Associate Professor Mariko Carey

Associate Professor Mariko Carey
Scholarship
2014 Scholarship
Project Grant
2013 Project Grant
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2013 Project Grant
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2011 Project Grant
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2010 Project Grant

What are your research interests?

Using health behavior principles to promote the:

  • Prevention of chronic disease
  • Improve physical and psychosocial outcomes associated with chronic disease
  • Improve the delivery of evidence-based and equitable health services

Why did you get into research? 

I trained as a psychologist with a focus on working to improve psychological outcomes for people with medical illnesses. I was fortunate to combine research and clinical roles early on in my career. This led to an increasing interest in public health research - in particular applying health behavior principles to improving population health outcomes. I really like the 'big picture' approach that research allows you to take – considering how individual clients, clinicians and health and other services can work together more effectively to improve health outcomes. 

What is your dream? 

To help empower people and communities by giving them the behavioral tools to prevent or reduce the impact of chronic disease and other illness on their lives. 

Future focus 

My current work focuses on finding ways to assist general practitioners to provide best-practice preventive care; and on improving care and health outcomes for people with chronic diseases including cancer and dementia.

Biography

As part of the Health Behaviour Research Group located in the HMRI Building, Associate Professor Mariko Carey is involved with a diverse range of projects aimed at improving health outcomes. 

Much of Associate Professor Carey’s work focuses on improving the translation of best evidence into routine clinical practice. This includes projects aimed at developing ways to improve the implementation of clinical guidelines in primary care for detection and management of modifiable health risk factors; examining barriers to delivery of best evidence stroke care; and improving participation in cancer screening programs.   

Associate Professor Carey has a strong interest in developing rigorous ways to assess patient-centred care, and implementing and testing ways to improve patients’ experiences of health care. This includes identifying consumer perspectives on a range of topics including how medical errors should be dealt with; how prognosis should be communicated; and preferences for involvement in treatment decision making.

Her work also has a focus on improving quality of life and psychosocial outcomes for people with chronic diseases including cancer. 

Associate Professor Carey has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, and has been involved in the supervision of several research higher degree students. In 2011, she was awarded the Newcastle University Postgraduate Students’ Association (NUPSA) Supervisor of the Year Award. 

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Measurement of patient reported outcomes
  • Alternative research designs
  • Implementation science and modifying health risk behaviours

Affiliations

2014

Improving uptake of colorectal cancer screening among primary care attendees
Scholarship
Researchers:
Description:

Despite innovative programs to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening amongst people >50 years of age, such the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), current screening rates are low.

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2013

Quality of cancer care from the patient perspective: An international comparison study
Project Grant
Researchers:

Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Dr Mariko Carey, Dr Flora Tzelepis, Ms Alison Zucca, Ms Alix Hall, Ms Lisa Mackenzie

Description:

What do cancer patients think about the quality of their care?

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Reducing psychosocial burden among women diagnosed with breast cancer and their support persons: A randomised controlled trial of a web-based intervention.
Project Grant
Researchers:

Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Ian Olver, Charles Douglas, Jamie Bryant, Mariko Carey, Gill Batt, Frans Henskens

2011

Improving cancer care for lymphoma: patients' perceptions of optimal care - Stroud Rodeo Lymphoma Research Project Grant
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Flora Tzelepis, Dr Mariko Carey, Associate Professor Christine Paul, Dr Tclinton-McHarg, Ms Alison Zucca

2010

Delay in seeking treatment for symptoms of bowel cancer: a community survey of self-reported delay timeframes and triggers for seeking treatment among those aged 55+
Project Grant
Researchers:

Dr Christine Paul, Robert Sanson-FisherDr Mariko Carey, R Courtney, C D'Este, Associate Professor Mark McEvoy