Professor Debra Anderson joined the University of Technology Sydney as the Associate Dean Research in late 2019 and was previously at Griffith University as Head, School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is Director and Founder of the Women’s Wellness Research Program. She was also previously Director of Research at the School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology and the Research Leader of the Chronic Conditions research group at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Research. She has a PhD in Social and Preventive Medicine and over thirty years’ experience in education and research. Professor Anderson has an extensive record of providing leadership in major administrative, research and managerial roles in the area of global women’s health.
She has a distinguished international reputation as a scholar and leader in the field of women's health research and is a collaborator on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. This reputation has been achieved through extensive publication, leadership of the women’s wellness research team, conferences and editorial work, and invited keynote presentations on her research to academic conferences, including four times to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and three times to the World Health Organization. She has been named as a Guest Professor, Peking University, China 2019-2021 and has been invited to Harvard University twice to present findings from her research project titled: The Australian/Japanese Midlife Women's Health Study for which she was Chief Investigator (profiled at the Ache World EXPO). She was based in Geneva as a scholar at the World Health Organization where she worked with the Chief Nursing Scientist and the Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery (SDNM) 2010-2015 working party on the SDNM, of which part of the focus was to ensure the SDNM addressed the issue of supporting the MDG in relation to women and safe birthing. She presented the updated SDNM to the WHO 12th Global Advisory Group for Nursing and Midwifery Development at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and at the WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Conference on Primary Health Care in Brazil.
Board member, SIGMA International Foundation Board (2020-2022); Board Member International Council of Women’s Health Issues (2015-current) Invited Editorial Board member: Menopause; the Journal of the North American Menopause Association; Midlife Women’s Health; Named as an Obesity Expert, World Health Organisation 2017; Oceania Regional Coordinator, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2011 - 2015; Global Task Force, World Health Organisation Strategic Directions in Nursing and Midwifery 2010-15; ; Member and Chair: Organisations Working Group United Nations Advisory Council (Sigma Theta Tau International); Member, Global Leadership Group, Sigma Theta Tau International; Writing Group, World Health Organisation Strategic Directions in Nursing and Midwifery 2010-15; former President, Phi, Delta Chapter, Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Flinders University, South Australia (For significant contribution and exceptional leadership to the profession and discipline of Nursing and to the community); Nurse Scholar, Nursing and Midwifery, Department of Human Resources for Health, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland; Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award (Queensland University of Technology); Invitational Research Fellow, Australian Academy of Science, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) (Faculty of Medicine, Tohoku University, Japan); International Network for Doctoral Education (INDEN) Scholarship to attend the Postdoctoral Summer Nursing Research Institute (University of Pennsylvania, United States of America).
Professor Anderson has forged innovative solutions to promote the health of women and girls, partnering with them to manage symptoms of health-related conditions and improving their quality of life across the lifespan. Her research focuses on understanding the basis and effects of risk behaviours in women and the interventions to change them; focusing on wellness and healthy behaviours. Her research aims to promote healthy behaviour change in women with and without chronic disease, including midlife women, women with Diabetes type 2 and women cancer survivors, including physical activity, dietary intake, stress management, and smoking cessation; and to develop and test interventions that promote these behaviours. Over the last 15 years she has secured over $6.5 million dollars in funding from peak bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council, The Australian Research Council, Diabetes Queensland and Cancer Council Queensland. She has managed multisite projects in women’s health across countries and within Australia.
- Women's Health
- Prevention of violence against women
- International Health
- Women's Wellness
- Evidence based research on women and chronic conditions
Anderson, D, Graham, V, McGuire, A, Porter-Steele, J, Lang, C, Krugar, K & Lee, K 2013, The women’s wellness program: helping women be the best they can be.
Anderson, D & Graham, V 2011, The Pink Women’s Wellness Program Book: Wellness after breast cancer.
Anderson, D & Lang, C 2011, The Pink Women’s Wellness Program Journal.
Anderson, D 2007, The Women’s Wellness Program Journal.
Anderson, D & Graham, V 2002, The Menopause Made Simple Program Maximise Your Lifestyle by Minimising Your Symptoms, Allen & Unwin.
This complete program, carefully designed to improve the quality of your life during menopause, incorporates the latest research, chapters on nutrition, exercises illustrated with black and white photography and discussion about medical ...
Anderson, D, Yates, P, Hill, D, Porter-Steele, J, Groves, A & Brenner, J 2000, Screening and Detection of Early Breast Cancer Education.
Anderson, D, Harris, M, Mannion, J, McCosker, H & Roberts, G 1995, The Road to Freedom: Ending Violence Against Women - A self-paced education package for rural community health workers.
Anderson, DJ, Chung, HF, Seib, CA, Dobson, AJ, Kuh, D, Brunner, EJ, Crawford, SL, Avis, NE, Gold, EB, Greendale, GA, Mitchell, ES, Woods, NF, Yoshizawa, T & Mishra, GD 2020, 'Obesity, smoking, and risk of vasomotor menopausal symptoms: a pooled analysis of eight cohort studies', American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 222, no. 5, pp. 478.e1-478.e17.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2019 Elsevier Inc. Background: Frequent and severe vasomotor symptoms during menopause are linked with adverse health outcomes. Understanding modifiable lifestyle factors for the risk of vasomotor menopausal symptoms is important to guide preventive strategies. Objective: We investigated the associations between body mass index and smoking, their joint effects with the risk of vasomotor symptoms, and whether the associations differed by menopausal stage. Study Design: The International Collaboration for a Life Course Approach to Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease Events pooled data on 21,460 midlife women from 8 studies (median age, 50 years; interquartile range, 49–51 years) for the cross-sectional analysis. Four studies provided data for the prospective analysis (n=11,986). Multinomial logistic regression models with 4 categories of frequency/severity for the outcome of vasomotor symptoms were used to estimate relative risk ratios and 95% confidence intervals that were adjusted for within-study correlation and covariates. Results: At baseline, nearly 60% of the women experienced vasomotor symptoms. One-half of them were overweight (30%) or obese (21%), and 17% were current smokers. Cross-sectional analyses showed that a higher body mass index and smoking more cigarettes with longer duration and earlier initiation were all associated with more frequent or severe vasomotor symptoms. Never smokers who were obese had a 1.5-fold (relative risk ratio, 1.52; 95% confidence interval, 1.35–1.73) higher risk of often/severe vasomotor symptoms, compared with never smokers who were of normal-weight. Smoking strengthened the association because the risk of often/severe vasomotor symptoms was much greater among smokers who were obese (relative risk ratio, 3.02; 95% confidence interval, 2.41–3.78). However, smokers who quit at <40 years of age were at similar levels of risk as never smokers. Prospective analyses showed a similar pattern, but the association attenuated ...
Arneil, M, Anderson, D, Alexander, K & McCarthy, A 2020, 'Physical activity and cognitive changes in younger women after breast cancer treatment', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 122-125.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2020. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ. Objectives Studies indicate women aged 25-49 years previously treated for cancer report cognitive alterations. Good evidence indicates physical activity can be beneficial after cancer and might additionally benefit cognitive function. This short report presents data from a substudy of the Younger Women's Wellness after Cancer Program (YWWACP), which explored cognitive alterations and investigated potential associations between physical activity and cognitive function in participants in the YWWACP. The primary aim of this substudy was to determine in younger women previously treated for breast cancer (1) whether subjectively reported cognitive function changed over time and (2) if physical activity is associated with subjectively reported cognitive function, and if time had an impact on this. Methods All participants had completed breast cancer treatment. Data were collected at baseline (n=41) and at 12 weeks. Measures assessed demographics, self-reported physical activity, cognitive function, sleep quality, stress, anxiety and depression using validated and reliable, subjectively reported instruments. Results Cognitive function and physical activity scores increased across the time points, with cognitive function revealing a statistically significant increase over time (p=0.004). Statistical testing revealed that physical activity was not correlated with cognitive function and that change in physical activity was not correlated with change in cognitive function. Conclusion These data provide early evidence that cognitive function and physical activity improved over time in this sample. However, interpretations of a correlation between physical activity and cognitive function should be made with caution, and future research would benefit from larger samples.
Sapkota, D, Baird, K, Saito, A, Budhathoki, SS, Pokharel, R, Basnet, S & Anderson, D 2020, 'Development and Validation of an Information Booklet Aimed at Promoting Mental Health for Pregnant Women with a History of Abuse', Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 456-462.View/Download from: Publisher's site
BACKGROUND: Mental health needs of victims of domestic and family violence are often overlooked. A booklet was designed to help women update their knowledge and skills in effective coping with domestic and family violence and support them in developing effective stress reduction and problem management techniques. In addition, this booklet is believed to serve as a reference for further use. This paper describes the development process and validation of the information booklet. This booklet was used during an intervention trial conducted in Nepal to educate abused pregnant women. METHODS: This methodological study involved three stages: bibliographical survey, development of the booklet, and validation by specialists in the relevant fields and representatives of the target audiences. A total of eight experts, currently working in the field of domestic violence and/or midwifery, and 15 representatives of the target participants were involved in the validation process. A minimum Content Validity Index of 0.78 was considered for content validation, and minimum agreement of 75% for face validation. RESULTS: The booklet presented a global Content Validity Index of 0.92. The overall level of agreement within the target participants was 86.3%, which was higher than the minimum recommended level. Both subject experts and participants positively evaluated the adequacy, coverage and readability of contents of the booklet. CONCLUSIONS: The booklet was validated using content and face validity. This validated booklet is expected to be an effective tool for communication that would help pregnant women cope better with domestic and family violence and adopt strategies to remain emotionally healthy.
Sapkota, D, Baird, K, Saito, A, Rijal, P, Pokharel, R & Anderson, D 2020, ''We don't see because we don't ask': Qualitative exploration of service users' and health professionals' views regarding a psychosocial intervention targeting pregnant women experiencing domestic and family violence', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 3.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2020 Sapkota et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Introduction Given the relative recency of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) management as a field of endeavour, it is not surprising that interventions for addressing DFV is still in its infancy in developing countries. In order to maximise the success of an intervention, it is important to know which aspects of the intervention are considered important and helpful by service providers and service users. This study, therefore, examined the acceptability of an antenatal-based psychosocial intervention targeting DFV in Nepal and explored suggestions for improving the program in future. Materials and methods Intervention participants and health care providers (HCPs) were interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Data were audio-recorded and thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. Final codes and themes were identified using an iterative review process among the research team. Results Themes emerging from the data were grouped into domains including perceptions towards DFV, impact of the intervention on women's lives and recommendations for improving the program. DFV was recognised as a significant problem requiring urgent attention for its prevention and control. Intervention participants expressed that they felt safe to share their feelings during the counselling session and got opportunity to learn new skills to cope with DFV. The majority of the participants recommended multiple counselling sessions and a continued provision of the service ensuring the intervention's accessibility by a large number of women. Discussion This is the first study to document the perspectives of women and HCPs regarding an antenatal-based intervention targeting psychosocial consequences of DFV in Nepal. There was a cl...
Dunneram, Y, Chung, H-F, Cade, JE, Greenwood, DC, Dobson, AJ, Mitchell, ES, Woods, NF, Brunner, EJ, Yoshizawa, T, Anderson, D & Mishra, GD 2019, 'Soy intake and vasomotor menopausal symptoms among midlife women: a pooled analysis of five studies from the InterLACE consortium.', European journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 73, no. 11, pp. 1501-1511.View/Download from: Publisher's site
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES:Phytoestrogen rich-foods such as soy may be associated with less frequent/severe vasomotor menopausal symptoms (VMS), although evidence is limited. We thus investigated the associations between the consumption of soy products and soy milk and the frequency/severity of VMS. SUBJECTS/METHODS:We pooled data from 19,351 middle-aged women from five observational studies in Australia, UK, USA, and Japan that contribute to the International Collaboration for a Life course Approach to reproductive health and Chronic disease Events (InterLACE). Information on soy consumption, VMS and covariates were collected by self-report. We included 11,006 women who had complete data on soy consumption, VMS and covariates at baseline for the cross-sectional analysis. For the prospective analysis, 4522 women who were free of VMS at baseline and had complete data on VMS at follow-up were considered. Multinomial logistic regression and binary logistic regression models were used. RESULTS:No statistically significant evidence of an association was found between soy products (relative risk ratio (RRR): 0.92, 95% CI: 0.76-1.11) or soy milk (RRR: 1.24, 95% CI: 0.93-1.65) and the likelihood of reporting frequent or severe VMS cross-sectionally. Prospective results indicated that frequent consumption of soy products (odds ratio (OR): 0.63, 95% CI: 0.45-0.89) but not soy milk (OR: 1.11, 95% CI: 0.85-1.45) was associated with lower likelihood of reporting subsequent VMS, after adjustment for socio-demographic and reproductive factors. CONCLUSIONS:These are the first ever findings from pooled observational data of association between consumption of soy products and VMS.
Jesse, CD, Creedy, DK & Anderson, DJ 2019, 'Effectiveness of psychological interventions for women with type 2 diabetes who are overweight or obese: a systematic review protocol.', JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 281-289.View/Download from: Publisher's site
REVIEW OBJECTIVE/QUESTION:The objectives of this review are to.
McGuire, AM, Seib, C, Porter-Steele, J & Anderson, DJ 2019, 'The Association Between Web-Based or Face-to-Face Lifestyle Interventions on the Perceived Benefits and Barriers to Exercise in Midlife Women: Three-Arm Equivalency Study.', Journal of medical Internet research, vol. 21, no. 8.View/Download from: Publisher's site
BACKGROUND:Noncommunicable diseases pose a significant threat to women's health globally, with most diseases being attributed to modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity. Women perceive a range of benefits and barriers to exercise; however, there is little evidence about the effect of different lifestyle intervention delivery modes on perceptions of exercise. OBJECTIVE:This study aimed to compare the effect of a multiple health behavior change (MHBC) intervention called the Women's Wellness Program. This intervention was delivered in 3 different modes on perceived exercise benefits, perceived exercise barriers, and actual physical activity and exercise in midlife women. METHODS:Women aged 45 to 65 years were recruited via the study website. They were assigned in blocks to 3 different treatment groups (A: Web-based independent; B: face-to-face with nurse consultations; and C: Web-based with virtual nurse consultations). All participants received the 12-week intervention that utilizes principles from social-cognitive theory to provide a structured guide to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors with an emphasis on regular exercise and healthy eating. Data were collected using a self-report Web-based questionnaire at baseline (T1) and postintervention (T2) including perceived exercise benefits and barriers and exercise and physical activity. A data analysis examined both within- and between-group changes over time. RESULTS:Participants in this study (N=225) had a mean age of 50.9 years (SD 5.9) and most were married or living with a partner (83.3%, 185/225). Attrition was 30.2% with 157 participants completing the final questionnaire. Women in all intervention groups reported a significant increase in positive perceptions of exercise (P<.05); a significant increase in exercise and overall physical activity (P<.01) with moderate-to-large effect sizes noted for overall physical activity (d=0.5 to d=0.87). Participants receiving support from registered nurses i...
Seib, C, McCarthy, A, McGuire, A, Porter-Steele, J, Balaam, S & Anderson, D 2019, 'Promoting healthy lifestyle changes to improve health-related quality of life in women after cancer: results from the Australian women's wellness after cancer program (WWACP)', Maturitas, vol. 124, pp. 149-149.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Zhu, D, Chung, H-F, Dobson, AJ, Pandeya, N, Giles, GG, Bruinsma, F, Brunner, EJ, Kuh, D, Hardy, R, Avis, NE, Gold, EB, Derby, CA, Matthews, KA, Cade, JE, Greenwood, DC, Demakakos, P, Brown, DE, Sievert, LL, Anderson, D, Hayashi, K, Lee, JS, Mizunuma, H, Tillin, T, Simonsen, MK, Adami, H-O, Weiderpass, E & Mishra, GD 2019, 'Age at natural menopause and risk of incident cardiovascular disease: a pooled analysis of individual patient data.', The Lancet. Public health, vol. 4, no. 11, pp. e553-e564.View/Download from: Publisher's site
BACKGROUND:Early menopause is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease mortality; however, the association between early menopause and incidence and timing of cardiovascular disease is unclear. We aimed to assess the associations between age at natural menopause and incidence and timing of cardiovascular disease. METHODS:We harmonised and pooled individual-level data from 15 observational studies done across five countries and regions (Australia, Scandinavia, the USA, Japan, and the UK) between 1946 and 2013. Women who had reported their menopause status, age at natural menopause (if postmenopausal), and cardiovascular disease status (including coronary heart disease and stroke) were included. We excluded women who had hysterectomy or oophorectomy and women who did not report their age at menopause. The primary endpoint of this study was the occurrence of first non-fatal cardiovascular disease, defined as a composite outcome of incident coronary heart disease (including heart attack and angina) or stroke (including ischaemic stroke or haemorrhagic stroke). We used Cox proportional hazards models to estimate multivariate hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% CIs for the associations between age at menopause and incident cardiovascular disease event. We also adjusted the model to account for smoking status, menopausal hormone therapy status, body-mass index, and education levels. Age at natural menopause was categorised as premenopausal or perimenopausal, younger than 40 years (premature menopause), 40-44 years (early menopause), 45-49 years (relatively early), 50-51 years (reference category), 52-54 years (relatively late), and 55 years or older (late menopause). FINDINGS:Overall, 301 438 women were included in our analysis. Of these 301 438 women, 12 962 (4·3%) had a first non-fatal cardiovascular disease event after menopause, of whom 9369 (3·1%) had coronary heart disease and 4338 (1·4%) had strokes. Compared with women who had menopause at age 50-51 years, ...
Sapkota, D, Baird, K, Saito, A & Anderson, D 2019, 'Interventions for reducing and/or controlling domestic violence among pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review.', Systematic reviews, vol. 8, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
BACKGROUND:Domestic violence (DV) during pregnancy is recognized as a global health problem associated with serious health consequences for both the mother and her baby. Several interventions aimed at addressing DV around the time of pregnancy have been developed in the last decade, but they are primarily from developed countries. Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are facing both a mounting burden of DV as well as severe resource constraints that keep them from emulating some of the effective interventions implemented in developed settings. A systematic review was conducted to examine the approaches and effects of interventions designed for reducing or controlling DV among pregnant women in LMICs. METHODS:Electronic databases were systematically searched, and the search was augmented by bibliographic reviews and expert consultations. Two reviewers assessed eligibility and quality of the studies and extracted data independently. The third reviewer was involved to resolve any discrepancies between the reviewers. Due to the limited number of studies and varied outcomes, a meta-analysis was not possible. Primary outcomes of this review included frequency and/or severity of DV and secondary outcomes included mental health, safety behaviours, and use of community resources. In addition, findings from the critical appraisal of studies were utilised to inform the initial draft of Theory of Change (ToC). RESULTS:Only five studies (two randomized trials and three non-randomized trials) met the eligibility criteria. The interventions consisting of supportive counselling demonstrated a reduction in DV and an improvement in use of safety behaviours. One study has embedded the DV intervention into an existing program on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Limited evidence could be drawn for outcomes such as quality of life and the use of community resources. DISCUSSION:This review attempted to address the knowledge gap by collating evidence on interventions aimed at add...
Sapkota, D, Baird, K, Saito, A, Rijal, P, Pokharel, R & Anderson, D 2019, 'Counselling-based psychosocial intervention to improve the mental health of abused pregnant women: a protocol for randomised controlled feasibility trial in a tertiary hospital in eastern Nepal.', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. e027436-e027436.View/Download from: Publisher's site
INTRODUCTION:The strong correlation between domestic and family violence (DFV) and mental health has been well documented in studies. Pregnancy is a period when both DFV and mental distress tend to occur and/or accentuate. Although limited, available evidence from developed countries has shown continual support and education as psychological first aid that can reduce DFV and improve mental health. However, there is significantly less number of studies from resource-constrained countries; thus, there continues to be a substantial gap in knowledge and awareness regarding effective interventions for DFV. METHODS AND ANALYSIS:A two-arm randomised trial with a nested qualitative study has been planned to assess feasibility and treatment effect estimates of a counselling-based psychosocial intervention among pregnant women with a history of abuse. A total of 140 pregnant women who meet the inclusion criteria will be recruited into the study. Block randomisation will be used to allocate women equally into two groups. The intervention group will receive a counselling session, an information booklet and continuous support by a researcher, while women in the control group will receive contact information of local support services. Feasibility measures, such as rates of recruitment, consent and retention, will be calculated. Qualitative interviews with participants and healthcare providers will explore the acceptability and usability of the intervention. Outcome measures, such as psychological distress, quality of life, social support and self-efficacy, will be measured at baseline, 4 weeks postintervention and 6 weeks postpartum. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION:This study has obtained ethical approval from the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee, the Nepal Health Research Council and the Institutional Review Board of a tertiary hospital in Dharan, Nepal. The findings will be disseminated via peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations and will be used ...
Seib, C, Harbeck, E, Porter-Steele, J, Anderson, D & Chambers, S 2019, 'Understanding cancer-related distress and supportive care needs in women with gynaecological cancer: a thematic analysis', Maturitas, vol. 124, pp. 145-145.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Chung, HF, Pandeya, N, Dobson, AJ, Kuh, D, Brunner, EJ, Crawford, SL, Avis, NE, Gold, EB, Mitchell, ES, Woods, NF, Bromberger, JT, Thurston, RC, Joffe, H, Yoshizawa, T, Anderson, D & Mishra, GD 2018, 'The role of sleep difficulties in the vasomotor menopausal symptoms and depressed mood relationships: An international pooled analysis of eight studies in the InterLACE consortium', Psychological Medicine, vol. 48, no. 15, pp. 2541-2549.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2018Â. Background Many women experience both vasomotor menopausal symptoms (VMS) and depressed mood at midlife, but little is known regarding the prospective bi-directional relationships between VMS and depressed mood and the role of sleep difficulties in both directions.Methods A pooled analysis was conducted using data from 21 312 women (median: 50 years, interquartile range 49-51) in eight studies from the InterLACE consortium. The degree of VMS, sleep difficulties, and depressed mood was self-reported and categorised as never, rarely, sometimes, and often (if reporting frequency) or never, mild, moderate, and severe (if reporting severity). Multivariable logistic regression models were used to examine the bi-directional associations adjusted for within-study correlation.Results At baseline, the prevalence of VMS (40%, range 13-62%) and depressed mood (26%, 8-41%) varied substantially across studies, and a strong dose-dependent association between VMS and likelihood of depressed mood was found. Over 3 years of follow-up, women with often/severe VMS at baseline were more likely to have subsequent depressed mood compared with those without VMS (odds ratios (OR) 1.56, 1.27-1.92). Women with often/severe depressed mood at baseline were also more likely to have subsequent VMS than those without depressed mood (OR 1.89, 1.47-2.44). With further adjustment for the degree of sleep difficulties at baseline, the OR of having a subsequent depressed mood associated with often/severe VMS was attenuated and no longer significant (OR 1.13, 0.90-1.40). Conversely, often/severe depressed mood remained significantly associated with subsequent VMS (OR 1.80, 1.38-2.34).Conclusions Difficulty in sleeping largely explained the relationship between VMS and subsequent depressed mood, but it had little impact on the relationship between depressed mood and subsequent VMS.
Dao-Tran, TH, Anderson, D, Chang, A, Seib, C & Hurst, C 2018, 'Factors associated with self-management among Vietnamese adults with type 2 diabetes', Nursing Open, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 507-516.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018 The Authors. Nursing Open published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Aim: The study described diabetes self-management (DSM), diabetes knowledge, family and friends’ support, healthcare providers’ support, belief in treatment effectiveness and diabetes management self-efficacy, and explored DSM's associations among Vietnamese adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Design: A cross-sectional design was applied. Methods: The study used self-report questionnaires to collect data from 198 participants. Descriptive statistics and structural equation modelling (SEM) was used for data analysis. Results: Vietnamese adults with T2DM performed DSM limitedly in certain aspects. They had strong belief in treatment effectiveness, good family and friends support, limited diabetes knowledge, healthcare professional support and self-efficacy. Their DSM was directly associated with diabetes knowledge, family and friends’ support, healthcare providers’ support, belief in treatment effectiveness and diabetes management self-efficacy. Their DSM was indirectly associated with diabetes knowledge and family and friends’ support through their belief in treatment effectiveness and diabetes management self-efficacy.
Dao-Tran, TH, Seib, C, Jones, L & Anderson, D 2018, 'A cross-cultural comparison of health-related quality of life and its associated factors among older women in Vietnam and Australia', BMC Research Notes, vol. 11, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018 The Author(s). Objective: This study compared health-related quality of life and its associated factors among 305 women in Vietnam and 175 women in Australia aged 60-71. Descriptive analyses, Chi square, independent t-Tests, and General Linear Models were used for data analysis. Results: After controlling for socio-demographics, lifestyles, and chronic diseases, older women in Vietnam had lower levels of physical health but similar levels of mental health to those in Australia. In both populations, chronic disease and diet were associated with physical health; physical activity was related to mental health. In Australia, physical activity, exercise, and Body Mass Index were also associated with physical health; age, alcohol consumption, and sleep were also linked with mental health. In Vietnam, age and marital status were also related to physical health; chronic diseases and diet were also correlated with mental health. These findings suggested that interventions developed in Australia targeting the management of diet and physical activity, may be useful for older women in Vietnam. However, future interventions in Vietnam need to be tailored to account for different age groups, marital status, and the number of chronic diseases experienced. Further investigation into the contributions of cultural factors to health-related quality of life is recommended.
Nguyen, THH, Seib, C, Anderson, D & Yate, P 2018, 'Lifestyle Factors and Health Related Quality of Life in Vietnamese Women After Cancer', Journal of Global Oncology, vol. 4, no. Supplement 2, pp. 5s-5s.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Background: A range of lifestyle factors and health related quality of life (HRQoL) influence cancer survivors' health, wellbeing, and survival. Some women who have received treatment of breast and gynecologic cancer (BCG) report lifestyle practices and HRQoL at lower levels than the general community. However, the impacts of factors such as socio-demographic characteristics and health status on lifestyle factors and HRQoL, and the interactions between these variables in terms of their influence on HRQoL are not fully understood. Aim: This study aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between lifestyle factors and HRQoL and to identify the socio-demographic factors, health status, and behavioral determinants of these variables among Vietnamese women following treatment of BGC. Methods: A cross-sectional study design was used. Data were collected from 330 Vietnamese women who had received treatment of BCG using both online and paper-based methods. Descriptive statistics, bivariate and multivariate statistics were used to examine associations and structural equational modeling was used to identify the interactions between the study's variables. Results: Although the majority of the study participants had a normal range of BMI ( n=260, 81.2%) with the mean BMI was 22.02 ( SD=2.52), engagement in a range of healthy lifestyle behaviors was low at. More than 75% of the study participants had a deficit in physical health and mental health compared with the norms. Participants' cancer-specific HRQoL score was 80.61 ( SD= 15.81) which is lower than that of normal population (85.9). Sleep impairment had a significant indirect effect on mental health ( indirect effect= -.030, P < .05) and cancer-specific HRQoL ( indirect effect= -.017, P < .05). Exercise self-efficacy significantly and indirectly influenced mental health ( indirect effect= .022, P < .05). Conclusion: This study highlights that there are deficits in the HRQoL of ...
Reid, C, Jones, L, Hurst, C & Anderson, D 2018, 'Examining relationships between socio-demographics and self-efficacy among registered nurses in Australia', Collegian, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 57-63.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 Australian College of Nursing Ltd Background: Self-efficacy in nursing is the nurses’ perception of their abilities to show caring orientations, attitudes, and behaviours and to develop caring relationships with patients. Self-efficacy is associated with years of experience, higher levels of job satisfaction and changes to nursing practices that conform with best practice. There is currently a paucity of evidence and no Australian studies were found examining the relationships between socio-demographic variables and self-efficacy in Australian nurses. Aim: The aim of this study was to examine if relationships existed between the socio-demographic variables, years of experience, age, gender, marital status, level of education, years employed in the same workplace, employment status, geographical location, specialty area, health sector and Australian state and the perceived self-efficacy of Australian registered nurses. Research: Design Cross-sectional survey of Australian registered nurses. Methods: A stratified random sample of registered nurses was drawn from the database of a national industrial and professional organisation. The Caring Efficacy Scale (CES) was categorised into quartiles, and bivariate and multivariable relationships were examined using ordinal logistic regression. Results: The proportion of nurses reporting low caring efficacy scores tended to decrease with years of experience and was lower in nurses who have been married. After adjustment in the final multivariable model, marital status and years of experience remained significantly related to caring efficacy (p < 0.05). Conclusion: A relationship exists between years of nursing experience, marital status and perceived self-efficacy among Australian registered nurses who belonged to an industrial and professional organisation. Targeted professional development programmes that support the improvement of perceived self-efficacy of all levels of nurses, might improve nurses’ confidences a...
Seib, C, Parkinson, J, McDonald, N, Fujihira, H, Zietek, S & Anderson, D 2018, 'Lifestyle interventions for improving health and health behaviours in women with type 2 diabetes: A systematic review of the literature 2011–2017', Maturitas, vol. 111, pp. 1-14.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018 Elsevier B.V. The development and maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviours are among the most promising strategies for reducing complications and premature death among women living with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). However, despite the potential benefits of these interventions, they have had varying success and the sustained uptake of the recommended lifestyle modifications is limited. This paper reviews research on the impact of lifestyle interventions aimed at improving health and health behaviours in women with T2DM. In a systematic review of the literature, empirical literature from 2011 to 2017 is examined to explore the effects of various lifestyle interventions on a number of objective and subjective health indicators in women with T2DM. A total of 18 intervention studies in women aged between 21 and 75 years were included in this narrative review. Interventions included education/counselling, exercise, diet, or combined components of varying duration. The included studies used a variety of objective indicators, including glycaemic control, lipid profile and anthropometric indices, as well as a number of diabetes-specific and generic subjective scales (for example, the Diabetes Problem Solving Inventory and the Short Form 36). Significant heterogeneity was noted in the interventions and also the study findings, although exercise interventions tended to yield the most consistent benefit in relation to glycaemic control, while exercise/dietary interventions generally improved anthropometric indices. The findings from this review did not consistently suggest the greater value of any one type of intervention. Future research should consider interventions that target multiple health behaviours and emphasize health literacy, self-efficacy, and problem-solving skills.
Seib, C, Porter-Steele, J, Ng, S-K, Turner, J, McGuire, A, McDonald, N, Balaam, S, Yates, P, McCarthy, A & Anderson, D 2018, 'Life stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression in women after cancer: The mediating effect of stress appraisal and coping', PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, vol. 27, no. 7, pp. 1787-1794.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Zhu, D, Chung, HF, Pandeya, N, Dobson, AJ, Cade, JE, Greenwood, DC, Crawford, SL, Avis, NE, Gold, EB, Mitchell, ES, Woods, NF, Anderson, D, Brown, DE, Sievert, LL, Brunner, EJ, Kuh, D, Hardy, R, Hayashi, K, Lee, JS, Mizunuma, H, Giles, GG, Bruinsma, F, Tillin, T, Simonsen, MK, Adami, HO, Weiderpass, E, Canonico, M, Ancelin, ML, Demakakos, P & Mishra, GD 2018, 'Relationships between intensity, duration, cumulative dose, and timing of smoking with age at menopause: A pooled analysis of individual data from 17 observational studies', PLoS Medicine, vol. 15, no. 11.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2018 Zhu et al. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. Background: Cigarette smoking is associated with earlier menopause, but the impact of being a former smoker and any dose-response relationships on the degree of smoking and age at menopause have been less clear. If the toxic impact of cigarette smoking on ovarian function is irreversible, we hypothesized that even former smokers might experience earlier menopause, and variations in intensity, duration, cumulative dose, and age at start/quit of smoking might have varying impacts on the risk of experiencing earlier menopause. Methods and findings: A total of 207,231 and 27,580 postmenopausal women were included in the cross-sectional and prospective analyses, respectively. They were from 17 studies in 7 countries (Australia, Denmark, France, Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States) that contributed data to the International collaboration for a Life course Approach to reproductive health and Chronic disease Events (InterLACE). Information on smoking status, cigarettes smoked per day (intensity), smoking duration, pack-years (cumulative dose), age started, and years since quitting smoking was collected at baseline. We used multinomial logistic regression models to estimate multivariable relative risk ratios (RRRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the associations between each smoking measure and categorised age at menopause (<40 (premature), 40–44 (early), 45–49, 50–51 (reference), and ≥52 years). The association with current and former smokers was analysed separately. Sensitivity analyses and two-step meta-analyses were also conducted to test the results. The Bayesian information criterion (BIC) was used to compare the fit of the models of smoking measures. Overall, 1.9% and 7.3% of women experienced premature and early menopause, respectively. Compared with never smokers, current smokers had around twice the risk of experiencing premature (RRR 2.05; 95% CI 1.73–2.44) (p < 0.001) and early men...
Anderson, D, Seib, C, Tjondronegoro, D, Turner, J, Monterosso, L, McGuire, A, Porter-Steele, J, Song, W, Yates, P, King, N, Young, L, White, K, Lee, K, Hall, S, Krishnasamy, M, Wells, K, Balaam, S & McCarthy, AL 2017, 'Erratum to: The Women's wellness after cancer program: A multisite, single-blinded, randomised controlled trial protocol. [BMC Cancer. 17, (2017), (98)] DOI: 10.1186/s12885-017-3088-9', BMC Cancer, vol. 17, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© The Author(s). After the publication of this work  errors were noticed in the Methods section of the Abstract. In the line "A single-blinded, multi-centre randomized controlled trial recruited a total of 330 women within 24 months of completion of chemotherapy (primary or adjuvant) and/or radiotherapy", the number 330 should be corrected to 351. In the line "All participants were assessed with these measures at baseline (at the start of the intervention), 12 weeks (at completion of the intervention), and 24 months (to determine the level of sustained behaviour change)", 24 months should be corrected to 24 weeks.
Anderson, D, Seib, C, Tjondronegoro, D, Turner, J, Monterosso, L, McGuire, A, Porter-Steele, J, Song, W, Yates, P, King, N, Young, L, White, K, Lee, K, Hall, S, Krishnasamy, M, Wells, K, Balaam, S & McCarthy, AL 2017, 'The Women's wellness after cancer program: A multisite, single-blinded, randomised controlled trial protocol', BMC Cancer, vol. 17, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 The Author(s). Background: Despite advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment have significantly improved survival rates, patients post-treatment-related health needs are often not adequately addressed by current health services. The aim of the Women's Wellness after Cancer Program (WWACP), which is a digitised multimodal lifestyle intervention, is to enhance health-related quality of life in women previously treated for blood, breast and gynaecological cancers. Methods: A single-blinded, multi-centre randomized controlled trial recruited a total of 330 women within 24 months of completion of chemotherapy (primary or adjuvant) and/or radiotherapy. Women were randomly assigned to either usual care or intervention using computer-generated permuted-block randomisation. The intervention comprises an evidence-based interactive iBook and journal, web interface, and virtual health consultations by an experienced cancer nurse trained in the delivery of the WWACP. The 12 week intervention focuses on evidence-based health education and health promotion after a cancer diagnosis. Components are drawn from the American Cancer Research Institute and the World Cancer Research Fund Guidelines (2010), incorporating promotion of physical activity, good diet, smoking cessation, reduction of alcohol intake, plus strategies for sleep and stress management. The program is based on Bandura's social cognitive theoretical framework. The primary outcome is health-related quality of life, as measured by the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G). Secondary outcomes are menopausal symptoms as assessed by Greene Climacteric Scale; physical activity elicited with the Physical Activity Questionnaire Short Form (IPAQ-SF); sleep measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index; habitual dietary intake monitored with the Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ); alcohol intake and tobacco use measured by the Australian Health Survey and anthropometric measures including height, w...
Dao-Tran, TH, Anderson, D & Seib, C 2017, 'How life stressors influence modifiable lifestyle factors, depressive symptoms, and physical and mental health among Vietnamese older women?', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 17, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 The Author(s). Background: Research has demonstrated that exposure to life stressors can influence health through a number of pathways. However, knowledge about the patterns of life stressors and their contributions to health in different populations is limited. Vietnamese older women have attracted little research to date in this area. Methods: This cross-sectional study used an interview-administered-questionnaire to collect data from 440 Vietnamese older women. Descriptive analysis was used to describe life stressors among Vietnamese older women. Binary analysis and Structural Equation Modelling statistical analysis were used to examine the influences of life stressors on modifiable lifestyle factors, depressive symptoms, physical and mental health among Vietnamese older women. Results: Vietnamese older women in this study commonly reported the experience of losing a close person, including a baby/child, serious health or money problems, violence and disaster. Among the study participants, (1) exposure to more life stressors increased their depressive symptoms, and decreased their physical and mental health; (2) exposure to more life stressors also increased their physical health by increasing their physical activity levels. Conclusion: Life stressors influenced health among Vietnamese older women through different pathways. Interventions to manage stress and depressive symptoms are required for Vietnamese older women in the future.
Dao-Tran, TH, Anderson, D & Seib, C 2017, 'The Vietnamese version of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10): Translation equivalence and psychometric properties among older women', BMC Psychiatry, vol. 17, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 The Author(s). Background: The Perceived Stress Scale 10 item (PSS-10) has been translated into more than 20 languages and used widely in different populations. Yet, to date, no study has tested psychometric properties of the instrument among older women and there is no Vietnamese version of the instrument. Methods: This study translated the PSS-10 into Vietnamese and assessed Vietnamese version of the Perceived Stress Scale 10 items (V-PSS-10) for translation equivalence, face validity, construct validity, correlations, internal consistency reliability, and test-retest reliability among 473 women aged 60 and over. Results: The study found that V-PSS-10 retained the original meaning and was understood by Vietnamese older women. An exploratory factor analysis of the V-PSS-10 yielded a two-factor structure, and these two factors were significantly correlated (0.56, p < .01) with all item loadings exceeded.50. The V-PSS-10 score was positively correlated with general sleep disturbance (ρ = .12, p < .05), CES-D score for depression symptoms (ρ = .60, p < .01), and negatively correlated with mental (ρ = -.46, p < .01), and physical health scores (ρ = -.19, p < .01). The Cronbach's alpha for the V-PSS-10 was.80, and the test-retest correlation at one month's interval was.43. Conclusion: Findings from this study suggest that the V-PSS-10 has acceptable validity and reliability levels among older women. The V-PSS-10 can be used to measure perceived stress in future research and practice. However, future research would be useful to further endorse the validity and reliability of the V-PSS-10.
Dao-Tran, TH, Anderson, DJ, Chang, AM, Seib, C & Hurst, C 2017, 'Vietnamese Version of Diabetes Self-Management Instrument: Development and Psychometric Testing', Research in Nursing and Health, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 177-184.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Self-management plays a vital role in diabetes management for adults with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). While there are many people with T2DM in Vietnam, clinical understanding of diabetes self-management (DSM) in this context is limited due to the lack of a valid measurement instrument. Translation and back-translation processes were used to translate the Diabetes Self-Management Instrument (DSMI) into Vietnamese. Then, translation equivalence, face validity, construct validity, and internal consistency were assessed in a sample of 198 Vietnamese adults with T2DM. The Cronbach's alpha of the V-DSMI was.92, with a number of significant inter-item correlations. The Vietnamese version of the Diabetes Self-Management Instrument (V-DSMI) retained the meaning of the original English version, and the language of the V-DSMI was clearly understandable to adults with T2DM in Vietnam. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the goodness of fit between the data and the previously identified factor structure. These results indicated that the V-DSMI is acceptable for use with Vietnamese adults with T2DM in further practice and research. However, future studies would be beneficial to determine the test-retest reliability and criterion validity of the V-DSMI. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Mishra, GD, Pandeya, N, Dobson, AJ, Chung, HF, Anderson, D, Kuh, D, Sandin, S, Giles, GG, Bruinsma, F, Hayashi, K, Lee, JS, Mizunuma, H, Cade, JE, Burley, V, Greenwood, DC, Goodman, A, Simonsen, MK, Adami, HO, Demakakos, P & Weiderpass, E 2017, 'Early menarche, nulliparity and the risk for premature and early natural menopause', Human Reproduction, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 679-686.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. All rights reserved. STUDY QUESTION: Are parity and the timing of menarche associated with premature and early natural menopause? SUMMARY ANSWER: Early menarche (≤11 years) is a risk factor for both premature menopause (final menstrual period, FMP <40 years) and early menopause (FMP 40-44 years), a risk that is amplified for nulliparous women. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Women with either premature or early menopause face an increased risk of chronic conditions in later life and of early death. Findings from some studies suggest that early menarche and nulliparity are associated with early menopause, however overall the evidence is mixed. Much of the evidence for a direct relationship is hampered by a lack of comparability across studies, failure to adjust for confounding factors and inadequate statistical power. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: This pooled study comprises 51 450 postmenopausal women from nine observational studies in the UK, Scandinavia, Australia and Japan that contribute to the International collaboration for a Life course Approach to reproductive health and Chronic disease Events (InterLACE). PARTICIPANTS/MATERIALS, SETTING, METHODS: Age at menarche (categorized as ≤11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 or more years) and parity (categorized as no children, one child and two or more children) were exposures of interest. Age at FMP was confirmed by at least 12 months of cessation of menses where this was not the result of an intervention (such as surgical menopause due to bilateral oophorectomy or hysterectomy) and categorized as premature menopause (FMP before age 40), early menopause (FMP 40-44 years), 45-49 years, 50-51 years, 52-53 years and 54 or more years. We used multivariate multinomial logistic regression models to estimate relative risk ratio (RRR) and 95% CI for associations between menarche, parity and age at FMP adjusting for w...
Porter-Steele, J, Tjondronegoro, D, Seib, C, Young, L & Anderson, D 2017, 'Not one size fits all': A brief review of models of care for women with breast cancer in Australia', Cancer Forum, vol. 41, no. 1.
The impact of a breast cancer diagnosis goes beyond the early diagnosis and treatment phases. While survival has improved significantly over the last decade, women report ongoing quality of life (survivorship) concerns as a result of their diagnosis and treatment. There are many models of supportive care available in Australia, including those provided by specialist breast care nurses, general practitioners, peer support groups and cancer support agencies and councils, and more recently those provided through virtual platforms. Most models of care in Australia recognise the need to provide supportive care throughout the treatment trajectory and beyond, yet there remains an inconsistent pattern in providing coordinated supportive care post completion of acute treatment. This review provides a brief synopsis of some of the models of supportive care available within and outside of Australia.
Seib, C & Anderson, D 2017, 'Can dance-based aquatic exercise improve functionality in obese women with knee osteoarthritis?', Menopause, vol. 24, no. 7, pp. 724-725.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Seib, C, McCarthy, A, McGuire, A, Porter-Steele, J, Balaam, S, Ware, RS & Anderson, D 2017, 'Exposure to stress across the life course and its association with anxiety and depressive symptoms: Results from the Australian Women's Wellness After Cancer Program (WWACP)', Maturitas, vol. 105, pp. 107-112.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 Objectives Earlier life stressors can increase the risk of persistent anxiety and depressive symptoms in women after cancer, though our understanding of the underlying mechanisms is limited. In this study, we tested alternative life course models to determine which best described associations between exposure to stressors in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and self-reported health in women previously treated for breast, gynaecological, and blood cancer. Study design Data were drawn from 351 Australian women within 2 years of completing active cancer treatment who were participating in the Women's Wellness After Cancer Program (WWACP) randomised controlled trial. A model-building framework compared “accumulative risk” and “sensitive period” stress exposure hypotheses with the saturated model to determine best fit. Main outcome measures Symptoms of anxiety and depression were measured using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) and the Zung Self-rating Anxiety Scale (SAS). Results Participants with the greatest number of stressful life events (SLEs) reported higher anxiety scores and more depressive symptoms. Alternative life course models for psychological distress (measured through the CES-D and SAS) and stress were compared with the saturated model (i.e., the accumulative risk). The more restrictive “sensitive period” models were the best fit for depressive symptoms though none was significantly better than another. In contrast, an “early sensitive” model provided the best fit for anxiety data. Conclusions Anxiety scores were higher in women with early life stressors. This study highlights the need for whole-of-life supportive care approaches for women previously treated for cancer, which should include targeted strategies for effective management of stress, anxiety and depression.
Seib, C, Porter-Steele, J, McGuire, A, McCarthy, A, Balaam, S & Anderson, DJ 2017, 'Menopausal symptom clusters and their correlates in women with and without a history of breast cancer: A pooled data analysis from the Women's Wellness Research Program', Menopause, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 624-634.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 by The North American Menopause Society. Objectives: This analysis examined climacteric symptoms clusters in women with and without breast cancer, and explored how sociodemographic, health, and modifiable lifestyle factors predicted symptom clusters. Methods: This pooled analysis of four Women's Wellness Research Program (WWRP) studies comprised individual-level data from 969 Australian women aged 40 to 63 years, 293 of whom had been previously treated for breast cancer and 678 without a breast cancer history. Climacteric symptoms, menopausal status, sociodemographic characteristics, and health and lifestyle factors were assessed. Principal component analysis was used to determine symptom clusters for each group separately before linear regression with backwards selection was used to identify the significant correlates of the identified clusters. Results: Women with a history of breast cancer reported more sleep disturbance (P<0.01), difficulty concentrating (P<0.01), muscular/joint pain (P<0.01), crying (P<0.01) and irritability (P<0.01), and vasomotor symptoms (P<0.01) than women from the noncancer group. Principal component analysis with quartimax rotation revealed two distinct solutions explaining 60.9% and 57.6% of the variance in the groups, respectively. For both groups, symptom clusters were increased among those with unhealthy lifestyle behaviors (and chemotherapy among the after cancer group, P<0.05 for all), though to a lesser extent in the breast cancer group. Conclusions: In this study, women after treatment for breast cancer reported a broad range of bothersome climacteric symptoms. Similar symptom clusters were also noted for women with and without a history of breast cancer, though correlates differed across groups, and might reflect different underlying etiologies.
Sapkota, D, Baird, K, Saito, A & Anderson, D 2017, 'Interventions for domestic violence among pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review protocol', Systematic Reviews, vol. 6, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 The Author(s). Background: Violence during pregnancy is a global problem, associated with serious health risks for both the mother and baby. Evaluation of interventions targeted for reducing or controlling domestic violence (DV) is still in its infancy, and the majority of findings are primarily from high-income countries (HICs). Therefore, there is an urgent need for generating evidence of DV interventions among pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Methods: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines will be employed to structure the review. A comprehensive search will be carried out via electronic databases including MEDLINE, CINAHL, Scopus, Embase, Web of Science, PsycINFO, and The Cochrane library. Gray literature will also be scrutinized for potential articles. An optimal search strategy has been developed following consultations with subject-matter experts and librarians. This search strategy will be adapted to the different databases. Experimental studies evaluating DV interventions among pregnant women from LMICs will be included in the review. The review will only include literature written in English. Two reviewers will independently screen and assess studies for inclusion in the review. A third author will resolve any discrepancies between the reviewers. Risk of bias will be assessed based on the Cochrane risk of bias assessment tool, and overall quality of the evidence will be judged using Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) criteria. Findings will be presented with the narrative synthesis, and if applicable, they will be further quantified using random-effects meta-analysis. Effect size, risk ratio for dichotomous variables, and standardized mean differences for continuous variables will be calculated for each outcome using Review Manager 5.3. Discussion: Systematic reviews to evaluate the efficacy of interventions to address DV within the...
He, W, Bonner, A & Anderson, D 2016, 'Patient reported adherence to hypertension treatment: A revalidation study', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR NURSING, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 150-156.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Higgins, N, Dart, N, Meehan, T, Fulbrook, P, Kilshaw, M, Anderson, D & Fawcett, L 2016, 'THE SAFEWARDS PROGRAM IN QUEENSLAND PUBLIC HOSPITAL ACUTE MENTAL HEALTH SETTINGS', Australian nursing & midwifery journal, vol. 23, no. 11, p. 41.
McGuire, A & Anderson, D 2016, 'THE WOMEN'S WELLNESS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES PROGRAM', Australian nursing & midwifery journal, vol. 23, no. 9, p. 43.
Mishra, GD, Chung, HF, Pandeya, N, Dobson, AJ, Jones, L, Avis, NE, Crawford, SL, Gold, EB, Brown, D, Sievert, LL, Brunner, E, Cade, JE, Burley, VJ, Greenwood, DC, Giles, GG, Bruinsma, F, Goodman, A, Hayashi, K, Lee, JS, Mizunuma, H, Kuh, D, Cooper, R, Hardy, R, Obermeyer, CM, Lee, KA, Simonsen, MK, Yoshizawa, T, Woods, NF, Mitchell, ES, Hamer, M, Demakakos, P, Sandin, S, Adami, HO, Weiderpass, E & Anderson, D 2016, 'The InterLACE study: Design, data harmonization and characteristics across 20 studies on women's health', Maturitas, vol. 92, pp. 176-185.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd Objectives The International Collaboration for a Life Course Approach to Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease Events (InterLACE) project is a global research collaboration that aims to advance understanding of women's reproductive health in relation to chronic disease risk by pooling individual participant data from several cohort and cross-sectional studies. The aim of this paper is to describe the characteristics of contributing studies and to present the distribution of demographic and reproductive factors and chronic disease outcomes in InterLACE. Study design InterLACE is an individual-level pooled study of 20 observational studies (12 of which are longitudinal) from ten countries. Variables were harmonized across studies to create a new and systematic synthesis of life-course data. Main outcome measures Harmonized data were derived in three domains: 1) socio-demographic and lifestyle factors, 2) female reproductive characteristics, and 3) chronic disease outcomes (cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes). Results InterLACE pooled data from 229,054 mid-aged women. Overall, 76% of the women were Caucasian and 22% Japanese; other ethnicities (of 300 or more participants) included Hispanic/Latin American (0.2%), Chinese (0.2%), Middle Eastern (0.3%), African/black (0.5%), and Other (1.0%). The median age at baseline was 47 years (Inter-quartile range (IQR): 41–53), and that at the last follow-up was 56 years (IQR: 48–64). Regarding reproductive characteristics, half of the women (49.8%) had their first menstruation (menarche) at 12–13 years of age. The distribution of menopausal status and the prevalence of chronic disease varied considerably among studies. At baseline, most women (57%) were pre- or peri-menopausal, 20% reported a natural menopause (range 0.8–55.6%) and the remainder had surgery or were taking hormones. By the end of follow-up, the prevalence rates of CVD and diabetes were 7.2% (range 0.9–24.6%) and 5.1% (range ...
Seib, C & Anderson, D 2016, 'Stretch it and lose it: The potential benefits of a stretching intervention for the reduction of menopausal symptoms', Menopause, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. 821-822.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Seib, C, Lee, K, Humphreys, J & Anderson, D 2016, 'Predictors of mental health in midlife and older Australian women: A multilevel investigation', Health Care for Women International, vol. 37, no. 12, pp. 1263-1276.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The purpose of this article is to examine the factors associated with women's mental health. A random sample of 340 Australian women aged 40–55 completed surveys on menopausal and lifestyle factors and mental health at three time points. We used hierarchical models to show that decrements in mental health were associated with a corresponding increase in some midlife symptoms (p <.01), time (p <.01), and poor physical health (p <.01), but the effect was not permanent. In older women, mental health was associated with physical functioning, climacteric symptoms, and time, while individual variations in mental health score were largely explained by lifestyle factors.
Seib, C, Whiteside, E, Voisey, J, Lee, K, Alexander, K, Humphreys, J, Chopin, L & Anderson, D 2016, 'Stress, COMT Polymorphisms, and Depressive Symptoms in Older Australian Women: An Exploratory Study', Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 478-481.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© Copyright 2016, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2016. Objectives: This exploratory study examined the association between exposure to stressful life events, polymorphisms (rs165774 and rs4680) in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene, and risk of depression in women. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional design gathered information from 150 Australia women, aged 60-70 years, on sociodemographics, stressful life events, and depressive symptoms. Participants also provided buccal cell swabs for genetic analysis. Results: Among women exposed to stressful life events, the odds of depressive symptoms increased by 18% with each additional exposure (95% confidence interval [95% CI] 1.04-1.33, p = 0.007). Women who carried at least one "A" allele (AA/AG) for both rs165774 and rs4680 single nucleotide polymorphisms were less likely to report depressive symptoms (compared with women with the GG genotype; p = 0.019 and p = 0.037, respectively), although moderation analysis did not support the hypotheses of an interaction with stressful life events (rs165774: odds ratio [OR] = 1.13, 95% CI 0.87-1.46, p = 0.347; rs4680: OR = 1.15, 95% CI 0.91-1.44, p = 0.238). Conclusion: Our research suggests that women with polymorphisms in COMT were less susceptible to depressive symptoms but these polymorphisms do not appear to influence susceptibility to depression in those exposed to life stressors. Further research should consider other genetic variants in catecholamine pathways and their potential impact on women's mental health.
Suh, H, Rice, KG, Choi, CC, van Nuenen, M, Zhang, Y, Morero, Y & Anderson, D 2016, 'Measuring acculturative stress with the SAFE: Evidence for longitudinal measurement invariance and associations with life satisfaction', Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 89, pp. 217-222.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. International graduate students in the U.S. (N = 468) completed the Social, Attitudinal, Familial, and Environmental Acculturative Stress Scale (SAFE; Mena, Padilla, & Maldonado, 1987) three times in successive semesters. Confirmatory analyses of competing measurement models led to a revised version of the scale that was further supported through tests of longitudinal measurement invariance. Associations between acculturative stress (General stress, Family stress) and life satisfaction generally revealed significant inverse relations both within and between time-points.
Akbar, H, Anderson, D & Gallegos, D 2015, 'Predicting intentions and behaviours in populations with or at-risk of diabetes: A systematic review', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 2, pp. 270-282.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2015. Purpose: To systematically review the Theory of Planned Behaviour studies predicting self-care intentions and behaviours in populations with and at-risk of diabetes. Methods: A systematic review using six electronic databases was conducted in 2013. A standardised protocol was used for appraisal. Studies eligibility included a measure of behaviour for healthy eating, physical activity, glucose monitoring, medication use (ii) the TPB variables (iii) the TPB tested in populations with diabetes or at-risk. Results: Sixteen studies were appraised for testing the utility of the TPB. Studies included cross-sectional (n. = 7); prospective (n. = 5) and randomised control trials (n. = 4). Intention (18%-76%) was the most predictive construct for all behaviours. Explained variance for intentions was similar across cross-sectional (28-76%); prospective (28-73%); and RCT studies (18-63%). RCTs (18-43%) provided slightly stronger evidence for predicting behaviour. Conclusions: Few studies tested predictability of the TPB in populations with or at-risk of diabetes. This review highlighted differences in the predictive utility of the TPB suggesting that the model is behaviour and population specific. Findings on key determinants of specific behaviours contribute to a better understanding of mechanisms of behaviour change and are useful in designing targeted behavioural interventions for different diabetes populations.
Anderson, D, Seib, C, McGuire, A & Porter-Steele, J 2015, 'Decreasing menopausal symptoms in women undertaking a web-based multi-modal lifestyle intervention: The Women's Wellness Program', MATURITAS, vol. 81, no. 1, pp. 69-75.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, DJ, Seib, C, McCarthy, AL, Yates, P, Porter-Steele, J, McGuire, A & Young, L 2015, 'Facilitating lifestyle changes to manage menopausal symptoms in women with breast cancer: a randomized controlled pilot trial of The Pink Women's Wellness Program', MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY, vol. 22, no. 9, pp. 937-945.View/Download from: Publisher's site
He, W, Bonner, A & Anderson, D 2015, 'Translation and psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Leeds Attitudes to Concordance II scale', BMC MEDICAL INFORMATICS AND DECISION MAKING, vol. 15.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Lee, KA & Anderson, DJ 2015, 'Screening midlife women for sleep problems: why, how, and who should get a referral?', MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY, vol. 22, no. 7, pp. 783-785.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Porter-Steele, J, McGuire, A & Anderson, D 2015, 'The women's wellness after cancer program: a nurse led model of care', Australian nursing & midwifery journal, vol. 23, no. 4, p. 37.
Reid, C, Courtney, M, Anderson, D & Hurst, C 2015, 'Testing the psychometric properties of the Brisbane Practice Environment Measure using Exploratory Factor Analysis and Confirmatory Factor Analysis in an Australian registered nurse population', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 94-101.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Reid, C, Courtney, M, Anderson, D & Hurst, C 2015, 'The 'caring experience': Testing the psychometric properties of the Caring Efficacy Scale', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 904-912.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Wong, FKY, Liu, H, Wang, H, Anderson, D, Seib, C & Molasiotis, A 2015, 'Global Nursing Issues and Development: Analysis of World Health Organization Documents', JOURNAL OF NURSING SCHOLARSHIP, vol. 47, no. 6, pp. 574-583.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, D & Rasmussen, L 2014, 'Do we need to prescribe exercise differently for premenopausal and postmenopausal women?', MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 556-557.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, D, Seib, C & Rasmussen, L 2014, 'Can physical activity prevent physical and cognitive decline in postmenopausal women?', MATURITAS, vol. 79, no. 1, pp. 14-33.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, DJ & Seib, C 2014, 'Can targeted lifestyle interventions decrease cardiovascular risk and menopausal symptoms across the menopausal transition?', MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY, vol. 21, no. 12, pp. 1259-1260.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Buckner, EB, Anderson, DJ, Garzon, N, Hafsteinsdottir, TB, Lai, CKY & Roshan, R 2014, 'Perspectives on global nursing leadership: international experiences from the field', INTERNATIONAL NURSING REVIEW, vol. 61, no. 4, pp. 463-471.View/Download from: Publisher's site
McGuire, AM, Anderson, DJ & Fulbrook, P 2014, 'Perceived barriers to healthy lifestyle activities in midlife and older Australian women with type 2 diabetes', COLLEGIAN, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 301-310.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Seib, C, Anderson, D & Lee, K 2014, 'Prevalence and Correlates of Sleep Disturbance in Postmenopausal Women: The Australian Healthy Aging of Women (HOW) Study', JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 151-158.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Seib, C, Whiteside, E, Humphreys, J, Lee, K, Thomas, P, Chopin, L, Crisp, G, O'Keeffe, A, Kimlin, M, Stacey, A & Anderson, D 2014, 'A longitudinal study of the impact of chronic psychological stress on health-related quality of life and clinical biomarkers: Protocol for the Australian Healthy Aging of Women Study', BMC Public Health, vol. 14, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Background: Despite advancements in our understanding of the importance of stress reduction in achieving good health, we still only have limited insight into the impact of stress on cellular function. Recent studies have suggested that exposure to prolonged psychological stress may alter an individual's physiological responses, and contribute to morbidity and mortality. This paper presents an overview of the study protocol we are using to examine the impact of life stressors on lifestyle factors, health-related quality of life and novel and established biomarkers of stress in midlife and older Australian women.The primary aim of this study is to explore the links between chronic psychological stress on both subjective and objective health markers in midlife and older Australian women. The study examines the extent to which exposure frightening, upsetting or stressful events such as natural disasters, illness or death of a relative, miscarriage and relationship conflict is correlated with a variety of objective and subjective health markers. Methods/Design. This study is embedded within the longitudinal Healthy Aging of Women's study which has collected data from midlife and older Australian women at 5 yearly intervals since 2001, and uses the Allostastic model of women's health by Groër and colleagues in 2010. The current study expands the focus of the HOW study and will assess the impact of life stressors on quality of life and clinical biomarkers in midlife and older Australian women to explain the impact of chronic psychological stress in women. Discussion. The proposed study hypothesizes that women are at increased risk of exposure to multiple or repeated stressors, some being unique to women, and the frequency and chronicity of stressors increases women's risk of adverse health outcomes. This study aims to further our understanding of the relationships between stressful life experiences, perceived quality of life, stress biomarkers, chronic illness, and heal...
Seib, C, Whiteside, E, Lee, K, Humphreys, J, Tran, THD, Chopin, L & Anderson, D 2014, 'Stress, Lifestyle, and Quality of Life in Midlife and Older Australian Women: Results From the Stress and the Health of Women Study', WOMENS HEALTH ISSUES, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. E43-E52.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Walker, M, Fredericks, B, Mills, K & Anderson, D 2014, '"Yarning" as a Method for Community-Based Health Research With Indigenous Women: The Indigenous Women's Wellness Research Program', HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, vol. 35, no. 10, pp. 1216-1226.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Mishra, GD, Anderson, D, Schoenaker, DAJM, Adami, H-O, Avis, NE, Brown, D, Bruinsma, F, Brunner, E, Cade, JE, Crawford, SL, Dobson, AJ, Elliott, J, Giles, GG, Gold, EB, Hayashi, K, Kuhn, D, Lee, KA, Lee, JS, Melby, MK, Mizunuma, H, Sievert, LL & Weiderpass, E 2013, 'InterLACE: A new International Collaboration for a Life Course Approach to Women's Reproductive Health and Chronic Disease Events', MATURITAS, vol. 74, no. 3, pp. 235-240.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Reid, C, Hurst, C & Anderson, D 2013, 'Examination of socio-demographics and job satisfaction in Australian registered nurses', COLLEGIAN, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 161-169.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Seib, C, Anderson, D, Lee, K & Humphreys, J 2013, 'Predictors of mental health in post-menopausal women: Results from the Australian healthy aging of women study', MATURITAS, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 377-383.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, DJ 2012, 'Do high levels of physical activity favor favorable cardiovascular risk factors regardless of sleep?', MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 384-384.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Foottit, J & Anderson, D 2012, 'Associations between perception of wellness and health-related quality of life, comorbidities, modifiable lifestyle factors and demographics in older Australians', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 22-27.View/Download from: Publisher's site
McGuire, AM & Anderson, DJ 2012, 'Lifestyle risk factor modification in midlife women with type 2 diabetes: theoretical modelling of perceived barriers', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 49-57.
Rice, KG, Choi, CC, Zhang, Y, Morero, YI & Anderson, D 2012, 'Self-Critical Perfectionism, Acculturative Stress, and Depression Among International Students', The Counseling Psychologist, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 575-600.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The authors tested a classic diathesis-stress, stress-enhancement model of perfectionism with subgroups of Chinese (N = 129) and Asian Indian (N = 166) international graduate students attending a major U.S. university. More specifically, the authors tested whether self-critical perfectionism, acculturative stress, and their interaction accounted for different directions of effects and variability in depression. The authors found that self-critical perfectionism was positively associated with depression for both groups, but the effects were stronger for the Asian Indian students. In fact, only for Asian Indians was the Self-Critical Perfectionism × Acculturative Stress interaction significant, indicating worse depression for those students who were the most self-critical and most stressed. Potential differences in the importance of these predictors for subgroups of international students are discussed. Implications for intervention, prevention, and the need for further testing of these models in longitudinal studies are also addressed. © 2012, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.
Davidson, PM, McGrath, S, Meleis, A, Stern, P, DiGiacomo, M, Dharmendra, T, Correa-De-Araujo, R, Campbell, J, Hochleitner, M, Messias, D, Brown, H, Teitelman, A, Sindhu, S, Reesman, A, Richter, S, Sommers, M, Schaeffer, D, Stringer, M, Sampselle, C, Anderson, D, Tuazon, J, Cao, Y & Covan, EK 2011, 'The health of women and girls determines the health and well-being of our modern world: A white paper from the International Council on Women's Health Issues', Health Care for Women International, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 870-886.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The International Council on Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI) is an international nonprofit association dedicated to the goal of promoting health, health care, and well-being of women and girls throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research. We are a multidisciplinary network of women's health providers, planners, and advocates from all over the globe. We constitute an international professional and lay network of those committed to improving women and girl's health and quality of life. This document provides a description of our organization mission, vision, and commitment to improving the health and well-being of women and girls globally.
Anderson, D 2011, 'Indigenous Women's Wellness Project.', Australian nursing journal (July 1993), vol. 19, no. 5, p. 37.
Anderson, D, Melby, MK, Sievert, LL & Obermeyer, CM 2011, 'Methods used in cross-cultural comparisons of psychological symptoms and their determinants', MATURITAS, vol. 70, no. 2, pp. 120-126.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, D, Sievert, LL, Melby, MK & Obermeyer, CM 2011, 'Methods used in cross-cultural comparisons of sexual symptoms and their determinants', MATURITAS, vol. 70, no. 2, pp. 135-140.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, DJ, Yates, P, Mccarthy, A, Lang, CP, Hargraves, M, Mccarthy, N & Porter-Steele, J 2011, 'Younger and older women's concerns about menopause after breast cancer', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 785-794.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Melby, MK, Anderson, D, Sievert, LL & Obermeyer, CM 2011, 'Methods used in cross-cultural comparisons of vasomotor symptoms and their determinants', MATURITAS, vol. 70, no. 2, pp. 110-119.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Melby, MK, Sievert, LL, Anderson, D & Obermeyer, CM 2011, 'Overview of methods used in cross-cultural comparisons of menopausal symptoms and their determinants: Guidelines for Strengthening the Reporting of Menopause and Aging (STROMA) studies', MATURITAS, vol. 70, no. 2, pp. 99-109.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Sievert, LL, Anderson, D, Melby, MK & Obermeyer, CM 2011, 'Methods used in cross-cultural comparisons of somatic symptoms and their determinants', MATURITAS, vol. 70, no. 2, pp. 127-134.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Xu, Q, Anderson, D & Lurie-Beck, J 2011, 'The relationship between abdominal obesity and depression in the general population: A systematic review and meta-analysis', OBESITY RESEARCH & CLINICAL PRACTICE, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. E267-E278.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, R, Anderson, D & Hurst, C 2010, 'Modeling factors that influence exercise and dietary change among midlife Australian women: Results from the Healthy Aging of Women Study', MATURITAS, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 151-158.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Smith-DiJulio, K, Windsor, C & Anderson, D 2010, 'The Shaping of Midlife Women's Views of Health and Health Behaviors', QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH, vol. 20, no. 7, pp. 966-976.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Xu, Q, Anderson, D & Courtney, M 2010, 'A Longitudinal Study of the Relationship Between Lifestyle and Mental Health Among Midlife and Older Women in Australia: Findings From the Healthy Aging of Women Study', HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, vol. 31, no. 12, pp. 1082-1096.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Yang, Y-M, Wang, H-H & Anderson, D 2010, 'IMMIGRATION DISTRESS AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS AMONG VIETNAMESE WOMEN IN TRANSNATIONAL MARRIAGES IN TAIWAN', KAOHSIUNG JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, vol. 26, no. 12, pp. 647-657.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, D, Gardner, G, Ramsbotham, J & Tones, M 2009, 'E-portfolios: developing nurse practitioner competence and capability', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 70-76.
Rice, KG, Choi, CC, Zhang, Y, Villegas, J, Ye, HJ, Anderson, D, Nesic, A & Bigler, M 2009, 'International Student Perspectives on Graduate Advising Relationships', Journal of Counseling Psychology, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 376-391.View/Download from: Publisher's site
International graduate students experience a number of unique challenges as they transition through their training programs. Surprisingly, relatively little research has been conducted on perhaps one of the most crucial predictors of international students' retention and success within their graduate programs: the advising relationship. Using a total of 367 diverse students who responded to a universitywide survey of international students, the authors were able to use quantitative and qualitative analyses to (a) support the adequacy of the Advisory Working Alliance Inventory (L. Z. Schlosser & C. J. Gelso, 2001) for measuring alliance factors in advising relationships for international students; (b) show that some ratings of alliance were lower than a comparison group of U.S. domestic students; (c) determine that alliance ratings had minimal association with grade point average, gender, or college-level area of study, but were substantially associated with advising satisfaction and desire to change advisors; and (d) reveal themes in advising experiences reflecting constructive and destructive advising experiences. The social justice and future implications of the results are consistent with many historical and contemporary emphases in counseling psychology. © 2009 American Psychological Association.
Smith-DiJulio, K & Anderson, D 2009, 'Sustainability of a Multimodal Intervention to Promote Lifestyle Factors Associated With the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Midlife Australian Women: A 5-year Follow-Up', HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, vol. 30, no. 12, pp. 1111-1130.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Golischewski, S, Kitto, S, Anderson, D & Lyons-Wall, P 2008, 'Women's perceptions and beliefs about the use of complementary and alternative medicines during menopause', COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 163-168.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, DJ & Yoshizawa, T 2007, 'Cross-cultural comparisons of health-related quality of life in Australian and Japanese midlife women: the Australian and Japanese Midlife Women's Health Study', MENOPAUSE-THE JOURNAL OF THE NORTH AMERICAN MENOPAUSE SOCIETY, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 697-707.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Fu, S-YK, Anderson, D, Courtney, M & Hu, W 2007, 'The relationship between culture, attitude, social networks and quality of life in midlife Australian and Taiwanese citizens', MATURITAS, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 285-295.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, D, Mizzari, K, Kain, V & Webster, J 2006, 'The effects of a multimodal intervention trial to promote lifestyle factors associated with the prevention of cardiovascular disease in menopausal and postmenopausal Australian women', Health Care for Women International, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 238-253.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of a multimodal intervention (Women's Wellness Program) to improve women's cardiovascular risk factors. This 12-week randomized experiment with a control group targeted women 50-65 years living in the general population. Women in the intervention group were provided with a consultation with a registered nurse at which time biophysical cardiovascular risk measures were taken and health education was provided in both verbal and written form. Women were encouraged to review their smoking, nutrition, and water intakes and to commence an exercise program that included aerobic fitness exercises. Women in the control group continued their normal activities. The sample consisted of 90 women aged 50-65 years. Pre- and postintervention assessment utilized seven measures of cardiovascular risk factors: waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, heart rate, weight, exercise levels, and smoking. Analysis of covariance indicated that the intervention was effective in improving women's aerobic exercise activity and decreasing smoking. The data from all five biophysical outcome measures supported the efficacy of the intervention, with significant decreases seen in the women's WHR, BMI, blood pressure, and measured weight. Study implications suggest that this type of intervention may provide an effective, clinically manageable therapy for women who prefer a self-directed approach to preventing and decreasing cardiovascular risk factors. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Fu, S-YK, Anderson, D, Courtney, M & McAvan, B 2006, 'The relationship between country of residence, gender and the quality of life in Australian and Taiwanese midlife residents', SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH, vol. 79, no. 1, pp. 25-49.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Mirzaiinjmabadi, K, Anderson, D & Barnes, M 2006, 'The relationship between exercise, body mass index and menopausal symptoms in midlife Australian women', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 28-34.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The main objective of the study was to examine the relationship between physical activity and Body Mass Index (BMI) on menopausal symptoms in Australian midlife women. This study is a secondary data analysis of the Queensland Midlife Women Health Study (2001), which included a randomized, population-based postal survey with a questionnaire. Selected women completed a questionnaire, which included measurement of sociodemographic factors (age, employment and education attainment), general health, use of hormone replacement therapy, smoking, exercise pattern and BMI. The measures that are reported in this paper include menopausal symptoms, BMI and exercise. After adjusting for confounding variables, significant multivariate difference was still found for most menopausal symptoms, including a significant relationship between somatic symptoms, psychological symptoms, depression and anxiety. No significant relationship was seen, however, between vasomotor symptoms, sexual function and exercise. In conclusion, the study showed that exercise was effective in relieving somatic and psychological symptoms, including depression and anxiety. These findings are promising news for women who are interested in using non-pharmacological interventions for relieving menopausal symptoms. ©2006 The Authors.
Webster, J, Osborne, S, Woollett, K, Shearer, J, Courtney, M & Anderson, D 2006, 'Does evening removal of urinary catheters shorten hospital stay among general hospital patients? A randomized controlled trial', JOURNAL OF WOUND OSTOMY AND CONTINENCE NURSING, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 156-163.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Gollschewski, S, Anderson, D, Skerman, H & Lyons-Wall, P 2005, 'Associations between the use of complementary and alternative medications and demographic, health and lifestyle factors in mid-life Australian women', CLIMACTERIC, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 271-278.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Lange, RT, Sullivan, K & Anderson, D 2005, 'Ecological validity of the WMS-III Rarely Missed Index in personal injury litigation', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 412-424.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, D, Yoshizawa, T, Gollschewski, S, Atogami, F & Courtney, M 2004, 'Menopause in Australia and Japan: effects of country of residence on menopausal status and menopausal symptoms', CLIMACTERIC, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 165-174.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Anderson, D, Yoshizawa, T, Gollschewski, S, Atogami, F & Courtney, M 2004, 'Relationship between menopausal symptoms and menopausal status in Australian and Japanese women: Preliminary analysis', Nursing and Health Sciences, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 173-180.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The main aim of the present study was to explore the midlife experience for women living in Australia and Japan. The specific objectives of the study included: (i) comparing menopausal symptoms between the two groups; and (ii) comparing the factor structure of symptoms and exploring their relationship to menopausal status. Postal questionnaires were distributed to two structured, random population based samples of midlife women aged 45-60 years; consisting of 712 women living in Australia and 1502 women living in Japan. Analysis showed significant differences in menopausal symptoms related to psychological symptoms (P < 0.001), including anxiety (P < 0.001) and depression (P < 0.001), somatic symptoms (P < 0.001), and vasomotor symptoms (P < 0.01). The analysis, which excluded hormone replacement therapy (HRT) users, found that there were significant differences seen across menopausal status in the following symptoms: difficulty in sleeping (P < 0.01), difficulty in concentrating (P < 0.01), feeling dizzy or faint (P < 0.001), loss of interest in most things (P < 0.01) and loss of feeling in hands or feet (P < 0.001). In the postmenopausal stage specifically, significant differences were seen in the areas of feeling tense or nervous (P < 0.01), feeling unhappy or depressed (P < 0.01), parts of body feeling numb or tingling (P < 0.05), headaches (P < 0.01), and sweating at night (P < 0.05). Our analysis revealed that the experience of menopause for women is different between Australian and Japanese women.
Gollschewski, S, Anderson, D, Skerman, H & Lyons-Wall, P 2004, 'The use of complementary and alternative medications by menopausal women in South East Queensland', WOMENS HEALTH ISSUES, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 165-171.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Fu, SY, Anderson, D & Courtney, M 2003, 'Cross-cultural menopausal experience: Comparison of Australian and Taiwanese women', Nursing and Health Sciences, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 77-84.View/Download from: Publisher's site
A more universal approach to the understanding of menopause can offer health professionals a broader view of the phenomenon. The present study's objectives were to describe and explain the menopausal experiences of Asian and Occidental women, and to examine the relationship between social/cultural factors and women's menopausal symptoms. Questionnaires were used to investigate psychosocial and cultural factors and menopausal symptoms in 45-55 years old Taiwanese (n = 105) and Australian (n = 450) women. The variables investigated included: social demography; menopause status; attitudes toward menopause; mental health; vitality; social functioning; and menopausal symptoms. Significant differences were found between Taiwanese and Australian women in their attitude towards menopause, menopausal symptoms and vitality scores. No significant differences were seen in the areas of social functioning, mental health and menopause status. The results suggest that cultural factors may influence the experience of menopause for women. These findings may improve health professionals' understanding of cultural beliefs relating to menopause so that culturally appropriate care can be provided.
Anderson, D & Posner, N 2002, 'Relationship between psychosocial factors and health behaviours for women experiencing menopaus', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 265-273.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This study investigated the psychosocial factors related to the health behaviours ofwomen at menopause. These health behaviours included choice of intervention by women for menopause, particularly consultation of health professionals, use of hormone replacement therapy and preferred information sources. A postal questionnaire was distributed to a structured random population-based sample of 400 women in the 45-54 years age group living in south-east Queensland, Australia. Explanatory variables were: attitudes to menopause, social functioning, mental health, vitality, preventive health practices and lifestyle factors. This study found that information, preventive health practices, attitudes towards menopause, exercise, number of children living at home, years of formal education and working in paid employment, were related to the health behaviours of women at menopause. Thestudy concludes that a number of related psychosocial factors not associated with hormonal changes may influence the health behaviours of menopausal women. It will be important for nurses, other health professionals and counsellors to decide how best to respond to these findings in consultation with the women affected by their decisions.
McCosker, H, Madl, R, Harris, M, Anderson, D & Mannion, J 1999, 'Evaluation of a self-paced education package on violence against women for rural community-based health workers.', The Australian journal of rural health, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 5-12.View/Download from: Publisher's site
There are no reported education programs specifically focusing on the needs of rural health workers in the area of violence against women. The most commonly reported contact sought by women experiencing injuries and health problems associated with violence and abuse is with health workers. Women report a failure by health workers to make direct enquires, which may be due to their lack of education and confidence in responding to these issues. A convenience sample of 60 community-based rural health workers from a range of occupations and settings within the Wide Bay Health Region, Queensland, participated in the evaluation of a self-paced, distance education package on violence against women. The package contained seven modules. These included written and audio tape material, and activities that together formed a community development approach to addressing the needs in the participants' local community. Participants were given a mentor and teleconference support during the 8 weeks allocated to complete the package. A pre- and post-course evaluation, containing quantitative and qualitative data, was completed. Analysis of the quantitative data identified significant changes in participants' knowledge, and the qualitative data highlighted an increased sense of confidence in assisting women, forming support networks and using resources more effectively. Participants reported the most useful aspects of the package were: (i) modular- and user-friendly format; (ii) flexible, practical, health-focused content; and (iii) real world examples.
Anderson, D, Harris, M & McCosker, H 1997, 'Violence against women: an education program for rural community health workers.', The Australian journal of rural health, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 17-21.View/Download from: Publisher's site
This study aimed to identify the educational needs of community-based rural health professionals regarding violence against women, and was funded under the Rural Health Support, Education and Training (RHSET) program. Focus groups and teleconferences were conducted with health workers, organisations and key individuals in the Wide Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. As a result, an education package has been designed that will provide specific training in violence against women for rural and remote health professionals working in the field. Rural health community workers identified the need to enhance their intervention skills and understanding on the issue of violence against women. A distance education framework based on adult and guided learning principles has been developed to meet this need. Six areas were identified as important learning needs and included: (i) violence against women as a public health concern; (ii) The role of the community health worker; (iii) How the community health worker can empower women experiencing violence in their lives; (iv) Enhancing and developing supportive networks; (v) Building on community development action; and (vi) 'Where to next' for community health workers.
Harris, M, Anderson, D, Madl, R, Mannion, J & McCosker, H 1997, 'The road to freedom: Ending violence against women', WOMENS HEALTH ISSUES, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 99-108.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Davies, J, Harris, M, Roberts, G, Mannion, J, McCosker, H & Anderson, D 1996, 'Community health workers' response to violence against women.', The Australian and New Zealand journal of mental health nursing, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 20-31.
This paper reports on a qualitative study of community health workers from a predominantly rural based region in Queensland. The purpose of this study was to determine the community health worker barriers to identification, assessment and intervention on the issue of violence against women. The qualitative research method comprised five structured focus group interviews with 28 community health workers using open-ended questions to explore their perceptions. Analysis of the focus group data revealed that community health workers expressed reluctance to become involved in cases of violence against women. The reasons they provided are grouped under three main themes: barriers to identification; barriers to assessment; and barriers to intervention. Training programs offered to rural community health workers need to be aware of the barriers to identifying, assessing and intervening in cases of violence against women that are highlighted by this study. Further studies are needed to assess the wider relevance of these findings to other groups of community health workers in rural and non-rural settings.
ANDERSON, D & CRAIG, DM 1993, 'A Rural Health Education, Training and Research Network for Queensland', Australian Journal of Rural Health, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 29-34.View/Download from: Publisher's site
ABSTRACT: The purpose of the Rural Health Education, Training and Research Network is to support the education and training of rural health practitioners and research in rural health through the optimum use of appropriate information and communication technologies to link and inform all individuals and organisation involved in the teaching, planning and delivery of health care in rural and remote Queensland. The health care of people in rural areas has the potential to be enhanced, through providing the rural and remote health professionals in Queensland with the same access to educational and training opportunities as their metropolitan colleagues. This consultative, coordinated approach should be cost‐effective through both increasing awareness and utilisation of existing and developing networks, and through more efficient and rational use of both the basic and sophisticated technologies which support them. Technological hardware, expertise and infrastructure are already in place in Queensland to support a Rural Health Education, Training and Research Network, but are not being used to their potential, more often due to a lack of awareness of their existence and utility than to their perceived costs. Development of the network has commenced through seeding funds provided by Queensland Health. Future expansion will ensure access by health professionals to existing networks within Queensland. This paper explores the issues and implications of a network for rural health professionals in Queensland and potentially throughout Australia, with a specific focus on the implications for rural and isolated health professional. Copyright © 1993, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
Davajan, V, Kletzky, O, Vermesh, M & Anderson, DJ 1991, 'Ten-year follow-up of patients with secondary amenorrhea and normal prolactin', American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 164, no. 6 PART 1, pp. 1666-1672.View/Download from: Publisher's site
A group of 46 patients with secondary amenorrhea without galactorrhea or hyperprolactinemia were studied retrospectively after being clinically categorized into four groups with the use of progesterone-induced uterine bleeding and measurement of serum gonadotropins and prolactin levels. The ability to have regular spontaneous menstrual cycles and to conceive was assessed after a follow-up period of 10 years. Patients who had been classified as having hypothalamic pituitary "failure" (hypoestrogenic amenorrhea) with low levels of circulating estradiol had a greater rate of recovery of spontaneous ovulation and menses when compared with patients who had been classified as having only hypothalamic pituitary dysfunction (euestrogenic amenorrhea). The patients with diagnosis of hyperandrogenic chronic anovulation or polycystic ovary syndrome generally required clomiphene citrate for induction of ovulation and almost all the patients with premature ovarian failure (hypergonadotropic amenorrhea) remained estrogen-deficient and unable to ovulate. Hyperprolactinemia or an identifiable pituitary adenoma has not developed in any of the patients to date. © 1991.
Anderson, R & Anderson, D 2011, 'Psychology of Exercise in Midlife Women. Aerobic Exercise in Special Populations'.
Anderson, D 2005, 'Health Promotion' in Women’s Health: A Handbook, Elsevier, pp. 19-37.
Anderson, D 2005, 'Women beyond the childbearing years' in Women’s Health: A Handbook, Elsevier, pp. 132-145.
Anderson, D & Thompson, C 2005, 'Defining Women’s Health' in Women’s Health: A Handbook, Elsevier.
Anderson, D 1997, 'Women’s Experience of Violence' in Women’s Health: A Primary Health Care Approach, MacLennan & Petty, Sydney.
Harris, M & Anderson, D 1997, 'Primary Health Care Nursing in Violence Against Women' in Violence in Nursing, Royal College of Nursing, Canberra.
Anderson, DJ, McGuire, A, Charrlotte, S & McCarthy, A 2014, 'Perceived benefits and barriers to physical activity in midlife Australian women: Results from the Women's Wellness Program Trial (c)', JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH, MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC, pp. 34-34.
Porter-Steele, J, Anderson, D, Yates, P, McGuire, A & Hargraves, M 2012, 'Facilitating Lifestyle Changes to Manage Menopausal Symptoms in Women with Breast Cancer: Delivering the Pink Women's Wellness Program', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER, 8th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC), ELSEVIER SCI LTD, Vienna, AUSTRIA, pp. S161-S161.
Walker, M, Anderson, D & Fredericks, B 2012, 'Understanding Indigenous women's social and emotional wellbeing and wellness - Program development in conjunction with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 26-26.
Huong, TTN, Anderson, D, Dunne, M & Huong, TN 2011, 'Health professionals' beliefs regarding responses to domestic violence against women in Vietnam: A pilot study', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE METHODS, UNIV ALBERTA, INT INST QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY, pp. 478-478.
Anderson, DJ, Lang, CP & Xu, Q 2010, 'Is Lifestyle Intervention for Mature Women in the General Population Suitable for Patients with Diabetes? Preliminary Results Comparing Two Populations', JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH, MARY ANN LIEBERT INC, pp. 622-622.
Xu, Q, Anderson, D & Lang, C 2010, 'The Relationship Between Diabetes and Mental Health in Australian Midlife and Older Women', JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH, MARY ANN LIEBERT INC, pp. 639-640.
Anderson, D & Yoshizawa, T 2007, 'Cross-cultural perspectives in menopause: The issue of symptom reporting', PROCEEDINGS OF THE XV INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF PSYCHOSOMATIC OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, 15th International Congress of the International-Society-of-Psychosomatic-Obstetrics-and-Gynecology, MEDIMOND S R L, Kyoto, JAPAN, pp. 11-+.
Lange, RT, Iverson, GL, Sullivan, K & Anderson, D 2004, 'Suppressed working memory on the WMS-III as a marker for poor effort', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, 32nd Annual Meeting of the International-Neuropsychological-Society, TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC, Baltimore, MD, pp. 294-305.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Buys, L, Lovie-Kitchin, J, Nayak, R, Boulton-Lewis, G, Tedman-Jones, J, Anderson, D, Edwards, H, Courtney, M & Zlobicki, M 2005, 'The predictors of active ageing of older Australians - The triple a study', GERONTOLOGIST, GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY AMER, pp. 423-423.
Lovie-Kitchin, JE, Barnett, K, Buys, L, David, N, Anderson, D, Bolton-Lewis, G, Courtney, M, Edwards, H, Tedman-Jones, J, Nayak, R & Zlobicki, M 2005, 'Active ageing: Exploring quality of life and social engagement through multiple domains', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. A4-A4.
She is also currently a Chief Investigator on a global study of a life course approach to women’s health (The InterLACE Study: International collaboration for a Life course Approach to reproductive health, lifestyle factors and Chronic disease Events) which is providing a unique opportunity to conduct world-leading research in collaboration with key national and international investigators on women’s health studies from six nations. The international team includes scholars from the WHO, University of Massachusetts, Vanderbilt University, University College, London, University of California, University of Washington, University of Hawaii, University of Leeds, Wake Forest University and Universities from Norway and Sweden. The findings from this research are providing solutions to answers on how reproductive stages in life are related to the development and management of chronic disease in later life including CVD, Diabetes and Cancer.