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Comparing questionnaires across cultures: Using Mokken scaling to compare the Italian and English versions of the MOLES index (2019)
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Aleo, G., Bagnasco, A., Watson, R., Dyson, J., Cowdell, F., Catania, G., …Sasso, L. (2019). Comparing questionnaires across cultures: Using Mokken scaling to compare the Italian and English versions of the MOLES index. Nursing Open, 6(3), 1022-1028. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.297

Aim The aims of this study were: i) to translate the MOLES index from English to Italian and to compare the two versions using non-parametric item response theory. Design A online survey was used to gather data. Methods Forward and back-translation w... Read More about Comparing questionnaires across cultures: Using Mokken scaling to compare the Italian and English versions of the MOLES index.

Effects of short-term temperature change in the innocuous range on histaminergic and non-histaminergic acute itch (2018)
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Lewis, Z., George, D. N., Cowdell, F., & Holle, H. (2019). Effects of short-term temperature change in the innocuous range on histaminergic and non-histaminergic acute itch. Acta dermato-venereologica, 99(2), 188-195. https://doi.org/10.2340/00015555-3077

While temperatures in the noxious range are well-known to inhibit acute itch, the impact of temperature in the innocuous temperature range is less well understood. We investigated the effect of alternating short-term temperature changes in the innocu... Read More about Effects of short-term temperature change in the innocuous range on histaminergic and non-histaminergic acute itch.

Self-reported skin concerns: An epidemiological study of community-dwelling older people (2018)
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Cowdell, F., Dyson, J., Long, J., & Macleod, U. (2018). Self-reported skin concerns: An epidemiological study of community-dwelling older people. International journal of older people nursing, 13(3), e12195. https://doi.org/10.1111/opn.12195

Background Globally the population is getting older and it is essential to develop effective interventions to promote healthy ageing. Skin change with age is inevitable and renders this often neglected organ more vulnerable to damage and breakdown;... Read More about Self-reported skin concerns: An epidemiological study of community-dwelling older people.

Facilitating a dedicated focus on the human dimensions of care in practice settings: Development of a new humanised care assessment tool (HCAT) to sensitise care (2018)
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Galvin, K. T., Sloan, C., Cowdell, F., Ellis-Hill, C., Pound, C., Watson, R., …Brooks, S. (2018). Facilitating a dedicated focus on the human dimensions of care in practice settings: Development of a new humanised care assessment tool (HCAT) to sensitise care. Nursing Inquiry, 25(3), e12235. https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12235

There is limited consensus about what constitutes humanly sensitive care, or how it can be sustained in care settings. A new humanised care assessment tool may point to caring practices that are up to the task of meeting persons as humans within busy... Read More about Facilitating a dedicated focus on the human dimensions of care in practice settings: Development of a new humanised care assessment tool (HCAT) to sensitise care.

The views of children and young people on the use of silk garments for the treatment of eczema: a nested qualitative study within the CLOTHing for the relief of Eczema Symptoms (CLOTHES) randomized controlled trial (2018)
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Wake, E. V., Batchelor, J., Lawton, S., Thomas, K. S., Harrison, E. F., Cowdell, F. C., & the U.K. Dermatology Clinical Trials Network's CLOTHES Trial Team, . (2018). The views of children and young people on the use of silk garments for the treatment of eczema: a nested qualitative study within the CLOTHing for the relief of Eczema Symptoms (CLOTHES) randomized controlled trial. British journal of dermatology, 178(1), 183-190. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjd.15909

Many children suffer with skin diseases, but to date, most dermatological research has been done ‘on’ rather than ‘with’ children; in this study we actively sought the experiences of children and young people. Atopic eczema (AE) is a chronic, itchy,... Read More about The views of children and young people on the use of silk garments for the treatment of eczema: a nested qualitative study within the CLOTHing for the relief of Eczema Symptoms (CLOTHES) randomized controlled trial.

A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of a new skincare regimen on skin barrier function in those with podoconiosis in Ethiopia (2017)
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Brooks, J., Ersser, S. J., Cowdell, F., Gardiner, E., Mengistu, A., & Matts, P. J. (2017). A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of a new skincare regimen on skin barrier function in those with podoconiosis in Ethiopia. British journal of dermatology, 177(5), 1422-1431. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjd.15543

© 2017 British Association of Dermatologists Background: Podoconiosis affects an estimated 3 million people in Ethiopia with a further 19 million at risk. Volcanic soil and pathogens enter skin breaches in the feet causing inflammation, lymphoedema a... Read More about A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of a new skincare regimen on skin barrier function in those with podoconiosis in Ethiopia.

Do universal school-based mental health promotion programmes improve the mental health and emotional well-being of young people? : a literature review (2017)
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O'Connor, C. A., Dyson, J., Cowdell, F., & Watson, R. (2018). Do universal school-based mental health promotion programmes improve the mental health and emotional well-being of young people? : a literature review. Journal of clinical nursing, 27(3-4), e412-e426. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14078

Aim To examine evidence—using a range of outcomes— for the effectiveness of school-based mental health and emotional well-being programmes. Background It is estimated that 20% of young people experience mental health difficulties every year. Schools... Read More about Do universal school-based mental health promotion programmes improve the mental health and emotional well-being of young people? : a literature review.

The role of auditory itch contagion in psoriasis (2015)
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Swithenbank, S., Cowdell, F., & Holle, H. (2016). The role of auditory itch contagion in psoriasis. Acta dermato-venereologica, 96(6), 728-731. https://doi.org/10.2340/00015555-2320

Itch and associated scratching is a common and distressing symptom of psoriasis. Here, we tested whether people with psoriasis, relative to healthy controls, show an increased vulnerability to auditory itch contagion (a deleterious influence) when pr... Read More about The role of auditory itch contagion in psoriasis.

Parental self-efficacy and the management of childhood atopic eczema: development and testing of a new clinical outcome measure (2015)
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Ersser, S. J., Farasat, H., Jackson, K., Gardiner, E., Sheppard, Z. A., & Cowdell, F. (2015). Parental self-efficacy and the management of childhood atopic eczema: development and testing of a new clinical outcome measure. British journal of dermatology, 173(6), 1479-1485. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjd.14175

© 2015 British Association of Dermatologists. Background Effective parental management of childhood eczema requires education and support to reduce disease severity and improve the child's quality of life. Self-efficacy is a key factor influencing ef... Read More about Parental self-efficacy and the management of childhood atopic eczema: development and testing of a new clinical outcome measure.

A novel intervention for skin cancer prevention (2014)
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Cowdell, F., & Dyson, J. (2014). A novel intervention for skin cancer prevention. Dermatological nursing : the journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group, 13(3), 45 - 49

Early detection of skin cancer can lead to improved health outcomes. The value of primary prevention is limited and cases of skin cancer are rising. There is therefore a need to consider secondary prevention through regular and thorough skin examinat... Read More about A novel intervention for skin cancer prevention.

Development and psychometric testing of the 'Motivation and Self-Efficacy in Early Detection of Skin Lesions' index (2014)
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Dyson, J., & Cowdell, F. (2014). Development and psychometric testing of the 'Motivation and Self-Efficacy in Early Detection of Skin Lesions' index. Journal of advanced nursing, 70(12), 2952-2963. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.12436

© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Aim: To develop and psychometrically test the Motivation and Self-Efficacy in Early Detection of Skin Lesions Index. Background: Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer worldwide. The primary strategy used... Read More about Development and psychometric testing of the 'Motivation and Self-Efficacy in Early Detection of Skin Lesions' index.

Psychological and educational interventions for atopic eczema in children (2014)
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Flohr, C., Thompson, A. R., Drury, A., Cowdell, F., Ware, F., Farasat, H., …Gardiner, E. (2014). Psychological and educational interventions for atopic eczema in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017(5), 0 - 0. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD004054.pub3

© 2017 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Background: Psychological and educational interventions have been used as an adjunct to conventional therapy for children with atopic eczema to enhance the effectiveness of top... Read More about Psychological and educational interventions for atopic eczema in children.

The effects of hoarding disorder on families: an integrative review (2013)
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Büscher, T. P., Dyson, J., & Cowdell, F. (2014). The effects of hoarding disorder on families: an integrative review. Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, 21(6), 491-498. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12098

Compulsive hoarding affects approximately 2-5% of the adult population. Increasing recognition has led to its inclusion as a distinct condition in forthcoming revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V. Hoarding behaviour can have a detrime... Read More about The effects of hoarding disorder on families: an integrative review.

The person-centered dermatology self-care index: a tool to measure education and support needs of patients with long-term skin conditions (2012)
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Cowdell, F., Ersser, S. J., Gradwell, C., & Thomas, P. W. (2012). The person-centered dermatology self-care index: a tool to measure education and support needs of patients with long-term skin conditions. Archives of Dermatology -Chicago-, 148(11), 1251-1255. https://doi.org/10.1001/archdermatol.2012.1892

Objective To validate the Person-Centered Dermatology Self-Care Index (PeDeSI) as a tool for clinical assessment and for potential use in research evaluation. Design To date, no validated assessment measures exist to identify the education and suppor... Read More about The person-centered dermatology self-care index: a tool to measure education and support needs of patients with long-term skin conditions.


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