, 45(5), 570-579. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2015.09.008

Martin, W. J., Grainger, R., Harrison, A., & Harper, J. L. (2010). Differences in MSU-induced superoxide responses by neutrophils from gout subjects compared to healthy controls and a role for environmental inflammatory cytokines and hyperuricemia in neutrophil function and survival. Journal of Rheumatology, 37(6), 1228-1235. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.091080

Taylor, W. J., Shewchuk, R., Saag, K. G., Schumacher, Jr, H. R., Singh, J. A., Grainger, R., … Burgos-Vargas, R. (2009). Toward a valid definition of gout flare: Results of consensus exercises using Delphi methodology and cognitive mapping. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 61(4), 535-543. doi: 10.1002/art.24166

Grainger, R., Taylor, W. J., Dalbeth, N., Perez-Ruiz, F., Singh, J. A., Waltrip, R. W., … Schumacher, H. R. (2009). Progress in measurement instruments for acute and chronic gout studies. Journal of Rheumatology, 36(10), 2346-2355. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.090371

Grainger, R., & Taylor, W. J. (2008). Establishing outcome domains for evaluating treatment of acute and chronic gout. Current Opinion in Rheumatology, 20(2), 173-178.

Grainger, R., Stuckey, S., O'Sullivan, R., Davis, S. R., Ebeling, P. R., & Wluka, A. (2008). What is the clinical and ethical importance of incidental abnormalities found by knee MRI? Arthritis Research & Therapy, 10(1), R18. Retrieved from http://arthritis-research.com/content/10/1/R18

Taylor, W. J., Schumacher, Jr, H. R., Baraf, H. S. B., Chapman, P., Stamp, L., Doherty, M., … Grainger, R., … Barskova, V. G. (2008). A modified Delphi exercise to determine the extent of consensus with OMERACT outcome domains for studies of acute and chronic gout. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 67(6), 888-891. doi: 10.1136/ard.2007.079970

Taylor, W. J., Schumacher, Jr, H. R., Singh, J. A., Grainger, R., & Dalbeth, N. (2007). Assessment of outcome in clinical trials of gout - A review of current measures. Rheumatology, 46, 1751-1756. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kem178

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Journal - Research Other

Grainger, R., & Taylor, W. J. (2018). Allopurinol and peripheral vascular disease: Enough observational data to warrant interventional studies: Allopurinol and the prevention of vascular disease. Rheumatology, 57(3), 408-409. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kex354

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Smith, E. U. R., Hoy, D., Taylor, W., Merriman, T., Grainger, R., Meltzer, M., … March, L. M. (2010). Gout epidemiological data for the global burden estimation: GBD 2005 study. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, 13(Suppl. 1), (pp. 211). doi: 10.1111/j.1756-185X.2010.01517.x

Smith, E., Hoy, D., Taylor, W., Merriman, T., Grainger, R., Meltzer, M., … March, L. (2010). Gout epidemiological data for the global burden estimation: GBD 2005 study. Internal Medicine Journal. 40(Suppl. 3), (pp. 29). doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2010.02235_1.x

Grainger, R., Harrison, A., & Harper, J. (2009). Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1: A key cytokine in human gout. Internal Medicine Journal. 39(Suppl. 2), (pp. A51). doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2009.01951_2.x

Grainger, R., Harrison, A., & Harper, J. (2008). Neutrophil function in human gouty arthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 58(9, Suppl.), (pp. S180). [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Denison, H., Curtis, E., Clynes, M., Bromhead, C., Dennison, E., & Grainger, R. (2016, August). The incidence of sexually acquired reactive arthritis: A systematic literature review. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Napier, New Zealand.

Grainger, R., Harrison, A. A., & Harper, J. (2008, September). CD14+ monocyte stimulation in gouty and non-gouty individuals. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Rheumatology Association Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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